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For Students (HE/FE)

For Students (HE/FE)

Our team of psychologists work with students in colleges and universities in various locations throughout the UK, delivering assessment services to students for the identification of Specific Learning Difficulties.   From the assessment, we produce formal, comprehensive reports which may suggest recommendations that will assist the student in their application for DSA where appropriate.  The reports also contain advice on improving study skills and direct students to the appropriate services within the college or university.

We are aware of the challenges faced by institutions in striving for inclusiveness and take into consideration the policies and practices of these institutions to help students achieve optimum results.

Information for Further and Higher Education students

  • Do you have a previously identified specific learning difficulty and require an updated report?
  • Do you take longer than others to complete tasks?
  • Do you find it difficult to remember the sense of what you have just read?
  • Do you find forms difficult and confusing?
  • Is your spelling poor?
  • Is your writing difficult to read?
  • Do you have difficulty planning and structuring essays and assignments?
  • Would you describe yourself as disorganised and poor at time management?

If you answer ‘yes’ to a number of the above questions, you should contact the Learning and Support Department at your college or university to enquire about a screening interview for possible Specific Learning Difficulties. When studying, specific learning difficulties impact on a student’s attainment and ability to complete required reading, accuracy of written work, personal organisation and memorisation of information.

Your university/college may be able to arrange an assessment for you

Once the Learning and Support Department has been contacted, the next stage  usually takes the form of a screening interview with a Disability Officer to discuss the types of difficulties mentioned above. An assessment with a Psychologist may then be recommended. Part, or all, of the cost of the assessment may be funded through sources available to the educational institute.  However, in some universities and colleges,  a contribution is made by the student.

The assessment process and the report

Once you have had your assessment and received your report, there may or may not be a set of recommendations depending on the outcome.  Either way there are various places to get support, both within and external to the university or college.  For more information, see the ‘Resources’ page on the website.

Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs)

If a specific learning difficulty has been identified you may be eligible for  DSA. This is a grant to help you meet the extra costs you will face as a result of a disability, on-going health condition, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty. Part time post-graduate students may also be eligible. The grant does not need to be paid back and can cover the costs associated with assistive technologies, a reader or a scribe. For more information about DSA, what it covers and who is eligible please follow the link to: Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs)Once you are in receipt of a report from an Educational Psychologist then an application for DSA can be made. The Disability Officer at your university/college can assist you with this. Following this, an Assessment of Need then identifies how to improve your academic performance.

Final year students

As a student’s academic career comes to an end and attention is starting to shift towards future employment, it is common to be reticent about disclosing a specific learning difficulty at application, interview or employment stage. This is understandable, but it may be disadvantageous in the long run. The Equality Act 2010 protects against discrimination at all stages of the recruitment process for those with a specific learning difficulty profile. For more information on the rights of the individual and the obligations of the employer, follow the link to our sister company:


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