scary mum wrote:
State schools can't interview! Not officially, anyway. Some universities give lower offers to pupils from comprehensive schools than grammar schools, particularly if the comprehensive is in the bottom ?40%. Known as contextual offers, I think. The advantage of doing 4 is that there is a choice of which one to give up at the end of year 12, but that is disappearing to some extent with the changes to A levels.
They can invite you in to discuss the suitability of your intended A levels and how likely they are to be able to accommodate your desired combination with regard to practicalities such as lab space (to be fair, the kind of chat the school will have been having with internal candidates), but no, this can't be turned into an interview. Round our way, schools which ask external applicants to come in for a discussion following an initial expression of interest do it back before Christmas, though, (i.e. before making provisional offers), not a couple of days before the beginning of year 12. At this stage (and enrolment for our sixth forms tends to be within 24 hours for results day, as well), the visit to the new sixth form would be to confirm that you were taking up your place and actually to enrol.