Inclusive practice policy

Specific Access requirements

The International Programmes welcomes applications from those with specific access requirements. Our aim is to develop a proactive approach to ensure that services are accessible for all, that we respect individual choice and that we create an inclusive environment which recognises the diversity of individuals within a flexible and supportive educational framework.

Inclusive practice policy

Download: Inclusive Practice Policy PDF: 5pgs 117KB]

These pages are relevant to you if:

  • you have a disability or learning difficulty
  • you are currently in prison
  • you have a legally imposed travel restriction.
  • you may have special examination requirements.

Definition of disability

In the UK disability is defined as:

  • a physical or mental impairment
  • the impairment has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on the person’s ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities
  • the effect of the impairment has lasted or is likely to last for at least twelve months.

The disability definition includes:

  • physical or mobility impairment e.g. wheelchair users
  • visual impairment (the impairment cannot be corrected by using reading glasses) e.g. blind or partially sighted
  • hearing impairment
  • learning difficulties e.g. dyslexia
  • mental health difficulties,
  • medical conditions e.g. epilepsy, diabetes.

If you are not sure if you are covered by this definition but are experiencing difficulties, please contact us for advice.

Telling us about your disability and/or specific access requirements

You have the opportunity to disclose a disability and/or any specific access requirements such as special examination arrangements or materials in alternative formats on the Specific Access Requirements form which is part of the application form and the registration form.

You can also complete the Specific Access Requirements form [Word doc] or contact us to discuss your specific access requirements at any time during your student life cycle.

However, if you don’t tell us about any specific access requirements you may need early enough then we can not guarantee that arrangements will be made. Making special arrangements can be a lengthy and complicated process and it is important that we discuss these with you as soon as possible.

You will also need to submit supporting medical evidence. Read about what  kind of medical or disability evidence is accepted in the Medical Evidence Guidance [PDF 2pgs 83KB].

Any information you provide will be treated with sensitivity and in confidence.

For further information on how we process data about student’s specific access requirements please read:

"How we process data about students" specific access requirements [PDF: 3pgs 119KB].

What we can do

We can advise on the support available to you as a student with specific access requirements at London University International Programmes. We will make every reasonable effort to support you through your studies. The support we offer can include:

  • study materials in an alternative format
  • special examination arrangements

It is a requirement for all our students to have internet access as a lot of our materials are available online.

Depending on the course and the module, materials are provided in print or electronically online.

If you would like materials in an alternative format please contact us to discuss your needs.

Special examination arrangements may be approved for students who are unable to sit examinations under standard examination conditions.

Any special examination arrangements should not give the candidate an unfair advantage over others including those taking their examination under standard conditions.

If you think that you will need special examination arrangements you are advised to apply as soon as possible.

The deadline for applications is:

  • 1 February for the May – June examination session and,
  • 1 August for the Autumn examination session.

For further information

If we have approved special examination arrangements for you, the following documents may be helpful:

Applications from people currently in prison

If you are an applicant and you are in prison you are strongly advised to speak to your prison authorities before you submit your application to the University. You should check whether they will allow you to study and whether they are willing to make arrangements for you to sit examinations in prison on the scheduled dates. Please provide us the prison authorities contact details so we can make the necessary arrangements for your examinations. Please make sure that you read the following document:

Download: Applications from people currently in prison [Word doc]

Further information

Please read our Specific Access Requirements handbook [PDF: 16pgs 178KB]

How to contact us

If you have a disability and/or specific access requirements and you would like to discuss your needs please contact Inclusive Practice Manager:

Telephone: + 44 (0) 20 7664 4824

University of London International Programmes
Stewart House
32 Russell Square
London WC1B 5DN