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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.

http://accesscollege.ie/hear/participating-colleges/

http://accesscollege.ie/dare/participating-colleges/

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

HEAR Orientation Dates 2016

If you are eligible for HEAR, you will now compete for one of the reserved places on offer in the participating colleges. If you are successful you will receive a HEAR course offer through CAO in August 2016. You must meet the minimum entry and course requirements to be considered for a HEAR place.  Accept your place through CAO and the college or university. If you accept the place you must attend the mandatory orientation programme before the first term. Details of orientation dates can be found here.

What is the Higher Education Access Route (HEAR)?

The Higher Education Access Route (HEAR)  is a college and university scheme which offers places on reduced points and extra college support to school leavers from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds who are resident in the Republic of Ireland.

HEAR has been set up by a number of colleges and universities as evidence shows that socio-economic disadvantage can have a negative effect on how well a student does at school and whether they go on to college.

HEAR Applicants must meet a range of financial, social and cultural indicators to be considered for a reduced points place and extra college support.

Who is it for?

HEAR is for school leavers under the age of 23 as of 1 January 2016 who are resident in the Republic of Ireland. Mature and FET (Further Education and Training) students have their own admissions routes and should contact college admissions offices for more information. Applications to HEAR can only be made online through the CAO.

HEAR DARE Promo Video 2015

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HEAR Application Video 2016

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