About Us

At the Pennine Lancashire Access Centre we provide independent, professional assessment services to students in the local area with disabilities. We help applicants access funding towards university and their further studies.

The Pennine Lancashire Access Centre is based at Blackburn College’s main campus, located in the centre of Blackburn. If you need help finding the Access Centre you can view the map which will help you locate the Centre on campus.


Our dedicated Technical Assessors will carry out expert assessments for assistive technology and personal support needs for people with a range of disabilities. This includes specific learning difficulties, physical disability, visual and hearing impairments and mental health difficulties.


We provide independent and professional advice working to nationally agreed guidelines. The purpose of an assessment is to identify study/work aids and strategies required to provide access to a chosen course of study. Most assessments are funded through the Disabled Student Allowance and are individualised to each applicant.


The assessments lead to recommendations for assistive technology, equipment, study aids, training, specialist strategies and support with specialised suppliers. This is usually provided to Higher Education students via the Disabled Students’ Allowance funding. The Pennine Lancashire Access Centre also undertakes assessments for students on Further Education programmes and for internal College staff.

Centre Opening Times

Monday – Thursday: 9am – 4.30pm

Friday: 9am – 4pm

Coronavirus Update

Pennine Lancashire Access Centre will continue to offer assessments during this difficult time. Assessments will be via phone and online. You can book your assessment via the phone number or email using the details below. For booking appointments and any queries concerning Assessments of Need contact the Pennine Lancashire Access Centre.


For more information about booking an appointment or any questions about the Assessment of Needs, call one of the team on 01254 292224 or email info@plac.co.uk.


If you’re ready to book your appointment, fill out and complete our online form below to begin the process of speaking with our team.