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Dyslexia & Specific Learning Difficulties

Dyslexia & Specific Learning Difficulties

Explore the frequently asked questions below to learn more about the services available to you. If you're unable to find the information you need, contact us and we'll ensure your query is directed to the relevant service.

We advise and support students with disabilities, health conditions and specific learning differences, such as dyslexia. Our aim is for all students to feel equally valued and included.

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An ILP (Individual Learning Plan) is a list of recommended adjustments that is shared with your course team to ‘level the playing field’. In other words, to make sure you’re not disadvantaged due to your condition. Examples may include: extension consideration, lecture slides in advance or extra times in exams. An Accessibility adviser will look at your evidence and agree them with you first. Your course team will only see the adjustments and not details of your condition.

Your DSA Letter of Entitlement will tell you what Assistive Technology and other Specialist Support they will pay for from the Disabled Students’ Allowance. There will be contact details for your equipment supplier in this letter. You may need to send a copy of this letter to the equipment supplier.

If you have a disability or long term health condition, you may be able to apply for an extension. Please see your ILP (Individual Learning Plan) which will confirm whether extensions are part of your reasonable adjustments. In some cases, you may be able to claim extenuating circumstances. Accessibility can tell you more about this.

The Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) is government funding for students with a wide range of disabilities: from mobility to mental health and SpLDs (dyslexia and dyspraxia). You will need to provide evidence of your condition – see the DSA website for more information. The DSA can provide funding for support workers, IT equipment and specialist software. 

We can support you best if we know about your condition. This is particularly important in the event of a medical emergency. We will also work with you to create an ILP (Individual Learning Plan) which guides lecturers in putting in place reasonable adjustments on your course and in exams. 

We use the word ‘disability’ to cover a wide range of conditions such as:  long-term health conditions (including physical, sensory and mental health) as well as specific learning differences, such as dyslexia.

Please email so we can send you a list of local approved assessors. If you are a Falmouth student, please also see our Refund page.

The Do-It Profiler is a free online screening tool. It involves answering some simple questions about yourself and the way you study. It helps you and your tutors understand more about your study strengths and weaknesses. 

It can also help you decide whether you need a full assessment for dyslexia or other specific learning differences. If you haven’t done it yet, please email us at so we can send you a link and instructions.

Email us at and we will send you the link and instructions.

You are entitled to exam access arrangements (such as extra time) if these are recommended in your diagnostic assessment, needs assessment or medical report.   Accessibility liaise with the Exams Office to put these in place. Please visit for more information.

Email us at and we will talk you through your results and next steps.

If ‘extension considerations’ are recommended in your ILP (Individual Learning Plan), you may be eligible. Please contact Accessibility ( to discuss this.

Yes, lots! Start by visiting our Tools and Apps pages for suggestions, including handy Chrome extensions or see the Study Hub. Your Office 365 also has handy reading and dictation tools built in.

There are many drop-ins, workshops and free apps for all students. For full details, see Free Support.

Whilst we are not a proof reading service, we can help you structure your writing logically and develop your editing and proof reading skills over time.

Sessions are 1:1 and confidential. You and your tutor will decide together what to work on to help you develop effective study skills. For example: organisation, reading and research, structuring your writing, using assistive technology tools and much more.

Yes, no problem. Just email and we'll be happy to arrange this for you.

If you are entitled to  1:1 skudy skills tuition, you will be allocated a tutor who will contact you.  If you’re not sure who your tutor is, please email or phone 01326 259340 so they can help you.

If you haven’t yet done the online screening Do-It Profiler, please email or phone 01326 259 340 to find out how.  We will then discuss your screening results with you and may suggest further screening and assessment.

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