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In accordance with QAF standard 2.6.5, Assessment Centres will charge a single assessment fee.
Our Assessment fee is inclusive of all work required for the duration of your study. On occasion, we may be asked to undertake a review or your needs which falls outside the single fee arrangement and may incur an additional fee, e.g. if you take a break from studying, start a new course or provide medical evidence to your funding body of an additional disability.
Our fee is £660.00 + VAT, this being payable by the Funding Body via a part of each individual DSA General Allowance award. This fee is NOT the responsibility of the student to pay personally.
Current National average appointment wait time (over 14 Assessment Centre locations) : 5.3 working days.
Students seen within 15 working days of contacting centre- 100%
(National Average – 97%)
Report sent to student or funding body within 10 working days of assessment- 99%
(National Average – 95%)
Information extracted from DSA Quality Assurance Group (QAG) website
You may need to have a Funded Review Needs Assessment if your disability has changed, or you have a new disability diagnosis. You may also be entitled to a Funded Review Needs Assessment if you have changed course, or had a break in study of two years or more.
In order to arrange this, you will need to contact your Funding Body with evidence of your changed, or new disability, or your new course. They will ask you to fill in a form. Once they have received this they will contact you to arrange a Funded Review Needs Assessment.
This is a request from you for a DSA Needs Assessment to be undertaken in your home, or a place more convenient for you to attend. It either has to be disability related (i.e. because of your disability you may not be able to attend your nearest Assessment Centre), or you may have to travel more than one hour to get to your nearest Assessment Centre from where you are living.
If you prefer to have an ISR please let us know why you find it difficult to attend your nearest Assessment Centre, and then we will put your case forward to your Funding Body and ask their permission to see you at your preferred location.
You will have your disability-related study needs discussed with you, and potential assistive technology considered and/or demonstrated. Any support needs will be discussed with you.
The face-to-face meeting will last approximately 2 hours.
No, the Assessor is there to gain an understanding of your needs.
It would be helpful if you could bring along any portable equipment you use, e.g. mobile, tablet, laptop, etc. to your Needs Assessment, but this is not essential.
If you wear glasses, or use hearing aids, it would be helpful if you brought these with you.
You may bring someone to accompany you.
This is paid by your Funding Body. The fee is currently £660.00 + VAT = £792.00.
In line with current government guidelines, students may be required to contribute £200 towards the cost of any recommended computer equipment. Students may wish to seek further guidance from their disability advisor.
If you choose to upgrade any of the equipment or software that we recommend there is likely to be an extra cost to you. Contact the recommended supplier for further information.
Travel expenses to get to and from the assessment can be reimbursed by the Funding Body once your report is approved.
We aim to send your report to you within 10 working days of your Needs Assessment appointment.
Await your entitlement letter from your Funding Body and follow the instructions enclosed. Unfortunately, we have no control over the amount of time it takes for your Funding Body to deal with your Needs Assessment Report.
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