Criminal Convictions

To help reduce the risk of harm or injury to our students and staff caused by the criminal behaviour of other students, we must know about any relevant criminal convictions that an applicant may have. If you have a relevant criminal conviction, please let us know.

Relevant criminal convictions are only those convictions for

  1. offences against the person, whether of a violent or sexual nature, and
  2. offences involving unlawfully supplying controlled drugs or substances where the conviction concerns commercial drug dealing or trafficking.

Convictions that are spent (as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974) are not considered to be relevant and you should not reveal them.

You must tick the box on the monitoring form (the final page of the application form) if either of the following statements applies to you:

  • You have a relevant criminal conviction that is not spent
  • You are serving a prison sentence for a relevant criminal conviction.

If you enter a tick in the box you will not be automatically excluded from the application process, however we may want to consider the application further or ask for more information before making a decision. If you fail to declare any relevant criminal conviction on the application form, then this may affect your offer or registration at a later date.

If you are convicted of a relevant criminal offence after you have applied, you must tell us. You do not need to send details of the offence; simply tell us that you have a relevant criminal conviction. We may then ask you for more details.

Agency details and further information

England & Wales - Criminal Records Bureau 
Scotland - Scottish Criminal Record Office Disclosure Service