skip to main content

Essential coronavirus info
Your safety is our first priority.

Dyslexia screening and assessment

UAL offers students screenings and assessments for dyslexia and other Specific Learning Differences.

Update January 2021: We provide screenings online or by phone. It is not currently possible to provide face-to-face diagnostic assessments. Instead, our external assessors can offer an online Interim Evaluation of Needs. This is not a full assessment and does not provide an official diagnosis, but it does allow UAL to provide you with support and adjustments. It is also accepted as evidence for Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs) applications. Students in their final year of study who have been screened since 18 March 2020 do not need a diagnostic assessment or Evaluation of Needs to access support. The Disability Service will provide support and adjustments for the duration of their course on the basis of the screening.

Screening

  • The aim of a screening is to see if a full diagnostic assessment would be appropriate. It is also a chance for students to find out what the diagnostic assessment involves. Screenings are carried out by a member of staff at the University.

Assessment

  • This confirms a diagnosis of dyslexia or another Specific Learning Difference. It is carried out by an external assessor who will produce a diagnostic report. The report is the evidence needed to access disability support.

If you have, or think you have, a Specific Learning Difference please contact disability@arts.ac.uk before beginning your course.

Students must be enrolled on their course before attending a screening or assessment. However, early contact before enrolment means arrangements can be made more quickly.

Screening deadlines

The screening and assessment process can take up to a full term. If you are in the final year of your course, you need to arrange a screening before the screening deadline below:

  • If your course end date is June or July, your screening deadline is 30 September.
  • If your course end date is between September and January, your screening deadline is 31 May.
  • If you study a course which is one year, or follows non-standard term dates, please get in touch. A different screening deadline may be agreed if early contact is made.

We won't normally offer you a screening if you contact us after your screening deadline. This is because there will not be enough time to put support in place before you finish studying. If you have missed the screening deadline you can contact the Disability Service for advice.

Students who have prior evidence of a Specific Learning Difference

‘Prior evidence’ means existing information indicating that someone has a Specific Learning Difference. Examples include:

  • A childhood diagnostic assessment report
  • A statement of support carried out at school/college to permit arrangements such as extra time in exams.

If you have a diagnostic assessment report (confirming a diagnosis), you may not need another assessment.

Please provide prior evidence to the Disability Service as early as possible. You can give evidence to your Disability Adviser in your first appointment. Alternatively email it to disability@arts.ac.uk.

Providing this evidence may speed up the screening and assessment process. This allows support to be put in place as soon as possible.

More information

The screening and assessment process can take up to a full term. Please read Dyslexia Screening and Assessment (PDF 275KB) for more details.

Contact

disability@arts.ac.uk
+44 (0)20 7514 6156

Please tell us if you have prior evidence of a Specific Learning Difference and attach it to your email.

Information is treated confidentially. It will not be shared outside the Disability Service without consent. For exceptions, please see the Disability Service Confidentiality Guide (PDF 1201KB).