I would appreciate some advice. I know there are a lot of threads on police cautions already but I have not found one involving similar cicumstances to my own. I have applied to do a PGCE in English, but unfortunately I was too late this year, as the three universities I applied to were unable to consider my application due to becoming fully subscribed soon after I applied. I will apply again next year, unless I get lucky with clearing. Anyway, that's another story. In my youth and very early twenties I had a serious drug problem with crack and heroin. In 2001, I was cautioned for possesion of heroin. I never would have accepted this caution and took my chances with the magistrates court and a good solicitor, were it not for the arresting officer promosing not to raid my parents house if I admitted my guilt and subsequently accept a caution, which to be fair to the man, he stuck to. I have been drug free for many years now - they simply are not a factor in my life - and I can say with as much assurance as any ex-addict can, that it will remain the case. I will shortly be applying under the Freedom of Information Act to the police force involved to make sure that this caution remains on my record. I know that they never get expunged despite the outright lies of police officers trying to persuade people to accept one (3 - 5 years blah blah blah), however they are not always recorded and due to human and computer error they can sometimes be misplaced or deleted. So I might get lucky in that respect. Failing that, my question is... will it be likely to prohibit universities from taking me on and from schools employing me? Thanks in advance.