SpLD: Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, AD(H)D, Dysgraphia and Dyscalculia SpLD: Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, AD(H)D, Dysgraphia and Dyscalculia

Screening and assessment for Specific Learning Difficulties: dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADD, ADHD, dysgraphia, dyscalculia and Autism Spectrum Conditions including Asperger Syndrome.

The first step for assessment is to fill out and return some online forms. If you have difficulty with these forms, please book an appointment with a Wellbeing Adviser.


If you have had a full assessment for a specific learning difficulty since the age of 16, you do not need another one. Just email a copy to us at disability@uea.ac.uk, drop in to the Student Services Centre reception or post it to us. We need this as evidence for any exam arrangements or reasonable adjustments you might need.

PLEASE NOTE: short assessments undertaken solely for the purposes of UK GCSE, A level and equivalent examinations are unlikely to be adequate for University purposes or application for the Disabled Students' Allowance. If you send, post or drop in a copy, we can advise on whether your report meets the required standard.

The Screening appointment

If the pre-screening assessment suggests you may have a specific learning difficulty, you should make an appointment with the Student Support Centre for a screening appointment. Please call our Reception on 01603 592761, drop-in or e-mail studentsupport@uea.ac.uk

The screening appointment will take approximately two hours, so please have your diary to hand when you call or be sure to give appropriate availability in your e-mail.

PLEASE NOTE: screening staff come in specifically for booked appointments. Students who do not give at least 24 hours notice that that are unable to attend without good reason will be charged £35.00.

Educational Psychologist appointment

If the screening is positive, the next step is the completion of the assessment by an Educational Psychologist or Psychiatrist, dependent upon the SpLD involved. Students with positive screening outcomes will also be granted temporary examination arrangements (as appropriate). This is another two hour appointment that you can book immediately following a positive screening. PLEASE NOTE: For Educational Psychologist appointments missed or cancelled with less than one working day's notice without good reason, there will be a charge of £100.

If your screening is negative, then you are advised to seek support from the Learning Enhancement Team who will assist you to develop your study skills.

All screenings and assessments take place on campus.


The cost of screening and assessment is subsidised by the University. The cost to students for the 2017/18 academic year will be £30.00 for the screening and £70.00 for the Educational Psychologist or Psychiatrist assessment. 

If you are in financial hardship, then you can meet with a Financial Adviser in the Student Support Centre to discuss an application for financial aid. Please call reception on 01603 592761, drop-in or e-mail the Finance Team for an appointment.

Support following assessment

Once you have had your assessment report (e-mailed to your UEA e-mail address) you should call reception on 01603 592761 or drop-in to make a feedback appointment with an SpLD tutor. The tutor will help you to understand the report and what it means for you in terms of learning strategies and reasonable adjustments to support your studies.

Specialist study skills tuition

The Learning Enhancement Team in the Student Support Centre provides specialist study skills tuition for students with specific learning difficulties. Further information can be found on their webpage.

The tutorials will be funded by UEA. All students who have submitted acceptable evidence of a specific learning difficulty are eligible for these specialist tutorials. Students who have attended a screening and are waiting to meet an Educational Psychologist are also eligible.