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Herts Access Centre

Bookings 01462 424362 8.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday or complete the query form below

Call our Centre Administrator Sue Dove on 01462 424362


Herts Access Centre can complete Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) Needs Assessments for a student who has been given a letter (DSA1 eligibility letter) from the Funding Body.

Herts Access Centre is:

  • Part of the National Network of Assessment Centres (NNAC). Pauline Poole, Centre Manager (01426 443082) is the South East Regional Rep on the National Executive.
  • A fully accredited Disabled Students’ Allowances Assessment centre in accordance with the current Quality Assurance Framework.

COVID-19 Update

We have followed Government guidance on the re-opening of educational institutions and will be using  ‘student bubbles’ wherever possible to enable the separation of different groups. The size of these bubbles is in line with the guidance and will operate on a curriculum area basis. For more information, please click here.

Some ergonomic assessments are possible, subject to checking to ensure health and safety and Covid-security.


The DSA is a fund that helps students with disabilities to pay for the extra costs of study that are the result of that disability.


Students with a long term physical or medical difficulty, VI or HI, Autistic Spectrum Condition, a mental health condition or a specific learning difficulty (SpLD) such as Dyslexia, ADHD or Dyspraxia, which is long term and has a significant impact on everyday activities are described as ‘Disabled’ in the Equality Act 2010 and they could get a Disabled Students’ Allowance, subject to providing evidence of their difficulties.


Students need to:

  • Apply to Student Finance England (SFE)
  • Provide evidence of the disability with their application
  • Attend a Study Needs Assessment once Student Finance England have given the go-ahead


Our assessment fee is £650+VAT, which your funding body covers via your DSA.  We only charge a single assessment fee that covers all work required for the duration of your course of study.  This includes:

  • Any reviews or updates to your DSA that you may need throughout your studies.
  • Liaison with funding bodies, equipment suppliers, HEIs or other stakeholders for the purpose of managing these additional recommendations.

However, if you present with an additional diagnosis; move on to PGCE or postgraduate research;  have a break of 2 years or more in your studies or if it is more than 5 years since your last DSA assessment, you will be eligible for a funded review of your needs which we can carry out.  All reviews must be authorised in writing by SFE.

Assessments may be conducted at an alternative outreach venue where there is a disability need if approved by the funding body. In ‘exceptional circumstances’, a home assessment may be conducted, if approved by the funding body.

NB: All assessments are being conducted via ZOOM at the present time, due to Covid-19.


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You can find accessibility support here:

  • gov.uk – https://www.gov.uk/browse/disabilitiesThe government’s disability web site want to help you find out about your rights as a disabled person, and to learn more about the legislation that exists to help establish fully comprehensive and enforceable civil rights for disabled people in the UK.
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Contact us

Call our Centre Administrator Sue Dove on 01462 424362

Herts Access Centre
North Hertfordshire College
Cambridge Road

Click here to find directions.

Email dsa@nhc.ac.uk or complete the contact form below.

Opening Hours

8.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday

DSA assessment waiting times

We are able to offer complete DSA needs assessments within 5 working days. This may be extended during busy periods of the year.

Outreach Centre

Outreach centre at the University of Bedfordshire, Luton Campus, University Square, Luton, LU1 3JU

Click here to find directions.

Opening hours:
Monday 12.30pm to 4.45pm
Friday 12.15pm to 4.30pm

And at other times during busy periods by appointment.

Bookings 01462 424362 8.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday or complete the query form below

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