Fitness to train requirements


For some of our programmes you will need to fulfil our fitness to train requirements in order to be offered a place.

Currently, these programmes are:

The fitness to train requirements consist of:

Occupational health form

You need to complete an occupational health questionnaire to make sure that:

  • your health will not be compromised by your profession (e.g. any existing health problems will not become worse)
  • the health and safety of other staff will not be adversely affected by your being unfit to work
  • everyone – including people with disabilities – who wants to work in teaching or social work can achieve their potential through reasonable adjustments, if necessary. The College will make adjustments, including making sure that placements are accessible.

In order to assess your health, we need to find out if:

  • you are physically able to cope with the day-to-day duties of your job
  • you can communicate effectively with children, parents, clients and colleagues
  • you have sound judgment and insight, and can remain alert at all times
  • you are able to respond to clients' or pupils' needs rapidly and effectively
  • you can manage classes or groups
  • you do not constitute any risk to the health, safety or well-being of those in your care
  • you can, where disabilities exist, meet all these criteria through reasonable adjustments made by Goldsmiths.

The decision we make on your occupational fitness will be based on your ability to fulfil these criteria, taking into account all the duties that you will undertake as part of your job, and any health problems you have.

On the basis of your questionnaire (and evidence from your Doctor) the College will classify you in one of three categories:

Those who are in good health or have conditions which are not likely to interfere with efficiency on teaching/social work/etc.

Those who are in good health but who suffer from conditions which are likely to interfere some extent with their efficiency in teaching either all subjects or certain specified subjects, though these conditions are not serious enough to make the candidate unfit for the teaching/social work/etc profession

Those whose condition is such as to make then unfit for the teaching/social work/etc profession.

Download our occupational health form (PDF)

Suitability declaration form

This is a self-declaration form for students who have been made an offer onto a course which may involve contact with vulnerable adults and/or children. You must include all countries lived in since birth (including the UK if you've lived here all your life).

The form is also your opportunity to declare any convictions, cautions or other relevant information.

Enhanced DBS clearance

As part of the fitness to train process you will need to apply for an Enhanced Disclosure Certificate from the Government's Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). The Enhanced Disclosure Certificate provides details of any criminal offences, cautions, warnings and other issues that might be on your record.

You will receive an email with details of how to apply for an Enhanced DBS Check through our partner, Online Disclosures (GBG). The process is detailed on the Online Disclosures website.

As part of the application you will need to verify your identity by showing original documents at a local Post Office that offers ID checking facilities. You can find a list of these by using the Post Office branch finder. Simply select ‘CRB and ID Verification Service’ and your town/postcode. 

DBS applications cost £56, which includes the cost of issuing the form and the postal verification service.

Please note that if you are currently living outside of the UK then you can start the Enhanced DBS Check but you can only complete the verification stage when you arrive in the UK and have a UK address.

The process of disclosure and fitness to train is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act, and as such no convictions, cautions or other relevant information is ever considered spent. We will provide you with further details when we offer you a place.

The College has a responsibility not to admit students who would be debarred from undertaking work-based placements. Please note that fulfilling your fitness to train will not in itself guarantee that a potential employer will take the same view of a conviction.

Criminal background check from overseas authority

If you have lived outside the UK for a period of 6 months or more past your 18th birthday you will require an overseas disclosure. You can find further information on the UK government website.


If we determine that you do not fulfil the fitness to train conditions, then any offer of a place or provisional enrolment will be withdrawn by the College. If you wish to appeal a withdrawal, please contact the Admissions office on 0207 078 5300 or email:

All information provided will be treated confidentially.

Declaring criminal offences

As an organisation using the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to access applicants' suitability for positions of trust, Goldsmiths complies fully with the DBS Code of Practice and undertakes to treat all applicants for positions fairly. It undertakes not to discriminate unfairly against any subject of a Disclosure on the basis of conviction or other information revealed. 

Goldsmiths is committed to the fair treatment of its students, potential students or users of its services, regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, responsibilities for defendants, age, physical/mental disability or offending background.

Where a disclosure is to form part of the recruitment process, we encourage all applicants called for interview to declare their criminal offence(s) early in the application process. Once declared we will ask that applicants complete a Criminal Declaration By Applicants form and return either a character reference and/or a probation report.

To declare a criminal record please email - enclosing your full name, student reference number, date of birth and programme(s) applied for.

For more information please see our written policy on the Criminal Declaration By Applicants Process (CDAP) (PDF).

Applicants going through the CDAP process and current Goldsmiths students can find support and advice from the following organisations:

Open Book

The Open Book Project at Goldsmiths aims to break down the barriers that discourage people from entering higher education. The project works to support people from a wide range of non-traditional backgrounds including those with criminal convictions, addiction and mental health problems, as well as those who have never truly considered further and higher education as any kind of route to enhancing their future career choices and personal development.


Unlock is an independent, award-winning charity for people with convictions which exists for two simple reasons. They assist people to move on positively with their lives by empowering them with information, advice and support to overcome the stigma of their previous convictions. Secondly, they seek to promote a fairer and more inclusive society by challenging discriminatory practices and promoting socially just alternatives.

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