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​Higher Education




Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs) are available for students who have a disability, long-term health condition, mental-health condition or specific learning difficulty; meeting the definition of disabilty under the Equality Act 2010.

The money you receive does not depend on household income. You do not need to pay it back. Disabled students (Wales, England, Scotland and Nothern Ireland) studying full- or part-time for an undergraduate or equivalent qualification (including Open University or distance learning) or a postgraduate qualification for which they get government funding, can apply for help with:

  • specialist equipment (eg computer software)
  • non-medical helpers (eg a note-taker or reader)
  • other costs (eg Braille paper, photocopying)
  • extra travel that you incur because of your disability.

When you apply you need to prove that you are eligible (such as a letter from a medical practitioner). If you have a learning difficulty  you wil need to provide evidence of a diagnostic assessment. If you were assessed when you were younger than 16 years old a new assessment will be necessary. 

DSAs Application Process.
We will guide you through the application process for Disabled Students Allowances (DSAs).  We will provide you with the necessary forms, help you to fill them out and send them to your funding body on your behalf.
We will  also ensure that you have the correct evidence to support your DSA appliation. 

​Assisstance with SpLD Assessments.
If you cannot afford to pay for an assesment you may be able to get financial help through the Access to Learning Fund in England, the Financial Contingency Fund in Wales, Support Funds in Northern Ireland or Discretionary Funds in Scotland.

We offer free spre-assessment screenings for SpLDs.  We are also able to provide  a limited amount of free diagnostic assessments for SpLDs for students who have been unsuccessful in their application to have the cost of their assessment paid for (subject to terms and conditions).

We offer a fast turnaround - from diagnostic assessment to your support being actioned typically takes 6 weeks.  While you are awaiting for your support to be put in place by your funding body we will be able to provide you with interim specialist study skills support so you are not at a disadvantage.

Quality Service Provision.
​We pride ourselves on providing the best service, as demonstrated in the testimonials* we receive from our students.
  • Diagnostic Assessments at a competitive rate

  • Disability Awareness Training

  • One to one Specialist Study Skills Support

  • Specialist proof reading

  • Interactive learning packages

  • Individual Learning Plans (ILPs)

  • Assistance with assistive software

  • Group Coaching

  • Note taking

  • ​Exam Support 

  • Support and mentoring across multiple settings

  • Remote and Distance Support 

  • Ten hours' immediate interim support

*"I  would like to thank you for making the process simple and making me feel comfortable during meetings to discuss what was going to happen. Before I came to you, I had applied and been rejected by the universities hardship fund for help to pay for the assessment, and I was unable to pull together they money to pay for it myself. The main reason that I applied for the assessment is that I have been struggling over the past two years of my study and was starting to feel like the course wasn’t for me. I feared that I would either fail or that I would have to drop out as I couldn’t cope with the work that was being set. I felt that I needed to know if there was a reason and if so hopefully gain some support to help me through the hardest two years of university. Beacon have made me see that I do have both strengths and weaknesses, not just weaknesses and that they are there to support me when I need them throughout the rest of my academic career," (Corie, December 2016).

​Specific Learning Solutions for Specific Learning Differences