Newcastle 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 Newcastle DSA Assessment Centre"My assessor was extremely thorough in asking me questions on my disabilities and advised me every step of the way with what would help me with my studies as I have two disabilities. I felt that my future work will be of a much better quality due to the help and advice I was given at the assessment." - Hazel

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

"Billy [the assessor] was very warm and friendly and made me feel at ease. Information on the assessment procedure was given in a clear, concise manner. Billy also informed me what would happen at each stage of the DSA procedure and gave contact details for any questions I may have after the assessment date. The assessment was a positive experience and I was amazed to discover the various equipment and software that can support me. I'm glad I chose AbilityNet and couldn't recommend [them] highly enough." - Angela

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, 4th Floor, MEA House, Ellison Place, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8XS

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On Foot

If you are walking from the city centre; from Northumberland Street, turn onto Saville Row and carry on through the crossings until you reach MEA House (following signs to the entrance).

By Rail & Metro

MEA House is located 1 mile from Newcastle Central Station, which is approximately a 20 minute walk or a short taxi journey. We recommend you take the Metro from Central Station, with the nearest stops being Monument or Manors - we are then approximately a 10 minute walk.

By Car

We recommend that you plan your journey ahead of time with an online route planning like Google Maps, as there is a one-way system that can be difficult to navigate. Our postcode is NE1 8XS and you can reach us from John Dobson Street (B1307). Heading north, turn right onto St Mary’s Place and then take the next right onto College Street. Head onto Ellison Place where you will see a car park and MEA House.

There is a Pay and Display car park next to MEA House and limited Blue Badge parking in front of the building.

On Arrival

Please head to the reception and inform them that you are there for a DSA Needs Assessment with AbilityNet.

We are located on the 4th floor of MEA House. Exit the lift, turn left, and we are the first door on 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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