Study With Us Interviews

Let's get together

We want you to come and join us at Access. Your interview is chance to have a chat and work out which course is best for you.

You will find out more about our courses and the location of your choice, and we will find out what creative skills you have. It will be an experience which will benefit us both and at the end we aim to offer the right course for you.

We will want to see your ability and passion for your course area and your dedication to gaining skills. You will also need to demonstrate that you are able to work at your chosen level. For school leavers, we require evidence of predicted or actual grades, backed up by a school reference.

Interviews usually last around 30-40 minutes. For performance and acting courses you will be expected to showcase your skills via a short audition. For other courses, please come prepared to demonstrate your skills as best you can. This may be via an online or physical portfolio or via a discussion. You can find out about specific requirements for a course in the courses pages.

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  • Ask Questions
  • First impressions count
  • School reference
  • Interview Support
  • Documentation
  • Outcome
  • Enrolment
  • Contact
  • Degree courses
Come prepared
to impress

Please take time to prepare fully for your interview.

Come ready to talk about why you have chosen your course, what skills you want to learn and about your interests and passions.

If you are presenting an audition/demonstration, make sure you rehearse it fully beforehand.

Please remember to bring all the equipment you need – if you are an instrumentalist also bring peripherals like leads, effects pedals, drum sticks etc.

Think about
what you want to be

It’s important that you have a clear idea about what skills you want to learn and what you want to do after you have finished the course.

Above all we will want to get an idea of your career goals. How do you want to make a living? How can this course help you get there?

We will also like to know about your immediate next steps. This might mean studying another course with Access, going into the creative industries, or going on to further study at university.


Prepare questions

Think of any questions you’d like to ask or areas where you require further clarification.

This shows the interviewer that you have thought about what you want to do.

Be sure to ask questions that relate specifically to your interests and to what you want to know about the course and Access.

If you have any queries about equipment for the interview, please contact us directly before the interview day.

Sell yourself

Try to avoid giving one-word answers – tell us as much as you can.

Don’t forget to bring a pen and paper (or an alternative device) in case you need to take notes.

Double check the time and date of your interview. Make sure you arrive in plenty of time and plan ahead to ensure you are not delayed.

Support from
your school

If you are joining us from year 11, then you will need to supply a reference from your school outlining your predicted or actual grades and any other information about your learning journey.

If you can’t source this in advance, we will ask for it afterwards.

Supporting you

Access is committed to meeting the needs of individuals with learning difficulties and disabilities.

Please let us know beforehand if you require any additional support at your interview.

You can contact us to discuss this in confidence.

Useful documents
to bring

Once agreed, we prefer to offer you a place as soon as possible.

To do this we will need to see some documents, so it will help if you can bring the following with you:

  • A passport OR birth certificate (OR if you are not a permanent EU/EEA resident or have lived in the EU/EEA for less than three years, please bring an ID card, Visa or Home Office document)
  • Any qualification certificates or results slips for any examinations you have already taken.
  • If you are still at school, please bring a reference including your actual/predicted grades.

Don’t worry if you can’t find these documents, or don’t have them, as we can always sort this out later on.

Three possible

At interview you will receive one of the following:

  • An unconditional offer – we are offering you a place there and then.
  • A conditional offer – we are offering you a place based on you supplying additional information. This may be a school reference or other information.
  • Not offered – we are unable to offer you a place at the moment.

All options will be confirmed on an interview record document that you will take away with you and we will also write to further confirm the decision.

When it is agreed that you still need to develop certain skills, then it is likely that you will be offered a place on a lower level course (for instance a Level 2 rather than a Level 3 course). This way you still get to come to Access and we can work with you to improve your skills set.

It is likely that you will be offered a place, but it is still important that you respond quickly to secure it.

Demand for places is high, so you don’t want to miss out. Please email or call us to accept:

Enrol early
to win prizes

Once you have accepted your place, we will then contact you with your enrolment information.

Early enrolment usually takes place from May and if you enrol before 11th August 2018 you will be entered into a prize draw.

We're here
to help

To contact us about anything relating to your interview please:

  • Call 0800 28 18 42 (free from landline and mobiles)
  • Email
  • Contact our mobile on 07960 956 119
Degree interviews

Interviews for degree courses are different to college courses. Here you will have to meet more specific entry criteria and we are unable to offer courses at lower levels in cases where you still need to develop skills.

Interviews for performance degrees will feature a prominent audition element and it is important that you are able to demonstrate the required level of technical skill and musicianship to succeed on the degree.

You will also need to show that you have the skills to complete the academic side of the course.

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Interview Guide 2018