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Preparing for a university interview

Well done on being invited to attend an interview or submit an audition or portfolio for your chosen course.

We know interviews can be nerve-wracking, but we want to make your experience an enjoyable one. By viewing your work and meeting with you we can assess your suitability for the course. The interview is a good opportunity for you to ask questions to make sure we're right for you. On this page you’ll find some advice, what to expect on the day and as well as subject specific guidance.

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Top tips for your interview or audition

  1. Plan ahead - avoid any technical issues during your interview by checking your IT equipment and download Microsoft Teams.
  2. Be prepared – before your interview read the guidance notes and consider the type of questions that we may ask.
  3. Review and rehearse - ensure you have checked over you work before submission and practice makes perfect for both auditions and interviews.
  4. Enjoy yourself – it's important that you make the most of the experience, be enthusiastic and show us why you want to study here.
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How to create a portfolio

Creating a digital portfolio is a fantastic way to showcase your work. There are many online tools available to build a portfolio or a simple slideshow can be as effective. Check your individual course guidance to find out the preferred format.

Make sure you are selective when choosing work to include and present your work in a logical order. Remember development work is as important as finished pieces. Ensure you have something to say about each piece. Don’t forget to tell us about your influences and inspirations. Check the guidance notes for further information about how to submit your portfolio.

What to expect on the day

Due to the ongoing pandemic interviews and auditions will take place via video call on Microsoft Teams. The day before your interview you'll receive an email with a calendar invitation for a Microsoft Teams meeting, this will specify your interview time.

At the start of the interview you'll be asked to produce ID to confirm your identity so please have this ready to present to the camera. The length and format of interview varies for each course, please refer to the guidance notes below for more information. During the interview if you do not understand, don't worry, ask the interviewer to repeat or rephrase the question. Remember, it's fine to take your time and it's always good to prepare some questions to ask at the end.

If you have a disability and require adjustments for the interview or you would benefit from an additional information interview to discuss the support you will need on the course please contact us uadmissions@uclan.ac.uk.

Frequently asked questions

Now that you’ve submitted your application it will be considered by our Admissions team. The time this takes varies by course, but we aim to let you know as soon as possible. Make sure you keep checking your emails and UCAS Track for updates. We may need to know a little more about you before making a decision. If this is the case, you’ll be contacted by email or via UCAS Track.

Entry criteria vary from course to course. Some require applicants to successfully pass an interview as part of the recruitment and selection process, in addition to achieving the required UCAS points. Our Admissions Team will contact applicants directly via email with guidance on booking an interview slot and what is expected on the day.

No, interviews usually take less than an hour, on the day you will be given a more specific time slot for your interview.

Interviews vary depending on the course you have applied for; some will take longer than others. For full guidance please refer to the notes you were provided on the original email inviting you to interview. 

To preparing for your interview please refer to the guidance that was sent in your original email from admissionsteamb@uclan.ac.uk . All the information you need for your specific interview will be explained in the guidance notes. 

If you need to cancel your interview and it is in less than 62 hours from your interview date you will need to contact our admissions team directly on admissionsteamb@uclan.ac.uk / 01772 892444. Once cancelled you can then use the booking link from your original interview invite to select a new date.

If your interview is more than 62 hours away, you can cancel your own booking. When you booked your interview, you will have been sent a confirmation email, within that email are instructions on how to cancel. Once cancelled you can then use the booking link from your original interview invite to select a new date.

If there are no dates available or you are unable to cancel/reschedule your interview, please contact our admission team directly on admissionsteamb@uclan.ac.uk / 01772 892444.

All the information about your interview, what you need and what will happen on the day is found within the guidance notes in your invitation email. Please read these to ensure you are fully aware of what is happening. If you have any other queries you can contact the admissions team on admissionsteamb@uclan.ac.uk

You will receive your individual Teams link on the day of your interview. If you have not received it then please contact admissionsteamb@uclan.ac.uk and they will be able to help you.

Entry criteria vary from course to course, some require applicants to submit a portfolio of work or a recording of a performance as part of the recruitment and selection process, in addition to achieving the required UCAS points. This helps our Admissions Tutors to assess your eligibility for the course. You will receive guidance via email on what is required and how to submit.

We will aim to update you on the outcome of your interview as soon as possible. For courses with a limited number of places available we do have to interview all shortlisted candidates who submitted their application before the UCAS equal considerations deadline. As a result, it may be a few weeks before you hear back, please do not panic, our admission team will be in contact. Make sure you keep checking your emails and UCAS Track for updates.

If you have been unsuccessful at you interview unfortunately this means you will not be made an offer for your chosen course. You will not be allowed to retake your interview or reapply for your course within the same academic year. The options available to you now are: You may have been offered an alternative course, these offers are usually linked to your original course choice and will often still lead you back onto you chosen career path. If you are unhappy with your alternative offer and wish to decline and reapply for your chosen course, UCAS application for 2022 will open in May 2021.

As recruitment and selection criteria varies from course to course you will be required to attend an interview for each course. You will be sent separate invites for each course, please remember which date corresponds to which course to minimise confusion and help you prepare to the best of your abilities.

You can apply through our easy-to-use online application service. You will need your registration number ('G number') to apply for accommodation. You can apply at any time after we have opened our online application system as long as you have accepted our offer of a place on a course with us as your 'firm' choice. If we are your 'insurance' choice, you will receive information in August.