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Protection of Vulnerable Groups Scheme

The Scottish Government implemented the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme on 28 February 2011. From that date, anyone employed in regulated work will have to be a PVG Scheme member; this includes teachers.

Students need to be PVG Scheme members and we will facilitate this as part of the registration process. The biggest difference for students will be the charge of £59, which has been set by the Scottish Government. This fee will have to be paid at the time of application.

Information for 2020/21 students

Universities will be sent PVG and existing PVG (EPVG) application forms during November 2019 for onward distribution to students. Please note that this is in addition to the PVG or EPVG that you may have already completed for your university when you first started your course and a new PVG/EPVG is required by GTCS and the Regulation Team.

Completed PVG application forms should be returned to your university including identification requirements and a completed payment form. The university will then send the forms to us by the end of January 2020. If you are then required to complete a full record scheme, there will be an additional requirement including payment of the fee.

Required documentation

The following documents should be returned with your PVG Application / Existing PVG Application:

  • Three photocopies of ID
    • One photographic, such as passport or photo drivers licence
    • Bill/document showing your current address
    • Birth certificate
  • Payment details - PVG check is £59 and EPVG is £18. Please complete the enclosed payment form If you are then required to complete a full scheme record check, the fee is £41.

PVG Scheme Membership Statements

PVG Scheme Membership Statements are not sufficient for GTCS and registration purposes as they do not show information that is required in relation to convictions.

If you have a PVG Membership Statement you will be required to complete an Existing PVG Application at the cost of £59 so all of the information required shows on your PVG Scheme Record certificate.

For more information or to discuss your application please contact:


Got a question?

Contact our Student Support Team:
T: +44 (0)131 314 6000