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Essential coronavirus info
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Dyslexia screening and assessment

Update April 2020:

During the COVID-19 outbreak UAL can provide screenings online or by phone. It is not possible to provide full diagnostic assessments. Students who have been screened can access temporary support and adjustments throughout this period. This includes a temporary Individual Support Agreement, including adjusted (accommodated) assessment arrangements, where needed. This is a short-term measure and will be reviewed when the situation returns to normal.

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


  • 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.


  • 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 before beginning your course.

Students must be enrolled on their course before attending a screening or assessment. However, early contact before enrollment 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 have a different course end date, please contact us for more information.

We will not 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

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 245KB) for more details.