Screening and diagnosis

Neurodiversity screening

If you think that you may have a learning difference such as dyslexia, please contact Learning Success on 020 7040 0246 or email neurodiversity@city.ac.uk to request a screening pack. Once we've received and checked your completed forms, we will invite you to book a screening appointment.

At the screening appointment, a Neurodiversity specialist will discuss the nature of any difficulties you may be experiencing and will carry out some initial screening tasks.

A screening is not a full assessment, but if it shows positive indicators of dyslexia or another learning difference, we can refer you for a full diagnostic assessment to investigate further. If the results do not show indicators of a learning difference, we will discuss further options of support that are available to you.

You may also need a screening if you had a learning difference assessment a considerable time ago or if a previous assessment report has been lost.

There is no charge for a screening. However, because of demands for our service, it is important that you cancel at least 48 hours in advance if you cannot attend an appointment. If you do not let us know, you may be charged for non-attendance.

Diagnostic assessment

If you have taken part in a screening showing positive indicators of dyslexia or another Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD), you will be referred for a full diagnostic assessment. This would be with one of a team of experienced qualified assessors, and information on funding would be discussed with you beforehand at your screening.

The assessment is arranged by us and can take up to three hours, during which time you will be asked to participate in a number of diagnostic assessment tasks.

The assessor then writes the Assessment Report which highlights strengths and weaknesses and make recommendations for support, which could include exam arrangements and one-to-one support.

When the report is available we will invite you back for a feedback appointment with us. If you are found to have learning differences, we will register you with our service during that appointment. If not, we will advise you of alternative forms of support available at City.

Please be aware that you must give us at least two full working days’ notification if you cannot attend your assessment appointment. If you do not let us know, you will be charged the full cost of the assessment.