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. We offer a range of interview options both on campus and regionally in Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester and London. 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 and are unable to come to Falmouth or a regional interview, you can select to be interviewed online or by telephone.
We'll invite you to an interview through the Falmouth Applicant Portal.
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:
T: 01326 370460 (text/telephone)
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.
You can find details of your interview in the Applicant Portal
You can also see a list of alternative dates, locations and interview formats in the Applicant Portal if you're not able to make the one we've allocated to you. If you do need to reschedule we would advise you do this as soon as you can as dates fill up quickly.
You do not need to bring any physical artefacts to the visit. Optionally, supplementary to your application, you may send us material online prior to your visit.
In person on campus interviews
Please refer to the Applicant Portal for how long your visit will last. As part of your interview you will get a chance to meet members of the course team, current students and have a tour of the campus and facilities. Full details will follow in the post around 2 weeks before your interview.
Regional interviews (London, Birmingham, Manchester, Bristol)
Please refer to the Applicant Portal for how long your visit will last. You will have a chance to meet a member of the course team, current students and have a virtual tour of our campuses. Full details will follow in the post around 2 weeks before your interview.
Open day interviews
Your interview will take place as part of the open day, please refer to the Applicant Portal for the exact time.
Your interview will take place with a member of the course team at the time given in the Applicant Portal, it will last around 20-30 minutes. You will have the opportunity to ask any questions and you can chat to our current students online using our Ask a Student page.
We teach our students from the very foundations of the computing discipline, so you don’t need to have any prior experience of computer programming before joining us. However, if you do have experience that you’d like us to know about, then we’d love to see your work.
Don’t bring any materials to the visit. Instead, make materials available to us online. The free video and web hosting services provided by YouTube and GitHub are recommended. As a suggestion, you could provide ONE video of a game or software application that you have worked on alongside ONE source code excerpt from that artefact.
The best candidates will showcase digital projects that they've pursued beyond the school context to demonstrate their passion and dedication. Avoid showcasing mark-up (e.g., HTML) as tutors are more interested in any programming experience you might have (e.g. Python, Java, C, etc.). We appreciate that many candidates don’t have prior experience, and those that do will likely be self-taught. As such, we do not evaluate the size or quality of your source code. We are instead exploring your interests and what excites you to determine if the course is a good fit.
During the visit to our studio, we’ll ask you to:
- Explain what computing is
- Distinguish computing from digital literacy and ICT
- Describe the potential career trajectories of computing professionals
- Tell us about your level of comfort with mathematics
- Draw our attention to ways you have exercised your computational thinking skills
- Optionally, present a video and/or source code repository of your work
- Communicate your technical knowledge in a clear and concise manner
- Show your enthusiasm for self-regulated problem solving
- Reflect upon how you have collaborated effectively with other people to achieve a shared goal
It’s important that you understand that the visit isn’t a traditional interview, but an opportunity for us to have an informal discussion, during which you can determine whether computing is the right fit for you, or whether one of our other courses might be more appropriate for your skills and interests.
Criteria to be assessed
Video/source code (optional)
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.