Specific Learning Difficulty and Dyslexia screening and assessment

If you think you may have a Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD – such as dyslexia, dyspraxia or indicators of ADHD), please complete our screening questionnaire.

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A diagnostic assessment may be able to give an educational diagnosis of ADD/ADHD.

An educational diagnosis will not result in medication. It will only result in adjustments and support on your course. 

If you wish to obtain a medical diagnosis, please speak to your GP to request a referral.

Please note that you must be enrolled on your course before completing the SPLD screening questionnaire.

You must also have at least three months left before your course finishes. 

Deadlines for 2023

  • Final year undergraduates: 23 March 2023
  • Final year postgraduates: 29 June 2023

Process for screening and assessment

Once you submit your completed screening questionnaire you will receive an email with instructions on your next steps, depending on the results.

Please note:

  • the screening will not give a diagnosis – it will give indicators only
  • you need to be fully enrolled on your course to complete the screening, this means having a Goldsmiths Student ID number and email address
  • final year students - please do not complete the screening beyond the deadline dates:  
    23 March 2023 for undergraduates
    29 June 2023 for postgraduates 

Complete the screening questionnaire.

If you would rather have a meeting to go through the screening with an Adviser, please book an appointment here.

If the screening shows you have many indicators of an SpLD you will be sent options about diagnostic assessors – this will be confirmed by email.

Timescale: Appointment within four weeks of paying the £90 student contribution.

This will take about three to four hours to complete with a qualified diagnostic assessor. At present we are offering students the choice of an in-person or remote assessment, more information will be provided upon request.

Timescale: Diagnostic Assessment Report sent from the assessor within two weeks of the assessment.

If a confirmed diagnosis of Specific Learning Difficulty is provided in the report you will meet with a disabilty adviser to discuss your needs.

Timescale: two weeks from receipt of the Diagnostic Assessment Report.

Timescale: a minimum of four weeks from an appointment with a Disability Adviser / applying for DSA with your evidence.

We can offer screenings and assessments to final year students up to the dates below, but cannot guarantee that you will have disability support in place before you finish your studies here if you have not started the process in the first term of your final year.

It will not be possible to offer you a screening or assessment if you contact us after these dates.

Final year undergraduates

18 March 2022

Final year postgraduates

24 June 2022


‘Prior evidence’ refers to any existing information indicating that you have a Specific Learning Difficulty. It could be a childhood report, or statement of support carried out at school/college to permit arrangements such as extra time in exams.

Providing prior evidence may speed up the screening and assessment process, which enables support to be put in place as quickly as possible.

The evidence can be emailed to disability (@gold.ac.uk). Read our Data Protection and Confidentiality Statement to understand how we will use what you send us.

We will accept a Diagnostic Assessment from a psychologist or suitably qualified specialist teacher. Please note that the author must hold a current SpLD Assessment Practicing Certificate or be HCPC registered at the time of the assessment and follow SASC guidelines.

The can be emailed to disability (@gold.ac.uk). Read our Data Protection and Confidentiality Statement to understand how we will use what you send us.

We can only arrange assessments for students enrolled at Goldsmiths.

However, early contact before enrolment helps to ensure that arrangements can be made as quickly as possible.

If you are thinking about studying here and have, or think you have, a Specific Learning Difficulty please contact the Disability and Inclusion Service before beginning your course.