Dyslexia is a specific learning difficulty and can be described as a continuum of difficulties in learning to read, write and/or spell, which persist despite the provision of appropriate learning opportunities. These difficulties often do not reflect an individual's cognitive abilities and may not be typical of performance in other areas. The impact of dyslexia as a barrier to learning varies in degree according to the learning and teaching environment, and there are often associated difficulties.

Dyslexia can also be viewed as a learning 'difference', meaning a person with dyslexia may approach learning differently and develop different strategies for learning.

Dyslexia Screening and Diagnosis

The Disability Team provides a screening and assessment referral service for students who are suspected of having an undiagnosed specific learning difficulty, which is adversely affecting their studies.  

We only refer a student on to an Educational Psychologist for a full diagnostic assessment if:

  • There is evidence which suggests you do have a specific learning difficulty, andThat without a formal diagnosis, the university will be unable to put in place additional arrangements and/or facilities, and that this would result in you being placed as a significant disadvantage.

  • If you are referred on to an Educational Psychologist, the cost of the diagnostic assessment will be met by the university. Please note however that if you fail to attend your appointment, or cancel within 24 hours of your agreed appointment time, you will be fined a non-attendee fee of £20. Assessments are carried out in the Student Wellbeing Service, usually after 5pm.

  • If there is no need for a full diagnostic assessment, you may instead be referred to your Learning Development Centre for study skills support, or to workshops on assistive technology, which is available to all students on campus.

Software for Dyslexia

All GCU students have access to software aimed at supporting academic studies. This software can be particularly beneficial to dyslexic students. To see further information on this software, and how to access it, please see our Software for Dyslexia Pages. 

Dyslexic and Confident Workshops

Get involved with a range of workshops for new students with dyslexia to learn strategies and techniques to help you succeed in your studies at our Dyslexic and Confident Workshops

Learning Development Centres

The LDC tutors provide academic writing support for home and international students, ICT Support, advice on study skills and other academic support and guidance on a one to one basis or within group study. See our Learning Development Centres page for more information. 

Staff: Teaching Students with Dyslexia

We also provide resources for staff to support your learning and student experience at GCU at our Teaching Students with Dyslexia pages.