Application Process: What happens next?

The Admissions team will consider your academic profile which includes your qualifications, personal statement and application as a whole. If you are applying as a Non-Standard student, we will also review your CV, portfolio and academic essay.

If you haven’t included all your documents, we cannot make a decision on your application. We strongly recommend you include everything with your initial application in order to receive an offer of study from us.

Some applicants may also be invited to an interview.

How long will it take to receive an offer?

The majority of fully completed applications will receive a decision. At peak times (Jan-Feb) this may be longer. Applications for courses which are running for the first time in some of our UK campuses may take longer.


How will I know I have received an Offer?

You will be able to check the details of any offers made via the UCAS portal. UCAS applicants must reply to their offer also using UCAS Track.

Applicants who have applied directly will receive an offer letter which will outline the type of offer we have made you. In order to accept your offer, please fill in the acceptance form and send it back to us as soon as possible.

All successful applicants will receive an “Offer Pack” which contains a wealth of information on studying at SAE Institute, designed to help you make an informed choice.

Once you have accepted an offer from us, you will become a fully registered student. This means you will receive your student ID number and your place on the course is reserved.


If you are a mature applicant you may be invited to attend an interview with our Academic Coordinators.

How will I know if I need to interviewed?

If you applied using UCAS we will send you an Invitation to Interview through UCAS Track. This will be followed up by an email directly from ourselves.

If you applied directly you will receive an email directly from us inviting you to an interview.

All our interviews are held at the local campus you have chosen to apply to. You will be expected to attend the interview in person wherever possible, however in some cases interviews may be conducted via Skype.


How do I respond to an interview request?

If you are using UCAS, you can respond to either, accept, decline or request a new date or time.

If you are applying directly you can confirm via email to

It is important that you try your best to attend on the date and at the time provided as our academic staff are very busy. If you do need to reschedule your interview, contact the admissions office as soon as you can.

Most interviews will be conducted in person, make sure you prepare in advance and plan your route to the campus.

What should I do to prepare?

Interviews usually last around 20 minutes. You should be prepared to answer a series of questions and demonstrate your interest in the subject.

Our top tips to prepare for interview are:

  • Research your chosen course well, read our module outlines online and think about how what you are doing now relates to that.
  • Write a list of what motivates you and what you want to achieve.
  • Make notes of any experience you have which relates to your chosen course
  • Write down any questions that you have to ask your interviewer.
  • Have a practice run with a friend or family member.

What to do on the day

  • Make sure you arrive in plenty of time.
  • Listen carefully to the questions and take time to think and explain your answers fully.
  • Don’t panic! Interviews are the perfect opportunity for you to show your passion and knowledge about your chosen subject.

What happens next?

The Admissions team will be in touch as soon as possible after the interview either via UCAS or through email.


Our Recruitment Advisors are here to help and to guide you throughout your application journey.
Do get in touch if you have any questions at or call 03330 112 315

Ask a Question

We are committed to providing a high level of service to every single one of our applicants, but if something has gone wrong, please get in touch with us. Any complaints about the service provided will be addressed using our A05 Student Selection and Admissions Policy

Any applicant who wishes to make a complaint should begin by contacting the admissions office: