Application top tips 

Choosing your next step after GCSEs is of course a big decision. Here we share some top tips to support you during your application journey.

1. Keep your options open
Applying to a 6th Form attached to your school or somewhere a sibling or friend is going to may feel like the safest option– but you could be missing out.
You can apply to as many institutions as you like, and you can accept offers from multiple institutions too, meaning you can decide at a later date about which of these Colleges best suits you and your ambitions. Don’t be afraid to apply everywhere that’s of interest.  

What is important is that you apply by the relevant closing dates. Applying by our closing date of 17th February will mean you are guaranteed an invitation to interview. As an oversubscribed College, late applications are not invited to interview – so make sure you note down the closing dates of all your potential choices, and get your application in ahead of the deadline so you don’t miss out. 

2. Access all the resources you can
Researching your application choices is a great way to help you understand what’s on offer. Even though our Open Event series is complete, you can still visit to take a virtual tour, watch video taster lessons, check out our support, hear from our Head Students and take a look at our interactive prospectus. Friends and family who have attended the institutions you are looking at are also a great resource too. 

3. Join a taster lesson & do your subject research
Our online event platform offers short video taster lessons across all of our subjects, with links to further resources and information. There are a huge range of courses available to you, some of which like A Level Film Studies and A Level Media Studies you are unlikely to have experienced at GCSE – don’t be afraid to see what’s out there! If you have decided on your subjects, make sure you research these in full – even if you have studied a subject at GCSE it can be quite different at post 16, so making sure that you have taken an in-depth look at your options is an investment in your future and helps you to know you are making the right choices.

All of our applicants, and those intending to apply, are encouraged to join our lesson tasters on 8th February, to experience your shortlist of subjects in action. 

4. Remember, what you do now counts
Your attendance and behaviour counts, and we’ll ask for a reference from school and this will form part of our decision to make an offer. Attending and behaving well is also key in making sure you get the best possible grades too, so make sure you treat these aspects of school life with the same importance as your grades. 

5. Don't forget you’ll be supported every step of the way
A key part of your interview is making sure your application choices are the right ones for your future ambitions. If you are unsure, your interviewer will provide advice and support. Every applicant to HNC will also be given access to our online Campus HNC @ Home. This opens in Spring and each week the platform will release new content to support you. This will include subject based activities to help you prepare for the future, competitions, mental well-being advice and support, interactive sessions with our current students and focus weeks such as ‘HNC Careers Week’ where you’ll be able to sample some our Careers support and speak to our Careers team for support and advice.

This will be available to all applicants – with no obligation to accept a place-  and will help you to learn more about your subject choices and life at College.

6. Don’t panic
We know this may feel like a stressful time but it is important not to panic about your future. The important thing to do is meet the application deadline, as we can support you to firm up what your study programme will look like at interview. 

7.Speak to Careers
Your school will have a Careers team who will be doing their very best to support you. If you are unsure about your next steps, make sure you seek their advice and support – they have a wealth of expertise. As part of our HNC @ Home we’ll also be running a special Careers Week to support you and at this you’ll also be able to access the support of our dedicated Careers team.

8. Don’t forget to keep a copy of your application(s) 
At interview you will be asked about the information submitted on your application form – for example, any interests or experiences you have highlighted on there. It is a good idea to keep a copy and refresh yourself just before interview, so that you are ready to answer any questions you may be asked. 

9. Find out more on social media
Social media accounts often give you a really good insight into daily life at College, and the types of opportunities that will available to you as a student, as well as giving you a bit more of a feel for the type of community you will join – you can follow HNC at @Huddnewcoll.

10. Say yes!
There are so many innovative ways to find out about your future choices – and you have nothing to lose by saying yes. We’ll be offering lots of ways to explore HNC to our applicants, to support you to make the right choices – including the chance to speak to our students. Don’t be afraid to say yes to the opportunities you are offered.

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