Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks

A condition of your entry (and continuation) onto the programme is for an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check to take place and the disclosure be deemed satisfactory.

You will be given instructions on completing your DBS check prior to your arrival at University (via the Post Office route) in your Welcome letter.

It is extremely important that you read the guidance and understand what documents the applicant must provide (PDF) you can use for validation.

If you are unsure about the documentation you must provide or you have any questions please contact the SHS Student Support and Wellbeing Team located in the SHS Student Hub (Ground Floor Atrium, Jean McFarlane Building).   

If your DBS enhanced disclosure shows you have a criminal record

We consider each student on a case-by-case basis and have our own procedures in place to deal with students who have previous convictions, cautions or reprimands.

You are reminded that you must also make declarations to the General Optical Council (GOC).

For further information, please see the GOC's guidance on declarations for students.