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The Needs Assessment Process

The West London Assessment Centre booklet provides information about Disabled Students' Allowances and needs assessments.

Once you’ve made your appointment booking:

  • Ensure you know how to get to the West London Assessment Centre and contact us about arrangements for any personal assistance or communication support you might require on the day. 
  • Think about your previous study strategies and how effective they were.

If you can, please find out the following information to discuss with your assessor:

  • Investigate your course and the activities you expect to participate in.
  • How might the workload change over your course?
  • How is your course delivered (seminars, labs, lectures)?
  • How will you be assessed (exams and/or coursework)?
  • Will you need to use any particular equipment or software?
  • Will you be expected to use email and online resources?
  • Do you need to go on placements and/or field trips?

How to assist your assessor

  • If possible bring along some examples of your written work (lecture notes, essays).
  • Speak to your tutors and disability support staff about your needs.  They may have some useful suggestions.  A letter from your tutor or disability adviser can be brought to the assessment with you or emailed in advance, although this is not essential.

What happens next

Once you have met with your assessor, the Centre has a target of 10 working days in which to receive your report, have it proofread for quality assurance and send it to you.  You will have selected on your consent form if you wish to receive a draft copy for review or whether the report can be sent to you, your DSA funder and your University on the same day.

Other Information

The WLAC is audited and accredited by the national body, DSA-QAG. You can find out more about this and the standards, policies and procedures by which WLAC has to operate, which are checked by DSA-QAG, in their Quality Assurance Framework document at their website: www.dsa-qag.org.uk     

Your DSA funding will pay directly for your Needs Assessment.  Our fee £660 for a standard assessment.  If an assessment is cancelled with less than 24 hours’ of notice by you a £60 charge may apply.

Assessment Reviews

There may be occasions when your funding body asks you to have an official review of your needs conducted.  Please contact the centre that did you original assessment to arrange your review. Charges for reviews may vary, but are capped at £300 and paid for directly by the funding body.