Fitness to Practise

The University expects the highest standards of behaviour from students on courses leading to a professionally recognised qualification.

What is Fitness to Practise?

Fitness to Practise regulations ensure that students meet professional standards of conduct for awards that lead to a professionally recognised qualification, for example Medicine, Initial Teacher Training and Dentistry.

When you register for a programme of study subject to Fitness to Practise regulations, you will have to sign and abide by a programme-specific Code of Professional Conduct.

Programmes subject to FTP

  • Bachelor of Arts in Social Work
  • Bachelor of Dental Surgery
  • Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery 
  • Bachelor of Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy (full time and flexible routes)
  • Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene and Therapy
  • Doctor of Applied Educational and Child Psychology
  • Doctor of Clinical Psychology
  • Doctor of Forensic Clinical Psychology 
  • Doctor of Forensic Psychology Practice
  • Master of Arts in Social Work
  • Master of Science in Forensic Psychology Practice
  • Master of Science in Pharmacy 
  • Master of Science in Physiotherapy (Pre-registration)
  • Postgraduate Certificates in Education (PGCE) leading to qualified teacher status (QTS) (Initial Teacher Education)
  • Postgraduate Diplomas in Education leading to qualified teacher status (QTS) (Initial Teacher Education)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Physician Associate Studies
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work

Your code of conduct

Each programme subject to Fitness to Practise has a code of conduct which is specific to the profession involved. If you need a copy of your Code of Conduct, you will need to contact your School or Department. Each profession-specific Code of Conduct is based on a Generic Code of Conduct that is updated annually.

The investigation process

Fitness to Practice concerns will arise if you breach your programme-specific Code of Conduct or if you breach general University student conduct regulations.

Initial procedure

An independent Investigating Officer will investigate each Fitness to Practise concern. You will have an interview with the Officer, who will make a decision, based on the evidence, about how to proceed. If the breach is minor and you admit the offence, you may be given a sanction by the Officer; or, if your case is considered serious, it can be passed on to a College Fitness to Practise Committee.

Referral to College Fitness to Practise Committee

If, based on the evidence, the Officer considers your case serious, it will be referred to a College Fitness to Practise Committee. This committee will hear your case in strict accordance with the code of practice below, to ensure fairness. You should read carefully through the code of practice so that you know what to expect.

Sanctions

A range of sanctions can be applied if you are found, based on evidence, to have breached University regulations:

Instances of proven Fitness to Practise breaches may result in your being unable to pursue your chosen profession. 

Appealing the decision

You may appeal in writing within fifteen working days against the decision of the College committee, specifying the grounds of appeal, by using the following form:

Confidentiality

All cases will be recorded within your School/Department and this
information will be retained in accordance with the departmental record
retention policy.

Information for staff

If you have a query with regard to Fitness to Practise investigations and processes, please contact Student Conduct on 42741. Further information can also be found on the Fitness to Practise information for staff page.