Manchester 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's Manchester DSA Centre - an entranceway with text that reads 'Three Piccadilly Place'"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

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 1105, 11th Floor, Three Piccadilly Place, Manchester, M1 3BN

On Arrival at Three Piccadilly Place, at the Ground Floor Reception ask for AbilityNet on the 11th Floor (we’re in the Orega offices). They should let you through to the lifts. When you reach the 11th floor, there is a reception desk through the double doors. Please ask for AbilityNet there.

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By Bus

Buses 1, 2, 147, 192,201, 203, 205, 206, 219 all stop within a few minutes walk of the centre.

For information on train, tram and bus times and routes, visit the Transport for Greater Manchester website.

By Train and Tram

Three Piccadilly Place is a short walk from Manchester Piccadilly railway station, which also has a Metrolink stop.

Your journey will then need to be continued on foot and there are two routes which can be taken:

  1. Come out of the front entrance of the station, bear left over the Manchester Curve Bridge. Cross over the tram lines (there is a safety crossing at the end of City Café), and cross the Piazza to the main entrance of the building.
  2. In Piccadilly Station, take the escalator down from the main concourse. At the bottom of the escalator turn right and exit the station. Cross the road using the pedestrian crossings and walk to your right, take the steps on the left leading to a covered walkway. The entrance to the Ground Floor Reception will be located on your left.

By Car

There are no free visitor car parking spaces however there is a pay car park located at Piccadilly Place. Drive along London Road and turn left into Whitworth Street. Keep in the right hand lane and turn right into the Qpark car park. Park your car and take your ticket with you, tickets are ‘pay on exit’. Take the lifts or stairs to ground floor level. The entrance to the Ground Floor Reception is located to the left.

If you are using SatNav the following address will direct you straight to the car park underneath the building: 14 – 16 Whitworth Street, Manchester, M1 3BS. Accessible parking is available on each floor of the car park. From each car parking level there are stairs and lifts available to take visitors to ground floor level. The entrance to the Ground Floor Reception is located to the left.

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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