HEAR

University of Limerick

The University of Limerick is a rapidly growing, modern university with almost 8,500 full-time and more than 2,000 part-time students. The university takes great pride in attracting students who are seeking a supportive learning environment to help them nurture and achieve their personal and professional dreams. The University is located on a beautiful riverside campus three miles from Limerick City.

 

Minimum entry requirements

UL Entry Requirements 2016

In all circumstances, with the exception of LM180, an applicant is expected to hold at the time of enrolment the established Leaving Certificate with a minimum of six subjects which must include:

  • Two H5 (Higher Level) grades; and
  • Four O6 (Ordinary Level) grades or Four H7 (Higher Level) grades.

In the case of LM180, an applicant is expected to hold at the time of enrolment the established Leaving Certificate with at least five O6 (Ordinary Level) grades or five H7 (Higher Level) grades. Candidates may continue to fulfil minimum and specific subject requirements from more than one sitting of the Leaving Certificate but only the best six subjects from one sitting will be included for scoring purposes. Applicants who have a hearing impairment or a specific learning difficulty may apply for exemption from the second language requirement. Such an exemption is only applicable to those courses where the second language requirement is an O6 (Ordinary Level) grade or a H7 (Higher Level) grade. Please contact the Admissions Office for further information on applying for a second language exemption.

 

How DARE offers are made

Information on the method of selecting eligible DARE students for the reduced points places is available at: http://ulsites.ul.ie/admissions/hear-and-dare-admissions-policy

Information on the number of reduced points places per course available in UL is available at: http://ulsites.ul.ie/admissions/sites/default/files/Admissions_%20Allocation%20of%20HEAR%20and%20DARE%20places.pdf

For information on HEAR at UL: http://ulsites.ul.ie/admissions/hear-and-dare-admissions-policy

 

Contact details of the DARE advisor

Ask for: Caoilinn Kennedy, Student Support Officer

T: 061 234 847
E: dare@ul.ie
W: www.ul.ie/disabilityservices

 

 

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Posted by / February 9, 2017

University College Dublin

UCD attracts world class scholars and provides education to Irish and international students. The university aims to open young minds and education leaders of society, producing confident and highly skilled graduates. UCD is situated just 4km south of Dublin’s city centre and is home to 24,000 students.

 

Minimum entry requirements

UCD Entry Requirements 2017

You must meet the UCD minimum course entry requirements which are available on the Admissions section of the website.
Students with significant learning difficulties and/or hearing disabilities may apply for a language waiver from the NUI. A language waiver exempts students from the Irish and Third Language requirements. To apply for the language waiver please contact the NUI and contact details can be found on the NUI website www.nui.ie.

 

How DARE offers are made

Information on the method of selecting eligible DARE students for the reduced points places is available at: http://www.ucd.ie/all/study/hearanddare/

Information on entry requirements and the number of reduced points places per course available in UCD is located at: http://www.ucd.ie/registry/admissions/access_targets.html

For information on HEAR at UCD: http://www.ucd.ie/all/study/hearanddare/

 

Contact details of the DARE advisor

Ask for: Fiona Sweeney, Manager UCD Access & Lifelong Learning

T: (01) 716 7539
E: dare@ucd.ie
W: www.ucd.ie/all

 

 

Our student stories

Posted by / February 8, 2017

University College Cork

University College Cork has a cosmopolitan character with an admirable student mix. The university has over 20,000 full-time students and over 120 degree and professional programmes. It has been named University of the Year three times due to the excellence of its teaching and academic standards; the flexibility of its degree programmes; its low drop-out rates and its high level of graduate employment.

 

Minimum entry requirements

UCC Entry Requirements 2017

Details of the minimum course entry requirements can be found at on the Admissions website.
Students must meet the minimum entry requirements for the University as follows:

  • Minimum of 6 subjects in the Leaving Certificate with a minimum of H5 in two subjects and O6/H7 in four other subjects recognised for entry purposes to include English, Irish and another language.
  • There are also specific subject and grade requirements for particular degree programmes, please refer to the UCC Undergraduate Guide for details.
  • Nursing programmes and all programmes in the College of Science, Engineering & Food Science do not require a language other than English and Irish.

