Getting a diagnosis

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

Contact the Students' Health Service or your own doctor to discuss why you think you may have an attention deficit condition. Your doctor may agree to refer you for assessment on the NHS.

If you are referred for an assessment

  • There can be a long wait for an NHS assessment.
  • Ask your doctor to write you a note that says why you have been referred for assessment and what sorts of things you struggle with.
  • We can use your doctor's note to put interim support in place while you wait for a formal assessment.

NHS Choices has advice about getting a diagnosis of ADHD.

Autism spectrum (AS)

Contact the Students' Health Service or your own doctor to discuss why you think you may be autistic. Your doctor may agree to refer you for assessment on the NHS.

If you are referred for an assessment

  • There can be a long wait for an NHS assessment.
  • Ask your doctor to write you a note that says why you have been referred for assessment and what sorts of things you struggle with.
  • We can use your doctor's note to put interim support in place while you wait for a formal assessment.

The National Autistic Society has advice about the benefits of diagnosis and how to speak to your doctor when you go to talk to them about AS.

Specific learning difficulties (SpLD) including dyslexia or dyspraxia

If you need a formal assessment for SpLD

You will need to find an assessor if:

  • You know you have dyslexia and need evidence or, 
  • You want a formal assessment without attending a Dyslexia Workshop or meeting with a Disability Adviser. 

Find an assessor using either:

If you are in Bristol, you can choose from these local assessment options: SpLD Diagnostic Assessment information (PDF, 45kB)

Cost of SpLD (dyslexia, dyspraxia) assessments

  • Assessments may cost between £390 and £515.
  • You must pay the cost of the assessment yourself.
  • If paying for an assessment will cause you financial difficulty, speak to a Disability Adviser to discuss financial help.

If your family income is greater than £42,875, you will not qualify for financial help.

Further SpLD Diagnostic Assessment information (PDF, 45kB)

Am I Dyslexic?

If you or a tutor, friend or family member think you have dyslexia, come to this workshop. Workshops will be run online this term via Microsoft Teams.

  • Find out about dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties, such as dyspraxia;
  • Hear about how dyslexia can affect your studies;
  • Learn how to get an assessment for dyslexia;
  • Find out how to check if you could get funding to pay for an assessment;
  • Learn about the benefits of having dyslexia identified;
  • Hear about the study support available for students with dyslexia.

Book an Am I Dyslexic Workshop

All workshops are are run online via Microsoft Teams and run from 1:00pm to 2:00pm.

I have an SpLD report: What's next?

This workshop is for you if you have had a report or 'diagnostic assessment' confirming a specific learning difficulty, such as dyslexia or dyspraxia.

  • Get advice on the next steps now that you have a diagnosis.
  • Hear about what support is available at the University and how to get it.
  • Learn how to get funding for additional support, such as Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs) for one-to-one study skills tuition or mentoring.
  • Find out what study support is available, such as support through the Library or the Study Skills service.

Workshops will be run online this term, please see below for dates and how to book.

Getting a diagnosis for other health and mental health conditions

Contact the Students' Health Service or your own doctor to discuss a health or mental health condition.

If you need a diagnosis to apply for Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs)

If you are from England and funded by Student Finance England (SFE):

If you are from a part of the UK other than England, or if you just want evidence for alternative exam arrangements (AEAs):

  • Ask your doctor to write you a note stating your diagnosis (or working diagnosis) and how your difficulties affect you in your studies.
  • Show your doctor our Guidance for GPs writing medical evidence (PDF, 244kB) to make sure that your diagnosis tells us or your funder what we need to know.
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