Degree Apprentice courses combine employment with studying for a foundation, undergraduate or a master’s degree.
Disability Services provides support for disabled Degree Apprentices during the university-based study elements of their course.
The first step to accessing support during the university-based part of your Degree Apprentice course is to register with Disability Services. There are two parts to the registration process:
- Complete the sign up form
- Send relevant medical or diagnostic evidence to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can find information about evidence requirements here.
Disability Services can give you advice on the relevant medical or diagnostic evidence you need to complete a registration with us.
There are two levels of support available at university for disabled Degree Apprentices:
Once you have registered with Disability Services, we can recommend reasonable adjustments for you to your academic School. These may include:
- Exam arrangements (such as extra time)
- Assistive technology sessions with our Assistive Technology Advisor at Disability Services
- Receiving handouts and lecture presentations in advance
- Permission to make personal recordings of teaching sessions
- The loan of equipment (such as digital audio recorders)
- Access to private study rooms in the library
- An assessment of your academic support needs
- Information and support from the Disability team
You may also be eligible for additional funded support. Following your registration, Disability Services will help you access relevant forms of support, which could include:
- Non-medical helpers (such as a 1:1 Specialist Study Skills Tutor or Specialist Mentor)
- Specialist equipment (such as a laptop, assistive technology such as screen readers and speech-to-text software, digital recorders and mind-mapping software)
- Assistive Technology training
Please note: Degree Apprentice students are not eligible for Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSA). However, equivalent support is available from other sources. Disability Services can advise you on accessing all relevant forms of support with your studies.
The process for determining what additional funded support you can access is known as a Study Needs Assessment.
This is an individual assessment with an experienced Study Needs Assessor which takes into account your disability and the requirements of the course you are studying.
The assessment generates a detailed report called the Needs Assessment Report which includes a list of recommendations for support for your university studies, as well as advice for your academic School.
If you would benefit from additional funded support, your Disability Coordinator will refer you to a Needs Assessment at the Leeds Assessment Centre (based on the university campus at the Chemistry West block, in the same building as Disability Services).
It can be helpful to share your Needs Assessment Report with your Apprentice employer; however, this is completely your choice.