Whether your disability is seen or unseen we can provide the support you need at all stages of the application process and for the duration of your studies at Oxford. We welcome applications from students with disabilities, including dyslexia, dyspraxia, and other Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLDs). Our admissions decisions are based on academic merit alone and our Disability Advisory Service currently has over 4,000 students registered. Over 1,000 of these students have declared a Specific Learning Difficulty.
DECLARING A DISABILITY
Whatever your particular circumstances, the earlier we know about your individual requirements then the sooner we can begin to meet them. We only ask you to tell us so that we can offer support if it is needed and make reasonable adjustments to facilitate your access to your course and our University. Please tell us about any disability on your UCAS form, and perhaps ask your referee to mention it too. Please follow our guidance on declaring your disability on your UCAS form. UCAS also has further advice about how best to do this.
If you need to take one or more of our admissions tests as part of your application, you can be considered for whatever alternative arrangements you usually have for public exams (that is, your GCSEs and A-levels, or other equivalent qualifications). For example, this may be extra time, or a large print copy of the test paper. Lots of students do this, so please don’t miss out: make sure you mention your access requirements to whoever is registering you for your test or tests.
Your school Exams Officer, or open centre administrator can apply to arrange alternative provisions for you, so please let them know about your requirements as early as you can. Please note, the deadline for ordering modified test papers is earlier than the deadline for general registration. All other special consideration requests are made through an online form (open from September).
Once you have submitted your application, we would recommend contacting the college you have applied to so that they have time to put in place any reasonable adjustments or respond to any requirements during the interview process. With appropriate supporting evidence (e.g. an educational psychologist's or specialist tutor’s diagnostic assessment report or a medical letter), arrangements such as extra time, rest breaks, and word-processing can be considered. Please see our interview pages for general information on how to prepare for your interview and what you can expect.
RECEIVING AN OFFER
If you are offered a place at Oxford, please contact the Disability Advisory Service as soon as possible. There is no need to wait until your examination results are announced. It will help you to plan properly and get things in place before your arrival, so you can get on with enjoying student life and all it has to offer.
Our Disability Advisory Service provides support from the point you are considering an application right up until graduation, and are always delighted to hear from potential candidates. Have a look at the students with disabilities videos at ox.ac.uk/disabilityvideos to hear from current Oxford students; or see the dyslexia unbound video, a 15-minute film made by Oxford tutors for students with SpLDs.
Do visit the Disability pages to read lots more about the kind of support we offer to our students, and the Bodleian Libraries’ Accessible Resources Unit for information on study resources.