Supporting Learners with Disabilities


Universities and colleges have a range of support in place to ensure that having a disability is not a barrier to engaging with higher education and that it’s accessible to all. This is a legal requirement called ‘reasonable adjustments’ in line with the Equality Act 2010.

Disabled learners include those who experience physical disabilities, visual/hearing impairment, learning difficulties (e.g. dyslexia, ADHD), long-term health conditions (epilepsy, chronic fatigue), and mental health conditions.

Please find information below to help support your journey into higher education.

Additional information

Disabled Students' Allowance

Information about extra financial support you’re entitled to if you’re disabled or have a health condition.

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Specific IAG for disabled learners thinking about higher education.

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Advance HE

Published by Advance HE on behalf of the Disabled Students’ Commission, this publication offers guidance to disabled students applying for a higher or degree apprenticeship in the UK.

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Disability Rights UK

Impartial information and guidance for disabled students in relation to HE.

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Diversity and Ability

Diversity and Ability is an award-winning social enterprise led by and for disabled people, paving the way for a future where everyone is welcomed and included. Here you’ll find a useful resource about DSA.

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The other big questions

What are my further education options?

Here you can explore your options for once you’ve completed your GCSEs, whether it’s study further or something else.

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What are my higher education options?

Higher education can come in all shapes and sizes, and there are plenty of factors to consider when making your choices.

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