Kingston upon Thames 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.

A picture of the Kingston DSA assessment centre

"Rebecca [the assessor] was lovely and friendly and really understood the issues that I faced. She explained everything very clearly and demonstrated some of the equipment. She asked if I wanted a break from the meeting or the heating turned up (I have a condition with cold hands) which made me feel comfortable. Very rare to find someone as helpful, polite, friendly and understanding as her." - Ellouise

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

"The process was great and he [the assessor] was very friendly and professional." - Racquel

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 464 095


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


Our Location

Canbury Works, 5-7 Canbury Business Park, Elm Crescent, Kingston Upon Thames, KT2 6HJ

By Bus

We recommend you visit and use the plan a journey tool as Kingston is served by many buses.

The postcode for our centre (to be used when planning your journey) is KT2 6HJ

By Train

Nearest train station: Kingston

Located just 3-4 minutes away, on exiting the main station entrance/exit, turn left and cross the main Richmond Road at the pedestrian crossing. After crossing the road, turn left to walk down Richmond Road and take the first right at Canbury Park Road. Turn left on Elm Crescent and you’ll see the Business Park on your left shortly down that road. 

By Car

We recommend that you use online route planning, such as Google Maps, using our post code KT2 6HJ

Parking is available for visitors on a first-come, first-served basis. There are also car parks available locally.


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 £678.00 (£565.00 + 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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