I’ve submitted my application to OSFC- what happens next?
Firstly, well done on submitting your application! The next step in the application process will be to attend an interview. This year, we have had to change how we conduct our interviews to make them Covid safe. How the interview will happen may differ slightly, depending on the school you attend. However, the key details will remain the same.
You will receive an email with your interview details. This email will include your interview date, time and how the interview will take place. All of our interviews will take place via video call where possible. Again, you will be emailed with details on how to access this. Our main interview period runs from January to March each year, so don’t worry if you don’t hear from us straight away.
The interview itself is a supportive process, designed for us to find out more about you and your career aspirations, and guide you onto the right pathway. The interviews will take around 15 minutes and will be with a member of OSFC staff. There will also be a chance for you to ask any questions you may have about studying at OSFC.
The subjects you are offered during your interview are not set in stone, so please do not worry if you have second thoughts. There will be another opportunity to discuss your pathway and make changes during your enrolment appointment in August, after you receive your GCSE results.
What should I prepare for my interview?
It is a good idea to come prepared with ideas about what you might like to do in the future. You don’t need to have a specific plan, or even a plan at all, but a rough idea of what you would like to do after sixth form is a good starting point. Do you want to go to university? Are you more interested in a degree level apprenticeship, or maybe you want to go straight into a career. Whatever you want to do next, the interviewer will make sure that the courses you are interested in can help you get there.
We will also ask why you are interested in the subjects you have chosen. Maybe you have always been interested in Science, or want to try something new like Sociology. Whatever the reason, make sure you tell your interviewer. It’s OK if you have chosen subjects that you are good at too- in fact, we encourage it! We will also look at your predicted grades, and make sure you are on track to meet the entry requirements for your subjects. If you are attending any extra sessions, don’t forget to tell us as this can help when we make our decision.
You will also be able to discuss anything interesting you may have done throughout your time at school. This could be a part-time job, volunteering, work experience- anything you have done outside of your studies. We would also love to hear about any extra-curricular activities you have done in school. Are you a school prefect, or do you play for a team? If you have any certificates, bring these along as they can be a good starting point.
We will also need to verify your identity before you enrol at the college. To speed up the process, please email a copy of your ID (birth certificate or passport) to firstname.lastname@example.org, if you have not already done so.
When will I find out if I have a place?
You will be told the outcome at the end of the interview. Remember; all places are offered on a conditional basis. This means that it is subject to you achieving the necessary grades in your GCSE exams- so it is not a reason to stop working hard!
Who can I contact if I have any questions after my interview?
If you are offered a place, your interviewer will send you a letter which will include their email address. Alternatively, you can contact the admissions team by emailing email@example.com or calling us on 0161 287 8000. We also have a Live Chat function on our website, which is monitored Monday to Friday 9am-4pm if you have any questions.