How to access support for Specific Learning Difficulties

How to access support

There are a number of stages involved in accessing support. This can start before you arrive at University – you can inform us of your dyslexia, dyspraxia or other Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD) by noting it on your university application form, or UCAS form. The sooner you start this process the better.

Register with Learning Support

Before you come to University, ensure that you register with us so that you can fully access support in relation to your Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD), this will allow any reasonable adjustments, such as extra time in exams, to be put in place in good time.

As part of the registration process, you will be required to submit appropriate evidence which meets our guidelines. You can upload this evidence as an attachment to our online registration form.  If you have any difficulties uploading any files or your file exceeds the size limit, please email them separately to learning-support@contacts.bham.ac.uk.

Getting your first appointment

Once you have registered with Learning Support and your evidence has been checked for suitability, we will contact you by email to let you know the name of your allocated Learning Support Advisor.

It is your responsibility to contact the Learning Support team once you have arrived at the University to arrange an appointment with your named advisor so your support needs can be finalised.

If you wish to have an appointment before starting University (e.g. if you live locally), this can be arranged, please contact the Learning Support team for more information.

If you did not register before starting University, or your SpLD was identified after starting, please contact the Learning Support team to make an initial appointment.

If you think you might be dyslexic or dyspraxic, but have never been assessed you can book a free screening appointment.

What documentation do I need to bring to the appointment?

In order to be considered for reasonable adjustments, such as extra time for your exams, you will need to provide a post-16 full diagnostic assessment report. Where appropriate, it would be helpful to bring a copy of your Needs Assessment Report and any letters you have received from your funding body (e.g. Student Finance England).

What happens at your first appointment

We will outline the range of support that may be available to you.  After this appointment, you can choose to book further sessions with your Learning Support Advisor.

Examples of support available

  • Extra time in examinations
  • Extended library loans
  • Letter to the Reasonable Adjustments Contact in your School outlining other reasonable adjustments required eg lecture outlines, handouts of reading materials in advance
  • Use of a digital voice recorder
  • Specialist one to one study mentoring subject to Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA) funding.

For more information see Disabled Students’ Allowances.