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Suitability assessment at UiB

A suitability assessment is a comprehensive assessment of the student’s academic and personal qualifications for work as a teacher or as a health or social care worker.

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Relevant programmes at UiB

The suitability assessment applies to the following programmes:

  • Teacher (Integrated Teacher Programme and Postgraduate Certificate in Education - PGCE)
  • Special Education (Bachelor's Programme in Special Education)
  • Pharmacist (Master Programme in Pharmacy)
  • Clinical nutritionist (Master's Programme in Clinical Nutrition)
  • Doctor (Cand.med.-degree programme)
  • Psychologist (Professional studies in Psychology)
  • Dentist (Master of Dentistry)
  • Dental hygienist (Bachelor of Dental hygiene)
  • Speech Therapist (Master's programme in health sciences - Logopedics)

Who is deemed to be unsuitable?

A student posing a potential danger to the lives, physical and mental health, rights and safety of kindergarten children and pupils or patients, clients and users is not suitable for the profession.

Why do we have a suitability assessment?

To ensure that only students who meet the requirements of the national curriculum receive diplomas.

Continuous suitability assessment

All students in teacher education programmes and health and social care programmes are assessed on a continuous basis throughout the study programme. Students will receive information and guidance, but also have an individual responsibility to seek guidance. Teaching staff, practice supervisors and supervisors for the individual subjects are particularily responsible for offering guidance. 

Who can submit a notification of doubt?

Anyone can submit a notification of doubt – the teaching staff, such as practice supervisors and subject teachers, as well as students and administrative personnel. The person submitting the notification is not party to the case, and is thus not entitled to receive feedback. The institutional authority will not consider notifications of doubt that are obviously unjustified.

Special suitability assessment

Such an assessment is carried out if there are grounds to doubt that a student is suitable, based on a notification of doubt. The provisions of the Public Administration Act apply in special suitability assessment cases.

Institutional authority

The institutional authority for suitability assessments is appointed by the University Board and is responsible for processing notifications of doubt prior to any processing in the Suitability Committee. 

Suitability Committee

The Suitability Committee at UiB is composed of members from the relevant faculties and departments. The University Appeals Committee can, following a recommendation from the Suitability Committee, exclude students it finds unsuitable from the given programme for up to five years.