Dyslexia and dyspraxia

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

In order to access support at UCL and apply for Disabled Students' Allowance you will need to produce evidence of your diagnosis. This must be a full diagnostic assessment carried out 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 only partially assessed, please see the Screening section 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 Digital Accessibility Hub 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:

If you have a partial assessment:

  • In order to qualify for support at UCL and be eligible to apply for Disabled Students' Allowance you will require a new full diagnostic assessment
  • Please email scanned copies of your previous screening / assessment report to student.wellbeing@ucl.ac.uk 
  • Depending on the level of detail provided in your documents, we may also require you to complete a screening questionnaire.  If this is the case, we will email one to you.

It is not possible for applicants to start this process in advance of enrolment - you must be a fully enrolled student at UCL before you request a screening.

Please note that for final year students the cut-off date for returning completed SpLDs screenings was 25th January 2019.  Screenings received from finalists (UG or PG) after this date cannot be processed.

If you are a continuing student, you can still complete a screening after 25th January, but in the event that you are diagnosed with SpLDs you will be too late to apply for special exam arrangements for the 18/19 main assessment period.

Useful resources 

Other services 

  • Library Services  - Information on accessing UCL's libraries and materials, including specialist services for students with a disability.
  • Therapeutic support and counselling - Therapeutic support and counselling is available for UCL students facing emotional and psychological problems.
  • 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.
  • Students' Union UCL - Students' Union UCL is the representative body for all University College London students. Related sections include the Volunteering Services Unit and the Disabled Students' Network