Criminal convictions and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks

Criminal convictions

On the application form, you will be asked whether you have a "relevant" criminal conviction. "Relevant" offences include convictions, cautions, admonitions, reprimands, final warnings, bind over orders or similar involving one or more of the following:

  • Any kind of violence including (but not limited to) threatening behaviour, offences concerning the intention to harm or offences which resulted in actual bodily harm
  • Offences listed in the Sex Offences Act 2003
  • The unlawful supply of controlled drugs or substances where the conviction concerns commercial drug dealing or trafficking
  • Offences involving firearms
  • Offences involving arson
  • Offences listed in the Terrorism Act 2006

If your conviction involved an offence similar to those set out above, but was made by a court outside of Great Britain, and that conviction would not be considered as spent under the Rehabilitation of Offendors Act 1974, you should tick the box. Warnings, penalty notices for disorder (PNDs), anti-social behaviour orders (ASBOs) or violent offender orders (VOOs) are not classed as convictions for the purpose of this section, unless you have contested a PND or breached the terms of an ASBO or VOO and this has resulted in a criminal conviction.

The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 enables some convictions to become "spent" after a "rehabilitation period". The rehabilitation period varies depending on the sentence imposed by the court. Custodial sentences of more than two and half years can never become spent. Convictions that are "spent" are not considered to be relevant and you should not reveal them.

If you have a relevant conviction we will write to you to ask for more information, which we will carefully consider in the context of the University's duty of care to its students and staff. The information you provide will be treated in strict confidence.

More information about the process for UCAS applicants is available in UCAS Apply:

UCAS website – Apply

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks

If you apply for Medicine, Dentistry, Speech Science, Orthoptics or Social Work, you will need to undergo a full Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly Criminal Records Bureau) check. On the application form, you will need to tell us about any criminal convictions, including spent sentences, cautions (including verbal cautions) and bind-over orders.

All offers of places on these courses are subject to a satisfactory DBS Enhanced Disclosure. If you are made an offer, we will write to you a few months prior to the start of your course with details of how to arrange this.

If you are living overseas and/or have never been a UK resident, any offer of a place will be subject to the equivalent of a DBS check, normally a satisfactory check from your local police station (eg a Certificate of Good Conduct).

Our Disclosure and Barring Service Disclosure Policy Statement for prospective students