Accessibility and disability

All students should have an equal opportunity to experience university. We provide confidential information, guidance, and practical support to students with a disability or specific learning difference.

Please tell Student Wellbeing Services about any disability (including dyslexia, dyspraxia, autism spectrum, mental health illness/medical conditions, sensory or mobility impairment) even if you don't think it will affect you while you're at university.

The information you provide is treated as personal and sensitive data in accordance with the Data Protection Act and is made available on a ‘need to know’ basis only to university staff involved with your application, the organisation of any arrangements and/or the implementation of reasonable adjustments.

Accessibility Advisors

How we can help you

Accessibility Advisors can help coordinate additional support and give advice and guidance on the following.

  • Screening and assessment for a specific learning difference
  • Production of an AAP (Academic Access Plan) which makes recommendations for specific arrangements for your learning and assessment and is shared with academic staff
  • How to access helpful resources, services, facilities, software and support
  • Accessibility regarding your accommodation and campus in general
  • Arrangements to keep you safe in an emergency evacuation or medical emergency
  • Accessing DSA (Disabled Students’ Allowance) and other supportive measures
  • Liaising with useful internal and external services
  • Your academic progress and options
  • Be a point of contact throughout your time here.

We will:

  • Listen to you
  • Help you understand your situation
  • Plan and problem-solve
  • Agree actions and next steps.

Contact us

Guidance documents

Access Guides for Bath Spa University campuses and buildings are available from AccessAble.

Further information

Academic Access Plan (AAP) questionnaire

All applicants offered a place at the University are invited to complete a questionnaire requesting some information about their disability, specific learning difference, autism spectrum or medical or mental health condition. This information will be used to produce an Academic Access Plan (AAP).

What is an Academic Access Plan (AAP)?

With your consent, we share information about your requirements for learning with colleagues via an Academic Access Plan (AAP). Your AAP will include recommendations for study in class, for timed examinations (including in-class tests), tutorials, other assessments, placements and field trips. 

If you have access requirements but haven't had contact with Student Wellbeing Services, please get in touch with us: studentwellbeing@bathspa.ac.uk.

Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs)

Apply for Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs)

Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs) are extra help for eligible students who have a disability, specific learning difference such as dyslexia or dyspraxia, autism spectrum, medical or mental health condition. They are non-means tested allowances for eligible UK students, which pay for extra costs incurred as a result of a disability.

The DSAs may provide:

  • Specialist equipment, such as computer software
  • Non-medical helpers, such as specialist study skills support or a mentor
  • Extra travel costs you have to pay because of your disability
  • A general allowance for consumables, such as photocopying.

Students are required to make a contribution of £200 towards the cost of IT equipment.

Please note: DSAs don't cover the disability-related costs you'd have if you weren't attending a course, or costs that any student might have.

Apply as early as possible before arriving at University to ensure your support is in place. Please see the links below on how to apply, depending on where you live:

Are there other things I should do?

  • Apply for your student finance
  • Complete and return the Academic Access Plan questionnaire, including supporting evidence
  • Contact Student Wellbeing Services to arrange an appointment with an Accessibility Advisor 
  • Apply for your accommodation – include details of any access arrangements
  • If you currently receive any personal support from social services please contact them to discuss how this will be transitioned or implemented at the University
  • If you do not currently receive support from social services but wish to explore this as a possibility, you can find more information on the NHS website.

UCAS disability codes

When completing your UCAS application form, please use these codes to indicate what disability you have:

  • A - No disability
  • B - You have a social/communication impairment such as such as an autism spectrum condition/Asperger's syndrome
  • C - You're blind or have a serious visual impairment uncorrected by glasses
  • D - You're deaf or have a serious hearing impairment
  • E - You have a long-standing illness or health condition such as cancer, HIV, diabetes, chronic heart disease or epilepsy
  • F - You have a mental health condition, such as depression or anxiety 
  • G - You have a specific learning difference such as dyslexia, dyspraxia or AD(H)D
  • H - You have physical impairment or mobility issues, such as difficulty using your arms or using a wheelchair or crutches
  • I - You have a disability, impairment or medical condition that is not listed above
  • J - You have two or more impairments and/or disabling medical conditions.

