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Obtaining your DBS Enhanced Disclosure Certificate University of Greenwich

All students whose programme requires them to take a placement with children or vulnerable adults are required to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure check through the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).  It is the policy of the University of Greenwich that a satisfactory DBS Enhanced Disclosure certificate is received prior to the start of your programme in order to be be fully registered with the university.

The information on these pages provides full details on the procedures for obtaining an Enhanced Disclosure certificate, including using the online application system to make your application.

The university does not accept DBS Enhanced Disclosure certificates from any other registered bodies. However, if you subscribe to the DBS Update Service, and your DBS certificate is the same level of check required for your programme, we will be able to check you current status online with the DBS.

Important Notes

  • Students who do not have satisfactory clearances in time may have their placement activities suspended until satisfactory clearances are obtained.
  • Any University of Greenwich bursary payments that you may be entitled to will be delayed until we have your DBS clearance.
  • We will make every effort to help you complete the process thoroughly but we cannot take responsibility for delays in the processing of your Disclosure application due to inaccurate or incomplete information supplied by you, or through any specific queries which may arise at the DBS in relation to the information you have supplied. Nor will the university be held responsible for any delay in receiving your DBS Enhanced Disclosure certificate, which in turn may result in a delayed placement and funding.
  • As the Disclosure is part of your career portfolio it is your responsibility to contact the DBS in the case of lengthy delays.
  • Once you have completed and submitted your online application to the DBS you will no longer be entitled to a refund.
  • University of Greenwich fully complies with the DBS Code of Practice which sets out obligations for everyone participating in the Disclosure process

What you need to do to now

  1. Use the online system to select the identification documents you will use
  2. Verify your identification documents by attending a drop-in session at one of the university's main campuses.
  3. While at the drop-in session be able to make the necessary payment by debit or credit card (cash payments are not accepted).
  4. Complete your application online

You can find further advice on completing these steps below.

Get started

Step 1 - Select Your Identification Documents

Begin your online application by selecting your identity documents.

Step 2 - Make Your DBS Payment

Find out how much you will have to pay for your DBS application.

Step 3 - Document verification

Attend a drop-in session on one of the university campuses to verify your documents and make a payment.

Step 4 - complete your online application

Complete your application for a DBS Enhanced Disclosure certificate online.

Frequently asked questions

Answers to some of the more common questions about the Enhanced Disclosure process.

Contact us

If you are unsure about any aspects of the application process, contact your campus Student Centre.