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Learning Support for Higher Education.

How do I access support?

Support is available through the Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA).  The DSA is a non-means tested, government funded scheme which may pay for support you might need to ensure you are not disadvantaged during your studies.  

The DSA scheme requires evidence to be forwarded to your funding body (e.g. Student Finance Wales) with your DSA application.  In order to be eligible, applicants must meet the the definition of ‘disability’ as set out in the Equality Act 2010.  Our team can assist you on your application.

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What support is available?

If you are eligible, support may be in the form of:

  • One to one specialist teaching to assist with organisation and planning, assignment writing skills, from one of our specialist lecturers
  • Access to a Study Assistant to support you with organisation, time management, research, etc
  • British Sign Language interpreter
  • Specialist equipment
  • Assistive technology including software
  • Examination adjustments such as extra time

Once your DSA application has been approved, you will be asked to attend a Needs Assessment to identify the specific requirements of your support.  We can support you through this process.

Who is eligible to receive support?

You may be eligible to apply for DSA if you have an additional learning need (such as a Specific Learning Difficulty), a disability or a medical condition.  You will need to provide evidence such as a Diagnostic Assessment report by a psychologist or qualified assessor, or a letter from a medical professional.  Since requirements change, it is useful to check the funding body website (SFW, SFE) for updates.    

When do I apply for the Disabled Students’ Allowance?

You can apply before you start your course, or if you are unsure, we can support you through the process. 

Diagnostic Assessments

Once you are enrolled on your course, you may be eligible to receive a diagnostic assessment to establish if you have a specific learning difficulty (such as dyslexia or dyspraxia). 

The assessment would be carried out by one of our specialist, qualified team.  The resulting report may be used as evidence to apply for DSA depending on the outcome of the assessment.

Pricing structure for DSA support

Pricing structure for DSA support -Student Finance Wales
Pricing structure for DSA support -Student Finance England