Your assessment at Access West of England (AWE)
Access West of England (AWE) carries out study needs assessments for both applicants and students who have applied for support from Disabled Students Allowances (DSAs).
The assessment fee is £600 (no VAT), which your funding body covers. This includes the assessment, the production of your report and any updates you may need throughout your studies. We can also review your needs if you move on to further courses of study.
Find out about the assessment process, from application to accessing your support.
What happens in a DSA Study Needs Assessment at AWE?
The DSA Study Needs Assessment is an informal and confidential discussion about your study needs in relation to your course. Please allow up to two hours for the appointment. The assessor will explore a range of study strategies with you.
During the Study Needs Assessment you'll have the opportunity to try out specialist technology. Your assessor can also explore support that might be available at your place of study.
DSA-funded support can include equipment, access to a support worker or allowances. This support is recommended in a Study Needs Assessment which can be booked through Access West of England (AWE).
Our admin team:
- are friendly and knowledgeable
- will guide you through the whole DSA process
- arrange all bookings and respond quickly to your enquiries.
Our DSA study needs assessors:
- are experienced, professional and welcoming
- have an up-to-date knowledge of specialist technology and strategies
- have a comprehensive understanding of DSAs, inclusive practice and reasonable adjustments.
"I am very grateful for the efficient, professional and
respectful service that I received and for the expertise of the
assessor in being able to identify many potential ways of making my
study challenges easier."
Hannah (University of Bristol)
"[The Assessor] was lovely and put me at ease straight away.
He had knowledge of all the software he had shown me and went
through in detail how you use it."
Niamh (City of Bristol College)