The information on this site has been updated for 2017 but watch this space for the new look DARE and HEAR website which is currently under construction! It will be launched in early 2017 at the same address www.accesscollege.ie.

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.

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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


DARE HEAR Promo Video 2015

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DARE Application Video 2017

The DARE Application Video is now available for 2017.  This video guides you through your application for the Disability Access Route to Education (DARE) for college entry 2017. Suitable for students, parents, teachers and guidance counsellors.

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