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

Contact the Students' Health Service or your own doctor to discuss why you think you may have autism. 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 Autism.

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. 

Tuesday, May 24, 1:00pm-2:00pm. Book your place.
Tuesday, May 31, 1:00pm-2:00pm. Book your place.
Tuesday, June 7, 1:00pm-2:00pm. Book your place.

Applying for Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) workshop

If you have a disability or medical condition, then you may be eligible to apply for Disabled Students’ Allowance. This workshop will provide you with an understanding of what the DSA is, how to apply, and what support you might receive through it. Workshops will be taking place online this term via Microsoft Teams.

Upcoming dates will appear below once confirmed.

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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