Medical evidence

When you fill out our Prospective Student online form you will be asked to submit medical evidence to support your disability or health condition. 

Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLDs)

  • Dyslexia 
  • Dyspraxia 
  • Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder (ADD/ADHD) 
  • Dysgraphia
  • Dyscalculia

In order to put support in place for an SpLD, you will need to provide a diagnostic assessment report written by a chartered or educational psychologist or suitably qualified specialist teacher. Details on how to find an assessor can be found here.

Please note tests conducted for JCQ access arrangements in schools are not sufficient as evidence of dyslexia and dyspraxia and other SpLDs, as they may not have used tests with the appropriate age range or have tested ability and achievement.  If you are unsure, please do not hesitate to contact us for clarification.

Dyspraxia can usually be diagnosed by a GP, or another medical professional such as a Speech and Language Therapist or an occupational therapist. 

Evidence of AD(H)D can be provided in the form of a diagnostic report from an AD(H)D specialist or a GP, indicating that an attention deficit condition has been identified.  If you are seeking an ADHD diagnosis, please contact your GP in the first instance.

For any other SpLDs as listed above, you can obtain medical evidence from your GP or another suitably qualified healthcare professional. 

Autism spectrum conditions (ASC)

For evidence of ASC we require a diagnostic report from an autism specialist or a GP/Consultant letter stating that an autism spectrum condition has been confirmed. If you believe you have ASC and do not have a diagnostic report, contact your GP in the first instance. 

For details of services in the Devon area please see: https://www.dpt.nhs.uk/locations/devon-adult-autism-and-adhd-service

Other Disabilities

For other disabilities, long term health conditions, or mental health conditions, you should provide a letter from a GP or other relevant healthcare professional.

Your evidence should include the following details: 

  • A diagnosis or working diagnosis of your disability/condition
  • How long you have had your disability/condition
  • The main symptoms of your disability/condition, and if relevant, the medication side effects
  • Guidance on study and examination adjustments you may require
  • Guidance on the accommodation support you may require 

If you do not have suitable medical evidence currently, please consider asking your GP or healthcare professional to fill out our Prospective Student Medical Evidence Form which will enable them to cover the points above. 

Translation of Medical Evidence

Please note if your medical evidence is in a language other than English, Wellbeing Services will require an official translation of the full text of any medical documentation you provide as evidence of your disability. An official translation must be an accurate translation which is also accompanied by a signed statement of truth from an accredited translation agency.  Wellbeing Services will use the content of the translation to determine how best we can support your individual needs at Exeter. If you need further guidance about this translation please contact Wellbeing Services by emailing wellbeing@exeter.ac.uk or telephoning 01392 724381.