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To access support and exam arrangements, you need an ISP.
Before you arrive:
You are strongly advised to have an up-to-date assessment for dyslexia or your specific learning difficulty before you begin university.
It is important that the assessment report meets the criteria (see below). There are several ways to go about getting an assessment:
If you are already a current student (you are enrolled on a course at Oxford Brookes but have not yet had an assessment), please refer to our page: Support while you're studying - assessment for dyslexia/SpLD.
In accordance with government guidelines, the assessment should have been carried out by a chartered psychologist, clinical or educational psychologist registered with the Health and Care Professionals Council or specialist tutor with a current practising certificate, and should contain:
Assessments must comply with the guidelines set out by the SpLD Assessment Standards Committee.
If you are providing a recent letter from a GP or Specialist as evidence of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD / ADHD), the letter must show how your daily life and studies are affected and explain the effects are long-term. The letter should also include recommendations for support or adjustments for studying at university.
Government guidance on social distancing during the Covid-19 situation and the gradual easing of lockdown restrictions mean that some face-to-face assessment will be possible.
There is no online alternative to a face-to face assessment for specific learning difficulties. Therefore, any assessment conducted online that gives a diagnostic of specific learning difficulties will not be accepted for Higher Education (HE) purposes.
If you are not able to have a socially-distanced, face-to-face diagnostic assessment for specific learning difficulties, some assessors are also offering a ‘Remote Evaluation of Need’ online until 31 December 2020.
This evaluation of need will not provide a diagnosis of specific learning difficulties, but it can be accepted by Oxford Brookes (an ISP can be created) and it can be used as evidence to apply for the DSA.
Catherine Black, Specialist Tutor for Students with Dyslexia/SpLD talks through a flow chart explaining what you need to do before you start your course to ensure you can access the support you may need.