Information on the number of reduced points places available per course and the method used by colleges for selecting eligible DARE or HEAR students for those places is available on some HEI websites. Accesscollege contains links to this information, where it exists, at the following locations.



You can contact HEIs directly here or visit their websites for further information. Thank you!

Changes to DARE for Entry 2017

Changes to DARE Requirements for Applicants with a Specific Learning Difficulty for Entry 2017

Evidence of Disability:
A full Psychological Assessment Report of any age that clearly states that the applicant presents with a Specific Learning Difficulty (other acceptable terminology includes: Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Specific Learning Disability/Disorder).


Evidence of Educational Impact:
Educational Impact Statement signed off by the applicant’s school.
The Educational Impact Statement can contain scores from schools based attainment testing as they apply to DARE, once these tests have been carried out within the previous two years of application.
The Educational Impact Statement can be accompanied by the results of attainment tests carried out by a Psychologist within the previous two years of application.

Applicants submitting a full psycho-educational assessment dated between 1 February 2014 and 1 February 2015 are not required to submit literacy or numeracy attainment test scores dated post 1 February 2015 provided that the attainment scores on the report meet the DARE criteria.

Please note that an IQ Score or General Ability Score is no longer a requirement for DARE.

Full details of all the DARE requirements for entry 2017 will be published in the autumn.

DARE Requirements for Applicants with DCD for Entry 2017
Applicants to DARE with DCD Dyspraxia/Dysgraphia will no longer be required to submit a full pyscho-educational assessment dated within the previous three years of application.

Evidence of Disability:
A full psycho-educational assessment from an appropriately qualified Psychologist (of any age)

A report completed by an Occupational Therapist OR Neurologist OR Chartered Physiotherapist (of any age)

An Educational Impact Statement


What is the Disability Access Route to Education (DARE)?

The Disability Access Route to Education (DARE) is a third level alternative admissions scheme for school-leavers whose disabilities have had a negative impact on their second level education. DARE offers reduced points places to school leavers who as a result of having a disability have experienced additional educational challenges in second level education.

DARE has been set up by a number of colleges and universities as evidence shows that disability can have a negative impact on how well a student does at school and whether they go on to college.

Who should apply to DARE?

DARE is for school leavers with a disability under the age of 23 as of 1 January 2016, who have been educationally impacted as a result of that disability. Applicants to DARE can present with an Irish Leaving Certificate, A-Levels and other EU qualifications.

Mature students and students applying on the basis of Further Education and Training (FET)results have different admission routes. You can get further information on these routes from college and university websites.


Is DARE for me?

If you have one or more of the disabilities listed here and your disability has had a negative impact on your second level education, then you should apply to DARE.

To be eligible for DARE you must meet both the DARE evidence of disability criteria and DARE educational impact criteria.

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Click on the boxes below to find out more information on the DARE criteria.

Meeting DARE’s Evidence of Disability Criteria

Meeting DARE’s Educational Impact Criteria


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