We provide a professional and friendly assessment service for students who have applied for the Disabled Students Allowance.

Booking your assessment

We provide needs assessments for any student at university, or due to start at university, who have applied for the Disabled Students' Allowances (DSA). You do not need to be a student at Oxford University to have your assessment here. In response to the coronavirus situation, we are currently carrying out needs assessments remotely by phone and/or video conferencing, and would encourage students to have their assessment in this way rather than delay getting support approved and in place.

Assessments can take place Monday to Thursday between 8am and 8pm, and between 8am and 5pm on Fridays during term time. Outside term time, assessments can take place between 8am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.  We can usually book you in for a DSA needs assessment within the next week, and always within 10 working days.

To book, please either complete our online booking form or call us on 01865 280013.

The needs assessment is not a test, but an opportunity for you to discuss with a specialist assessor the areas of your studies that you may need support with, and for the assessor to then make recommendations on what support can be provided. The assessment will take up to two hours.

Oxford University Assessment Centre charges an inclusive fee of £600 for needs assessments. The cost of this is paid directly from the DSA funding and covers any additional reviews you may need for the duration of your course. If you need to cancel your assessment with less than 24 hours’ notice, a £60 charge may apply.

What you can expect from your assessment with us

Student focussed
Our assessments look at your individual requirements and the specific demands of your course in order to recommend a comprehensive package of support strategies which are individually tailored to meet your needs.
Timely service
It takes an average of 13.5 working days from when you first make contact to the final needs assessment report outlining the recommendations made being sent to your funding body.
Assistive technology
We have a wide range of equipment and software available for you to see being demonstrated and to evaluate during the assessment. This ensures that you are making fully informed decisions about your support.
Ongoing support
We will provide ongoing support throughout the length of your course, from booking your assessment to helping arrange the support and dealing with any changes or queries that you come up afterwards.

Finding us

OUAC is based at 3 Worcester Street, Oxford OX1 2BX (on the corner of Gloucester Lane and Worcester Street)
Travelling by car

If travelling by car, many people choose to use the city’s park and ride services, which will take you to within a few minutes’ walk of OUAC.

If you prefer to drive directly into central Oxford, a free car parking space can be reserved at the front of the OUAC entrance with prior arrangement (please note the space is only available for the duration of your appointment).  You can book the parking space by contacting us in advance by telephone: 01865 280013 or email: assessmentcentre@admin.ox.ac.uk.

Alternatively, the nearest public car parks are Worcester Street car park and Gloucester Green car park, which are both a few minutes’ walk away. View directions and charges here.

Travelling by bus or train

Oxford's main bus station is a couple of minutes’ walk away and the city’s train station about half a mile away.


A very positive experience
They made me feel completely relaxed and not inhibited by my disability. Matching the equipment to my needs was beyond my expectations. I would undoubtedly recommend this centre.
Thank you for all of your help!
From the very first meeting right through to the end, everyone I met and dealt with along the way was friendly, efficient and a joy to meet. They made the whole process effortless and you could not ask for a better team then they have.
An exceptional assessment centre
The centre has been incredibly supportive, and they have gone over and above to provide assistance. The entire process has been complication free, and I am in a much stronger position to complete my studies.

Contact us

3 Worcester Street, Oxford OX1 2BX |  01865 280013 | assessmentcentre@admin.ox.ac.uk