Dyslexia & Specific Learning Difficulties

Dyslexia & Specific Learning Difficulties

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We advise and support students with disabilities, health conditions and specific learning differences, such as dyslexia. Our aim is for all students to feel equally valued and included.

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An ILP (Individual Learning Plan) is a list of recommended adjustments that is shared with your course team to ‘level the playing field’. In other words, to make sure you’re not disadvantaged due to your condition. Examples may include: extension consideration, lecture slides in advance or extra times in exams. An Accessibility adviser will look at your evidence and agree them with you first. Your course team will only see the adjustments and not details of your condition.

Your DSA Letter of Entitlement will tell you what Assistive Technology and other Specialist Support they will pay for from the Disabled Students’ Allowance. There will be contact details for your equipment supplier in this letter. You may need to send a copy of this letter to the equipment supplier.

If you have a disability or long term health condition, you may be able to apply for an extension. Please see your ILP (Individual Learning Plan) which will confirm whether extensions are part of your reasonable adjustments. In some cases, you may be able to claim extenuating circumstances. Accessibility can tell you more about this.

The Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) is government funding for students with a wide range of disabilities: from mobility to mental health and SpLDs (dyslexia and dyspraxia). You will need to provide evidence of your condition – see the DSA website for more information. The DSA can provide funding for support workers, IT equipment and specialist software.

We can support you best if we know about your condition. This is particularly important in the event of a medical emergency. We will also work with you to create an ILP (Individual Learning Plan) which guides lecturers in putting in place reasonable adjustments on your course and in exams. 

We use the word ‘disability’ to cover a wide range of conditions such as:  long-term health conditions (including physical, sensory and mental health) as well as specific learning differences, such as dyslexia.

Once you are certain you want a full assessment for dyslexia, please contact dyslexia@fxplus.ac.uk or click on the enquiry button above. We will then send you a list of approved assessors with instructions.


The Do-It Profiler is a free online screening tool. It involves answering some simple questions about yourself and the way you study. It helps you and your tutors understand more about your study strengths and weaknesses. 

It can also help you decide whether you need a full assessment for dyslexia or other specific learning differences. If you haven’t done it yet, please email us at dyslexia@fxplus.ac.uk so we can send you a link and instructions.

You are entitled to exam access arrangements (such as extra time) if these are recommended in your diagnostic assessment, needs assessment or medical report.   Accessibility liaise with the Exams Office to put these in place. Please visit http://inclusive.fxplus.ac.uk/exam-arrangements for more information.

Having dyslexia or other specific learning differences does not in itself entitle you to extensions. If ‘extension considerations’ are recommended in your ILP (Individual Learning Plan), you may be eligible. Please contact Accessibility (Accessibility@fxplus.ac.uk) to discuss this.

You can find  suggested information in your Do-It Profiler report.   You can also visit our Tools and Apps pages for free and cheap technology suggestions. Another good website is DnA’s Resources guide.

There are many drop-ins, workshops and free apps for all students. For full details, see Free Support.

Whilst we are not a proof reading service, we can help you structure your writing logically and develop your editing and proof reading skills over time.

Sessions are 1:1 and confidential. You and your tutor will jointly decide what to work on to help you develop effective study skills.  This could include: time management, planning writing, tackling complex reading, using assistive technology tools and much more. Visit our website for more information.

Yes. Please contact the Accessibility team by email to Accessibility@fxplus.ac.uk, phone 01326 253 629) or contact the Dyslexia Co-ordinator at dyslexia@fxplus.ac.uk to arrange this.

Attending regularly will help you develop your skills and do better on your course. However, have a chat with your tutor if you need a more flexible schedule.

If you are entitled to specialist 1:1 dyslexia tuition, you will be allocated a tutor who will contact you.  If you’re not sure who your tutor is, please email dyslexia@fxplus.ac.uk or phone 01326 259340 so they can help you.

If you haven’t yet done the online screening Do-It Profiler, please email dyslexia@fxplus.ac.uk or phone 01326 259 340 to find out how.  We will then discuss your screening results with you and may suggest further screening and assessment.

Dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD and dyscalculia are Specific Learning Difficulties (or differences) that affect how people process information.  They involve a combination of strengths and weaknesses; understanding these is key to succeeding in your studies.  Many people with SpLDs also experience visual stress, which makes reading uncomfortable.  Click the links to find out more.

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