The Higher Education Access Route (HEAR) is a third level admissions scheme for school leavers from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds.  

The Disability Access Route (DARE) is an admissions scheme to promote equity of access to higher education for school leavers with a disability.

UCD has a reserved number of places to offer eligible HEAR and DARE students. For details of application procedures please see www.accesscollege.ie. You will be considered if

  • You have a minimum of 300 points
  • You have met all of the entry requirements for the course
  • You are within 20% of the points required (e.g. if the cut-off is 500 you must have at least 400 points)

There are approximately 5% of UCD places reserved for HEAR eligible applicants and 5% for DARE eligible applicants. For details of the target number of places we have to offer please see www.ucd.ie/registry/admissions/access_targets.html

For 2018 entry students who are both HEAR and DARE eligible or with a physical or sensory disability will be prioritised when allocating reduced points places. 

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Link to admissions page for further information on how HEAR and DARE places are allocated in UCD.

 

Places and post-entry support:

As well as being allocated a place on a reduced points basis, students who secure a place through HEAR or DARE are offered a variety of academic, personal and social supports while studying at third level such as:

  • An orientation programme to introduce students to university.
  • Budgeting and goal setting meetings.
  • Academic and exam accommodations.
  • Advice regarding grants and scholarships.
  • Mentoring.
  • Assistive technology.
  • Academic Skills workshops
  • Social gatherings.

Students can apply online at the CAO website www.cao.ie from early November 2017. Students wishing to apply to the HEAR and/or DARE Schemes must have done so before the 1st February 2018.

Further information on both schemes can be found on www.accesscollege.ie

Information Sessions

18th October in Ferrycarrig Hotel, Wexford; 7-9pm

20th November in Walkinstown Library, Percy French Road, Dublin 12; 7-8pm

21st November in Ballyfermot Civic Centre, Ballyfermot Road, Dublin 10; 7.30 - 8.30pm

22nd November in Sutherland School of Law (room L024), UCD, Dublin; 7-9pm

 

One to One Application Clinics

18th January 2018 in Ferrycarrig Hotel, Wexford; 2-7pm

20th January 2018 - Nationwide

 

UCD Open Day

4th November, UCD, Belfield, Dublin 4; 10am - 4pm. More information at ucdopenday.ie