Specialist study support for students with SpLDs

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.

Specialist study support can help you with:

  • Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD) such as dyslexia, dyspraxia and dyscalculia
  • Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Autism/Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Students with other types of disabilities or medical conditions may also benefit from this type of support. The venn diagram on this page shows the main learning difficulties we support.

How specialist study support can help

It helps you explore your study skills. Your tutor may help you:

  • understand how you learn best
  • read efficiently
  • develop note taking strategies
  • use software to become more independent
  • develop memory techniques
  • prioritise tasks and manage time effectively
  • develop skills in planning and organising
  • develop academic writing skills, including strategies for independent proofreading and editing (we do not offer a proofreading service)
  • prepare for assessment eg exams and presentations
  • improve self-confidence
  • transfer strategies into workplace settings.

The aim is to:

  • enable you to develop effective, transferrable study skills and strategies
  • become more independent in the learning environment
  • cater to your individual needs and learning preferences.

"The dyslexia learning support I have received has been outstanding, building my self-confidence and teaching me strategies to address my weaknesses."

Avril, Adult Nursing
Read more of Avril's story

Avril Adult Nursing

 Adult Nursing graduate Avril always wanted to care for people, but had few qualifications. During her time at UWE Bristol, she not only gained her qualifications but also so much self-confidence that she became a Peer Assisted Leader (PAL). 

“It was with some trepidation that I joined the Adult Nursing course - the most daunting challenge of my life. 

"[With dyslexia-learning support] I improved to such an extent that I volunteered to be a Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) Leader and loved every minute of interacting with students in the year below and encouraging them to believe in their own abilities.” 

With the self-assurance she gained, Avril transferred from the diploma to the degree course.

“The greatest achievement of my life”. 

The role of your tutor

  • They will support you to develop academic writing skills including strategies for independent proofreading and editing, but do not offer proofreading.
  • You can change your tutor if you like.
  • You can see your tutor for a maximum of two hours a week.

Specialist tutors can work with you using course materials as a framework, but cannot provide subject-specific tuition.

Book your support

You can usually book up to three weeks of appointments in advance – this is open to discussion with your tutor.

  • Appointments are offered at Frenchay, Glenside, Bower Ashton and Bristol City campuses.
  • If you are unable to come to campus, sessions may be available over the phone, via email or Skype.
  • You can book sessions with your tutor at the end of an appointment, call +44 (0)117 32 83396 or email spld@uwe.ac.uk.

Tuition is offered on a one-to-one basis and each session lasts for one hour. You can organise your own dyslexia tuition if you prefer.


Specialist one-to-one support is either funded by your agreed Disabled Students Allowances (DSAs) or by UWE Bristol’s Disability Service if you aren’t eligible for DSA funding. If you choose to use UWE Bristol’s Dyslexia/SpLD Service, we will administer the funding of your tuition from Disabled Students' Allowances on your behalf. We will also monitor the payment against the funds available to you.