Getting a diagnosis

Attention deficit (hyperactivity) disorder (AD(H)D)

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 ADD or ADHD.

Autism spectrum conditions (ASC) including Asperger syndrome or high-functioning autism

Contact the Students’ Health Service or your own doctor to discuss why you think you may have an autism spectrum condition (ASC). 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 ASC.

Specific learning difficulties (SpLD) including dyslexia or dyspraxia

If you or a tutor, friend or family member think you have dyslexia, come to the Am I dyslexic? workshop

  • 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 at 2pm, Arts Complex, G64, BS8 1AU

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, 36kB)

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 £42,620, you will not qualify for financial help.

Further SpLD Diagnostic Assessment information (PDF, 36kB)

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.

Do you think you have dyslexia?

Come to the Am I dyslexic? workshop to find out more. All sessions at 2pm, Arts Complex, G64, BS8 1AU. Click to book: 29 Oct5 Nov12 Nov19 Nov26 Nov3 Dec17 Dec

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