What is a DBS check?
A Disclosure and Barring (DBS) check is a record of a person’s criminal convictions and cautions carried out by the Disclosure and Barring Service. A DBS check is an essential requirement for anyone looking to work closely with children or vulnerable adults (e.g in teaching or healthcare).

Do I need to do a DBS check?
If it is a requirement for you to complete a DBS check, King's Admissions will notify you via email. 


How do I complete a DBS check?
Prior to enrolling at King’s, you will need to complete a DBS check as clearance is required in order to undertake your programme. DBS checks can take several months, so it's important that you start the process as soon as possible, even if your placement is not due to start at the beginning of your programme.

For further guidance on completing a DBS check, please visit our DBS clearance check webpages, where you can find FAQ's covering guidance on:

  • The documents you'll need to provide during the application process 
  • Completing a DBS check if you are an international student 
  • Tracking your application
  • Getting your DBS certificate  


Important to know:  Offer holders will receive reminders if their DBS clearance has not been completed. Please ensure you frequently check your emails on your King’s Apply account.

Do I have to pay for my DBS check?
There are list of programmes who will cover the cost of a DBS check for students. For the full list, please visit our DBS clearance check webpages.


I need further support:

If you are yet to enrol or you are an offer holder:
If you have any questions regarding DBS checks, please contact Admissions by sending a message through King’s Apply.

After you’ve enrolled at King’s:
You can find a contact for your department/course on our DBS clearance check webpages.

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