Frequently Asked Questions: Students

  1. I am hoping to go to university and would like to know what help is available for dyslexic students?
  2. I need to get a dyslexia assessment for university. Where can I go for this and how much will it cost?
  3. I cannot afford to get a dyslexia assessment for university: is there any funding?
  4. I have to pass the QTS test for teaching. What help is there?
  5. What should the college be doing to help a student with dyslexia?
  6. I'm doing an apprenticeship, but can’t pass the written tests. What can I do?
     

I am hoping to go to university and would like to know what help is available for dyslexic students.

Higher education students may be eligible for the Disabled Students' Allowances from Student Finance England. See our information on Hints and tips in FE and HE

You can download the DSA Application Form by following this link. This should be completed and returned to Student Finance with a copy of a diagnostic assessment report, post 16 years, from either a Psychologist (with HCPC registration) or a Specialist Dyslexia Teacher with a current Practising Certificate.

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I need to get a dyslexia assessment for university. Where can I go for this and how much will it cost?

In order to access support at Higher Education, a student will need to show an assessment report pos-16 years from either a Psychologist registered with the Health Care Practitioner Council (HCPC), (£400-500) or a Specialist Dyslexia Teacher with a current Practising Certificate,(£300-400).  Contact your nearest Local Dyslexia Association for local assessors.

A specialist Dyslexia Teacher/Assessor with a current Practicing Certificate is qualified to carry out assessments (£3-400). Contact the Accreditation Department for a list of qualified assessors with an Assessment Practicing Certificate (APC).

Contact the British Psychological Society for recommendations of independent Psychologists specialising in specific learning difficulties. Check that they have current HCPC registration by following this link.

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I cannot afford to get a dyslexia assessment for university: is there any funding?

Unfortunately university funding may no longer be available for dyslexia assessments. For confirmation on alternative funding you should contact the student services/ support department. 

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I have to pass the QTS test for teaching. What help is there? 

You would be entitled to apply for access arrangements with the National College for Teaching and Leadership. A diagnostic assessment report detailing recommended accommodations or providing evidence of need would enable you to apply for access arrangements. 

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What should the college be doing to help a student with dyslexia? 

The College should be assessing a student’s learning needs and implementing appropriate support. The Learning Support Department of a college have this responsibility. 

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I'm doing an apprenticeships, but can’t pass the written tests. What can I do?

Please follow this link to a fact sheet about access arrangement in functional skills produced by the Department for Work and Pensions. 

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