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Diagnostic Assessments

We offer diagnostic assessments for individuals of any age who feel that they or their child are not progressing as well as they might and who would like to know exactly where their difficulties lie and ways in which they can be supported to enable them to learn and achieve in order to maximize their full potential.

Comprehensive Diagnostic Assessment

This is an assessment for those who require an in depth account and knowledge of the specific learning difficulties that they might have. As a result of the assessment, a report will be prepared detailing the results of the tests; a summary of the individual’s cognitive profile and literacy attainments, including their strengths and weaknesses. It will provide an overview on how the learning difficulties impact the individual’s learning and achievement. It will also contain a list of detailed recommendations to give to their school/college, tutor, specialist teacher or employer, which will indicate how best to support the individual with their learning to enable them to achieve within their setting.

Diagnostic Reports for Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) applications

As a Higher Education student, you can apply for a Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) if you have a disability that affects your studies, including a:

  • Specific Learning Difficulty, such as dyslexia or dyspraxia
  • Long-term health condition
  • Mental health condition

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Study Skills and Strategy Support Tuition (DSA students)

Specialist 1:1 Study Skills Support is individual support for students diagnosed with Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD), which may include Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Dyscalculia, in addition to other possible disabilities. This may be recommended in the Needs Assessment.

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Exam Access Arrangements (EAA) assessment

In order to provide students with learning difficulties with a ‘level playing field’, they may need to be assessed for additional support in exams such as reader, extra time, scribe, or the use of assistive software.

The assessment is to establish whether or not an individual is eligible for Access Arrangements in formal examinations.  A Form 8 will be competed in consultation with the education provider (school or college) outlining the outcome of the assessment. This report is not a diagnosis of a SpLD.

Access Arrangements, Reasonable Adjustments and Special Consideration – JCQ Joint Council for Qualifications

Visual Stress

The following are some of the symptoms of visual stress:

  • difficulty and/or discomfort in reading, sometimes due to light sensitivity
  • print is blurred from the outset
  • print ‘jumps’ around the page
  • words join together to form a continuous line of letters

Overcoming Visual Stress

  • NB These reading difficulties do NOT show up during a standard eye test at an optician.
  • An assessment can be carried out to prescribe a coloured overlay
  • Hand-outs can be produced on coloured paper
  • On PCs learners can change the background colour; also the font colour/size/style. Tinted glasses can be worn when reading or writing – specialised testing by colour optometrists can be obtained at a cost. For a list of providers, visit

Visual Stress Checklist

If you are experiencing any of the specified symptoms please complete the Visual Stress Checklist and return to [email protected]