Students with Dyslexia or other Specific Learning Difficulties can access a range of support and equipment during their time at University. We would strongly advise you to disclose your difficulties to the Disability Service at the earliest opportunity: this provides us with the opportunity to investigate your difficulties and needs, as well as put the relevant support in place.
Many students encounter study difficulties whilst at University and discover that these are the result of a Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD), such as Dyslexia.
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 help to arrange an on site assessment with an appropriately qualified assessor. The Disability Service works in partnership with the Dyscovery Centre who offer high quality diagnostic assessment services to USW students.
More information about Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and other Specific Learning Difficulties can be found on the British Dyslexia Association website.
If you are studying at one of our partner colleges please contact your college.
Once you have completed the screener, if your feedback indicates characteristics of Dyslexia please make an appointment with a Disability Adviser to discuss your next steps.
The cost of a diagnostic assessment for Specific Learning Difficulties such as Dyslexia within the University is £300.
Support with this cost may be available for 'Home’ and ‘EU’ students studying at USW campuses and enrolled for a minimum of 60 credits.
Diagnostic Assessment Support Fund:
Please note that the Fund is limited and assistance is not guaranteed, funding is allocated on a first come first served basis and is not means tested – THIS FUND IS NOW EXHAUSTED.
Student Support Fund:
Please note that the Fund is limited and assistance is not guaranteed. Diagnostic assessment funding may be available depending on an assessment of your financial circumstances.
If you wish to proceed with arranging an assessment, you should make an appointment to meet with a Disability Adviser who will discuss your assessment requirements and fee payment / funding options and, assist you in arranging an assessment if appropriate.
Once confirmation of your diagnostic funding is received (or if you wish to self fund), an Adviser will complete a referral to the Dyscovery Centre (this may include your QuickScan screening results or information about an previous assessments you have undertaken).
Dyscovery Centre will contact you within 5 working days to arrange your assessment appointment. The Dyscovery Centre aim to offer you an assessment appointment within 20 working days or a referral (depending on your availability). However, during the autumn term demand for assessment appointments is extremely high and timescales may be extended.The assessment itself will take 2-3 hours after which the Assessor will write up their findings. Once the assessment report has been completed (approximately 2 weeks), your assessor will contact you to invite you in to discuss their findings and will provide you with a copy of your diagnostic report.
Once we receive a copy of your final report, a Disability Adviser will contact you to discuss the next steps . This may include sending a copy of your diagnostic assessment report to your funding body to apply for Disabled Students Allowance.