Disability, learning difficulties and health conditions

Leeds College of Music is proud of its diverse population.  We have a significant number of students who have dyslexia or other specific learning difficulties, physical and mental health conditions and physical and sensory impairments. 

The conservatoire’s disability advisors, Laura York and Scott Sinfield, will be happy meet with you to discuss your individual needs and requirements at any point during your studies.  You can contact them via:

Telephone: 0113 222 3421

Many students’ support needs are met through adjustments to teaching and learning, for example by having lecture notes and other materials being made available in advance of classes, by audio-recording classes or by having extensions to deadlines.  Other support needs may be met through Disabled Students Allowance (DSA).

Disabled Students Allowance

Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) is a grant provided by the government for students who have specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia, mental health issues, autism, medical conditions and physical or sensory impairments.  It is administered by Student Finance England (SFE).  It’s not a loan, it isn’t means-tested and you don’t have to pay it back. 

DSA can be used to buy specialist computer equipment and assistive software, pay for study skills and mentoring support, fund additional travel costs or help with additional course-related costs.  You will need to get evidence of your support needs from a doctor, educational psychologist or other similar professional to send with your application.  We will be able to advise you on this.  We will also be happy to help you complete the application form.

Further information is available on the following Student Finance websites: 


Premises and Access 

The Conservatoire occupies modern, purpose-built premises, with lift access to all floors.  A rest room is provided for the use of anyone who needs to take medication in private, take time out to rest or relax, or is taken ill.

Learning Support

The Conservatoire offers learning support to all students.  The services include help with reading and writing, numeracy and literacy skills, time management, organisation and support with research and completing assignments. 

Free specialist diagnostic assessment for dyslexia is also available.

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Further Education

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