Medical evidence: guidance

If you have a disability or medical condition and need extra support or adjustments to your teaching, living or assessments there is a standard format for the evidence you need to provide.

Medical evidence and coronavirus (COVID-19)

We are aware that during the COVID-19 pandemic, it may be difficult to obtain medical evidence as per our guidance below. 

Your Disability Adviser or Mental Health Coordinator will discuss medical evidence requirements with you during your phone or video appointment. 

Request an appointment through askUCL. 

Medical evidence is used by the relevant UCL student services to assess students who have a disability or medical condition in order to arrange support, apply reasonable adjustments to teaching or living space, or to make changes to registration for medical reasons. 

Accepted evidence

Your medical evidence needs to be accurate, recent (produced within the last 3 months) and provided by a qualified medical practitioner. Normally we would expect that your medical practitioner is based in the UK. We may consider medical evidence provided by a practitioner outside of the UK but this should always be accompanied by a certified translation.

There is no national template for these documents, so we expect some variation in submissions. In line with the UK General Medical Council’s guidance, we would not normally accept medical evidence which is produced by a close relative even if s/he is medically qualified.

The medical evidence is expected to cover the following key points:

  • name of the health condition or impairment
  • date of diagnosis
  • period of time that you have been seeing the practitioner for this condition or impairment
  • length of time that the practitioner expects the condition or impairment to last
  • main symptoms of this condition which could impact on your life or studies, for example mobility impairment, loss of concentration
  • current treatment and medication being undertaken
  • side effects of any treatments or medication

Evidence must be dated and signed by the medical practitioner. Evidence must be provided on letterheaded paper or stamped, but can be sent electronically.

If you are providing medical evidence in support of a request to resume your studies after a period of interruption, we also expect your medical practitioner to comment on the following:

  • your studies will not be detrimental to your health and your health to your studies
  • possibility of relapse
  • arrangements for on-going support if these are needed
  • your support network

It is possible that not all of the points mentioned above will be relevant to your health condition. In order to help your health practitioner produce medical evidence that is as thorough and accurate as possible, you may wish to share the information on this webpage with them.

Evidence required from students with specific learning difficulties

To arrange support for students with specific learning difficulties, UCL requires a full diagnostic assessment carried out by a psychologist with a practicing certificate or a specialist teacher holding an assessment practicing certificate. If you have a partial assessment, such as a 'Form 8' report, then you will be advised to get a full assessment.

UCL Student Support and Wellbeing provides a dyslexia and dyspraxia screening and assessment service for current students who have not been assessed before, or have only partial assessments.  Contact us by logging a new enquiry on askUCL if you would like to start the process by requesting a screening questionnaire.

21/22 Deadlines

Please note that for final year students (UG or PG) we cannot accept any completed screenings received after 28 February 2022.

For continuing students, if you return a screening after this deadline, you should be aware that you will not have supporting evidence in time to apply for adjustments for the main examination period.  The deadlines to apply for adjustments for the current academic year are posted on the UCL website.

Find out more about examination arrangements


Any information disclosed as a part of your medical evidence is treated confidentially. Where information needs to be shared with other members of the UCL community in order to facilitate our support for you or your return to study, this will only be done on a 'need-to-know' basis.