Students applying to UCC should consult the Undergraduate Prospectus and website for full details of entry requirements and information on all our degree programmes.
UCC Restricted Courses
Please note, unless one of the programmes below has been included as a programme preference by 1st February, it will not be possible to introduce the programme after that date.
•    CK104 Arts Music
•    CK112 Drama and Theatre Studies
•    CK701 Medicine (Undergraduate Entry)

 

How DARE offers are made

Information on the method of selecting eligible DARE students for the reduced points places is available at: http://www.ucc.ie/en/dss/dare/preentry/

Information on the number of reduced points places per course available in UCC is available at:
http://www.ucc.ie/en/dss/dare/preentry/

 

Contact details of the DARE advisor

Ask for: Darrelle Keegan, Advisor for Deaf/Hard of Hearing Students

T: 021 490 2985
E: dare@ucc.ie
W: http://www.ucc.ie/en/dss/

 

 

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Posted by / February 8, 2017

Trinity College Dublin

Trinity College has a vibrant community of 16,939 students representing every county in Ireland, 122 nationalities, and a wide range of social backgrounds and age‐groups. The college is ranked in the QS top 100 world universities and amongst the top 50 European universities. Offering a unique educational experience across a range of disciplines, TCD’s curriculum is aimed not just at acquiring knowledge but at developing critical thinking at every stage of the undergraduate programme.

 

Minimum entry requirements

TCD Entry Requirements 2016

To be considered for admission to the University you must:
Present six subjects, three of which must be at grade 5 or above on higher Leaving Certificate papers or at least grade 5 in the University Matriculation examination
The six subjects above must include:
A pass in English
AND
A pass in mathematics (or foundation-level mathematics (see note 2)) and a pass in a language other than English
OR
a pass in Latin and a pass in a subject other than a language

Notes:
A pass means grade O6/H7 or above on ordinary or higher papers in the Leaving Certificate and grade 7 or above in the University Matriculation examination

Mathematics at foundation-level is acceptable for minimum entry requirements only, for all courses except nursing or midwifery courses. Irish at foundation-level is not acceptable for minimum entry requirements, course requirements or for scoring purposes.

Students may combine grades achieved in different sittings of their Leaving Certificate/Matriculation examinations for the purpose of satisfying minimum entry and/or course requirements, but not for the purposes of scoring. This is not permitted for Medicine (see Course specific requirements).

Combinations of Leaving Certificate subjects not permitted:

  • Physics/Chemistry may not be presented with physics or chemistry
  • Biology and agricultural science may not be presented as two of the six subjects required for minimum entry purposes, and they may not be presented together to satisfy course specific requirements. However, both may be used for scoring purposes.
  • Art and music may not be offered as two of the three higher Leaving Certificate grades for minimum entry requirements but both may be used for scoring purposes.

TCD Restricted Courses

  • TR051: Medicine
  • TR002: Single Honour Music
  • TR00: Two Subject Moderatorship which contain Music or Drama combinations
  • TR009: Music Education
  • TR025: Drama & Theatre Studies
  • TR093, TR094: Nursing
  • TR802, TR803: Dental (hygiene/technology)

 

How DARE offers are made

Information on the method of selecting eligible DARE students for the reduced points places is available at: http://www.tcd.ie/study/eu/undergraduate/apply/disability/

Information on the number of reduced points places per course available in  TCD is available at: http://www.tcd.ie/study/assets/pdf/Number%20of%20DARE%20places%20available%202016.pdf

For information on HEAR at TCD: http://www.tcd.ie/study/eu/undergraduate/apply/access/

 

Contact details of the DARE advisor

Ask for: Declan Reilly, Disability Officer

T: 01 896 1968
E: dare@tcd.ie
W: www.tcd.ie

 

 

Our student stories

“I got into trinity in 2010 to study general science, up until that point there had been doubt that I would achieve the 460 points that I needed to get into my course. As it turns out they were right and I only got 390 points despite my strongest possible effort. Fortunately I met with the disability service in trinity and was accepted to the DARE scheme, although its changed a bit since my time, and was still able to get into science. I did find the academics hard but pushed through to a research masters so am very grateful for the DARE scheme.”

My experience through the DARE Scheme
My experience with DARE may be seen to be slightly different compared to other students’ encounter with the scheme. Unlike many other DARE students, I had initially completed my Leaving Cert exam without any supplemental aids or requirements. I had managed to attend university where I completed one year in a Psychology course before withdrawing from the programme. It was during the year of my withdrawal that I was made aware of the DARE scheme.

