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PGCE Checks

Important note to all applicants

Please refer to the ‘next steps’ email which directed you to this webpage for a list of your outstanding offer conditions, then refer to the relevant section below for guidance on how to meet these.

Please note that failure to meet your offer conditions prior to the course starting could lead to you losing your place or the release of financial support being delayed.

Qualifications check

If you did not provide evidence of your qualifications at a face to face interview or they are listed as outstanding on the email which directed you to this page, you will need to upload copies of your GCSE certificates to your Applicant Portal, and also provide your original degree certificate with a photocopy.


How to provide your original degree certificate

It is a Department for Education (DfE) requirement that we see your original degree certificate.

Lancaster, Carlisle and School Direct applicants - you will receive an email from us at the end of June asking you to post your original degree certificate to us by recorded delivery during July and August. Please contact us at if you would rather bring your original degree certificate to campus in person. Please wait for us to contact you in June before posting your certificate - the email will contain the full postal address for your campus. All certificates will be returned in person during your first week on campus. 

London applicants - you will be able to provide your original degree certificate to campus on 3 dates during July and August - all dates will be confirmed by email at the end of June.

Please refer to the FAQ’s below for further information on how to provide certificates. 

If you are due to take a GCSE equivalency test in summer 2022

If your course has GCSE entry requirements and you are due to sit a GCSE or equivalency exam this summer, please contact us as soon as you have your result and upload a copy of your certificate to your Applicant Portal.

School Direct students only: if you have provided your qualifications at interview, we have requested that schools forward these to us. However if these remain listed as outstanding then you may wish to provide your qualifications directly to us again to ensure these are received as school offices are likely to be closed after mid July.

What will you accept as evidence of my GCSEs?

What will you accept as evidence of my degree?

What if I have lost my qualifications?

What if I am still studying?

I need to do a GCSE Equivalency Test

How can I provide documents?

What is the ‘Right to Study’ check?

Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check (Formerly CRB)

School direct salaried applicants should contact the lead/employing school in order to complete this check.

School direct non-salaried and PGCE students please see our DBS pages for instructions on what you need to do now.

Medical Clearance

If your course requires medical clearance, guidance on how to complete this admission check can be found on our medical clearance information pages.

Finance information

Money Advisors will be available to help with finance and funding enquiries. Further information about tuition fees for your course and funding support available is available on the . 

PGCE applicants may be eligible for a . Once you have provided evidence of your degree qualifications, admissions will e-mail you if you are eligible for the bursary with confirmation of your bursary award and guidance on what you need to do to ensure that the bursary is paid. Emails will start to be sent from April onwards. You do not need to contact us to apply for the bursary.

Accommodation information

Further information about accommodation options in Lancaster, Carlisle and Ambleside is available on the . A link to the accommodation application forms is sent automatically to applicants that accept the University of Cumbria as their firm choice.

Course welcome information

School Direct: Early course welcome information for your course including term dates, provisional timetables, reading lists and any pre-course preparation will be provided by your alliance.

University Based PGCE: Early course welcome information for your course including term dates, provisional timetables, reading lists and any pre-course preparation will be available later in the summer. We will send you an email to let you know when this is available.

Placement information

Teacher training students will be contacted following registration to begin making arrangements for school placements.

For more placement Information please click here.

International students

We are pleased you have accepted your place at the University of Cumbria. We would like to make your transition as smooth as possible by helping with everything we can.

If you are required to apply for a Student Route Visa, in order to progress further by obtaining your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) you will need to ensure that all offer conditions have been met. Once these have been completed we will then issue an Unconditional offer. You will also need to have paid your deposit as shown in your offer letter. Please advise as soon as you have done this, preferable by emailing a copy of your remittance slip. Please also ensure your student number is shown on the slip when transferring funds. Further information regarding your CAS will be sent by email.

The original copies of all qualifications you have used to gain entry to the UoC programme must be seen at Registration along with any English Language qualifications eg. (IELTS). For any queries regarding obtaining your CAS or Visa please contact

If your course requires Medical and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance then please go to our  for further information.

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