Plymouth 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 Plymouth DSA Assessment Centre"Teresa, the assessor, was fantastic. She made the questions and explanation of the software clear and easy to understand; and all done in a very easygoing and friendly manner. I couldn't have hoped for a better assessment, so thank you." - Sian

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

"Carmen [the assessor] and AbilityNet have exceeded expectations. Professional and very friendly. The process and report were explained very well, and communication was flawless." - Harry

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

Regus, 422a, 6 North Quay East, Salt Quay House, 4th Floor, Sutton, Plymouth, PL4 0HP

On Arrival

On arrival, please let the main reception know that you’re here for AbilityNet at Regus on the 4th floor. They will call up to the Regus reception and your DSA assessor will come and collect you. 

By Bus

There are numerous bus stops in the location. We recommend that you use online route planning, such as Google Maps, using our postcode PL4 0HP

By Foot

Plymouth Station is a 20-minute walk from the centre.

By Car

We recommend that you use online route planning, such as Google Maps, using our postcode PL4 0HP
Street parking (pay and display) and car parks are 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 £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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