Manchester Metropolitan University

DBS Certificates

Information on how to apply for a DBS Certificate

Once you receive your DBS certificate you must have it verified at the Student Hub within two weeks of the issue date on the certificate. Failure to have your DBS verified will prevent you attending future placements. 

Disclosure information

Certain courses in the Faculty of Education and Faculty of Health Psychology and Social Care require applicants to have a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure certificate before they enrol onto the course. Please read the information on these pages carefully, as without a valid DBS certificate you will be unable to complete your enrolment onto the course or participate in the placement element of your course.


MMU does not share any personal information from applicant disclosures with any third party, including our partner placement settings. The University will share your DBS Certificate serial number and issue date with placements providers. If you do not consent to us sharing your certificate serial number and issue date, please email dbsbirley@mmu.ac.uk

DBS update service – Make your certificate portable

All new DBS applications are eligible to subscribe to the DBS Update service. Once subscribed your certificate is portable to future employers who need the same level of check, as long as the certificate and your subscription remain valid.  

Registration for the Update Service is not compulsory, though if not registered it may reduce the number of placement opportunities available to you on some of our courses of study. More information on the Update Service and details of the subscription cost are available on the Government’s DBS website.

How do I apply?

Attend the University in person by coming to one of our DBS drop-in sessions. Dates, times and location of drop-ins are available via the links below.

If you need advice on how to proceed, please email dbsbirley@mmu.ac.uk for assistance.

What information and documents do I need to provide?

DBS ID verification guidelines have changed. Some documents previously acceptable as ID evidence are no longer valid.

Please view details of what information and documents are needed under new guidelines.

Additional pre-enrolment checks

To comply with statutory requirements, students enrolling on Initial Teacher Training (ITT) or Early Years programmes will be subject to certain additional checks, in addition to the DBS enhanced disclosure.  

All applicants to programmes involving childcare will be required to complete a Childcare Disqualification Regulations self-declaration to confirm they are not disqualified from working in childcare.  Applicants on ITT programmes will be subject to a check against the Department for Education prohibition from teaching list to confirm they are not subject to any prohibition order.

Drop-in sessions

Select the name of the Faculty in which you will be studying for dates and details of the drop-in sessions.

Faculty of Education Manchester

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Faculty of Education Cheshire

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Faculty of Health, Psychology and Social Care Manchester

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If you have lived outside the UK

Non-UK Students:

All non-UK students requiring a DBS Enhanced Disclosure must obtain a certificate of no criminal record/police good conduct certificate from their home country prior to enrolment.  Any application and translation fees for such certificates must be covered by the student.  If a DBS check is a condition of your offer then please provide this information as soon as possible to the Admissions department.  It will also be necessary to complete the individual course requirements, as indicated on this site, when you arrive in the UK.

Under the current DBS ID checking guidelines, all non-UK students must provide a valid passport as one of their three identification documents for the DBS check.  Non-EEA students must hold a valid passport in combination with a Biometric Residence Permit or current work Permit/Visa.

UK Students with a history of overseas residence:

If you are a UK student who has lived in one country overseas for six or more months within the last five years then you must obtain a certificate of no criminal record/police good conduct certificate from that country prior to enrolment, in addition to the requirement to obtain a suitable DBS Enhanced Disclosure.  Any application and translation fees for such certificates must be covered by the student.  If a DBS check is a condition of your offer then please provide this information as soon as possible to the Admissions department.

Please email dbsbirley@mmu.ac.uk for further advice.