From a very young age in school, my parents noticed that I was making regular errors in my schoolwork, for example, adding numbers when I was meant to be subtracting them, omitting words when constructing sentences, and generally reading and understanding at a much slower pace compared to my peers. This behaviour carried on into my secondary school education, which along with the heavy workload, made my time in second level extremely challenging. Medicine and dentistry, the courses that I had been striving to obtain during my senior cycle years, were well out of my reach. But for the tremendous effort that I had put in throughout these years, I was never sure why I wasn’t offered these courses. During my time in Psychology, I decided to be assessed for any specific learning difficulty. When the diagnosis of a specific learning disability was confirmed, I felt that everything started to make sense. There was finally some reason behind all the “whys” and “how comes” that I had been asking myself for years regarding my performance at school. Sometime later, I was informed of the DARE scheme.

The DARE Scheme not only helped me consolidate my limitations in a realistic way, but it also allowed for my academic needs to be met, and gave me hope for my future education. Having applied through the CAO for a final time, and through DARE for a first time, I was lucky enough to be offered a place in the Dental Science programme. My needs are currently being met with extra-time during exams and library privileges which I would be lost without. I feel that although I am satisfied in my course, I do acknowledge that I have to work much harder than my peers as a result of my diagnosis. However with the help of the DARE scheme and the Access centre at Trinity, I feel that I can finally reach my true potential in a course that is both challenging and rewarding, answering my own past questions with “with some help I can” and “with some support I will”.

“I would not be in trinity if I hadn’t engaged with DARE. My journey through education left me with undiagnosed learning difficulties in sixth year, I had intense anxiety about exams and the leaving certificate was looming over my head. When I applied to DARE and received confirmation that my application was successful there was a wave of relief, this calmness allowed me to perform better as I was less concerned with failing because of my learning difficulties. I was now equal to my peers and stood the same chance of getting into my chosen courses. This was before any of the supports that DARE lead me to, the simple act of applying and knowing I would be looked after was enough to help me get through exams. Beyond that initial relief, DARE ensured I would be on an equal playing field in the points race, it allowed me to experience the benefit of my hard work in the same way my peers were experiencing it.”

Posted by / February 8, 2017

St Angela’s College, Sligo

St. Angela’s College offers a high quality of University education with small classes, state of the art resources within a strong community environment while been given the wider opportunities of being a college of NUI Galway. Its profile of academic programmes of study includes: Nursing & Health Studies, Education, Special Needs Education, Theology, Food and Consumer Studies, Science, Irish, Economics and Social Studies.

 

Minimum entry requirements

St. Angela’s College Entry Requirements 2017

Full details on the undergraduate entry requirements are available on the Undergraduate section of website.

For further information on minimum entry requirements email admin@stangelas.nuigalway.ie to contact the Admissions Department.

 

How DARE offers are made

Information on the method of selecting eligible DARE students for the reduced points places is available at: http://www.stangelas.nuigalway.ie/departments/details.php?dept=Open%20Day%20And%20Information%20Events&&info=DARE%20and%20HEAR%20Admissions%20Policy

Information on the number of reduced points places per course available in St. Angela’s Sligo is available at: http://www.stangelas.nuigalway.ie/departments/details.php?dept=Open%20Day%20And%20Information%20Events&&info=DARE%20and%20HEAR%20Admissions%20Policy#reduced_points

For information on HEAR at St. Angela’s College: http://www.stangelas.nuigalway.ie/departments/details.php?dept=Open%20Day%20And%20Information%20Events&&info=DARE%20and%20HEAR%20Admissions%20Policy

 

Contact details of the DARE advisor

Ask for: Una Roberts, Student Services Officer

T: 071 919 5514
E: dare@stangelas.nuigalway.ie
W: www.stangelas.nuigalway.ie

 

 

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Posted by / February 8, 2017

Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

As a dedicated health sciences institution, RCSI is wholly focused on developing healthcare leaders who make a difference worldwide. RCSI has a long heritage of providing medical education for more than 230 years. It has been a distinctive feature for generations that the College enjoys a vibrant combination of nationalities and cultures where our students from around the world exchange ideas and learn from one another. Our students enjoy the full ‘RCSI Experience’, which extends beyond the Pharmacy, Physiotherapy and Medicine curriculum, to a rich tapestry of student clubs and societies that equip them for a life of leadership and civic participation.

 

Minimum entry requirements

RCSI Entry Requirements 2017

For full details on the undergraduate entry requirements please refer to the Undergraduate Admissions webpage.

