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. Please see our Medical Evidence Guidance page to check that your medical evidence is suitable.

There is the option to download and either electronically fill out or print off a Word document (2) if you are not able to complete the online version for any reason. 

Please be aware that if you submit your form after 31st July 2020 we may not be able to put your accommodation support in place. However we strongly recommend you still complete the form, and as soon as possible.


Online Prospective student form


Downloadable Word document - Prospective Student form

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 6th April 2020.

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.

Please see our flowchart on the Accommodation process with Wellbeing Services for 1st Choice offer holders

We also have a flowchart for the Clearing and Adjustment Accommodation Process with Wellbeing Services


  • Fill out our prospective online form and attach relevant medical evidence.
  • Apply for accommodation separately after 6th April 2020.
  • Consider applying for funded support for disabled students such as Disabled Students' Allowances (DSA) or via apprenticeship funding if you are on an apprenticeship
    • If you have already applied for and been granted DSA funding, and are entitled to Non-Medical Helper support from the University of Exeter, please fill out our DSA Funded Specialist Support request form to request your support for academic year 2020/21.
  • 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.

Adjusting to University life

Please see our adjusting to university life booklet for some helpful tips and information on transitioning to university life: