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DBS Checks

You might have been asked to complete an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check as part of your application. We ask for these checks to ensure that you are able to work with children or vulnerable adults in a variety of settings.

Once you have firmly accepted an offer of a place from York St John University, you will receive a link to complete the relevant DBS check. You cannot apply for an enhanced DBS check by yourself, you have to wait to receive the link from us. 

For further details on the DBS check, including the documents you will require please visit the website:

For the following degrees York St John University will pay for your DBS check:

  • Primary Education (3-7)
  • Primary Education (5-11)
  • All Initial Teacher Education courses (PGCE and Schools Direct)
  • BSc and MSc Physiotherapy
  • BSc and MSc Occupational Therapy

For all other courses, you will be responsible for your DBS payment.

Please note that we do not accept the Update Service in place of a fresh DBS check.

If you have spent longer than three months outside of the UK in the last five years then you will also need to obtain a Police Check or other DBS equivalent to cover the time spent overseas. For further details please visit the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website (

If you have any queries please contact Admissions on +44(0)1904 876598 or

Our process

  • Once you have firmly accepted an offer of a place from York St John University, we will send you a link and log in details to the online application form through Due Dilligence Checking (DDC).
  • After completing the form you will receive your DBS certificate through the post.
  • DDC will advise us when your certificate has been issued and if you have any previous offences. Without these details we will not be able to make your offer unconditional.
  • Keep your certificate safe until Enrolment in September when you will be required to bring the certificate with you.

Applicants must, upon request, provide full details of any convictions. Applications from candidates with criminal convictions will be carefully considered.

The University retains the right to refuse entry to any applicant with a criminal conviction which may jeopardise the security, safety or reputation of the University or its community, or where there are relevant professional criteria which apply.


Information on how the University manages the DBS procedures and the consideration of applications with criminal convictions is set out in the University policy document named, SRA06 - Admission of Students and Criminal Convictions. You can view this document on our key documents page

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