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**ALERT FOR LEAVING CERTIFICATE STUDENTS LOOKING FOR INFORMATION ON COLLEGES DARE HEAR ADMISSIONS POLICIES**
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!
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 2017, 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.
Click on the boxes below to find out more information on the DARE criteria.
DARE HEAR Promo Video 2015