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.
Who can apply to DARE?
DARE is for school leavers under the age of 23 as of 1 January 2017, 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 on their second level education. Applicants to DARE can present with an Irish Leaving Certificate, A-Levels and other EU qualifications.
What is the Higher Education Access Route (HEAR)?
The Higher Education Access Route (HEAR) is a third level alternative admissions 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.
Who can apply to HEAR?
HEAR is for school leavers under the age of 23 as of 1 January 2017 who are resident in the Republic of Ireland. HEAR applicants must meet a range of financial, social and cultural indicators to be considered for a reduced points place and extra college support.
I am eligible for DARE and/or HEAR but how will I know if I will be considered for a reduced points place?
St Angela’s College reserves reduced points places for eligible DARE and / or HEAR applicants on all undergraduate courses. Click here for information on the number of reduced points places available on each course - view reduced points table.
To be considered for a reduced points DARE and/or HEAR place you must:
Once these requirements have been met, St Angela’s College normally allocates the reduced points places to eligible applicants who come nearest to the full points for their preferred course.
Remember, the reduction in points for DARE and/or HEAR places in St Angela’s College can vary significantly every year. The amount of points a particular course is reduced by is dependent on a number of factors, which are:
- The overall number of places on the course
- The number of reduced points DARE and / or HEAR places on the course
- The number of DARE and/or HEAR eligible applicants competing for these reduced points places.
Being eligible for DARE and/or HEAR does not guarantee you a reduced points place.
Prioritisation of Eligible DARE Applicants with a Physical or Sensory Disability
Research has identified that students with physical and sensory disabilities are particularly under-represented in higher education relative to all students with disabilities in Ireland. In order to increase the numbers of DARE students with physical and sensory disabilities being admitted to higher education, the DARE colleges have agreed to prioritise these two groups when allocating reduced points places. Eligible applicants with physical and sensory disabilities can only be prioritised where they have met all the admissions criteria for consideration.
Prioritisation of Applicants Eligible for both DARE and HEAR
Research has identified that students with disabilities from disadvantaged backgrounds face considerable challenges in terms of their chances of progressing to higher education in Ireland. In order to increase the number of students facing the ‘double disadvantage’ of poverty and disability, DARE and HEAR colleges have agreed to prioritise applicants eligible for both DARE and HEAR when allocating reduced points places. Applicants eligible for both schemes can only be prioritised where they have met all the admissions criteria for consideration.
Minimum Numbers of Reduced Points Places
The table below provides detail of the minimum number of reduced points places available on each course. Note that these numbers are for guideline purposes only and may vary from year to year.
*Each year one DARE and HEAR place is allocated in rotation to AS001, AS002, AS003, AS004 in the BA/PME programme.
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