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Health Professionals (UCAS applications)

Offer Guidance For Health Courses

Important Message

Please ensure you read all the information below it is specifically for applicants holding an offer on a Health Degree.

Your Offer Conditions - these are detailed on UCAS Track

How do I meet my offer conditions? - we will contact you no sooner than four months prior to your course start date to commence your admission to this course.  See Further Detailed Information below.

Action Required by Applicants

To accept your offer, go to UCAS Track

UCAS Track - Guidance on how and when to reply to your offer

What do I do next?

If you accept our offer we will contact you to begin admission checks and complete your offer conditions.

Further Detailed Information

  • NHS Funding
  • Criminal Record Background Check
  • Medical Clearance
  • Evidence of Qualifications
  • Health Care Experience/ Hospital Visit

NHS Funding

Please note your offer is subject to having an NHS funded place. Eligibility for NHS funding will be confirmed by the NHS Student Grants Unit once you have accepted your offer. We will notify the NHS that you have accepted your place, and the NHS Student Grants Unit will contact you normally four months prior to the start of your course with instructions on how to complete their application form.

For BSc Occupational Therapy and BSc Physiotherapy we are able to offer places to students who are not eligible for a NHS funded place. If you are not eligible for NHS funding you will be required to pay the overseas fees rate for the course.

Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) Clearance Procedure: Criminal Records Background Check and Self-Disclosure - IMPORTANT

As your course gives substantial access to young people or vulnerable groups, it is a condition of your offer that you undergo an Enhanced DBS check and that we receive a satisfactory outcome to this. If you are accepting our offer as your firm choice we need to know now if you have any criminal record to declare. This will enable us to assess your suitability to train in your chosen field.

It is really important that all applicants read our information page. Even if you do not think that you have anything you need to disclose to us, this is a very complex area, so please read this information page to find out more.

Applying for your DBS check

Please note that the self-declaration form is not your actual DBS application/DBS check but is a part of our procedures: we will contact you approximately four months prior to course start with instructions for starting your DBS application.

DBS application fee

There will be a fee for the DBS application, which you pay online at the time of submitting your DBS application. This will be in the region of £52 but is subject to increase for 2014 entry.

If you are on an NHS-funded course (BSc/MSc Occupational Therapy, BSc Physiotherapy, BSc Diagnostic Radiography, BSc Nursing, BSc Midwifery) and you are a Home/EU student the cost will be covered by the NHS. If you are an overseas student on an NHS course or transferring from another institution you will be required to pay for the DBS check.

Update Service

If you already have an Enhanced DBS check from another role and have registered with the DBS Update Service, it may be possible for you to use this check for your course. 

This is subject to confirmation by professional/regulatory bodies and also to the check meeting the University of Cumbria’s requirements in terms of matching your area of study. You will be given an opportunity to discuss this approximately four months prior to course start when we contact all applicants regarding the DBS application process.

Medical clearance

You will be asked to complete a medical clearance questionnaire which will ascertain your fitness to join the course. This is a confidential form which you must complete and return to the Occupational Health Department, Whinacre House, North Park Drive, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY3 8NQ. This will be sent approximately four months prior to the start of your course, to complete and return to the Occupational Health Department. If further medical investigation is required, the Occupational Health Department will contact you directly. Any costs incurred must be met by you.

Evidence of GCSE/Level 3 qualifications

We will need to see evidence of your qualifications listed on your applicant form. Evidence of your qualifications must be provided by 31 August 2014 (we will contact you to arrange this). You will be asked to provide photocopies or scanned copies of your certificates OR final transcript showing result of qualification OR original letter from school or college confirming the qualification awarded to you.   

Failure to produce qualifications which meet entry requirements before registration will mean that you will not be permitted to register and you will forfeit your place on the course.

If you have lost your certificates you must take steps to obtain replacements without delay (as these can take several months to arrive). Here are links to the most common examination boards websites from whom you can order replacements.

A Level / BTEC results

If you are currently studying your A-levels or BTEC qualification you do not need to provide these results as we will automatically receive this information from UCAS. If your results are less than the required grade detailed in our offer to you then you must contact the relevant admissions office immediately to discuss your options.

GCSE results

If your offer includes passing GCSEs you will need to provide confirmation on your results in August as we cannot obtain this information from UCAS.

We would remind you that ALL health students must hold passes at grade C GCSE or equivalent in a range of subjects as outlined below:

  • BSc Diagnostic Radiography – English Language, Mathematics, Science
  • BSc Physiotherapy – English Language, Mathematics, Biology or Combined Science
  • BSc Occupational Therapy – English Language

Health Care Experience/Hospital Visit

If your offer includes the above, you must do this experience/visit no later than 31 July 2014. Please complete the relevant report/visit form and return to the Health Admissions office. We will be looking for a satisfactory outcome in order to confirm your place.

BSc Radiography Your admissions contact:  Health Admissions If you have any concerns about your offer conditions as indicated above please contact us for help: health admissions

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