Disabled Students’ Allowance CLASS DSA Needs Assessments


You are, no doubt, aware of the support that your students can obtain when they progress to Higher Education, from the Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA).

However, you may not be aware that you can help to give your students a head start by encouraging and supporting them through the application process before they start University. Disabled and dyslexic students intending to start studying next academic year could gain huge benefit from applying for DSA as early as possible so that they can have their needs assessed before they start their course.

CLASS, Central London Assessment Services, is the University of Westminster’s needs assessment centre. We are based in central London, near to Oxford Circus tube station. We are the largest and longest established centre in London, with over 20 years’ experience. Accredited by the auditing body, DSAQAG, the range of equipment we have for evaluation far exceeds the minimum standards required by the auditors. Although part of the University of Westminster, over 90% of our clients are students attending other institutions.

To start the process, students must complete the DSA1 form and return it to their funding body, most often Student Finance England (SFE), with the necessary medical evidence or Educational Psychologist’s report. When all criteria are met, the applicant will receive authorisation to attend a needs assessment.

They will be given a link to the auditor’s web site to find out locations of centres near their postcode. However, no additional guidance is offered.

We can, on request, provide some brochures which I hope you and your students would find helpful in explaining the DSA process. There’s a QR code on the brochure for easy access to our web site. Alternatively enterwww.westminster.ac.uk/class into your browser.

You are most welcome to arrange a visit to our assessment centre or we would be pleased to send a representative to your institution to fully explain any queries you might have. Please contact us at dsa@westminster.ac.uk. Or you can tweet us @class_dsa.