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I think I might have an SpLD

Where do I start?

If you think that you may have a specific learning difficulty such as Dyslexia or Dyspraxia, we can guide you through the process - from arranging a screening to accessing further support.

Step one: Screening

If you think you may have a specific learning difficulty (SpLD) such as Dyslexia, you can request an online, paper or in-person screening questionnaire from us. Once you have completed the questionnaire it will be reviewed by a specialist practitioner who will advise if you show any signs of an SpLD and recommend if a post-16 full diagnostic assessment is appropriate.

To request a screening, get in contact with us in one of the following ways:

  • Telephone: +44 (0)23 8059 7726
  • Email:
  • Live Chat

Step two: Diagnostic assessment

If it is recommended that you take a post-16 diagnostic assessment you will be given information on how to find an assessor. Please note, assessments must be carried out by a specialist teacher/assessor with a current Assessing Practising Certificate (APC) or psychologists registered with the Health and Care Professional Council (HCPC). 

If you would like some support in arranging a private assessment, meet with one of our specialist practitioners at our Study Skills Support Drop-in and they can guide you through the process.

How long will the assessment take to complete?

Diagnostic assessments take around three hours.

How much will the assesment cost?

Assessments can range between £400 and £600 in cost. We can provide diagnostic assessments free of charge to current students with a household income below £30,000. Please contact us for more information if you think you are eligible.

Step three: Student support appointment

Send your post-16 diagnostic assessment report to to arrange a student support appointment in order to discuss your support recommendations. For example, you may be able to access the Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) and/or be given additional exam recommendations (AERs).

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