Prospective students

Before you start university, it is important to consider the advice, information and support available to you if you experience any of the following: 

  • Specific learning difficulty
  • Mental health difficulty for at least a year
  • Physical disability
  • Sensory impairments
  • A long term medical condition

Why inform us of your needs?

In some instances it is essential that we make arrangements for elements of your support prior to your arrival, i.e. if you require specific support and equipment to be in place when you start, or if you need adjustments to your accommodation. It is important to note that any support you have previously received at college will not automatically be transferred to university.

What to do now

To help us make appropriate and timely arrangements for you, please complete the prospective student form (1) below and attach your medical or diagnostic evidence. We would prefer to receive the online form but there is the option to download and print off our PDF version (2) if you are not able to complete the online version for any reason.

Please be aware that if you submit the prospective student form after 31st July 2017 we cannot guarantee that support arrangements will be put in place for the start of your course. We therefore encourage you to complete the form as soon as possible.

1. Online Prospective students form
2. Downloadable PDF - Prospective Students form

Medical evidence - guidance

When completing the above prospective form, you will be asked to submit evidence to support your disability.

For a specific learning difficulty, such as dyslexia, this will be a post 16 diagnostic assessment from a psychologist or suitably qualified specialist teacher. Please note that if you do not yet have such an assessment, you will need to make arrangements to obtain one.

For other disabilities or long term health conditions you will need a letter from a GP or another medical professional. If you do not have suitable medical evidence currently, please consider asking your doctor to fill out our Prospective Student Medical Evidence Form which will enable them to cover the points above. 

In all cases your evidence needs to 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 

What happens next?

Once we receive your form we will contact you to discuss your support arrangements. Please note, we will be contacting you via the email address you provided through UCAS or on your direct application. We will either: 

  • Send you a provisional Individual Learning Plan (ILP), which informs relevant University departments of the reasonable adjustments we recommend for your learning and teaching, including any examination adjustments. This will not be put in place without your consent
  • Request further medical evidence
  • Advise you to arrange a telephone appointment with an Advisor in order to discuss your support in more detail 


If you require accommodation adaptions, you will need to specify the support that you feel would be of benefit to you on the above prospective student form (1). If you are unsure of the support options available to you, please read the guidance available on the Accommodation webpage.

Please also refer to the Accommodation deadline guidance that gives details of when you need to submit your adaption requests by.

Please note, you must also fill out the separate Accommodation application form that opens on Monday 10th April.

There is an instructional video on the Accommodation webpages that takes you through how to apply for accommodation, including detail on stating specific adaptions you may need starting at 8 minutes and 8 seconds.


  • Fill out our prospective online form and attach relevant medical evidence.
  • Apply for accommodation separately after 10th April 2017.
  • Consider applying for Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA)
  • Please check your emails regularly following completion of the prospective student form for updates from Wellbeing Services.
  • Please ensure that your contact details are up to date; for example, if you are using your college email address it may be deactivated in the coming weeks.
  • If you have not declared a disability on your UCAS application, please consider doing so at the point of online registration later in the year. You should note that the term 'disability' is used in the Equality Act 2010 to help define who is eligible for support, and declaring a disability does not disadvantage you in any way. Please read Declaring a Disability or Health Condition for further guidance.

We look forward to meeting you in the new term, but if you have any questions in the meantime please contact us and we will be happy to help you.