Disabled Police Constable Degree Apprentices

Disclosing as disabled

You are advised to tell both Avon and Somerset Constabulary and UWE Bristol that you are disabled so that reasonable adjustments and support can be considered and arrangements can be made. You may wish to disclose a physical or sensory impairment, mental health condition, specific learning difference such as dyslexia or long-term medical condition.

Does UWE Bristol already know that I’m disabled?

If you disclosed when you completed the application form for your apprenticeship, UWE Bristol will already have details of your disability. You should check that this is reflected on your record by checking your myUWE.

Reasonable adjustments

You can check your myUWE to see whether you have a Disability Code, any reasonable adjustments or an impact statement against your record.

Getting reasonable adjustments

If there is no Disability Code recorded against your record, please email your medical evidence to disability@uwe.ac.uk and, if the medical evidence is acceptable, reasonable adjustments for teaching, learning and assessments will be put in place for you. If the medical evidence is not acceptable, you will be advised what to do next.

For more details, please review the information about submitting medical evidence.

Acceptable medical evidence for Specific Learning Differences (SpLD)

There are several types of assessment report which can be used as medical evidence for SpLD including the following:

Quickscreen

  • Carried out at Avon and Somerset Constabulary

This is not acceptable medical evidence for reasonable adjustments at UWE Bristol, however, very short-term reasonable adjustments may be put in place whilst waiting for a further assessment.

Acceptable for reasonable adjustments at UWE Bristol? Acceptable for accessing specialist study skills support at UWE Bristol?
Yes, only on a short-term basis (ie for a few months). No.

SpLD screening

  • Carried out at UWE Bristol

This is not acceptable medical evidence for reasonable adjustments at UWE Bristol, however, temporary reasonable adjustments and some specialist study skills support can be put in place until the end of the academic year whilst waiting for a further assessment.

Acceptable for reasonable adjustments at UWE Bristol? Acceptable for accessing specialist study skills support at UWE Bristol?
Yes, until the end of the academic year.
Yes, some specialist study skills support may be put in place. 

Assessment of cognition and learning for Degree Apprentices

  • Carried out at UWE Bristol

This is acceptable medical evidence for reasonable adjustments for the duration of the programme and is acceptable for accessing specialist study skills support.

Acceptable for reasonable adjustments at UWE Bristol? Acceptable for accessing specialist study skills support at UWE Bristol?
Yes, for the duration of the programme. Yes.

Diagnostic assessment (UWE Bristol)

  • Carried out at UWE Bristol

This is acceptable medical evidence for reasonable adjustments for the duration of the programme and is acceptable for accessing specialist study skills support.

Acceptable for reasonable adjustments at UWE Bristol? Acceptable for accessing specialist study skills support at UWE Bristol?
Yes, for the duration of the programme. Yes.

Diagnostic assessment (external to UWE Bristol)

  • Carried out external to UWE Bristol

Subject to the report meeting the agreed criteria, this is usually acceptable medical evidence for reasonable adjustments for the duration of the programme and is usually acceptable for accessing specialist study skills support.

Acceptable for reasonable adjustments at UWE Bristol? Acceptable for accessing specialist study skills support at UWE Bristol?
Yes, for the duration of the programme.
Yes.

Assessment for SpLDs

To be assessed for Specific Learning Differences (SpLD) such as dyslexia, you can arrange a Quickscreen via Avon and Somerset Constabulary. However, a Quickscreen report is not acceptable medical evidence for securing reasonable adjustments or ongoing support for the duration of the programme. Therefore, an assessment of cognition and learning for degree apprentices is recommended. To book an assessment of cognition and learning for degree apprentices please contact the Access and Learning Strategies team.

One-to-one support

If you have a Specific Learning Difference such as dyslexia, you may be eligible to access specialist study skills support.

If you have a mental health condition, you may be eligible to access specialist mentoring.

If you have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or Autism Spectrum Condition, you may be eligible to access either of these types of support. To explore this further or to book an appointment please contact the Access and Learning Strategies team.

If you want to find out about other support that may be available to you, please book a Disability Advice appointment.

Writing an impact statement

Please review the information about submitting an impact statement. An impact statement can be used to let staff know more about the impact of your impairment, condition or specific learning difference.

Getting additional time for assignments

Please review the assessment support options including grace periods and extensions.

How can I have a conversation with somebody about this?

You may wish to:

Support from Avon and Somerset Constabulary (ASC)

ASC encourage the use of a wellbeing passport to avoid needing to explain your situation or adjustments every time you change line manager. You can create your passport by completing the attached template (DOC) and sharing it with your line manager.

If you require further support within ASC please use the attached referral form (DOC) and send directly to HRAdvisoryTeam@avonandsomerset.police.uk for your request to be processed.