Dyslexia Screening and Assessments

Students with Dyslexia or other Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLDs) can access a range of support and equipment during their time at University. 

More information about Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and other SpLDs can be found on the British Dyslexia Association website.

If you are a USW student and you suspect that you may have dyslexia or another SpLD / require an up to date assessment, the Disability Service can offer free on-line screening and help to arrange a full diagnostic assessment.

If you are studying at one of our partner colleges please contact your college.

Please note: The University does not provide screening or diagnostic services in relation to ADhD, Austism Spectrum Conditions or other mental health, sensory or physical disabilities. We recommend that you discuss such concerns with your GP in the first instance and seek an appropriate NHS referral.

Quickscan Screener

QuickScan is a confidential Online Screener which can identify signs of dyslexia or other Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLDs). The screening takes approximately 20 minutes to complete: it is not a test and there are no right or wrong answers. You will be asked to provide an ID number – Please use your USW Student ID number.


Complete the QuickScan Screener

When you have completed the QuickScan, you will receive immediate on-screen feedback about your learning style and whether you are displaying characteristics of Dyslexia or other Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLDs). If your feedback indicates characteristics of Dyslexia, please make an appointment with a Disability Adviser to discuss your next steps.

Diagnostic Assessment

If you are studying at one of our partner colleges please contact your college.

The Disability Service co-ordinates Diagnostic SpLD Assessments on USW's South Wales campuses, in partnership with a pool of free-lance Assessors. The cost of a Diagnostic Assessment via the Disability Service is £300.

Enrolled USW students studying a minimum of 60 credits in 20/21 or 21/22 academic years, may be eligible to receive a free internal assessment with support from the Diagnostic Testing Bursary. Please note that the Bursary fund is limited and assistance with assessment fees is not guaranteed. Students who do not qualify for the Bursary, may be able to apply for assistance with assessment fees from the Student Support Fund.

If you would like to have a Diagnostic assessment or need an updated assessment, please make an appointment with a Disability Adviser.