What is a Needs Assessment?
As part of your DSA application, you will be asked to go to an Assessment Centre for a Needs Assessment. This will entail a personal interview with an assessor who will discuss your support needs in detail and agree with you a set of recommendations relating to items such as specialist equipment or technology, learner support, and special examination arrangements. It will also provide detailed recommendations regarding support needs and study strategies.
You will be given the opportunity to trial equipment and related software, before any recommendations about specialist equipment are made, so that you can make an informed decision about what works best for you.
Before you can have a Needs Assessment you will need confirmation from Student Finance England (SFE) to confirm that you are entitled to a Disabled Students’ Allowance. Our Student Advice Team can help you if there are any difficulties with this.
You will need to provide evidence to SFE of your difficulty and / or access needs before being considered for a DSA. If you do not have the required evidence to support your application, please contact our Student Advice Team as we may be able to assist you. A full educational psychologist’s report detailing your specific learning difficulty, carried out after your 16th birthday, can be submitted as evidence.
Support at BGU
You will receive two copies of your Assessment Centre report. The first one will be for you records and the second can be passed onto the Student Advice Team. If you wish to pass the report onto the University, we will circulate relevant sections of the report to departments within the University that need to be aware of your needs. This will usually include your course team and may also include Accommodation, Learning Development, and the Library, as applicable. Student Advice will liaise with these departments to help ensure that the recommendations set out in your Assessment Centre report are put in place. We can also provide assistance to help you obtain assistive technology or specialist support that may have been recommended
Please tell us if you do not want a copy of your Assessment Centre report sent to relevant departments within the university.
Financial Assistance from BGU
We may be able to offer financial assistance with the costs of going to see an Educational Psychologist, through the BGU Learning Fund. You can even get financial assistance before you register on your course, as long as you have made a firm acceptance of your offer of a course at BGU.