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We support students who have a specific learning difficulty, for example; Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder (ADD or ADHD) or dyscalculia.
For more information about registering for support and the information that you need to provide in relation to your specific learning difficulty, please read the information for new students.
Evidence that you have had exams arrangements before does not qualify you for exam arrangements at Brookes. In order to be eligible for exam adjustments you will need to provide us with a full report of your diagnostic assessment which was conducted by a suitably qualified professional with a practicing certificate and carried out after your 16th birthday. For more details please read the information for new students.
We must receive this well in advance of the Exams Office’s deadlines.
Have you noticed that you have difficulties with the following:
Producing written work of a similar standard to oral work
Spelling, even with easy or common words
Comprehension or slow reading speed
Organisation, classification and categorisation
Getting notes down in lectures; remembering what has been said and writing simultaneously
Getting information down in the right order; for example, spelling or numbers
Handwriting, especially when writing under pressure
Finding the right words when writing and sometimes when speaking too
Pronouncing certain words
Basic number concepts
We offer screening appointments to Brookes students who think they might have dyslexia or other specific learning difficulties.
Funding is available through our hardship fund. For the academic year 2017-18, undergraduate students whose family income has been assessed by the Student Loans Company as below £42,875 are eligible for a £375 award to fund the full cost of a dyslexia assessment with an Assessor recommended by the Dyslexia/SpLD Service. This is subject to an assessment being recommended by a member of the Dyslexia/SpLD Team. Students in receipt of an NHS Bursary are eligible if they receive the full bursary available to them.
Students who do not meet the above criteria can apply to be means tested by Financial Aid.
See our dyslexia/SpLD support poster for more information about the services we offer.
The standard arrangement for students registered with the Dyslexia/SpLD Service is:
Some students may also be recommended additional exam arrangements.
Applying for the DSA is the way to get extra support for your studies. Most UK students are eligible to apply.
Please apply for the DSA as soon as you can. This will speed up the process of getting the support you need once you are at Brookes.
For information on how to apply and links to the main funding bodies, please read the information about DSAs.
At a needs assessment, you can discuss your support requirements for your Specific Learning Difficulty. The assessment is paid for by the DSA, and must be agreed by your funding body.
There are assessment centres (Disabled Students' Allowances Quality Assurance Group website) across the UK.