Full diagnostic assessment
Frequently asked questions about full diagnostic assessments
How do I get referred for a diagnostic assessment?
- you are currently enrolled;
- you are not on an interruption of study;
- you have been screened and referred by us.
Can I have a diagnostic assessment in my final year?
You will only be assessed if your diagnostic assessment is scheduled three months before the end of your studies.
How much does it cost?
What if I can't afford to pay?
You can apply to the Student Support Fund which may be able to fund your contribution towards the cost of an assessment on your behalf.
Diagnostic assessments for SpLDs
Specific learning difficulties must be identified by either a psychologist or an assessor with a PATOSS practising certificate in line with SASC guidance. Assessments are completed on a 1:1 basis and consist of a series of standardised ability, literacy and cognitive tasks (or tests) and an interview. The assessments lasts around 2.5 to 3 hours and are carried out on campus.
Diagnostic assessments for autism
- a cognitive assessment;
- an interview;
- and a developmental history discussion with someone who has known you for a long time and watched you grow up. This is usually a parent.
If this person does not speak English, you will be required to pay for any interpreting costs incurred. Please get in touch with us if you need help in obtaining an interpreter for this purpose.
What happens if I miss my diagnostic assessment?
Once your assessment appointment has been booked, you will be required to give us 48 hours’ notice should you wish to cancel. If you fail to attend your assessment and do not give us 48 hours’ notice, then you will be charged an additional £50 administration charge in order to rebook the assessment. This additional fee can be paid online.