FAQs

Interviews and Decisions

Can I appeal against an unsuccessful decision?

Applicants do not have the right to appeal against an unsuccessful decision. Our decisions are made on academic merit against a pre-determined set of criteria, and the judgement of the academic decision-maker is final. It is the nature of the admissions process that you may be disappointed by a decision made against you and will want feedback. Feedback can be provided at the request of an applicant following an interview. We are not in a position to offer feedback to applicants who are unsuccessful any earlier in the application process.

Please remember that if your application to a course is unsuccessful, it does not affect any applications you may have to any other courses at Falmouth, or if you wish to reapply to the same course the following year.

Do I need to bring anything to my interview or audition?

Yes, the majority of our courses will expect to see evidence of your creative ability at interview. An art or design course will require you to bring a comprehensive portfolio of work and sketchbooks. Performance courses may ask you to come prepared with a short performance. Please see the individual course pages for further information.

How do I accept my offer?

Foundation Diploma

UK/EU applicants need to return the acceptance reply form to the Admissions Office and pay an acceptance fee to accept their place. International applicants are required to pay an acceptance fee in accordance with their immigration status and will be advised by a member of the International team on an individual basis.

Admissions, Falmouth University
Woodlane, Falmouth, Cornwall TR11 4RH

Undergraduate courses

All UCAS applicants need to accept an offer via UCAS Track.

International applicants are also required to return an acceptance form to the International Office, and pay an acceptance fee in accordance with their immigration status.

International Office, Falmouth University
Woodlane, Falmouth, Cornwall TR11 4RH 

Postgraduate courses

UK/EU applicants need to return the acceptance reply form to the Admissions Office and pay an acceptance fee to accept their place. International applicants need to return an acceptance form to the International Office and pay an acceptance fee in accordance with their immigration status. We will advise you of the amount required on an individual basis.

Research degrees

All applicants need to sign and date the acceptance form at the end of your offer letter and return to the Research Student Administrator.

Academy for Innovation & Research, Falmouth University
Tremough Campus, Penryn, Cornwall TR10 9EZ

I have a conditional offer, do I need to send you my results?

If you are currently studying A Levels or Scottish Highers there is no need to send us your results as UCAS will send them to us. If you are currently studying any other qualifications, you will need to send a copy of your results to the Admissions Office when you receive them. This could be in the form of a transcript or an official confirmation letter from your educational establishment. Please do not send originals at this stage.

Admissions, Falmouth University
Woodlane, Falmouth, Cornwall TR11 4RH 

International applicants should send the required certificates and transcripts to the International Office. Applicants needing a student visa will have their ‘Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies' statement issued once they have submitted the required documentation.

International Office, Falmouth University
Woodlane, Falmouth, Cornwall TR11 4RH 

Please note we also require new students to present originals of their certificates or transcripts in person at the start of term.

I have an unconditional offer, do I need to send you my results?

While there are no conditions of your offer, we do need to verify copies of your qualifications in the first instance and then originals of your certificates or transcripts in person at the start of term.

I have been unsuccessful, can you tell me why?

Due to the volume of applications we receive, we are only able to provide feedback if you have been interviewed by us. We're not able to offer feedback any earlier in the admissions process. We will provide you with a feedback form, filled in by the academic staff member who interviewed you, along with a covering letter. We are unable to discuss feedback over the telephone or enter into correspondence regarding the academic decision.

Requests for feedback must be made to your contact in the Admissions team and must be made by you or your nominated representative (as per your UCAS form or by prior written instructions to us). We will send feedback as soon as possible but, at certain peak times of the application cycle, please understand that we do need to prioritise current applications.

I haven't got the grades I thought I'd get, what should I do?

Don't panic. The best thing to do is contact the Admissions team to discuss your individual situation. As a creative arts institution, we are interested in your creative ability and this cannot always be evidenced by qualifications alone. If we are not able to confirm your offer, we may be able to offer you a place on another course.

