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Successful applicants are required to undergo an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service records check at the beginning of the course, which will identify spent and unspent convictions, cautions, reprimands and warnings. Not all convictions will result in being barred from the profession. Certain types of offences against children will always disqualify an applicant, and offences against the person and recent/serious dishonesty are likely to disqualify a candidate from entry onto a medical degree.

Applicants and students are asked to make known a positive declaration as early as possible, so that the individual circumstances may be considered in a timely fashion, and so that study is not interrupted or terminated due to the late disclosure of something relevant to an enrolled student’s fitness to practise.