Interview Information: Creative Writing BA(Hons)

Location: Penryn Campus

The following information is intended for applicants who have already been invited to an interview, to help them prepare. Please note it may change from year to year.

We invite all applicants who show potential to an interview. Interviews are two-way: they give you the opportunity to show your creative skills and interview us; and they help us to assess further your potential to succeed in your chosen subject. If you are based outside the UK/EU, and are unable to come to Falmouth, you'll be interviewed online or by telephone.

We'll use the Applicant Portal to invite you to an interview:

If, in order to attend an in-person on campus interview, you have any individual requirements due to a long-term health condition, specific learning difficulty or disability, please contact the Accessibility Service as soon as possible:

This will enable us to discuss and put in place any support or adjustments you may require, for example, hearing induction loop, BSL interpreter, adjusted interview time/length, ground floor interview room or information in a different format.


1. I've lost my interview date/time, where can I find it? Can I reschedule my interview date?

You can find your interview details and reschedule your interview in the Falmouth Applicant Portal

If you need to reschedule, please do so as soon as you can, to avoid disappointment. Popular dates fill up quickly and we can reschedule only if there are spare places available on your chosen date.

In-person on campus interviews will be held on:

  • 25 November 2016
  • 2 December 2016
  • 20 & 21 January 2017
  • 17, 18 February 2017
  • 3 & 17 March 2017

2. How can I find local overnight accommodation?

For a list of local hotels and B&Bs visit the Falmouth Town website

Our campus locations are on our How to Find Us page

3. What do I need to bring with me?

You don't need to bring a portfolio of work. But please prepare well so that you can talk enthusiastically about why this is the right course for you.

4. What will happen at my interview?

In-person on campus interviews only

We invite up to 18 applicants to each interview session.

You'll participate in a three-hour workshop session where you'll get a taste of life as a student and meet student ambassadors. During the session you'll be called for a 15-minute interview with a member of academic staff.

You can expect to be here for about 3 hours.

Skype/telephone interviews only

You'll be invited to a Skype or Telephone interview lasting around 20 minutes. At the end of the interview you'll have the opportunity to ask questions about the course.

5. How can I prepare for my interview?

The interview is your chance to shine, and show us why you'd make a great contribution to student life on this course and at Falmouth. You need to prepare well, so that you can talk about yourself, your interests, and your enthusiasm for Creative Writing. You should look at the web pages for the course, to get a feel for the industry-engaged context in which you would be studying. You'll also need to demonstrate to us your commitment to developing your potential as a writer and thinker.

We recommend you familiarise yourself with the information on the BA(Hons) Creative Writing course page

6. What are you looking for in a successful applicant?

A successful applicant will be able to evidence their skills, their enthusiasm and commitment to their subject according to the following criteria:

Criteria to be assessedEvidenced by
  • Enthusiasm and some knowledge of the subject
  • Ability to articulate why you want to study Creative Writing, and discuss what you have been writing/reading more recently
Interview conversation
  • Writing skills
  • Demonstrated potential to develop as a writer across various genres and forms
Personal statement
  • Enthusiasm and interest in writing as part of the creative industries
Interview conversation

7. When will I know the outcome of my interview?

We aim to make all decisions within five working days of interviews. However, in some cases, we might wait until we have held a batch of interview sessions before we make a decision. All decisions will be made online in your UCAS Track account and we will also email you.

8. Any more questions?

Please don't hesitate to let us know in the Admissions team:

  • 01326 213730

Return to the BA(Hons) Creative Writing course page