Canterbury 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 Canterbury DSA Assessment Centre"I was nervous starting the assessment however Adam [the assessor] made sure I was told what was happening and what support I can receive. Adam made sure that I am fully equipped with the hardware and software that I will take to university that will help me with my studies. Thank you!" - Michael

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

"Adam [the assessor] was friendly, efficient and demonstrated a good understanding of my needs." - Zoe

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, Media Centre, University of Kent, Canterbury, CT2 7NW

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On Campus

We’re located upstairs in the Media Centre. Once inside the building, come up the stairs, go through the doors and walk straight down the corridor. Our office is the first on the left, immediately after the lift. If you need lift access, please contact us in advance so that we can arrange to get the lift key.

By Bus

Nearest bus stop: Keynes

Buses from this stop: Uni 1, Uni 2, 36

By Train

Nearest train station: Canterbury West

Walking from Canterbury West train station will take approximately 25 - 30 minutes. Turn left out of the station and walk to the end of the road. Just after the Goods Shed market take the footpath on the left and take the subway under the railway line. The University of Kent is signposted on blue signs from here. As you arrive on-campus follow the footpath through the accommodation blocks. The Mandela Building should be straight ahead and the Media Centre is just around the corner.

By Car

We recommend that you use online route planning, such as Google Maps, using our postcode: CT2 7NW

On-campus parking is available at five Pay and Display visitor car parks. Parking elsewhere is restricted and for permit holders only.

Blue Badge parking is available at many of the on-campus car parks. If you have a Blue Badge and require parking please let us know before your assessment and we will supply further information.

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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