DBS & Fitness to Practise Regulations

Enrolment on a Health Professional Programme and Fitness to Practise Regulations within Aston Medical School

Certain academic courses within Aston Medical School involve working closely with both patients and members of the public. In order to ensure that both of these groups are adequately protected, the School is required to undertake Occupational Health screening and an Enhanced Level Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and/or an overseas equivalent upon accepting an offer to study, and at certain other points during, the course of relevant academic programmes. 

In addition, to meet national requirements in relation to courses of study leading to membership of a regulated health profession, the University has introduced Fitness to Practise Regulations for all students on relevant healthcare courses. These formal checks and regulations, in addition to annual self-declarations, are an important part of being a student on a health professional course. Further details on each of these are included below.

Students enrolling onto certain programmes within Aston Medical School at Aston University will be required to undertake an Enhanced Level Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and/or International Police checks. All positive checks will be reviewed by the School’s Disclosure Barring Service Board and certain disclosures may result in restrictions being placed on the student during their studies or ultimately, in the withdrawal of an offer.

Annual self-declarations will be required during the course of any affected programmes. In addition, the School reserves the right to request further DBS checks during the course of the programme. Any new conduct issues may be referred to the School’s Fitness to Practise Committee for review.


  • MBChB

In line with national requirements for programmes leading to a health professional qualification, a number of degree programmes across Aston University are subject to Fitness to Practise Regulations. These Regulations apply to applicants and all enrolled students on these courses and cover any conduct or health issue where a student’s fitness to practise could be called into question. In addition to the issue of guidance and formal warnings, continuation on these programmes could be restricted by the use of sanctions, or ultimately terminated by the Fitness to Practise Committee, if a student’s conduct or health causes sufficient concern.


  • MBChB


Aston Medical School have successfully completed several stages of the rigorous General Medical Council (GMC) approval process and have been approved for undergraduate recruitment starting in 2018. 

It should be noted that for all Fitness to Practise or Occupational Health issues, decisions relate to an individual student’s ability to practise on the course as a student. Any decision does not, (and indeed cannot) bind the regulatory body for the respective programmes in their determination of an individual’s Fitness to Practise upon any application for professional registration.

As part of the application process to the MBChB Programme, applicant data will also be checked with the Excluded Student Database (ESD) which is held by the Medical Schools Councils. The Database records details of students excluded from these programmes on fitness to practise grounds.

Read our guidance for applicants on the ESD.