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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/doctor, 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/doctor, indicating that an attention deficit condition has been identified.  If you are seeking an ADHD diagnosis, please contact your doctor in the first instance.

For any other SpLDs as listed above, you can obtain medical evidence from your doctor 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 doctor 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 doctor 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 doctor or healthcare professional to fill out our Prospective Student Medical Evidence Form which will enable them to cover the points above. 

Evidence in a language other than English

We welcome students to get in touch with any medical or supporting evidence that they have on file in the first instance. If your medical evidence is not in English, we may request a translation of the full text in order to determine how best we can support your individual requirements at Exeter. We are happy to advise on this, so please do email us at wellbeing@exeter.ac.uk with a copy of your evidence if you are unsure whether you need to pursue a translation.