HEAR and DARE Entry Routes
Higher Education Access Route (HEAR)
The Higher Education Access Route (HEAR) is a higher education admissions scheme for Leaving Certificate students (under 23) whose economic or social background are underrepresented in higher education.
Please visit the Access College HEAR webpage for more information about this access route.
Disability Access Route (DARE)
DARE is a third level alternative admissions scheme for school-leavers (under 23) whose disabilities have had a negative impact on their second level education.
Applicants to DARE can present with an Irish Leaving Certificate, A-Levels and/or other EU qualifications.
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.
Please visit the Access College DARE webpage for more information about this access route.