After you accept your PGCE offer
If you accept an offer to study a PGCE with us, you'll need to complete several forms before we confirm your enrolment. We'll send you the relevant forms in your offer email. The following information explains what each of these forms are and why we ask for them.
Trainee agreement form
Our PGCE is a course of professional training. The Trainee Agreement Form helps you understand the expectations and demands of the course and helps us resolve any challenges.
Fitness to teach
Teachers have a duty of care towards the pupils in their change. We're required to assess your physical and mental fitness to meet the demands of the career, so you have to complete a 'Fitness to teach' form. These fitness standards are summarised in the Higher Education Occupational Physicians and Practitioners (HEOPS) teaching student fitness standards.
Occupational Health questionnaire
All candidates offered a firm or conditional place on a course of Initial Teacher Training must complete an Occupational Health questionnaire before final acceptance.
This information will be assessed by the Occupational Health Nursing staff who may contact you by phone for further information if necessary. Occasionally an appointment may need to be made with either one of the Occupational Health Nurses or the Occupational Health Physician.
Please be aware that you may be deemed unfit to continue your training if you are found to have:
- Failed to disclose information which would otherwise have made you ineligible
- Given false information, including appropriate information about medical problems which arise during training
- Failed to comply with recommendations by occupational health, such as regular monitoring or check-ups during the course
If the questionnaire identifies that you need occupational health support during your studies, we can give you support for your physical, mental and social wellbeing. You can contact us with any concerns you have about your health in relation to your training at any time and we can arrange a referral on your behalf to the Occupational Health Service
Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
All individuals working in a school environment are legally required to take a DBS check. We will request a DBS check as part of our conditions of enrolment. DBS forms will be sent to you close to the start of the course.