Please also see the college Prospectus:

http://www.rcsi.ie/files/admissions/docs/20161103123221_2017_EU_Prospectus.pdf

 

How DARE offers are made

6% of RCSI’s CAO School Leaver places are allocated on reduced points to DARE eligible applicants.

RC001 Medicine has 39 CAO places for school leavers, 2 of these places are offered on reduced points to DARE applicants.

RC004 Physiotherapy has 13 CAO places for school leavers, 1 is offered on reduced points to a DARE applicant.

RC005 Pharmacy has 30 CAO places for school leavers, 2 of these places are offered on reduced points to DARE applicants.

For information on HEAR at RCSI: http://www.rcsi.ie/access

 

Contact details of the DARE advisor

Ask for: Céleste Golden, Admissions Officer

T: 01 402 2237
E: dare@rcsi.ie
W: http://www.rcsi.ie

 

 

Our student stories

When I chose RCSI as my first choice on my CAO application last year, I had high expectations-especially after attending RCSI’s Open Day two years in a row and getting a glimpse at what studying medicine here would be like. Now that I have finished my first year, I’m proud to say RCSI has exceeded those expectations. From the innovative approach RCSI has to healthcare, to the friendliness of staff and fellow students, I immediately felt wholly impressed and at home. I find it wonderfully inspiring to be surrounded by many staff and students alike who are entirely dedicated to understanding and improving healthcare.

Before I started in RCSI, I excitedly attended its Open Days. These Open Days served as one of the greatest motivations for me to study medicine. It was the first time I witnessed a live surgery. It was also the first time I had the opportunity to interact with lecturers and patients alike and get a hands-on experience of what studying medicine might be like. Aside from these insights, the old building itself was remarkable, yet I was surprised to find RCSI had facilities that were also modern and state-of- the- art. I felt enamoured by the seamless marriage between the wonderful history of RCSI and its innovative outlook on healthcare. It was evident from the Open Day that RCSI is globally-minded and that it aims to make a difference in healthcare worldwide. This certainly inspired me to not only study medicine, but to study it in RCSI.

As a Research Summer School student, I’ve also been given the opportunity to both witness and experience the ground-breaking research RCSI undertakes. I believe RCSI’s dedication to providing its students with excellent education, both in and outside the lecture theatres, is unrivalled. You’re enabled to develop an academic, clinical and laboratory skill-set from the very beginning as you’re presented with opportunities to immerse yourself in many different areas of medicine. I have found staff go above and beyond to ensure learning medicine is how it should be-utterly interesting, appropriately challenging and absolutely worth it.

In addition to delivering outstanding academic education, RCSI teaches beyond that. I admire how staff ensures students empathetically keep the patient-centred approach of medicine in mind and help us to develop both professionally and personally. With GP visits and patients symposiums within the first few months, they emphasise the importance of taking time to understand patients and their individual experiences. The programme and extracurricular activities ensure you become a conscientious, well-rounded and empathetic doctor upon graduation. Moreover, RCSI offer a multitude of clubs, societies and events that nurture a vibrant social life in college. With everything from sports to nature walks to nights out, I truly feel there is fun to be had by everyone and plenty of opportunities to unwind and expand one’s social horizons.

Overall I feel extremely fortunate to be able to say I study at RCSI. Walking through its doors each day never ceases to motivate and inspire me. I look at RCSI as my home away from home, a place where I can truly be myself as I’m surrounded by like-minded people.

Posted by / February 8, 2017

Pontifical University Maynooth

St Patrick’s College, Maynooth opened its doors as an educational institution in 1795 and, over the intervening two centuries, it has established for itself an impressive reputation for scholarship and learning. The Pontifical University has close links with Maynooth University. The two universities share the same campus and co-operate in a number of important academic programmes. The Pontifical University, Maynooth and Maynooth University share the same facilities on campus. The Maynooth University Access Office caters for students of Maynooth University and for students of the Pontifical University, St Patrick’s College, Maynooth.

Maynooth is the perfect environment for learning. It is Ireland’s only University town which means you can escape the hassle of long city commutes or you can use the handy bus and rail links to the campus. Our unique, historic and beautiful campus is the ideal location for reflection and learning.

