Dyslexia Screening and Assessments

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.

One of our USW Bloggers, Charlie, has created a vlog about dealing with Dyslexia and the support available at university:

More information about Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and other Specific Learning Difficulites can be found on theBritish Dyslexia Association website.

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

SpLD Screening & Assessments

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.

If you are studying at a USW partner college please contact your college.

QuickScan is a confidential Online Screener which can identify if you are displaying signs of dyslexia or other Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLDs) (You will be asked to provide an ID number – Please use your Student ID number).

The screening takes approximately 20 minutes to complete: it is not a test and there are no right or wrong answers. 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).

Complete the QuickScan Screener

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 then contact you to arrange your assessment appointment which will take 2-3 hours. Once the assessment report has been completed (approximately 2 weeks), your assessor will contact you to invite you in to discuss their findings. Your report will detail the results of the assessment you have undertaken and whether you have a Specific Learning Difficulty.

A Disability Adviser will contact you to discuss the next steps once we receive a copy of your final report. This may include sending a copy of your diagnostic assessment report to your funding body to apply for Disabled Students Allowance.