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

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You can now book your interview from your account after you have applied for a course. Interviews generally take place on weekday early evenings and last around 45 minutes – some may take a little longer or a little less. We can also arrange interview on other days to suit you.

At the interview you will find out more about your chosen courses and campus, and we will explore what creative skills you have. It is intended to 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 passion for your creativity and a dedication to gaining skills. For Music Performance and Vocal Artist courses you will be expected to showcase your music via a short audition. For other courses, please come prepared to discuss and demonstrate your skills, perhaps via an online or physical portfolio.

You will also need to demonstrate that you are able to work at your chosen level and each course has a skills set which you will be expected to meet. You can find out about these via the course pages. For school leavers, we require evidence of predicted or actual grades, ideally backed up by a school reference.


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

Please let us know in advance if you have any special education requirements so we can make sure the interview meets your needs.

You can contact us to discuss this in confidence.


Please make sure you allow plenty of time to arrive ahead of your  interview slot. On arrival you will be greeted by a member of staff and we have comfortable areas for you to sit and relax.

Parents/guardians/carers and family and friends are welcome to attend the interview, but please keep numbers to a minimum. When in the actual interview, visitors are respectfully asked to allow the interviewee to answer for themselves.


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. Please prepare links to online work you have produced, or bring a portfolio with you.

If you are undertaking an audition make sure you rehearse it fully beforehand.

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


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 Creative College, going into the creative industries, or going on to further study at university.



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 the college.

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


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.


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.


At interview you will receive one of the following:

  • An unconditional offer – we are offering you a place there and then. This will only happen if you already have the qualifications and skills to access the course.
  • A conditional offer – we are offering you a place based on you supplying additional information. This will often be pending results for qualifications such as GCSEs.
  • Not offered – very occasionally we are unable to offer you a place at the moment. We will explain why and offer alternatives.

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 the college 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:


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
Interview Guide 2019