Liverpool 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 Liverpool DSA Assessment Centre"I felt comfortable and well informed throughout the assessment and Abbie [the assessor] was very supportive and sympathetic. I feel like the service given was excellent and thorough." - Daisy

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

"I found it [the assessment] very helpful with useful techniques I could use in my studies." - Jordan B.

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, Room 311, Ropewalks 301, Tea Factory, Wood Street, Liverpool, L1 4DQ

On arrival at Rope Walks, Tea Factory: there are two entrances to the centre - one on Fleet Street and the other on Wood Street which has disabled access. Both entrances have a large 'T' suspended over the entrance and you'll need to call 301 on the entry system to access the building. Enter into the corridor and in the centre is a door that leads upstairs. Call 301 again and either use the lift or walk up to the 3rd floor and ask for AbilityNet at the reception.

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By Bus

Buses 19, 21, 58, 82, 82C, 310, 345 all stop within a 10 minutes walk of the centre.

Journeys can be planned using Google Maps or Mersey Travel.

By Train

Liverpool Central and Liverpool Lime Street are both within a half a mile of the centre.

Journeys can be planned using Google Maps or Mersey Travel.

By Car

We recommend that you use online route planning, such as Google Maps, using our postcode: L1 4DQ

There is pay-as-you-go parking on the street outside the Centre and Blue Badge holders are able to park for free in some of the surrounding streets.

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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