Assessment for dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties

  • Oxford Brookes students can access support to arrange an assessment of dyslexia/SpLD. The process for this for enrolled students is detailed below. If you are hoping to start a course at Oxford Brookes, please read our advice about getting an assessment for new students.

    1. Contact the Dyslexia/SpLD Service

    If you are experiencing difficulties you feel may be associated with dyslexia or you have had previous assessments, you can meet with a Dyslexia/SpLD Specialist for a screening appointment. Appointments are usually booked within 1-2 weeks. Contact us to book an appointment.

    Assessment appointment

    2. Screening appointment

    Your first appointment will be for an initial screening. Your screening appointment will last about an hour and is an opportunity for you to discuss your difficulties with a Dyslexia/SPLD Specialist. At the end of this appointment, you will be advised about whether an assessment is recommended and how this may be arranged. You will be asked to complete a Disclosure and Data Protection Form.

    3. Arrange funding for full assessment

    Booking an assessment can only be arranged once funding is in place. Funding may be available through our hardship fund. During the academic year 2017/18, undergraduate students who can demonstrate that their family income has been assessed by the Student Loans Company as below £42,875 or who receive a full NHS Bursary are eligible for an award to fund the full cost of a dyslexia assessment with an Assessor recommended by the Dyslexia/SpLD Service. Students who do not meet this criteria can apply to be means tested by Financial Aid. Some funding options take more time to process than others. Assessment appointments are usually booked within 1-3 weeks depending on your and the Assessor’s availability.

    4. Full assessment of dyslexia/SpLD

    Your assessment will be with a freelance Dyslexia/SpLD Assessor or Educational Psychologist. A full assessment can take between two to four hours. The range of tests used are specifically selected for their suitability for an adult studying in Higher Education (HE) and need to meet HE criteria and requirements. The assessor will give some verbal feedback during the assessment and will write up their assessment and conclusion within 10 working days.

    Dyslexia/SpLD Assessor or Educational Psychologist

    5. Report meets our criteria

    A member of the Dyslexia/SpLD Service reads your report to ensure it meets with our criteria. These are national guidelines set out by the SpLD Assessment Standards Committee. If the report is accepted and identifies a specific learning difficulty you can register with the Dyslexia/SpLD Service. We will email you outlining the steps you need to take to request any exams arrangements recommended in the report. Students who do not have dyslexia/SpLD are encouraged to meet with an Adviser.

    6. Registration with Dyslexia/SpLD Service

    Registration involves setting up arrangements with other parts of the University so that reasonable adjustments are applied where applicable. It is advised that you book an appointment with the Dyslexia/SpLD Service so that your exam arrangements and other support is explained and put in place. Most exams arrangements need to be discussed and agreed with an Adviser before they can be made and cannot be made after the deadline each semester. Information about the Disabled Student's Allowances (DSA) and organising 1-1 study skills with a Specialist Tutor is also offered in these sessions.

    We will also contact you at various times during your course with helpful reminders and invitations to group study skills workshops.

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