Disclosure and Barring Service Checks

Disclosure and Barring Service Checks

The DBS works with local police forces to check for spent and unspent convictions, cautions, reprimands and final warnings. Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks are undertaken on every student who is offered a place on a course leading to a professional qualification.

The enhanced disclosure also includes additional information held by local police that’s reasonably considered relevant to the workforce being applied for (adult, child or ‘other’* workforce). Cautions or convictions that may be considered as spent in a standard disclosure, may be revealed on an enhanced disclosure. 

*‘Other’ workforce means those who don’t work with children or adults specifically, but potentially both, eg taxi drivers. In this case, the police will only release information that’s relevant to the post being applied for.


Frequently Asked Questions

Will a Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS) have to be undertaken?

Yes, every offer made is subject to a satisfactory DBS check. It is the university and partner agencies who determine whether a DBS check is satisfactory.

I am the subject of an ongoing or previous criminal investigation or similar, can I still apply?

Yes. All applicants must declare on their UCAS forms whether any of these conditions apply to them. Irrespective of the applicant's response to this question the form is evaluated in the same way as every other form. 

I have a caution or conviction, how does the College decide if I am suitable?

In the case of DBS disclosure of a caution or conviction, the following points are considered:

  • the seriousness of the offence
  • the number of offences
  • the period between the last offence and application
  • the pattern of convictions
  • changes in circumstances since conviction
  • whether the offence has been disclosed by the applicant/applicant
  • evidence of learning and insight following the offence.

I already have a DBS does another one have to be obtained?

Unless you have previously subscribed to the DBS Update Service, the University will need to apply for a new DBS check on your behalf.  


Who pays for the new DBS?

The applicant. Currently, the cost is  £44