Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLDs) including dyslexia

Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLDs) including dyslexia

The majority of students at Lancaster University with a declared disability have a Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD) such as dyslexia. This information is for students who have or suspect they may have a SpLD


If you have not been formally diagnosed, but think you may have a specific learning difficulty (SpLD), you can take the following steps:

  1. Take the QuickScan test
    This is an online test in which you answer a series of questions. It takes about 15 minutes and, although it is subjective, can be a useful guide to show if you have indicators for a SpLD. This is not a formal diagnosis, however, and would be insufficient evidence for receiving study-related support. To take the test you will need to be a registered student (as you have to log in via the Moodle Virtual Learning Environment). The QuickScan test can be accessed through the Disability Service Moodle page. For more information on how to access the test, please follow this link.

  2. Speak to a Disability Adviser
    You may wish to speak to a Disability Adviser who can discuss your difficulties and family history to best advise you of your options. If you have taken the QuickScan test, you can discuss the results and find out about potential support. To book an appointment, please call us on: 01524 592111.

  3. Assessment with an Educational Psychologist
    A full educational psychologist assessment will be required in order for you to get any study support at university as a result of an SpLD. It will also be required for any application for Disabled Students Allowance (DSA.) There are appointments available regularly on campus during term-time with professional educational psychologists which last approximately an hour and a half. As a student, you will be expected to pay 50% towards the cost of this, with the University paying the remaining 50%. The cost is subject to change. If you decide you would like an assessment, please contact the Disability Service for details of current costs and booking procedure.

Please note: Failure to attend or cancel with more than 24 hours notice may result in you still being charged. 


  • Visit our services pages for information on the support available to disabled students at the University.
  • If you would like to find out more about SpLDs, we have produced some definitions for staff at Lancaster University.
  • We have also set up an inclusive teaching section, outlining guidance to staff to help make courses as accessible as possible for all students.