I am applying for university

Are you applying for university? 

Do you have a disability or specific learning difficulty? 

The Student Support and Wellbeing Team are here to help!

Every year, 1000s of students with a broad range of disabilities and specific learning difficulties achieve their potential at the University of Wolverhampton opening up opportunities for employment and further study. 

The University of Wolverhampton is an inclusive institution working to meet the individual needs of our students.

The Student Support and Wellbeing Team are here to provide advice and support for students who have a disability or specific learning difficulty. 

What are disabilities or specific learning difficulties?

Disabilities and specific learning difficulties can include:

  • Specific learning difficulties: Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia 
  • Mental Health conditions   
  • Autism Spectrum Conditions including Asperger syndrome    
  • Sensory disabilities including those affecting sight or hearing
  • Long term medical conditions  

Who can I talk to about my disability?

The Student Support and Wellbeing Team are here to provide advice about support options at University.

I am applying to study at the university, what happens next?

  • Step 1 - When you apply to study at the University, tell us on your application forms that you have a disability or specific learning difficulty.

  • Step 2 - When we make you an offer, we will ask you to complete a ‘Self Declaration Form’ which lets you share with us information about your disability or specific learning difficulty. Please complete and return the form as soon as you can.

  • Step 3 - We will also ask for evidence of your disability or specific learning difficulty. Please send this to us with your Self Declaration Form. Don’t worry if you do not have any evidence as we can talk to you about assessment or other support options.

  • Step 4 - When we have received your Self Declaration Form, one of the team will be in touch to discuss the support to which you may be entitled while studying with us. 

For more information please see: I am applying to study at the university, what happens next?

What support could I receive?

Support for All Students can include:

  • General Study skills support, including tutorials and general workshops, through the University Learning Centres.
  • Apps Anywhere – access to specialist software. 
  • Audio-visual lecture capture – a number of taught sessions are captured.
Additional Support for Students with Disabilities or Specific Learning Difficulties
Depending on your individual needs, you may be eligible for additional support provided by the University. The Student Support and Wellbeing Team can talk to you about additional support that may be available.
 
Disabled Students’ Allowances
You may be eligible to receive additional funding known as the Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSA) to help cover the costs of any additional support you may need to access your university course. DSA funding is available for eligible students and can help with costs for specialist equipment, Non-Medical Helpers (NMH) and other disability-related costs associated with studying. 
 
For more information please see: Disability Support

How do I apply for the Disabled Students Allowance (DSA)?

You should begin the process of applying for your DSA as soon as possible.
 
For more information about how and when to apply:
We are here to help you if you have any questions about applying for DSA however it is your responsibility to apply for the DSA. 
 
The DSA application process can take a number of months to complete and so it is important that you start the process as soon as possible. Support cannot be guaranteed without your DSA being in place.
 
Do I need to talk to the university before applying for the DSA?
 
You do not need to talk to us before applying for the DSA as you are responsible for the application process. However we are here if you need advice and support with the process.
 
How to contact the Student Support and Wellbeing Team:
Call us on: 01902 321074  |  Email: ssw@wlv.ac.uk
For more information visit: www.wlv.ac.uk/ssw

My DSA application has been approved, what happens next?

  • Step 1: If required, book a Study Needs Assessment
    If you are approved for the DSA, you may need to attend a Study Needs Assessment. This is not a test but is an informal chat with a Needs Assessor who will talk to you about the additional support you may need at university. The University does not complete Study Needs Assessments. You can find a list of Needs Assessment Centres at www.dsa-qag.org.uk. 

  • Step 2: Attend your Study Needs Assessment
    At the assessment, your Needs Assessor will make recommendations about the specific support you may need at university. They will complete a Needs Assessment Report (NAR) which is returned to the relevant funding body for final approval.

  • Step 3: Receive your DSA letter
    Final approval is sent to you in a DSA letter. The letter provides details of your support and details of who will provide the support. Please note that the DSA agreement is between you and the relevant funding body. If you have any questions about the DSA letter please contact the relevant funding body. 

  • Step 4: Contact the support provider/s named in your DSA letter

    The DSA contains details of the provider responsible for your support. Please note this may not be the University.

    It is your responsibility to contact the provider/s named on your DSA as soon as possible to discuss setting up your support.

    If the University of Wolverhampton is named as the provider on your DSA please contact the Student Support and Wellbeing Team as soon as possible.

    If you have a provider who is not the University of Wolverhampton, contact that provider directly to discuss your support. While the university is not responsible for providing you with this support, we are still here to help if you have any questions about your support.

    Please contact the Student Support and Wellbeing Team if you have any questions:

    Tel: - 01902 32 1074
    Email: - ssw@wlv.ac.uk

What do I do if I have applied to study at one of the University’s Partnership Colleges?

If you have applied to study a University course delivered at one of our partner UK colleges, you will still be able to apply for DSA.
 
Your support will be provided by our partner college. Please contact the college directly to discuss your support needs.

What if i need Personal Care?

If you require personal care support on the University campus or in halls of residence, you will need a care package in place before you commence your course.
 
Apply to your local Adult Services department as early as possible so that they have sufficient time to liaise with the Adult Services team where you’ll be living.
 
Please note: until a care package has been agreed by all parties, this may 
delay you being able to start your course.

 

What if I need support in my accommodation?

If you are planniong to stay in the University's halls of residence:

  • ensure you inform them about your disability
  • they will liaise closely with us to ensure your stay with them is as issue free as is possible.

What happens if I am not eligible for DSA?

Please come and talk to us about other support options

Support for All Students can include:

  • General Study skills support, including tutorials and general workshops, through the University Learning Centres.
  • Apps Anywhere – access to specialist software. 
  • Audio-visual lecture capture – a number of taught sessions are captured.
Additional Support for Students with Disabilities or Specific Learning Difficulties
Depending on your individual needs, you may be eligible for additional support provided by the University. The Student Support and Wellbeing Team can talk to you about additional support that may be available.
 
Disabled Students’ Allowances
You may be eligible to receive additional funding known as the Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSA) to help cover the costs of any additional support you may need to access your university course. DSA funding is available for eligible students and can help with costs for specialist equipment, Non-Medical Helpers (NMH) and other disability-related costs associated with studying. 
 
For more information please see: Disability Support