Providing your evidence

In order to complete your registration with Disability Services, or put in place exam arrangements or support, you will need to provide sufficient evidence.

Evidence of a physical or sensory disability, or a mental health condition

You will need to provide a letter from your doctor, consultant or other medical practitioners. 

This should:

  • be on official headed paper
  • be as up to date as possible -this is not vital if it is a long-term or life-long condition
  • give a clear clinical diagnosis of a disability that is likely to affect your ability to do every day, or academic, tasks
  • clearly state that your disability is long-term (e.g. has lasted for, or is likely to last for at least 12 months)
  • indicate the impact your disability has on your daily life and/or studies
  • be written in English 

Evidence of dyslexia or other specific learning difficulties

The level of support you can receive at University will depend on the type of evidence you have provided. You may need to seek further evidence in order to get the support or exam arrangements you need.

The table below details what support you may be able to access depending on the evidence you have:

 If you have provided...  Level of support you can receive


A letter or other document from your school, college or previous university,  which confirms that you had exam arrangements, what these were, and the reason

JCQ (Form 8) confirming that you had exam arrangements in your previous school or college


We may recommend temporary exam arrangements for 1 semester only, as long as the evidence is received by Disability Services by the published deadline. Your exam arrangements will be removed after 1 semester and you must provide further diagnostic evidence to receive ongoing exam arrangements or other support.


 If you have provided...  Level of support you can receive

A report from a psychological assessment carried out before your 16th birthday which confirms your diagnosis of specific learning difficulties (e.g. dyslexia). This should have been carried out by carried out by an educational psychologist or specialist teacher.


Some types of adjustments are available on provision of a pre-16 report and may include ongoing exam arrangements and a range of University reasonable adjustments:

  • Permission to audio record / access to Lecture Capture
  • Marking consideration
  • Consideration of flexibility with deadline extension requests
  • Lecture materials in advance of teaching
  • Directed reading lists
  • Written instructions
  • Extended library loans
 If you have provided...  Level of support you can receive 


A report from a psychological assessment carried out after your 16th birthday which confirms your diagnosis of specific learning difficulties (e.g. dyslexia). This should have been carried out by carried out by an educational psychologist or specialist teacher


We may recommend a wider range of ongoing exam arrangements and university adjustments. You may be entitled to specialist 1-1 study support funded by the university and may also be eligible to apply for Disabled Students’ Allowance. This can fund assistive technology and additional specialist 1-1 study support.

 If you have provided...   Level of support you can receive 


A Needs Assessment Report- carried out as part of an application for Disabled Students Allowances

An active DSA application for the current academic year means that you are eligible to receive reasonable adjustments from the University as well as any assistive technology, 1-1 support and other support recommended in your report. If you are not sure how to access the support that you’ve been recommended, please speak to Disability Services.

Please contact Disability Services for information about how to arrange a post 16 diagnostic assessment. You may also be eligible to claim back some of this cost.

Unsuitable Evidence

Please note that the following types of documentation are not usually sufficient to access on-going support or permanent exam arrangements at university:

  • 'Form 8' JCQ forms
  • 'Access Arrangement' forms
  • Results of an SpLD/ dyslexia screening test e.g. Quick Scan
  • School or exam board exam arrangement documentation where there is no clinical diagnosis
  • Medical letters which do not meet the criteria set out above, or where there is no clinical diagnosis

If you are unsure about your evidence, or finding it difficult to obtain, please contact us to discuss this further: telephone 0113 343 3927 or email disability@leeds.ac.uk.

Evidence and Sign Up

Please be aware that we cannot complete your registration, or put in place exam arrangements or support, without sufficient evidence.  Please email your evidence to disability@leeds.ac.uk as soon as possible.