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Screening and assessment for specific learning differences

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


  • 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 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 March, your screening deadline is 30 June.
  • 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

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

Do you offer assessments for ADHD?

Our assessors cannot formally diagnose ADHD. However, they are qualified to diagnose the indicators of ADHD as a specific learning difference. This is what is needed in order to access support in education. If you wish to seek a formal medical diagnosis after being assessed at UAL, your Disability Adviser can give some guidance on this.

More information

The screening and assessment process can take up to a full term. Please read Assessments for Specific Learning Differences (PDF 272KB) for more details.

+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).