Admissions – What’s Next?

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Unconditional Offers

Congratulations on receiving an unconditional offer with BGU! Unconditional offers are awarded based on the qualifications listed on your application, but for some courses we may still require verification of your qualifications before you can enrol onto the programme.

This verification can be necessary to meet the requirements of external representative bodies which accredit some of our courses. Depending on the content of the course, there may be other requirements that you will be asked to meet as part of your unconditional offer. For example, we will require students to complete a DBS check if they are enrolling onto a course which includes a compulsory placement.

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.

If you have an unconditional offer, please look out for information from the Admissions Team outlining any requirements you will need to meet before enrolment.

Undergraduate courses (excluding QTS programmes)

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.

Enhanced DBS Check (formally CRB)

As you will be in placement at points 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 £57.20. 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.

The following courses require a DBS check as part of your offer:

Education Studies

Early Childhood Studies

Special Educational Needs and Inclusion

Health and Social Care

You will need to complete a DBS check if any of your joint degree subjects are listed above (for example, Education Studies and English).

You will receive an email from the Admissions Team in Spring 2019 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 you have lived in the UK for less than 5 years you must also provide a Police Report of Good Conduct or Good Code of Conduct Certificate from your Home country.

If your course is not listed above, you are not required to complete a DBS check. We will however need to see a form of official photographic ID before you come to enrol (passport or driving licence). This can be scanned and sent to us via email at admissions@bishopg.ac.uk

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

A few months before you are due to enrol, you will receive an email containing a link to a Pre-Enrolment Online 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. When you receive this email can you please complete this form including all fields with an asterisk.

Other Useful Information

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 here.

GCSEs and evidence of these are required before you can enrol onto the following undergraduate courses:
BA (Hons) Psychology – GCSEs in English Language and Mathematics at Grade C or above
BA (Hons) TESOL and Linguistics – GCSE in English Language at Grade C or above

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 studentadvice@bishopg.ac.uk or via telephone on 01522 583600.

We hope you find all of this information useful, and if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us via email at admissions@bishopg.ac.uk or via telephone on 01522 583648.

Teacher Training courses

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 £57.20. 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 2019 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 you have lived in the UK for less than 5 years you must also provide a Police Report of Good Conduct or Good Code of Conduct Certificate from your Home country.

Salaried PGCE School Direct: If you are a PGCE Salaried School Direct student and have a current DBS through your school, please click here to download the ‘Salaried School Direct DBS Form’ and once completed, please return this to Admissions.

Non-Salaried PGCE School Direct: If you are a Non-Salaried PGCE School Direct student and your school have processed a DBS check on your behalf, please click here to download the ‘Non-Salaried 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. 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

A few months 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. When you receive this email can you please complete this form including all fields with an asterisk. If you are enrolling onto any QTS course, please note that we need to see your original certificates, therefore we cannot accept uploaded qualifications.

Other Useful Information

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

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 studentadvice@bishopg.ac.uk or via telephone on 01522 583600.

PGCE Students:

For more information about bursaries, and to see if you are eligible please click here.

For more information on SKE courses:

Offered by BGU

Offered by external providers

We hope you find all of this information useful, and if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us via email at admissions@bishopg.ac.uk or via telephone on 01522 583648.

Masters courses

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.

Tuition Fees and Payment Plans

In order to meet the payment plan condition of your offer you must set up a payment plan to cover the cost of your tuition fees before enrolment. To set up a payment plan with the University you need to contact our Fees Officer, Chris Matthews, who can be contacted via email at accounts@bishopg.ac.uk or via telephone on 01522 563811.

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

A few months before you are due to enrol, you will receive an email containing a link to a Pre-Enrolment Online 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. When you receive this email can you please complete this form including all fields with an asterisk.

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 studentadvice@bishopg.ac.uk  or via telephone on 01522 583600.

