Student Disability Services


Dyslexia and Dyspraxia

Advice and support is available to students with specific learning difficulties e.g dyslexia, dyspraxia etc. 

In order to access support at UCL and apply for Disabled Students' Allowance you will need to produce evidence of your diagnosis. This will need to be a full diagnostic assessment carried out after the age of 16, by a psychologist with a practising certificate, or a specialist teacher holding an assessment practising certificate.

If you think you may have a specific learning difficulty but have never been assessed, or were assessed before you turned 16, please see the Screening tab below. Please note this service is only available to currently enrolled students and may not be available to students close to completing their course.  

A wide range of support is available to students through the disability service including:

  • Access to the Student Enabling IT (SEnIT) Suite with assistive technology such text-to-speech and magnification software
  • Small equipment loans, e.g. digital voice recorders
  • Extended library loan facility – so that you can keep library materials for longer
  • Support applying for special exam arrangements – such as extra time or use of a PC
  • Assistance in requesting copies of handouts or lecture presentations in advance from your department
  • Individual tuition in study and literacy skills (funding dependant)
  • Advice and guidance, for both you and your department, about the potential impact of your SpLD on your studies and how this can be accommodated

International Students

The information here is not applicable to EU and International Students. Please see the Funding for International Students page for further information.

UK Students

To access a range of additional services, UK students will need to apply for additional funding through Disabled Students’ Allowance. Depending on your needs, these services could include:

  • A full assessment of your academic support needs
  • Computer equipment or assistive software for you to own
  • One-to-one specialist tuition in study and literacy skills

Please see the Disabled Students’ Allowance page for further information.

Specialist Tuition 

Tuition may focus on essay writing, planning and structuring written assignments, strategies for reading effectively or revision and examination technique. Study skills tuition is not subject-based; there is a focus on general skills, strategies and techniques to enable you to develop confidence and independence in your studies at undergraduate or graduate level. Sessions are usually one hour. Some students see a tutor regularly (e.g., weekly) – others may only need a few sessions, and others may not need specialist tuition at all. 

If you have never been assessed:

Please note that for final year students we will not accept any requests for SpLD screening after 26th February 2018. 

If you request a screening after 26th February 2018, you should be aware that you may not complete the diagnostic assessment process in time to apply for special exam arrangements for the 17/18 main examination period.

If you were assessed before the age of 16:

  • In order to qualify for support at UCL and be eligible to apply for Disabled Students' Allowance you will require a top-up assessment. The first step is to send a copy of your pre-16 assessment report to disability@ucl.ac.uk or bring in a hard-copy to one of our drop-in sessions
  • Library Services  - Information on accessing UCL's libraries and materials, including specialist services for students with a disability.
  • Ridgmount Practice - All students are advised to register with a local GP. Staff at the Ridgmount Practice are used to providing services for students and familiar with UCL systems and procedures.
  • UCL Careers Service - Information on careers, internships, volunteering and current vacancies for UCL students.