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Preparing for your interview

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‘Interview’ – it sounds big and intimidating; but just breathe, it’s not as scary as you think.

Applying for Sixth Form College is some serious business, but there’s no need to be nervous. By inviting you to interview we can give you the best possible advice on choosing your college, your courses and your future career paths!

The most important thing to remember is to just be yourselfOur interviews aren’t here to catch you out or ask you trick questions, they just want to get to know you. By getting to know you as an individual we can give you tailored advice about the college and the courses you want to study. It is also your chance to get a feel of what Long Road is like and to ask any questions you have.

Still a bit nervous? Don’t worry, that’s completely normal. To help make the process as stress-free as possible we’ve put together this guide so you know what to expect when you come for interview.

What to expect

You may be asked questions similar to:

  • Why have you chosen this course?
  • Do you have any career aims or future plans?
  • What are your hobbies and interests?
  • What are your subject strengths/likes and weaknesses/dislikes?
  • Are there any personal issues or difficulties that may affect your studies?

You may be given information on:

  • Entry requirements for your chosen courses
  • Information on your chosen courses (topics covered, assessment, work experience)
  • College expectations of behaviour and attendance
  • Our student support (academic support, student welfare & wellbeing, progress coaches)
  • Our student enrichment activities (EPQ, student clubs, student sports teams)
  • Our Long Road Scholars’ Award.

At the end of your interview, your interviewer will make you a verbal conditional offer and give you a form, which lists your provisional/agreed courses.

What happens after interview?
We will email your conditional offer to you within four weeks of your interview.  It is important that you check your emails regularly and notify us of any email address change.

We will ask you to confirm within 2 weeks of the date of the email, that you wish to hold your conditional offer. During the summer term information about Long Road, including your enrolment interview date/time, will be emailed to you.


  • How long is the interview?
    Interviews usually last around 20 minutes.

  • Is there a dress code?
    We don’t have a dress code for your interviews, come in whatever you feel comfortable wearing. Lots of people wear their school uniform or their normal everyday clothes.

  • Can my parents/guardians come with me?
    You’re welcome to bring parents/guardians with you to interview. Some students prefer for their parents to stay in the waiting areas, while others prefer for their parents to sit in the  interview with them. We don’t mind either way, whatever makes you feel most at ease.

  • Will there be parking?
    We do have parking on site, but it can be limited at busy times. We always encourage our staff and students to go green and use public transport. If you’re cycling there will be space to lock your bikes; or there are a number of bus stops close to the college site. Check the route planner on our website to plan your journey.

  • What happens if I’m late?
    If you’re late don’t panic. Still come along to interview and we will get you seen by an interviewer as soon as possible.

  • Will my photo be taken?
    No, we don’t take your photo until enrolment.

  • Do I need to bring I.D.?
    It’s helpful if you bring some I.D. such as a passport or birth certificate so we can identify you.

Still got some questions?
Contact our Admissions Officer, on 01223 631125 or