Get Started - Early Induction Event

Get Started is an early induction event that takes place just before the start of the academic year. All first year students who have disclosed a sensory or physical disability, autism spectrum or long-term health condition are invited.

It'll be particularly helpful if you're living away from home for the first time and aims to give you the best possible start to your time at Bath Spa. 

For more information visit the Get Started web page.

Screening for Specific Learning Differences (SpLD)

If you think you may be dyslexic or have another specific learning difference you can access an online Quickscan assessment, free for applicants and students of Bath Spa University. If the assessment shows indicators of an SpLD please contact studentwellbeing@bathspa.ac.uk to discuss next steps.

Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan (PEEP) and/or care plan

A Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan (PEEP) is a working plan of escape in an emergency evacuation for students who may require assistance or special arrangements to escape to a place of safety from University buildings (this includes anyone with a temporary impairment or who is in the later stages of pregnancy).

A PEEP is written by Student Wellbeing Services, in collaboration with the student, their Area Safety Managers, Health and Safety, and Student Accommodation (as appropriate). The PEEP is subject to review for each new academic year and following any changes in the student’s condition, regular locations or buildings used.

Care plan for students with intermittent medical conditions

The Care Plan is a document for students who have intermittent medical conditions that may require assistance in the event of an incident. It is shared with the School(s) of Study via the course leader(s), First Aiders, Library, Accommodation and Security to ensure that the appropriate actions are undertaken in an emergency situation.

A Care Plan is written by Student Wellbeing Services, in collaboration with the student. It's subject to review for each new academic year and following any changes in the student’s condition, regular locations or buildings used.

UCAS guidance and support

UCAS have produced a helpful list of FAQs about DSA that you can find on their website

FAQs: Accessibility and disability

Can I bring a car onto campus?

It depends on your circumstances. Read our Parking Terms and Conditions for more information.

Can I get tested for Dyslexia?

Bath Spa University offers all students free access to dyslexia screening. Contact SWS for more information: studentwellbeing@bathspa.ac.uk

How can I get academic support?

Bath Spa University has a Writing and Learning Centre in the Library that supports students with their academic work. Student Wellbeing Services is the point of contact for academic support for disabled students.

Can I still get the adjustments I had at school / college?

Probably, and there may be more, or different measures that you'll find helpful. Student Wellbeing Services are your point of contact to discuss further: studentwellbeing@bathspa.ac.uk

Can I get extra funding for having a disability?

If you are eligibile you can apply for Disabled Students' Allowances - DSA. If you are not eligible for DSA, you may be able to access funded support from the University, please contact Student Wellbeing Services to discuss further: studentwellbeing@bathspa.ac.uk

What is DSA?

Disabled Students’ Allowance is the statutory funded package of support for disabled students at university. It may provide funding depending on your circumstances. Find out more and learn about eligibility.

How do I apply for DSA?

You can apply any time, and we recommend that you do so as early as possible. The process is straightforward, but can take a bit of time. Find out more and apply via gov.uk.

What support is available via DSA?

Disabled Students’ Allowance is the statutory funded package of support for disabled students at university. It can fund a variety of support depending on your circumstances. Learn more and understand eligibility.

What evidence will be accepted?

If you are not sure what evidence you need, please contact Student Wellbeing Services who can help: studentwellbeing@bathspa.ac.uk

Where can I find more information about accessibility in halls and teaching buildings?

Bath Spa University works with AccessAble to provide guides to our campuses.

What support is offered if I declare a disability?

Student Wellbeing Services can help you access a wide variety of services, including specialist study skills tuition, mental health mentoring, equipment, furniture and IT, and a range of adjustments.

These are flexible and any measures are designed and personal to you.

Will my declaration of a disability impact on my offer?

No. We encourage applicants to tell us about a disability or medical condition to help us ensure you're able to access your course and answer your questions.

Information for needs assessors

Student Wellbeing Services is operating virtually for the 2020/21 academic year and until further Government guidance is issued relating to the Covid-19 pandemic. This includes all non-medical help provision.

When preparing needs assessments, please ensure that students are aware some recommendations will be implemented with modifications and some may not be possible to implement.

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