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Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD)

 How to apply

1) Before applying for Personalised Assessment Arrangements, please read our guidance document: 2) Submit a PAA application & supporting evidence:

Application - You can submit an application via the Student Records homepage. Once logged in, select the 'PAA' tab at the top of the homepage and follow the instructions to complete an application.

Evidence - A full adult (post 16) assessment report that has been written in accordance with the SpLD Working Group 2005 DfES Guidelines for Assessment of SpLDs in Higher Education. 
If you need to check whether you have a full report, please see the PAAC Requirements for SpLDs document.



Please note that completed applications (including your assessment report) must be submitted by the specified deadlines (listed here). Any late applications received will be held until the next examination period.


What happens next?

Application recieved confirmation

You will receive email confirmation from the Examinations Office that your application has been received.

Outcome confirmation

Once your application has been reviewed, you will receive an outcome email from the Examinations Office with details of the arrangements that you have been granted.

Examination arrangements confirmation

Prior to each of the main examination periods, you will receive a further email with details of where your examinations (if you have any) will be taking place and confirmation of your arrangements.


Examinations & incourse assessments

Examination venues

For the main examination periods (dates here), students with approved PAA will sit their examinations on campus, rather than at the external examination venues.

You will be emailed further details prior to each examination period for which you have examinations. 

Departmental examinations or incourse assessments

If you have any departmental examinations or in-course assessments (i.e. examinations/tests that are run by your department rather than the Examinations Office), you’ll need to contact your department prior to the assessment to ensure your Personalised Assessment Arrangements are in place.

For further information in regards to how your course is assessed and the support that is available to you, please contact your department.

Reasonable Adjustments – Professional Clinical Examinations

Whilst the College has a duty, under the Equality Act, to make reasonable adjustments for students, it must balance these against the need to protect the academic integrity of its assessments, and the professional requirements of registrable programmes.  The College has a responsibility to sign off students as being fit for and capable of registration and practice.  As such, it is not always appropriate to grant additional arrangements for assessment practices, where inclusive processes have already been incorporated. 

If you have any further queries, please contact your course department for further information or seek the Reasonable Adjustments guidance relevant to your programme.


Coursework coversheets & examination script stickers

Students with Specific Learning Difficulties may be eligible for a coursework coversheet or exam script sticker.

Coursework coversheet

To be attached to the front of coursework to inform markers of your SpLD.

Examination script sticker

Added to exam scripts by the Examinations Office, provides examinations with marking guidance in regards to SpLDs.

For more information, please visit our Coursework Coversheets & Examination Script Stickers webpage.


Do I have an SpLD?

For more information about Specific Learning Difficulties, please contact the Disability Support Team, they will be able to advise on what to look for, basic screening processes and how to obtain an assessment report.

Guidance for personalised ASSESSMENT ARRANGEMENTs (PAA)
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