Suitability to Train to Teach


All PGCE applicants are required to undertake a 'suitability to train to teach' assessment before they are permitted to register onto their PGCE programme. This assessment includes the following checks:

All PGCE applicants are required to apply for an Enhanced DBS Check prior to starting the course.  Details on how to complete the relevant forms will be sent to applicants by the Admissions DBS team, at the point an applicant completes their self-declaration form.  We ask you to respond to requests from this team regarding the DBS process promptly as it is important that we have a satisfactory enhanced disclosure for you before you go into a school setting.

Applicants who have lived outside the United Kingdom (UK) for a period of more than 12 months within the last 10 years while aged 18 or over will also be required to provide a police check from that country to cover the period of residence.

Applicants who have never lived in the UK will be required to provide an international police check, in addition, they will be required to apply for an Enhanced DBS check upon arrival at the University.

Further details can be found on our fitness to practice webpages   

All correspondence in relation to Police Checks and DBS need to be directed to our Admissions DBS Team at

All PGCE applicants are required to complete an online self-declaration form. Details on how to complete this form will be sent to offer holders by the Admissions DBS team at the point they firmly accept their offer.

Primary PGCE (including School Direct) applicants only:  As part of the self-declaration form, Primary PGCE applicants have to confirm that they have read the information provided regarding the Disqualification under the Childcare Act and do not fall under the criteria for disqualification. See Childcare Disqualification Regulations for more information‌.

All correspondence in relation to the self-declaration need to be directed to our Admissions DBS Team at

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The contents of the assessment form and all medical information obtained is stored securely and will remain confidential to the Exeter Occupational Health Service and will not be disclosed without your consent. 

If when completing the online assessment form you have any queries or issues please contact the Occupational Health team directly on +44 1392 405800 or via email at