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Signing Sessions

You should only attend a signing session once you have received a request from the University to apply for a DBS Disclosure, have completed the form online and received a confirmation email. Attending a signing session is mandatory in order to complete your DBS certificate application. Failure to do so may result in serious implications for your continued enrolment on the programme. This process MUST be completed before the commencement of your studies.

You may attend whichever Signing Session is most convenient for you, there is no need to book an appointment.

Dates of DBS Signing Sessions

The following Dates for DBS Disclosure Signing Sessions have been announced:

Programme Date Time Venue

2020 Entry

Nursing Programmes Commencing Feb/Mar 2020

Thursday 30th January 2020

14:00 - 15:30 Jubilee Committee Room (CSH103), Parkgate Road Campus
All PGCE Programmes commencing in September 2020.

Thursday, 30th July 2020

Due to CoVid 19 - dates will be under review and may be subject to postponement.

14:00 - 15:30 Jubilee Committee Room (CSH103), Parkgate Road Campus
PGCE Programmes based at UC Shrewsbury


12:00 - 14:00 University Centre Shrewsbury
Frankwell Quay
Programmes commencing in September 2020

Wednesday, 19th August 2020

Thursday, 20th August 2020

Wednesday, 26th August 2020

Thursday 27th August 2020

Due to CoVid 19 - these dates will be under review and may be subject to postponement. 

14:00 - 15:30 Jubilee Committee Room (CSH103), Parkgate Road Campus

*A list of programmes that require DBS clearance may be found on the University's DBS webpage

All student signing sessions will take place in the Jubilee Committee Room (CSH103) or in CSH005 and CSH006 on the University’s Chester Campus, Parkgate Road, Chester, CH1 4BJ.

Please go to the Cheyney Road Reception upon arrival and enter through the Glass Doors

Please attend whichever Signing Session is most convenient for you. There is no need to book an appointment, but you may wish to register.

Due to limited space available for queuing you are requested not to attend for the signing session before the start time above to avoid excessive waiting.

Directions to the Parkgate Road Campus...
May be found on the Directions to Parkgate Road Campus page along with a Campus Map detailing location of University Buildings. Please use the Old College (Building 51) entrance to attend the Signing Session.

You will need to bring the following items to a signing session:

  1. ID Documents

    You should bring along all of the identity documents that you have used on the online form. These must be official copies - not photocopies or print outs. Between these documents we must obtain evidence of your current full name, date of birth and current address. 

  2. Good Conduct Declaration Form 

    You should print and complete the Good Conduct Declaration Form at home. If necessary, you should also bring a list of any overseas addresses from the previous five years.

  3. Fee

    The appropriate fee as either cash or cheque (made payable to "University of Chester")

Other Checks
Applicants should note that they may also be required to complete other relevant checks to demonstrate suitability or fitness to practice including completion of an Occupational Health Assessment. The University may withdraw the offer of a place if you fail to provide satisfactory Occupational Health clearance.

The University is also required by the Department for Education's  Initial Teacher Education Criteria 1.3 to check that applicants for PGCE, BA QTS or other Initial Teacher Education programmes, are not subject to a prohibition order issued by the Secretary of State and are not Disqualified by Association under the Childcare Act 2006.  

Information for Existing Students
Existing students registering for WB5101 will find the dates, times and venue of the signing sessions on the module space in Portal.

Information for Staff
Applicants for positions of employment at the University should contact Human Resources to arrange a signing session.

The DBS Update Service and Tracking your DBS Application

Once you have completed a DBS application through the Univerity and attended a signing session you will receive an email advising you that the form has been dispatched to the DBS. This email will also give you your form reference number which you will need to subscribe to the DBS Update Service

You are strongly advised to subscribe to the DBS Update Service.  In order to do so you must subscribe within 19 days from the date of your DBS Certificate in order to complete the University safeguarding requirements. 

To be able to track the progress of your application you will also need your form reference number. You can track your DBS application online.

Complete your online DBS application form