 

Minimum entry requirements

Pontifical University Entry Requirements 2017

If you apply to the Pontifical University you must meet the Minimum Entry Requirements. These are:
•    Grade H5 or higher in 2 Higher Level subjects & Grade O6/H7 or higher in 4 Ordinary or Higher Level Subjects including English, Irish and a third language.
•    Any specific subject requirements for the course (e.g. Music requires a H5).

Please see the college website for the prospectus, which contains further information about course requirements.

 

How DARE offers are made

Information on the number of reduced points places per course available in The Pontifical University Maynooth and the method of selecting eligible DARE students for the reduced points places is available at: http://maynoothcollege.ie/pontifical-university/dare-scheme/

Information on the number of reduced points places per course available in The Pontifical University Maynooth is available at: http://maynoothcollege.ie/pontifical-university/dare-scheme/

For information on HEAR at The Pontifical University Maynooth: http://maynoothcollege.ie/pontifical-university/hear-scheme-2/

 

Contact details of the DARE advisor

Ask for: Catherine Doherty, Access Office Senior Executive Assistant

T: 01 708 6025
E:  dare@nuim.ie
W:  www.maynoothcollege.ie/pontifical-university/dare-scheme

 

 

Posted by / February 8, 2017

National University of Ireland, Galway

With over 17,000 students and more than 2,200 staff, NUI Galway has a distinguished reputation for teaching and research excellence in the fields of arts, social sciences, and celtic studies; business, public policy and law; engineering and informatics; medicine, nursing and health sciences; and science. Located 5 minutes’ walk from the heart of Galway city, NUI Galway offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees and diplomas of international standard, which provide students with opportunities for personal and academic development, as well as giving them the knowledge and skills they need to pursue successful careers.

Innovative new courses are continually developed to respond to the needs of students and the job market. Many of these programmes are unique to NUI Galway and reflect our expertise in selected areas. The atmosphere at NUI Galway is welcoming and open, as students and staff work closely together. Our students really value the fact that they are part of a well-connected learning community and our lecturers are well known for their friendly, approachable style and are always willing to make time for students.

 

Minimum entry requirements

NUI Galway Entry Requirements 2017

In order to be considered for places in NUI Galway through DARE, applicants must meet the DARE eligibility requirements, in addition to the minimum entry requirements and any specific programme requirements. For full details on the undergraduate admission procedure and entry requirements please refer to the Undergraduate Admissions Office webpage.
Students applying to NUI Galway should consult the Undergraduate Prospectus for full details of entry requirements and information on all our degree programmes.

 

How DARE offers are made

Information on the method of selecting eligible DARE students for the reduced points places is available at: http://www.nuigalway.ie/disability/entry-routes/dare/

Information on the number of reduced points places per course available in NUI Galway is available at: http://www.nuigalway.ie/disability/entry-routes/dare/

For information on HEAR at NUI Galway: http://www.nuigalway.ie/access/hear/

 

Contact details of the DARE advisor

Ask for: Catherine Dufficy, Acting Disability Officer

T: 091 492 875
E: dare@nuigalway.ie
W: http://www.nuigalway.ie/disability/

 

 

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Posted by / February 8, 2017

National College of Ireland

National College of Ireland (NCI) has been at the forefront of innovation in learning for over fifty years, transforming education in a way that is simple with extraordinary results. Located within Dublin’s vibrant International Financial Services Centre, NCI is right at the heart of the city. It offers striking modern architecture, cultural and historic sights, and bustling bars, cafés and restaurants.

 

Minimum entry requirements

NCI Entry Requirements 2017

If you apply to National College of Ireland you must achieve the Minimum Entry Requirements.

These are:

  • NCI offers full-time undergraduate courses at Level 6, Level 7 & Level 8.
  • Minimum entry requirements vary from course to course.

Students applying to NCI should familiarise themselves with the specific programme requirements listed in our Undergraduate Prospectus.

How DARE offers are made

Information on the method of selecting eligible DARE students for the reduced points places is available at: https://www.ncirl.ie/Courses/How-to-Apply/Disability-Access-Route-to-Education-DARE

Information on the number of reduced points places per course available in NCI is available at:

The number of DARE places is not restricted on courses in NCI.

For information on HEAR at NCI: https://www.ncirl.ie/Courses/How-to-Apply/Higher-Education-Access-Route-HEAR

 

Ask for: Karen Mooney, Disability Officer

T: (01) 659 9269
E: dare@ncirl.ie
W: www.ncirl.ie

 

 

Our student stories

Posted by / February 8, 2017