Information on DBS: FAQ

Information on DBS: FAQ

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Last Updated: August 10th 2022

Please find below some of the questions we regularly receive about DBS requirements:

What if I already have a recent DBS disclosure undertaken by another organisation? 

If you already have a DBS at the relevant level of disclosure and it is currently registered to the DBS Update Service, it may be possible to use this one instead of applying for a new one. Contact the Registry Support Team or your relevant Faculty Office for advice on this. In order for the University to check your DBS on the update service you will still need to present the same ID to the University, as if you were applying for a new DBS check. You will also need to keep your DBS online registration up-to-date.

How do I complete the DBS form?

View advice on completing the DBS form.

What is the DBS Update Service?

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Update Service allows applicants to keep their DBS certificates up-to-date and allows employers to check a DBS certificate. The service is for standard and enhanced DBS checks only. You can register your DBS even before you receive the certificate but you must register within 30 days of the certificate being issued. Read the DBS Update Service website for more information.

Personal data provided by you for the University to check the DBS Update Service may be stored and used by the University, for the same purpose, throughout the duration of your programme of study. It will be destroyed in a timely manner after the end of your programme.

Any questions or queries? 

If you have any questions or queries on the above processes, please contact the Admissions Team on 0121 476 1181 ext 2386, or email

If the matter is particularly confidential, then you can contact the Registrar & University Secretary on 0121 476 1181 ext 2210 or by emailing website
Department for Education website


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