Cardiff Met offers a range of support to students with disabilities and specific learning difficulties including dyslexia.
- Screening and assessments for dyslexia
- Assessments for Irlen Syndrome
- Assistance applying for a Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA)
- Specialist 1:1 tuition
You will first need to meet with a Disability Advisor to discuss how to access this support.
If you do not have a diagnosis but think you may be dyslexic or have been advised to contact us please see the information regarding dyslexia screenings and make an appointment with a Disability Advisor.
What is specialist 1:1 tuition?
Frequently known as specialist study skills tuition these sessions are run by fully qualified tutors who specialise in providing support to help students develop their academic skills.
Specialist 1:1 tuition is usually funded by a student's DSA. Please see the relevant pages for more information on how to apply for this or contact the Disability Service.
If you are an EU or International student we may still be able to arrange some specialist 1:1 tuition for you although the number of sessions you receive may be limited. You will need to meet with a Disability Advisor in the first instance to discuss the options available to you and produce appropriate evidence.
What is covered in each session can depend on the workload of the student and what assignments they have and what they feel they need to develop.
Typical examples of areas covered are:
- Identifying your learning style
- Research skills
- Organisational skills: including Time Management and Essay Planning
- Proof reading skills: including Editing Text and Ensuring Clarity
- Exam skills: including Revision and Comprehending Questions
- Developing writing skills: including Academic, Critical and Reflective.
Typical examples of what cannot be covered are:
- Proof reading and
- Subject specific/academic guidance
To find out more about the Specialist Study Skills available at Cardiff Met as part of the DSA, please download the following document.
What are Specialist Study Skills.
If you do need assistance with these areas please speak to your Course Tutor and visit our FAQs section for additional guidance.
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Dyslexia screening can be carried out at Cardiff Met. You may want a screening because teaching staff have identified some issues with your written work, teachers at school or college suggested it previously or you may refer yourself if you have concerns about your work.
Although lots of students are diagnosed when they are at school many also receive diagnoses when at University. This may be particularly true for mature students where school screening was certainly not as robust as it is today.
All screenings and appointments are confidential and we will not inform anyone you have been to see us unless you ask us to.
What is a screening?
A screening will not give you a diagnosis of dyslexia or other specific learning difficulty. It may be able to identify indicators however and give you an idea of whether you should pursue a full diagnostic assessment.
The Dyslexia Advisor will talk with you about various aspects of your studies and any areas where you are struggling as well as any relevant medical and educational history.
If there are indicators of dyslexia or specific learning difficulty the Dyslexia Advisor will advise you of this and refer you for a full diagnostic assessment with a Chartered Psychologist.
Do I have to pay for a Diagnostic Assessment?
Although screenings are free the Psychologists who conduct assessments for us do charge for this. The current fee is £240.
Many students can apply for a contribution towards the cost from the
Financial Contingency Fund. This is mean tested and if appropriate the Dyslexia Advisor will give you the application form and explain how to apply.
How to arrange a Diagnostic Assessment
Once we have confirmed how you will pay for your Diagnostic Assessment we will contact you to arrange a date for this. Please be aware that at certain times of the year we are very busy so there may be a waiting list for this service. If you are concerned that you have not heard from us please contact us.
What happens after a Diagnostic Assessment?
Once you have had your assessment the Psychologist will write a report detailing the results. You will be contacted when this is ready and asked to arrange an appointment with a Disability Advisor to discuss it.
The Advisor will explain the results to you and their implications. If you have received a diagnosis of dyslexia or Specific Learning Difficulty they will talk to you about your support options and how to apply for a Disabled Students' Allowance.
If you have not received a diagnosis of dyslexia or a Specific Learning Difficulty the Advisor will discuss general study skills support available to all students.
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