School of Biosciences

Thank you for accepting your offer to study at the University of Nottingham.

Next steps...

You now need to complete the additional conditions of your offer.

This includes a DBS Clearance check.

Please complete the following steps.

DBS clearance

The cost of an enhanced adult and child DBS check is £53.74. This will be charged to you at the verification stage of the process when you visit the Post Office to have your ID checked.

To apply for your DBS check, you'll need the PIN and secret word for the course you have an offer for. 

Please use the table below to find the correct PIN and secret word for your course.

DBS check registration log in details
Course nameOriginal/Org PINUnique/secret word
B401 Master of Nutrition and Dietetics  183348 UoNNutrition


Start your DBS check

When completing your DBS form online please ensure you enter the correct information.

Mistakes made on the online form may result in a second verification at the Post Office, additional delay and most likely an extra fee for verification.



Frequently asked questions


What is the deadline for completing my DBS check?

Please see the email asking you to complete your DBS check for full details on the deadline. 

This must include:

  • completing the DBS check details online
  • taking identity documents to the Post Office for verification

We do not expect all DBS certificates to have been issued by this date, but you must have completed the two steps outlined above by the deadline.

The deadline I have been given to meet for DBS is different from my friend who has applied for the same/a different course
We write to applicants about DBS in batches. If you've been contacted later than your friend, your deadline will be later than theirs.
I cannot meet the deadline for the DBS check

If you are afraid you cannot meet the deadline you have been set, please contact Senior Placement Adminstrator:  Katherine Lawson


Identity documents for DBS checks

What documents do I need to verify my identity for the DBS check and how are they checked and verified?

You can use only the documents required by the DBS service. Visit the website to find out more.

If you have any queries please visit the First Advantage Online Disclosures website.

If you cannot find the answer to your question, please contact the First Advantage Online Disclosures team:

  • 0115 969 4600

You must take your documents to the Post Office where they will be checked and immediately returned to you. Post Office staff will scan a barcode that you provide which will be issued to you by First Advantage after you have input all of your details on their system. This barcode scan notifies the DBS service that your identity has been verified and your check will be set in motion.

Please note that only certain Post Offices offer the First Advantage checking service. Visit the First Advantage website for further details.

I do not have my passport, driving license, birth certificate, or other key documents with me at this present time as they are at a different address

If you do not have enough of the eligible documents listed on the website, please contact Senior Placement Adminstrator:  Katherine Lawson

We'll need to talk to you to find out when it's possible to run your DBS check and if necessary, we may need to seek approval from the admissions tutor to request an extension to the deadline.


Existing DBS certificates

I have an existing DBS can I use it?

All firm offer holders are asked to do a new DBS check with our provider First Advantage Online Disclosures.


Length of DBS cover

How long does the University of Nottingham DBS cover last?
The DBS check will cover you for three years’ study. If you need a new one because your course is longer than three years or because you take time out of the course and do not complete within three years, you'll need a second check so that you have cover, unless your original check is registered with the DBS Update Service. 

DBS check payment

Who pays for the DBS check?

In the event that a placement provider specify the need for an updated DBS, the School of Biosciences will pay.


DBS Update Service

What is the DBS Update Service and do I need to join?

We strongly recommend that you register your new DBS on the DBS Update Service.

School of Biosciences students who choose not to register for the update service will have to self-fund any additional DBS costs. For example - if you take an interruption to studies, if you're required to make up time and extend your course for any reason, or for any elective requirements.


Overseas students and DBS checks

I am an international student, when do I complete the DBS check?

Overseas and EU students are required to undertake an international DBS check. We'll send you details of how to do this via email. 

If you're already currently living in the UK but have lived in other countries for more than six months in the past five years, you'll be required to complete both a UK DBS check now and also international DBS checks for each of the countries you've lived in. We'll contact you about this at offer holder stage.

If you're unsure of what you're required to do, please email Senior Placement Administrator:  Katherine Lawson


When the DBS check is complete

Do I need to send in my DBS certificate to the university?

You do need to bring your DBS certificate to university with you as it will be required during the Autumn term of your 1st year.



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