HE Student Support


Our Support

ToHealth work with our higher education partners to offer support to students by undertaking a diagnostic assessment to identify learning disabilities. This will enable the student to access the following support:

  • Access to Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA)
  • Exam adjustments
  • Access Arrangements
  • Assistive Technology


As a student, you may have had a previous diagnosis but require an updated report, or you may have experienced barriers to your learning but have not received a formal diagnosis. You may benefit from an assessment to identify the specific difficulties you have with aspects of learning known as a Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD).

SpLD can be a diagnosis in its own right but can also be used as an umbrella term to incorporate the following neurodevelopmental conditions which our assessors can identify:

  • Dyslexia
  • Dyscalculia
  • DCD/Dyspraxia
  • ADHD
  • Autism
  • Specific Language Impairment

Your Referral

If you think you may have a SpLD the first thing to do is speak to the Learning Support Team at your college or university about booking a diagnostic assessment. They are likely to offer an initial screening to identify if this would be the best course of action. Fully funded or partially funded diagnostic assessments may be available through your college or university.

If you have been referred to us by your university or wish to undertake a private assessment with ToHealth contact: [email protected] or 01925 909 614.

Alternatively, you can fill in the contact Student Referral Contact Form.

Student Referral Form


    The Diagnostic Assessment

    A ToHealth client services team member will be in touch to explain the process and you will be assigned an assessor, this could be a psychologist or specialist SpLD assessor. The assessment will take place online using zoom or MS Teams or face to face. Please allow up to 3 hours for the assessment.

    During the assessment, you will take part in a range of tasks including reading, spelling, writing and tests of ability.  This will enable the assessor to identify specific areas of difficulty and also highlight areas of strength.  We often find students with neurodevelopmental conditions have weaknesses in some areas and strengths in others, often referred to as a ‘spikey profile’.

    The final report will be sent to you 10 working days later. The report details your performance on each area you were assessed on and will provide a conclusion of the findings which will specify if you have an SpLD or not.  There will be recommendations made for next steps and details about the type of support that you can access at your university or college as well as information about Disabled Students Allowance (DSA).

    DSA is a government-funded scheme available to support disabled students with their studies.  This can fund a range of support including specialist tutor support and assistive technology such a literacy support software or text to speech software. Your university or college will be able to advise you further.