I will be outside of the UK when interviews are taking place. Can I arrange a telephone or Skype interview?

If you are a UK resident and you anticipate being away once you've applied, please contact the Admissions team as soon as possible. Some of our courses will be able to arrange Skype interviews, however the majority of courses will expect you to attend in person and will not make alternative arrangements. If you are not ordinarily resident in the UK, we may be able to arrange a Skype or telephone interview.

I've got my results, how do I send them to you?

If you are currently studying for A Levels or Scottish Highers, you don't need to send your results to us. They will be sent to us for checking by UCAS. However, if you have already completed A Levels, or you are studying for any other qualification, you will need to send copies of your certificates or transcripts to the Admissions Office for verification. Do not send originals. We will also remind you of this in the lead-up to enrolment.

What does a conditional offer mean?

Conditional offers are made when we require some further evidence from you, usually in the form of certificates or transcripts, to finalise your place as unconditional and final. Once the evidence has been verified by our Admissions team, your conditional offer will be confirmed to unconditional. The conditions of your offer will be specific to you. If you firmly accept a conditional offer, your place will be held for you until this evidence is presented. Eligible conditional placeholders are still able to apply for financial support and accommodation if they have firmly accepted their offer.

What does an unconditional offer mean?

An unconditional offer of a place does not require any further evidence to be submitted. It means you have satisfied our entry requirements and the application process is finalised once you have firmly accepted it.

What happens if I cannot attend my interview?

If you're not able to attend your interview please contact the Admissions team on +44 (0)1326 213730 as soon as possible, as it might be possible to offer you an alternative date. We aim to publish interview dates well in advance on each course page and we do expect applicants to make a note of these dates so they're available, should they be invited. International students will be offered a telephone or online interview.

When will I know Falmouth's decision and how will I find out?

Foundation Diploma

Decisions are typically made the week after the last block of interviews take place. We will write to inform you of our decision. Sometimes applicants will be offered a place on a reserve list if the number of strong applicants outweighs the available places in a given year.

Undergraduate courses

It is our aim to notify applicants of our decision within 48 hours of interview. Courses that conduct blocks of interviews for UK/EU applicants may take slightly longer, as they will wait until they have interviewed all applicants before making decisions. In some cases we may suggest re-directing an applicant to another course and, where this is the case, you will be notified within one week of interview. All decisions are ultimately made using UCAS Track.

Postgraduate courses

Interviews for MAs take place on an ad hoc basis, often to coincide with open days. Decisions are typically made shortly after the interview, unless demand for places is high. In these cases, decisions will be made after the majority of candidates have been interviewed.

Research degrees

Interviews for research degrees take place on an ad hoc basis. Decisions are typically made shortly after the interview.

Who decides the outcome of my application?

At least one member of academic staff will be responsible for academic decisions for each course. This person may be an Award Leader or their nominated representative. In situations such as Clearing, undergraduate interviews may be conducted by a Head of Department or another colleague to make a prompt decision. Decisions on international applicants will be made by Heads of Department.

Although Admissions Administrators do not make academic decisions, any queries arising from an academic decision should still be referred to them.

Why have I been offered a place on a course I didn't apply to?

The application process is extremely competitive for most courses at Falmouth and it may be that we are not able to offer a place to all strong candidates that apply. If an academic decision-maker decides not to offer you a place but feels that you would be well suited to another course, they may pass your details on to that course team for consideration. If you are offered a place on a course you don't feel is right for you, you are under no obligation to accept it. However, if you are interested, our Admissions team will liaise with you to secure your place.

Will I have to attend an interview or audition in person?

We invite all eligible applicants to an interview on campus, as we strongly recommend that you view our facilities and meet our staff and students in person. However, you may request an online or telephone interview instead if you are not able to come to Falmouth. When you receive your interview invite in the Falmouth Applicant Portal, all you need to do is request an online/phone interview and we will reschedule one for you.