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School of Health and Society

Declaration of any convictions, cautions, reprimands, bind-overs and final warnings

The offer of a place on a programme where students engage in Regulated Activity relating to adults and/or relating to children is subject to receipt of satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance. This condition will remain in place irrespective of whether you have registered as a student or commenced your studies. Failure to get satisfactory DBS clearance will put your place on the programme at risk.

When you attend an Identification Verification Session you will be asked to complete a Criminal Convictions and Good Conduct Declaration form. This is an opportunity for you to disclose any convictions, cautions, reprimands, bind-overs or final warnings for an offence which, when the Disclosure and Barring Service is processing your criminal record, will not be filtered out from the Police national Computer.

You can also disclose if you have any pending court appearances or your have been charged by the police in relation to any criminal offence. Any matters you disclose or appear on your DBS Enhanced Certificate will be considered by an Admissions Panel. The Admissions Panel complies with the University's Student Vetting Policy, and with professional, statutory and regulatory body guidance. If you fail to disclose any offence you are putting your place on the programme at risk as the Admissions Panel may withdraw the offer of your place on the programme or cancel your registration and remove you from the course.

The University accepts no responsibility for any adverse consequences which result from the University withdrawing your offer of a place on the course, or cancelling your registration and removing you from the course (as the case may be).The Admissions Panel consider all cases on an individual basis and in confidence. A criminal record may not, in itself, prevent you from being offered a place on a course.

In considering any cases, the Admissions Panel will apply the following criteria:

  • Nature and gravity of the offence(s)
  • Age at the time of the offence(s)
  • Length of time since the offence(s)
  • Number of offences
  • Any pattern of offending behaviour
  • The severity of the sentence/disposal
  • Relevant of offence(s) to profession
  • The circumstances surrounding the offence(s) and the explanation(s) you have offered
  • Applicants response to offence(s) and rehabilitation and if your circumstances have changed since the offending behaviour
  • Public trust

When you are completing the Criminal Convictions and Good Conduct Declaration form or in any additional statements, ensure you address all these points so the Admissions Panel can make a decision considering all the relevant information. 

If you require any clarification on the Admissions Panel process or require any further information please email

As a registered student, it is the student's responsibility to inform their programme leader and/or personal tutor if they commit an offence during the course of their programme. On the anniversary of your registration students will also be asked to complete an Annual Declaration of Good Conduct and Good Health form. Any changes declared on this form will be considered under the relevant University policy.