Get dyslexia and SpLD support
If you're a student with a Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD), support is available to help you with your studies.
Specialist one-to-one support
We can provide one-to-one specialist support to help you develop study skills and strategies to become a more independent learner with transferable skills. The support is catered to your individual needs and learning preferences.
You need to provide evidence of your SpLD diagnosis. If you have evidence, please contact Access West of England (AWE).
If you don't have evidence, you will need to be diagnosed.
"With all these interventions in place my grades have massively improved since my last degree and I’ve been a bit shocked, if I’m honest, at the level I can achieve."
Nicola Burr Occupational Therapy
"The thought of having to take notes in lectures, carry out presentations, writing essays, exams and learning lots of new terminology was very daunting.
"I knew why I found things harder than others as I was diagnosed with dyslexia around the age of eight, but had very little support at school so didn't realise the type of support I might be able to get.
"After telling the assessor my worries she explained to me how I was severely dyslexic, and she wasn’t sure how I managed to get through my last degree without support. She also found that I could read a lot better if the text had a very bright yellow background.
"Once I had the evidence I was dyslexic I was advised to apply for Disabled Student Allowances (DSA) which would help fund specialist software for my laptop, possibly help with printing costs, and provide me with one-to-one time with a specialist tutor. I was also told to expect extra time in any exams and, in my case, a reader.
"I now see my study skills tutor most weeks for an hour or two depending on what work I have on. Those first few sessions were about making sure I was organising my notes in the best format I could and that I had a good revision strategy. We then went on to do a lot of work on planning essays."
Book a diagnostic assessment for SpLD or ADHD
If you think that you have an Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD) or Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), support may be available to help you with studying.