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. Assessments may be face to face or remote, using video-conferencing technology.

A diagnostic assessment will:

  • find out if you have dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, ADHD or other SpLDs
  • identify reasonable adjustments that could be made to your course, for example extra time in exams
  • help you access appropriate support, for example one-to-one specialist study skills tuition and/or assistive technology. 


What you need to do

  1. Step 1

    Please call the admin team on +(0)117 328 3396 for costs.

    • If you're a UWE Bristol student there will be a substantial reduction of the full cost.
    • If you cannot meet the cost of your contribution you can apply for help through the UWE Bristol Student Hardship Grant.

    You will pay for your assessment before you are assessed, so this cost will not change whether or not there is an SpLD outcome.

  2. Step 2

    Please call Access West of England (AWE) on +44(0)117 328 3396. 

  3. Step 3

    Gather the things you need to bring to your assessment:

    • Any documents relating to previous support and/or diagnosis
    • Prescription glasses, if you wear them for reading
    • A pen that you're comfortable using
    • Any other aids you use for reading (excluding computer-based programmes)


  4. Step 4

    • The admin team will contact you to explain the next steps and make sure you are accessing all the support you can, this may include information about:
    • The admin team will also email you with next steps information.
    • Your assessor will email your diagnostic report to you within ten working days of the assessment.
    • For UWE Bristol students, the admin team will process a copy of your report and pass this to Disability Service to make sure any reasonable adjustments are put in place.


Support for other conditions

I need support for something else

If you have another disability/condition that you want support for you can:

Additional information

What is a Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD) Diagnostic Assessment?

A specialist assessor or psychologist uses a full range of tests to deliver a full diagnostic assessment. A diagnosis of dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, ADHD or other SpLDs may be made.