We hope you find all of this information useful, and if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us via email at admissions@bishopg.ac.uk  or via telephone on 01522 583648.

Subject Knowledge Enhancement Courses

For more information about SKE courses:

Offered by BGU

Offered by external providers

Teacher Training Myths

There are often many myths surrounding Teacher Training courses, and to clear things up for you, BGU have compiled our most common myths into one place!

If you have received our Teacher Training Myths flyer then these are the answers to those all-important true and false statements!

“I don’t have to do the skills tests because I have GCSEs in English and Maths” FALSE – GCSEs and QTS Professional Skills Tests are different conditions, and you are required to have successfully passed all of these to enrol onto a course leading to QTS. You will also need to have a GCSE in Science at grade C/ grade 4 or above to enrol onto a course that teaches at Primary level.

“I can do my skills tests whilst on the course” – FALSE – This is one of teacher trainings biggest myths and it is important that you do not leave your skills tests to the last minute! Both the QTS literacy and numeracy skills tests need to be successfully passed before you can enrol onto your teacher training course.

“I have unlimited attempts at the skills tests” – TRUEThe Department for Education recently made changes to the amount of times you can attempt a skills test. You now have unlimited attempts and your first three attempts are free.

“There are no skills test slots available near me” – FALSEThe earlier you book your QTS skills tests the more options you will have in terms of available slots and test centres that are close to you. As the QTS skills tests now allow you to have unlimited attempts, the test centres become full quickly. Leaving your skills tests too late may mean travelling a significant distance to take the tests. Some of our applicants have had to travel as far as Scotland to take the tests so please be mindful of this!

“My friend told me that BGU offer free skills test support sessions if we are struggling to pass the skills tests” – TRUE – This is true! BGU offer FREE skills test support sessions in both Literacy and Numeracy from January-June. We offer two sessions per subject and we encourage you to book onto both session one and two to make the most out of the sessions. Session one is a hints and tips session and in session two, resources will be bought along that you can work on. To book your place, please see the list of dates available in the ‘Teacher Training courses’ section above.

“I have a grade D in my GCSE Maths, my offer says I need a grade C but because Admissions have not said anything to me, I am guessing everything is ok and I can enrol” – FALSE If you have successfully received a conditional offer to study a course leading to QTS, the conditions of this offer will be stated via UCAS/UTT track. All offers for QTS courses state that GCSEs in English Language and Maths are required to be at a grade C/grade 4 or above (this also includes Science for Primary level). The Admissions Team will not inform you that you have not met this requirement prior to enrolment as we stress at interview that it is your responsibility to meet your conditions before you enrol. If you are worried about your grades or if your qualifications meet the GCSE requirements, please contact us or speak to us on your interview day at the ‘What’s next?’ talk.

“BGU will find my placement schools for me” – TRUE BGU differs from other Universities as our Placement Services Team will find your placements for you whilst you are on the course so that you don’t have to!

“I was told that I can do a DBS via the government website as it’s cheaper” – FALSE – If a DBS check is cheaper than £57.20 then this is for a reason. DBS checks that are cheaper to obtain are usually a basic check and not an enhanced one. For all teacher training courses, you are required to hold an ENHANCED DBS check. Admissions will send out information on how to complete a DBS check via our external provider closer to enrolment. You must use our external provider to complete your DBS check as this will provide you with the correct DBS for your course and we can also check the status of your DBS online.

“I have a DBS check already, and I am going to use that to meet the DBS condition of my offer” – BOTH TRUE AND FALSE You can only use a DBS check that you already have if it is enhanced, for the appropriate workforce, and is part of the update service. To be part of the update service you will pay an annual subscription fee of £13. This allows your DBS to be transferrable between organisations. You can only sign up for the update service within 30 days of obtaining your DBS certificate. If you are not a part of the update service then you will need to complete a new DBS check via our external provider. If you have a DBS check through an organisation or school it is unlikely that they will have paid for your DBS to be part of the update service.

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