Congratulations on choosing BGU as your firm choice University, we are very much looking forward to welcoming you to BGU and for you to start studying with us in September!
Now that you have made us your firm choice, there are a few things that we need you to complete in order to meet the conditions of your offer with us. We will have already spoken to you about these things in our ‘What’s Next?’ talk, which you received on your interview day, so we hope that none of this information is unexpected. We know that interviews days can be nerve-wracking, so we thought it would be helpful to collate this information for you, so you know what to do next!
Enhanced DBS Check (formally CRB)
As you will be in placement in school throughout your course, you are required to obtain an enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check. To complete this check, we use an external provider, GBG Online Disclosures. You will be required to complete an online form, and take your chosen documents to a Post Office to be verified (a list of selected Post Offices are available via GBG’s website). The cost of this check is £53.20. Where DBS checks are returned as ‘clear’ we do not need to see a copy of your physical DBS certificate as we can access this information online.
You will receive an email from the Admissions Team in Spring 2020 containing information on how to complete your DBS check through GBG Online Disclosures. This email will also contain a PIN and Secret Word that you will need to register on the GBG website. Please be mindful that we can only accept DBS checks completed through GBG Online Disclosures and we will not accept a check from another provider.
If you already have an enhanced DBS check and are part of the update service (you will pay a £13 subscription fee for this), we can potentially use this DBS to meet the course requirements. If you believe that you are part of the update service, please click here to download the ‘DBS Update Authorisation Form’. Once completed, please return this to the Admissions Team either via email or post and we can check that your current DBS meets our course requirements.
If your permanent address is not in the UK or if you have lived outside of the UK for a year or more within the last 5 years, you will also be required to provide a Certificate of Good Conduct or Police Report from the relevant country
PGCE School Direct: If you are a PGCE School Direct student and have a current DBS through your school, please click here to download the ‘School Direct DBS Form’ and once completed, please return this to Admissions.
Health and Physical Capacity to Teach Assessment
For teacher training courses the Department for Education requires all applicants to complete a ‘Health and Physical Capacity to Teach’ assessment so that we can send you into school on placement. In order to assess this, we will send you a ‘Health and Physical Capacity to Teach’ questionnaire in Spring 2020. Once completed, the results will be sent to Lincoln County Hospital for processing. If you are considered ‘fit to teach’ then you will not hear from us, and we will update your student record accordingly. If more information is required as part of this process, you will be contacted directly by the hospital to discuss this.
Proof of Change of Name
If any documents you present to the Admissions Team show a different name to the one shown on your official identification, we will need to see evidence of your change of name. Examples of the documents we are able to accept for this condition are as follows:
- Marriage certificates
- Change of name deeds
- A letter confirming the change of name from a professional eg. Solicitor or Doctor
- Children’s birth certificates (if previous and current names are shown)
- DBS certificates (if previous and current names are shown)
However, if you have none of the above and/or you have another document you think shows this evidence, please contact the Admissions Team and we can let you know if this would be acceptable.
Pre-Enrolment Online Form
Approximately a month before you are due to enrol, you will receive and email containing a link to a Pre-Enrolment Form. We require you to complete this form to tell us some more information about yourself, for example, where you will be living in term time, so that we can make the enrolment process as smooth as possible.
GCSEs and Equivalencies
If you do not have a GCSE in English, Maths or Science at a grade C or above (new grading system: grade 4 or above), and require this for your course, for more information about GCSE equivalency testing please click below.
GCSEs and Equivalency
Other Useful Information
For more information on course fees and how to apply for funding, please click here. For any questions relating to funding please contact our Student Advice team via firstname.lastname@example.org or via telephone on 01522 583600.
PGCE Government Funded Bursaries and Subject Knowledge Enhancement Courses (SKE):
For more information about government funded bursaries and scholarships, and to see if you are eligible please click here.
For more information on Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses offered by BGU please click here.