Deafness and hearing impairments

Disclosure for applicants

If you have not yet applied, please disclose your deafness or hearing impairment when you apply for a place. If you have already applied but not disclosed, you can do so by sending your medical evidence to us at and we will get back in touch with you.

Reasonable adjustments

We are committed to making reasonable adjustment to help reduce the effect of an impairment or medical condition that places you at a substantial disadvantage in your learning, teaching or assessment situation. For example, adjustments to assessments such as extra time, use of a computer or alternative assessment.

Find out how to request adjustments

Vibrating fire alarm

If you require a vibrating fire alarm alerter, you can collect one from room 1D15 on Frenchay Campus. Alternatively, please contact the Disability Service to arrange a time to pick up the device.


Depending on your eligibility, funding can cover such things as specialist equipment and support workers.

We strongly recommend you apply for Disabled Student Allowances (DSAs) as soon as possible and at least three months before you start your course, if you are eligible. If you are not eligible for DSAs please contact Disability Service.

Study support

The support and equipment you will receive at the University is normally decided through your Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs) Study Needs Assessment. Depending on your support needs the following may be applicable to you:

  • note taking support in lectures
  • access to British Sign Language (BSL) interpreters
  • study skills/literacy/mentoring support
  • radio aids or portable loop systems
  • alternative formatting including subtitling of course materials
  • provision of assistive technology (equipment and software)
  • exam adjustments such as extra time, written instruction, prompt etc.

You should also look at the range of university study skills support as well as Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) sessions.

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More support for impairments

Get more information and advice on support for any impairments.

More support for impairments