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Enabling ServicesPart of Student Services

I have an SpLD

With documentary evidence of your condition, we can help you to access reasonable adjustments including Additional Exams Recommendations (AERs).

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What are reasonable adjustments?

There is a legal obligation on the University to make reasonable adjustments to teaching and learning so that students with disabilities, including Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLDs), are not disadvantaged. 

For more information, please see the guidance documents which outline the reasonable adjustments process, in the 'Useful Downloads' section at the bottom of this page.

What evidence do I need to access reasonable adjustments?

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Permanent reasonable adjustments

If you have a Pre-16 or Post-16 Full Diagnostic Assessment report, we can arrange permanent reasonable adjustments for you. Please see the guidance documents in the 'Useful Downloads' section below to find out more.

Temporary reasonable adjustments

If you do not have a Full Diagnostic Assessment, Enabling Services may be able to arrange temporary additional exam recommendations for you if you are able to send a copy of the following to Enabling Services:

- A JCQ8 form with substantial evidence

Please be aware evidence from a teacher is not acceptable. Enabling Services can only provide temporary AERs for a maximum of two semesters. For permanent AERs, for the duration of your course, you must have Pre-16 or Post-16 Full Diagnostic Assessment.

How do I access a Full Diagnostic Assessment?

Student Support Appointments (SSA)

For students with a disability, mental health condition, long-term health condition, Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD) we encourage you to book a Student Support Appointment (SSA) with a member of our Student Disability and Inclusion team.  We can then discuss and explore support available to you during your time at University. 

With documentary evidence of your disability we can discuss certain types of support, such as: 

Don’t worry if you don’t currently have documentary evidence of your disability, we would still encourage you to make a Student Support Appointment (SSA) with our team so that we can discuss the support that may be available to you, including:  

Useful Downloads

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