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Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

As part of the admissions process to join one of Brunel University London’s Professional courses, you are required to complete an application for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate, previously known as a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB). We only undertake Enhanced checks and depending on the course you apply for you will be checked against the chidren's and adult's barred lists or the children's barred list alone.

Applications are completed online and we no longer need you to come in and complete a face to face ID check. You will need to pay for your application (depending on the course that you have applied for), the cost of a DBS application is currently £51.86 (this fee is subject to change). Only then will you be given access to the online DBS application.

In order to complete the ID check you will need to visit a Post Office participating in the ID checking scheme or carry out the ID check via a Professional Verifier (this means that a professional person in your home country verifies your ID, not Brunel University).

If you are unable to complete the ID check through the Post Office or would prefer coming in to the University you can complete the ID check in the Admissions Office or attend an ID checking event. Further details regarding the DBS application and ID checking events will be sent to applicants in May.

Post Office ID check (this option is for applicants living in the UK, you will need to have registered proof of UK address to use this service)

If you are completing your ID check at a participating Post Office the first step is to pay for your DBS. The cost is £52.86, more information can be found here.

Once payment has been received we will initiate your DBS application and send you online log in information. You should complete your application online and choose your ID as part of the application. Then print out the online verification form and take this form along with your original ID to the Post Office. The Post Office will verify your ID and then alert the DBS so that your application can be released.

Before going to the Post Office please check for your nearest participating Post Office branch, further information can be found on the Post Office website, by selecting the “CRB & ID Verification Service” option. The Post Office ID check costs £11, to be paid directly at the Post Office at the time of the ID check. Please remember to keep your receipt, this is proof that your DBS has been completed and may be required at a later date.

This is fastest DBS application method and the option we recommend. This also means that you do not have to visit the University in order to carry out an ID check.  

Professional Verifier ID check (this option is for applicants that do not live in the UK)

You will have to complete your DBS through a professional verifier ID check  if you do not live in the UK.

In all cases we recommend you complete your DBS application in your home country before coming to the UK. You cannot complete your ID check in the UK unless you live in the UK and have proof of your current UK address.

The first step is to pay for your DBS, the cost is £62.86, more information can be found here

Once payment has been received we will initiate your DBS application and send you online log in information. Complete your application online and choose your ID as part of the application. Then print off the online identity verification form and take the form along with your ID documents to a professional person in your home country i.e. a Police Officer, Solicitor, Doctor, Justice of the Peace, Legal Executive, Warrant Officer, Police Officer, Teacher, University Leacturer, Barrister, Chartered Accountant, Local Councillor, Member of Parliament. The professional person may charge an additional fee for this service. The professional person will complete the identity check form confirming your identity using your original ID.

You then need to send the completed form to the Admissions Office at Brunel University London by email. Once received, we will verify this information and then release the application to the DBS.

Care of address

If you complete the application late in the summer you may wish to use Brunel as your care of address. This means that your completed certificate will be sent to the Admissions Office, instead of your home address, you can select this option in the care of address section in your DBS application.

If you have any questions please contact the Admissions Office on 01895 265265 or email DBS@brunel.ac.uk