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Applicant and Prospective Student Information

It is only once you have been made an offer to study at Cardiff University that the Disability and Dyslexia Service are made aware of your application.  Once we know about your application we will contact you so that we can begin to organise any necessary adjustments that you require and to assist you in accessing any support you may need while you are studying at Cardiff.  

Upon initial contact with you we ask for some basic information about your disability, long term medical condition, mental health condition or Specific Learning Difficulty.   Once we have received your information we are able to advise you on what actions you need to take to access the support you need.   With your permission, when we know that you will be attending Cardiff University we will pass any relevant information to you academic school.  It is at this point that we will also invite you to register with the Disability and Dyslexia Service within your first few weeks at Cardiff.  The information below illustrates what you need to do to access support in more detail:

We have a team of advisers in the Disability and Dyslexia Service you can speak to regarding any queries you may have.  Please contact the Disability and Dyslexia Service with any queries.


Applying to Cardiff University and what to do:


Apply via UCAS (the most common route)

It is important to disclose your disability and/or dyslexia on your application form so that we are made aware of your application and we will then write to you.
NB. Disclosing a disability will not affect your chances of receiving an offer from Cardiff University. However, some courses are governed by Fitness to Practise criteria, please contact the relevant school or Disability and Dyslexia Service for more info.  Once you have disclosed:

You will receive an information pack from DDS

This pack will include  the following documents; 


You need to:
      - read the guide carefully taking note of the support that may be available to you
      - complete and return the questionnaire, answer the questions as fully as you can
      - send a copy of your most recent evidence to us with the questionnaire
        once we have looked at a copy of your evidence, we will contact you if you need to send us anything further.

Apply for your Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA)

You will start to receive offers from universities and once you have decided on your first choice, you need to apply for your DSA. To do this you will need to check who your funding body is.

Attend a Needs Assessment

If you are eligible for a DSA you will receive a letter approving a Needs Assessment appointment from your funding body, which you could attend at the Assessment Centre Cardiff or search here to find your nearest NNAC Assessment Centre.

Needs Assessment Report

After your needs assessment appointment you will receive a report of recommendations. You will need to keep this safe and provide a copy to the university you intend to study at.

Residences Application

It is recommended that you apply for your accommodation in halls of residence as soon as possible if you have specific requirements; i.e. a small fridge in your room, be near to lectures, wheelchair access or even an extra room for your carer etc, then let us know.  Where it is a reasonable requirement Disability and Dyslexia Service will be able to support your application.


Start University – Freshers Week

Disability and Dyslexia Service Induction

You will be invited to attend a Disability and Dyslexia Service Induction session, this will give you the opportunity to meet an advisor, hand in any evidence not given to us previously, register with Disability and Dyslexia Service, complete an exams provisions form, provide us with a copy of your Needs Assessment report and book any follow-up appointments.


Please refer to our Checklist below for a clear list of what you need to do before starting university.  If you would like further information about support that is available here please look at our guides that are specific to your disability.