Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

It is a statutory requirement of the Home Office, that any individual who will be teaching in a UK school or works with children or young people must be in receipt of a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure Certificate (Child workforce) from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). The DBS checks will be arranged by UCL Graduate Admissions team in line with the UK regulations. The cost of the DBS will be covered by UCL but there will be a charge (£15.00) to get your ID documents checked at a Post Office (reimbursed by UCL). This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and it is subject to change.

Teaching practice places students in a ‘position of trust’, as set out in the Exceptions Order to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (ROA) 1974. Students will need to supply a criminal record check (Police Report) from the relevant authorities in their home country, and from every other country in which they have previously spent 6 months or more in the past 5 years. This document should contain details of any cautions, convictions, reprimands, warnings or bind overs recorded against the student’s name, or confirm that there are none. If this information is not in English, students will also need to supply an official certified translation of the document. The cost of this check varies by country and is payable by the student. More information on how to obtain these can be found on gov.uk. This will need to be supplied to the UCL Graduate admissions team.

Failure to submit a satisfactory criminal record check will jeopardise a student’s teaching practice, if their clearance remains outstanding at the time of enrolment. Read more on UCL's DBS checks page. 

Equal Opportunities

The IIS and its partners are firmly committed to equal opportunities for all students, regardless of sex, sexual orientation, marital or civil partnership status, ethnic origin, race, colour, nationality, political beliefs, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, disability and age. If you have a disability that might have an impact on your studies, please do let us know so we can ensure reasonable adjustments, if needed, can be made. If you have not already disclosed your disability during the course of your application, please contact Student Services at admissions@iis.ac.uk.

Also see UCL’s Equality and Diversity Policy and SOAS’ Equality and Diversity Policy.