Compulsory admission criteria

Information on compulsory admission criteria, criminal record checks, health screening and how to upload documents to our applicant portal.

Acceptance to our Nursing or Paramedic Science degree is subject to criminal record clearance and a satisfactory health screening.

For this, please upload the following documents to the applicant portal:

  • photographic ID (e.g. passport, driving licence with photograph);
  • proof of immigration status (if applicable, Home Office letter, Valid visa page);
  • proof of address – must be dated within 12 months (e.g. front page of utility bill, mobile phone bill, bank statement);
  • birth certificate;
  • marriage certificate (if applicable);
  • divorce certificate (if applicable);
  • academic qualification certificates (for those qualifications already gained).

To activate your Portal, please visit the portal and enter your student number and date of birth. You will then be able to directly access the Portal or via the My Portal link at the bottom of our webpage.

Disclosure Scotland PVG application

If you are offered a place on the degree course and you accept this offer, we will then require you to complete a Disclosure Scotland PVG application.

The PVG Scheme is for people doing 'regulated work' with children and protected adults. A PVG certificate contains all unspent and certain spent conviction information. It also contains any other non-conviction information that the police or other government bodies think is relevant. Applicants are advised to contact Disclosure Scotland if they require more information on disclosure of conviction information.  

An online PVG form will be sent to you for completion which you will need to return to us within the timescales advised to you. Once we have processed our final checks and authorisation, we will forward your PVG Application form to Disclosure Scotland. When Disclosure Scotland has processed the form, you will receive the Disclosure certificate for your reference and a copy will, at the same time, be sent to us. We do not need you to send us your copy but you should retain this for future reference.

Each applicant will be considered on an individual basis, considering all the relevant circumstances relating to the offence. All PVG information is sent to an Admissions Fitness to Practice panel who will decide on whether you are capable of safe and effective practice based on the information contained within the PVG Certificate.

Criminal record check for students resident outside the UK within the last five years

If you have been resident outside the UK within the last five years, you are required to obtain a Criminal Record Clearance from the countries you have been resident within. If this applies to you, please email with “Criminal Record Clearance Check – Outside the UK” as the subject for further details on what we need from you. Failure to disclose this information may impact on acceptance to the course.

Occupational health check

You will be required to complete an online Occupational Health questionnaire. If you are offered a place on the course and you accept this offer, we will send the questionnaire link to you. Your response will go directly to our Occupational Health team who will review your answers and be in touch directly with you if necessary. This process is strictly confidential and will be seen by the Occupational Health team only.

You will require information regarding your childhood vaccinations – this may take some time for you to get information from your GP etc. so we strongly urge you to contact your GP at your earliest convenience to facilitate a timely return of the questionnaire.

Previous nursing studies in the UK

If you have previously undertaken Nursing Studies within the UK, please email now with confirmation of the course and dates of study.

Failure to disclose this information may impact on acceptance to the degree course.

Without satisfactory completion of the clearance checks in the timescales advised, applicants will not be able to complete the admissions process or indeed commence the programme.