The National Network of Assessment Centres
Booking your Needs Assessments
The Academic Year 2015/16 DSA Policy Guidance chapter has not yet been finalised and published by the government Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) and the Student Loans Company (SLC).
We have therefore been advised by BIS that it will not be possible for us at this stage to carry out study needs assessments for students who will be seeking DSA for the first time from 2015/16 without this finalised guidance.
Unfortunately we do not at this point have a definite date for publication of this guidance.
Students will not be prevented from applying for DSAs prior to the 2015/16 DSA Policy Guidance being finalised and published. Students who apply before the guidance is published will have their eligibility to receive DSAs established as normal. SFE will continue to instruct students to arrange their study needs assessments, however it will not be possible for DSA Needs Assessments to be carried out until we have had sight of the finalised guidance document and its recommendations.
Assessment Centres will either retain your details in order to offer you an appointment once the Guidance Chapter has been released, or may be prepared to offer you a provisional appointment. However you should be aware that this appointment may need to be postponed if the Guidance Chapter has not been released.
We apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause you, but would stress that this is due to circumstances outside of our control. However please be assured that there is still sufficient time for your Needs Assessment to take place before the start of your studies.