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About Exeter Access Centre

We are a fully accredited Access Centre and part of a National Network of Assessment Centres (NNAC Ltd).

From Monday 26 February 2024 the Student Loans Company (SLC) is introducing a new service model for Needs Assessments for students with disabilities.


If your Funding Body is either Student Finance England (SFE) or Student Finance Wales (SFW) students should continue to apply for DSA support direct to SFE or SFW, sending copies of all relevant medical evidence. For further information please read: Help if you're a student with a learning difficulty, health problem or disability: Disabled Students' Allowance - GOV.UK (

Eligibility wll be confirmed through a new format DSA1 letter, and then the Zone Assessment Provider will make contact to offer an appointment. These can be remote or in-person.


General queries and requests for increased Study Skills and Mentoring support should be sent to your original Assessment Centre. If your original Centre has closed, SLC will re-direct you to a new provider for support.


All general queries and requests for increased Study Skills and Mentoring continue to be supported.

We are also able to carry out full DSA Assesments for the following funding bodies:

  • UKRI - covering full range of research councils
  • SAAS - for students funded by Scotland
  • For students funded by Northern Ireland
  • For students funded by the Channel Islands and other UK domains
  • NHS Bursaries
  • Apprenticeship degree study needs assessments

If you have any DSA-related concerns, please email or call us on 01392 723880

To request a study needs assessment, please complete our study needs assessment booking form.

If you have any specific requirements for your assessment, such as accessible parking or a BSL sign language interpreter, please let us know so we can make the necessary arrangements.

You can visit the AccessAble website for information on the accessibility of buildings around the Exeter campuses. 

Our next appointment is usually available in 1 working day.