Informal Screening, Exam Access Arrangements and Assessment

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Initial Assessment (IA)

An IA involves a 30-minute discussion about your learning needs. The information that we collect allows us to discuss appropriate support or further screening.


A screening is made up of some small tasks which provide us with a profile of your current strengths and some challenges. This is not a formal assessment or diagnosis. 

Screening may lead to an offer of: 

  • Exam Access Arrangements 
  • Specialist teaching from an ALN lecturer/Inclusion Mentor
  • Specialist equipment
  • Provision of assistive technology
  • Referral to an ALN workshop
  • Referral to TRAC, ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages), Student Services and Counselling
  • External agency referral 
  • DSA (Disabled Student Allowance)
  • Access to work

An eye test must have been carried out within the last two years prior to screening for dyslexia, exam access arrangements, or completion of a visual stress questionnaire. Screening for ADHD, Dyspraxia, and ASD is also available.

Exam Access Arrangements (EAA)

Learners with Specific Learning Differences (SpLD), physical, or medical needs can apply for Exam Access Arrangements. These arrangements allow learners equal access to the exam without changing the demands of the assessment.

Some examples of EAA are:

  •       Extra time
  •       Use of a reader
  •       Use of a scribe
  •       Use of a word processor
  •       Coloured overlays or paper,
  •       A smaller or separate room

If you have had EAA in the past for your exams, please disclose this information on enrolment.  You will need to provide evidence of your learning difference or medical need to your ALN lecturer.  They will meet with you in your first term to put these arrangements in place.

If you require more information please go to the Contact page to find the details of the Learning Support Coordinators for your site.

Disabled Student Allowance  (DSA)   

As a Higher Education (HE) student with a disability, you may be eligible for assistance through Disabled Student Allowance.

 DSA helps pay towards extra costs you may have when studying on your course, as a direct result of your difficulty. You can find more about the Disabled Students’ Allowances and how to apply by visiting https;//

We recommend applying for DSA as soon as possible to ensure support is in place as soon as possible. If you require more information, please go to the Contact page to find the details of the  Learning Support Coordinators for your site.

Access to Work (ATW):  

This is support in work that you can access if you have a disability or have a physical or mental health condition.  

Employers and learners can find information regarding, eligibility, what you can get and how to apply on the following website

For more information go to the Contact page to find the details of the Learning Support Coordinators for your site.

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