University interviews

Some universities and courses will have an additional stage to the application process – an interview. This generally applies to those that are highly competitive, require a specific skill set (i.e. Music or Art) or lead directly into a profession (for example Nursing or Medicine).

If your son or daughter is asked to attend an interview, try and help them prepare by reviewing their personal statement and helping them think of additional examples they can build on. You can encourage them to think about why they have chosen this course, what their future ambitions are and to be aware of any current developments in their field.

University interview advice and tips


Some courses may require the applicant to prepare a portfolio of their work. The work selected should be clearly laid out, labelled and showcase a range of different techniques/skills. Wherever possible students should try and include work that has been completed outside of the classroom as this demonstrates a further commitment to their chosen subject area.

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