Bristol DSA Assessment Centre

Please note: In response to Covid-19, Student Finance England has announced that it is possible for students to access their DSA Needs Assessment remotely. AbilityNet has run video-based online assessments in workplace and education settings for some time and can provide a full service online. Please mention your preference - online or in person - when you book your DSA Needs Assessment.

AbilityNet Bristol DSA Assessment Centre"Teresa, the assessor, was fantastic. She made the questions and explanation of the software clear and easy to understand; and all done in a very easygoing and friendly manner. I couldn't have hoped for a better assessment, so thank you." - Sian

Book your DSA Needs Assessment with AbilityNet

What happens during a Needs Assessment?

Some people will be concerned that an assessment is a test of some kind - relax and rest assured it's more like a friendly chat. You've already been approved for funding and the assessor is there as an independent expert - there to advise you and make recommendations that will help you to succeed.

Our assessor will use their skills and knowledge to explain the equipment and other resources available to help you and you may even be given the chance to test out some of the equipment. If you'd like to know more about what to expect read our blog about what happens during a Needs Assessment.  

Why choose AbilityNet?

About Us

AbilityNet is a charity that provides specialist services to older people and disabled people of all ages to help them achieve their goals at home, at work, in education and online.

If you're looking for information about the quality of service we offer, and why you should choose to have your Needs Assessment with AbilityNet, please visit our 'Why Choose Our DSA Centres' webpage.

Student Testimonials

"Carmen [the assessor] and AbilityNet have exceeded expectations. Professional and very friendly. The process and report were explained very well, and communication was flawless." - Harry

Do you want to know what other students say about the support they've received from AbilityNet?

Read comments from students that have had a Needs Assessment with AbilityNet

Contact Us

Phone: 01926 562 671


Use the form on our website to book your DSA Needs Assessment


Our Location

AbilityNet DSA Centre, 29 Orchard Street, Bristol, BS1 5EH

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By Bus

Nearest bus stop: College Green (stop Pa or Pb)

Buses from this stop: 1, 2, 8, 9, 19, 40, 41, 72, 624

By Foot

Facing the Hippodrome on St Augustine’s Parade, walk left and you will find Denmark Street. Walk up Denmark Street and take the 3rd right, which is Orchard Street. The main entrance to our office is located on the corner of Orchard Street and Denmark Street.

By Car

We recommend that you use online route planning, such as Google Maps, using our postcode: BS1 5EH

From the end of the M32 follow the signs through the one-way system for the City Centre. Once you arrive in the City Centre you will need to be in the middle lane, which will be sign-posted towards Park Street and Clifton. Follow the road until you have the Marriott Royal Hotel and College Green on your left. Before you start the climb to Park Street you will see HSBC bank on your right - turn right here and you are in Unity Street which will lead into Orchard Street. We are located on the corner of Orchard Street and Denmark Street.

Our Fee

You will not be personally charged for this assessment. Our fee is paid for by your funding body and the fee charged by this centre for a Needs Assessment is £598.80 (£499.00 + VAT).

Our fee is inclusive of all work required for the duration of your study. If you take a break from studying, start a new course or provide medical evidence to your funding body of an additional disability you may be entitled to a Needs Assessment Review.

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