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Learner Support

Self assessment form

To enable you to get the most out of your studies we encourage you to share with the University if you have a specific learning difficulty (e.g. dyslexia or dyspraxia), long term medical condition, physical disability, mental health conditions or hearing/visual impairment.

If you have previously received additional exam arrangements (including extra time) at school/college and wish for this adjustment to be considered at university, then you will need to let us know. Previous arrangements do not automatically transfer over from school/college – implementation at university is subject to approval of appropriate evidence.

It may be that you think you have dyslexia or dyspraxia, but you have not had any tests to confirm this. An initial free screening test can be booked at the university when you arrive.

Therefore you are encouraged to complete the Learner Support Self Assessment Form to:

  • If you have any support needs, so we can contact you to discuss appropriate support either prior to or when you enrol at university.
  • If you have previously received additional exam arrangements and wish for these to be considered at university.
  • Arrange an initial free screening test for dyslexia or dyspraxia (on arrival at university).

Please note: You may have already been in contact with Learner Support but completion of this form allows us to gather the most recent information and enables us to collect disclosure information.

Please return the completed form (and any evidence) by 21 August 2020 to:

You do not need to complete this form if the above information does not apply to you.

What is the DSA?

Students with a disability, including dyslexia, may be eligible for support through the Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSA). These allowances are intended to assist UK students with disabilities who are studying in Higher Education. The award is intended to help meet the extra costs of studying that students may face as a direct result of a disability or specific learning difficulty, and also to help students study on an equal basis with other students. This allowance is not income dependent.

Further Information

The following videos provide further information about the DSA process.

Student Finance England:

What are DSA’s

What are DSA's (BSL)

Student Finance Wales:  

What are DSA’s

How long does a DSA application take?

The process can take on average 10-12 weeks so you are encouraged to apply now to make sure your support is in place for the start of term.

How do I apply?

Please refer to the following websites for guidance:

Contact us

If you would like to talk to someone in confidence about your support needs or the Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) then please contact a member of the Learner Support Team on 01952 815282 or by email at:

Please return the Learner Support Self Assessment Form and any relevant evidence/information to:
Learner Support, Harper Adams University, Newport, Shropshire, TF10 8NB

Alternatively, you can scan the form and return it with scanned evidence to

Please return the Self Assessment Form to:

The Learner Support Team
Harper Adams University
Shropshire TF10 8NB

Or you can scan the form and return it with scanned evidence to

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