Southampton 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.

"Brilliant service, friendly and understanding staff. Rebecca [the assessor] was patient, friendly and helpful, have already recommend her and AbilityNet due to my very positive experience." - Melanie

Book your DSA Needs Assessment with AbilityNet

The front of the southampton DSA centre buildingWhat 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 am satisfied with the level of information that has been provided to me regarding the assessment process and I appreciated the simple and unambiguous explanations given by the assessor to ensure that I understood. Thank you." - Holly

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

Cumberland House, 15-17 Cumberland Place, Southampton, SO15 2BG

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 SO15 2BG.

By Train

Southampton Station is an 11-minute walk from the centre. On arrival go to Reception and ask for AbilityNet. 

By Car

We recommend that you use online route planning, such as Google Maps, using our postcode SO15 2BG
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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