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Getting support if you have a disability

Find out what support is available to you and how you can access it.

Requesting support

If you have a disability, impairment, long-term health condition or specific learning difficulty, the Disability Service can provide you with confidential advice, guidance and support.

If you state in your course application that you have a disability, we will contact you as part of this process to discuss your needs.

If you have not mentioned a disability in your application, but still need help, contact the Disability Service for support at any point during your course.

Support available

Disability Access Plans (DAPs) & Exam/ Assessment arrangements

The Disability Service will work with you to create a plan for how we can support you while you are a student. This support may include:

  • departmental support e.g. help to manage your assignments or support to access teaching materials
  • examination and/or assessment arrangements
  • information for your department to help them better understand the impact of your disability

We will share the plan with you so you can tell us if it suits your needs. As soon as you have approved it, we will share it with your personal tutor so they can support your studies.

Other support

Further support that may also be discussed includes:

  • referrals to other specialist teams (e.g. other Student Services teams and other professional services e.g. Accommodation, Skills or Careers)
  • access to specialist or assistive software or equipment
  • one-to-one support including specialist mentoring, tutoring or study support

Financial support

If you are a UK student, you can apply for a Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA). DSAs help you pay for services and resources to support your studies, like one-to-one mentoring or tuition; or specialist software and equipment. You may be eligible for a DSA if you have a:

  • disability
  • long-term health condition
  • mental health condition
  • specific learning difficulty, like dyslexia or dyspraxia

You must meet the definition of disability under the Equality Act 2010.

DSAs aren't means-tested (based on your family's income), and you don't have to pay them back. However, you may need to pay the first £200 towards the cost of a computer as part of your DSA support. If this is likely to cause you financial hardship you can apply to the Hardship Fund for assistance. You can get a form from a Disability Adviser or Student Services Helpdesk which you will need to complete and return to the Student Services Helpdesk in the Roper Centre, 4 West.

Apply for Disabled Students' Allowances.

If you are an EU or international student, you are not eligible for DSAs, but we may still be able to help. Contact the Disability Service for advice.

Diagnostic fee support

If you have a disability, including dyslexia, you may wish to apply for the cost of a diagnostic assessment before applying for the DSA. Certain criteria for the application exist.

You could be offered up to £400 towards the cost of the test, depending on your family's income.

You can find more details on the Hardship Fund pages.

If your application for diagnostic fee support is not successful as a result of the means test, then you can apply to the Hardship Fund for help with the cost.

Access on campus

AccessAble is a website that offers access information for our campus. This includes details for accommodation, lecture halls and other venues.


If you have a disability, we offer accommodation options designed to meet your needs. This can include adjustments for wheelchair usage or extra space for special equipment.

You should discuss your requirements with the Disability Service when you apply to Bath.