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Your college interview is the next stage of your application process, after you have submitted an application form.

From Monday 23 March 2020, interviews are taking place via telephone. This means that we can continue to offer places for courses starting in September 2020 and you can continue to plan your exciting new future!

We want you to enjoy your time studying with us and we need to make sure that you are making the right choice. It’s also an opportunity for you to get to know us better.

Before your interview you might want to find out more information about the course you have applied for and look at future careers using our online Career Coach tool.

Please contact admissions@northumberland.ac.uk

You will be asked questions such as:

  • Why you are interested in the course you have applied for
  • Why Northumberland College is the right college for you
  • What you have achieved
  • What your strengths and weaknesses are

You can also ask any of your own questions.

During your interview, we will let you know if the course you are applying for can be studied as an apprenticeship. Apprenticeships are a great way to get started in a new career! If you’re ready for work and are committed to studying, while training on-the-job, an apprenticeship could be the right choice for you.

Once you have applied for a course, we will contact you via email with a date and time for your phone interview. We will ring the number you have provided us with.

You don't need to do anything. We will contact you to arrange a phone interview instead.

While interviews are via phone, we may ask you to send us a video so we can assess your ability / suitability for the course you have applied for.

After your interview you will be given a conditional offer for the course you have applied for. If we don’t think the course is right for you, we will talk you through your study options and next step.

Why college is different to school

A fresh start

Sometimes you just need a clean break to become the person you were destined to be. Starting college is the perfect opportunity to break free and become that new person!

New people

Our diverse student community means that you will meet lots of new people of different ages, backgrounds and interests, so you can enjoy making lifelong friendships!

Specialist Staff

Most of our lecturers are industry savvy and are experts in teaching 16-18 year olds. They have lots of valuable experience and knowledge to pass onto you.


College is a more mature and relaxed environment than school and you are treated like an adult. You’ll be on first name terms with your lecturers so no more Sir and Miss! You can also start to make your own decisions.

Free time

Your timetable will be very different to school. You will have a lot more free time to take part in extra-curricular activities, study, or get extra money and work experience with a part-time job.

Different environment

College is a very different learning environment to school. You may even become more inspired and have a new motivation to work towards your future goal in a college environment.

More choice

A college can offer a much wider choice of A-Level subjects, plus vocational courses in lots of different subjects and at different levels.

More opportunities

You will have the opportunity to take part in lots of different activities outside of the classroom to boost your confidence and help you develop your skills and personal qualities.

Specialist facilities

A college can invest in an extensive range of industry-standard facilities to give you the skills and knowledge to prepare for university or employment, and can also offer subjects that need specialist facilities.