How we select applicants for interview
We’ll look at certain factors before inviting applicants for interview:
- Predicted or achieved GCSE or BTEC grades
- Grades achieved in mock GCSE exams
- Attendance and commitment shown at school
- The interests and abilities of individual students
Your interview with OSFC is a supportive process, designed to help you make the right choices based on your interests and abilties. The interviews last approximately 15 minutes and will be with an experienced member of OSFC staff.
It is helpful if you bring:
- Any documentation which highlights personal achievements
- Your Oldham Pledge Passport, if you have one
We give careful consideration to each student’s course choices and the potential for you to achieve success on your chosen pathway.
How can I prepare for my interview?
Think about your future plans! You do not need to have a specific career or university course in mind, but a rough idea of your aspirations for after your leave OSFC will help your interviewer ensure you are on the right course.
Research your courses! Your interviewer will want to know why you have chosen the courses on your application form. Is it a new subject you want to try? Or have you always had a passion for that subject? Whatever your reason, be prepared to tell your interviewer. If you want to change your subjects, this is the perfect opportunity to do this.
What makes you interesting! We want to know what makes you stand out. Have you done any work experience you can tell us about? Or have you received awards or certificates during school? Whatever it is, be prepared to talk about it. If you have a folder of certificates/awards or an Oldham Pledge Passport you can bring this along to your interview too.
What questions will the interviewer ask?
Firstly, we will ask you to confirm some contact details, for yourself and your two emergency contacts. The main focus of the interview will be confirming your course choices and making sure you are on the correct pathway. This conversation will be steered by your career interests, your subject choices and your predicted grades. We will also ask about any extra-curricular activities you have done whilst at school, such as sports, DofE, being a prefect- anything outside of your studies. You will also have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about studying at OSFC. It is good interview etiquette to come with at least 1 question prepared.
When will I find out if I have a place?
You will be told the outcome at the end of the interview. All places offered are conditional, subject to you achieving the required grades, so you need to make sure you continue to work hard towards your exams!
What happens after I have been offered a place?
We will keep in touch with you via email about our New Students’ Day and with other information. If you do not receive emails from us, firstly check your junk/spam folder. If there is nothing in those folders, get in touch with us to ensure we have the correct email address on our system.
Enquiries about Admissions or particular courses can be made by phone on 0161 287 8000, by e-mail to email@example.com or by letter.