How many places are there for DARE students each year?

Each of the colleges set aside a quota of places for DARE students each year. For further information on the number of places available in particular institutions or courses, please contact the disability office in the college of your choice.

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Which colleges take part in DARE?

Dublin City University (DCU)
Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology
Dundalk IT
Galway-Mayo IT
IT Sligo
Marino Institute of Education
Letterkenny IT
Mary Immaculate College
Maynooth University
Munster Technological University, Cork Campus
Munster Technological University, Kerry Campus
National College of Ireland
National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG)
Pontifical University Maynooth
RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences
St Angela’s College Sligo
Technological University of the Shannon, Athlone Campus
Technological University of the Shannon, Limerick Campus
Trinity College (TCD)
TU Dublin
University College Cork (UCC)
University College Dublin (UCD)
University of Limerick (UL)
Waterford IT

Students can apply through DARE for the ‘reduced points’ places in any of these colleges.

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What does “reduced points” mean?

If you apply to DARE and meet the application criteria (that is, are deemed eligible for DARE) you may be offered a place even if you do not have enough Leaving Certificate points for your preferred course. Each participating college and university has a number of reserved places to offer eligible DARE applicants at lower or reduced Leaving Certificate points.

An example of a reduced points offer is that the Leaving Certificate points for a particular course is 366 points. An eligible DARE applicant could be offered a place with a lower points score, e.g. 356 points. This applicant would also, like all other applicants applying to college on the basis of their Leaving Certificate results, need to meet the minimum entry requirements and any specific programme requirements before being considered for a DARE reduced points offer. The reduction in points for DARE places varies every year.

The number of points a particular course is reduced by is dependent on a number of factors, such as;

  • The overall number of places on the course.
  • The number of reserved DARE places on the course.
  • The number of DARE eligible applicants competing for these reserved places.
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Why was DARE set up?

DARE was set up to tackle educational disadvantage. Disability can cause people to do less well in school and can prevent some second level students going on to college or university.

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Who is DARE for?

DARE is for school leavers (under 23yrs as of 1 January 2022) who have a disability and who may not be able to meet the points for their preferred course due to the impact of their disability. Applicants to DARE can present with an Irish Leaving Certificate, A-Levels and other EU qualifications.

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