Providing your evidence

The type of evidence we need will depend on your disability and the level of support you wish to access. You may need to seek further evidence to access some types of support or adjustments.

The information below offers guidance on the evidence we may require for different disabilities.

In addition, our online evidence checker will tell you what types of adjustment and support you may be able to access with the evidence you have. You may find it useful to check this first.

Evidence of Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLDs), Including Dyslexia & Dyspraxia

The table below is a guide to evidence types and potential support for a Specific Learning Difficulty, such as Dyslexia and Dyspraxia. The content of the evidence will determine the support we can recommend:

Types of Evidence

Level of Support you May Receive

Suitable for DSA?

A letter or other document from your school, college or previous university detailing previous exam arrangements. This could include a JCQ ‘Access Arrangement’ form (a ‘Form 8’), or an EHCP report.

Please note that this is not evidence of a disability, and is likely to mean that you cannot access some support or adjustments.

We may recommend some exam arrangements, such as extra time, or the use of a PC where we have evidence that you have had these arrangements before.

Please note that University exams are different to school exams, and we do not guarantee to match all previous arrangements.

To access further support you will need to provide further diagnostic evidence, such as a full psychological assessment report. Contact us to find out more about this.


A psychological assessment report completed by an Educational Psychologist or specialist teacher (with an active Assessment Practicing Certificate (APC)) which confirms a diagnosis of a specific learning difficulty (e.g. Dyslexia).

We may recommend a range of exam arrangements and University reasonable adjustments for learning and teaching.

The Disability Advisory Team will provide recommendations of support and adjustments to your school.

These documents are usually accepted for DSA’s, but if you have a report carried out before your 16th birthday you may need to contact them for further advice.

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

We may recommend a range of exam arrangements and University reasonable adjustments for learning and teaching.

The Disability Advisory Team will provide recommendations of support and adjustments to your school.

Yes – unless you are changing funding body. Please check with your funding body.

Results of an SpLD/ Dyslexia screening test e.g. QuickScan

This is not accepted as evidence. If your screening test has indicated a likelihood of an SpLD then you will need to follow this up with a full diagnostic assessment. Please contact us for details on how to do this.


The University of Leeds cannot provide a diagnosis for a Specific Learning Difficulty. However, if you are looking to arrange a psychological assessment, please contact Disability Services for further information on local companies.

Evidence for all Other Disabilities

For all other disabilities we can accept the following as evidence:

Type of Evidence

Suitable for DSA?

Type of Support

Letter from GP, Consultant or other medical professional


· Bespoke exam arrangements

· University reasonable adjustments

· Support recommendations given to your School

· Permission to record taught sessions

· Additional borrowing rights at the Library

· Ongoing support from a Disability Coordinator

· Access to funded support, such as 1-1 support, where appropriate

Diagnostic report from a registered medical professional


Treatment report from a registered medical professional (e.g. therapist, Occupational Therapist, physiotherapist)

Maybe – ask us for advice

PLEASE NOTE that the forms of evidence listed above must:

· 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/medical 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, particularly your studies

· Must be written in English, or be a formally certified translation

Postgraduate (Taught & Research) Students

  • If you are registering with us for the first time, you will need to provide evidence as detailed above
  • If you already have a Study Needs Assessment from your Undergraduate degree, you can provide this as evidence
  • If you studied at Leeds for your Undergraduate degree, please inform Disability Services and we can update your records

Evidence and Sign Up

Please be aware that we cannot complete your registration, or put in place exam arrangements or support, without sufficient evidence.  In addition to providing evidence, you need to sign up with our service.

If you are unsure about your evidence, or you are finding it difficult to obtain, please contact us further on 0113 343 3927 or email

Please complete our sign up form and email, post or deliver your evidence to Disability Services, Chemistry West Block, University of Leeds, LS2 9JT.