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

The Disability Access Route to Education (DARE) is a college and university admissions scheme which offers places on reduced points to school leavers with disabilities.

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 under the age of 23 as of 1 January, 2015, who have the ability to benefit from and succeed in higher education, but who may not be able to meet the points for their preferred course due to the impact of a disability or ongoing illness. Applicants to DARE can present with an Irish Leaving Certificate, A-Levels and other EU qualifications.

Note: There is an error on page 4 of the 2015 DARE Application Guide which states that DARE is for students presenting with the Irish Leaving Certificate only. This is incorrect and will be rectified in next year’s materials.

Mature students and students applying on the basis of FETAC results have different admission routes. You can get further information on these routes from college and university websites.

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