New students with dyslexia/SpLD

  • Registering with the Dyslexia/SpLD Service

    Before you arrive:

    • Send us your diagnostic assessment.
    • Check that your report was acceptable. We will email you after your report has been read by an adviser to confirm whether your report meets our criteria.
    • Apply for Disabled Students' Allowances.
    • Book an appointment to register with us during Induction Week. A booking from will be available here from 30 August.

    It is essential that you register with us if you would like exam arrangements or support.

    We will be open during Induction Week as follows:

    Sunday 15 September 12.00–3.30pm
    Monday 16 September – Thursday 19 September 9.30am– 4.00pm
    Friday 20 September 9.30am - 1.00pm

    Venue: Wellbeing, Buckley, Headington Campus.
    Students can also register with us at the Services for Students event at Swindon Campus on Thursday 26 September.

    If you cannot make the appointment times listed above, please email us to book an appointment when you have your timetable for the following week. Normal opening times are available along with our contact details.

    Your dyslexia/SpLD assessment

    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:

    • go back to the psychologist/specialist tutor who carried out your original assessment and ask for an update
    • contact your school/college and ask them to arrange an assessment
    • contact an assessor recommended by Oxford Brookes

    If you have already 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'

    Assessment criteria

    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:

    • Detailed information about the tests used, with ceilings, age range, results, conclusions.
    • Tests of cognitive ability/processing, general underlying ability and attainment, the results of which indicate dyslexia/SpLD.
    • Discussion of the impact of dyslexia/SpLD on the student's performance in Higher Education.

    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.

    New students: Registering for support

    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.