Disability Access Route to Education (DARE)


How do I apply?

You must apply via CAO no later than 1 February of proposed year of entry.

In addition, you will have to submit supporting documents to show your eligibility for DARE/HEAR by 15 March.

Please see www.accesscollege.ie for details of the required documents.

If you are deemed DARE/HEAR eligible you will be considered for a DARE/HEAR place in UCD if you meet the following minimum admissions requirements.


What are the minimum admission requirements?

  • You must have a minimum of 300 points
    (for DN400 Medicine minimum is 480 points and minimum HPAT is 150)
  • You must have met all the entry requirements for the course. (DARE Applicants attention is also drawn to the Student Fitness to Practice Policy).
  • You must be within 20% of the points required (e.g. if the cut-off is 500 you must have at least 400 points)

If I meet these will I definitely be offered a place?

Not necessarily. We have a target number of places to offer to eligible DARE/HEAR applicants in most courses. This means that, admission is competitive if there are more eligible DARE/HEAR applicants, who meet the minimum admission requirements, than places available. For some courses, the lowest DARE/HEAR offer has been close to the standard cut-off. As an indication, the minimum score at which offers were made previously are shown below.

Note: as with all cut-off points the minimum can vary significantly from year-to-year

Priority Groups: As stated in the handbook at www.accesscollege.ie, priority is given to DARE eligible applicants with physical and sensory disabilities and those who are both DARE and HEAR eligible who meet the minimum requirements outlined above. Any places remaining are assigned eligilble DARE and HEAR on points ranking.

In the table below
# no eligible applicants in the category or the quota was filled with applicants from the priority groups. Points for those admitted from the priority groups may be lower than those shown.

CAO CodeTitle

DARE

HEAR

 Target Places 2021Average Lowest Offer
2019-21
 Target Places 2021Average Lowest Offer
2019-21
Architecture
2
455
3
462
Landscape Architecture
2
376 2 344
City Planning and Environmental Policy
2
341 2 346
Engineering
23
434 23 440
Science
35
445
35
433
Computer Science
10
424
10
420
Actuarial and Financial Studies
3
562 3 550
DN240
Sustainability
6 417 6 439
Agricultural Science
19 383 19 389
Food Science
4 427
3
428
Human Nutrition
2 443 3 439
Veterinary Medicine (Undergraduate Entry)
4
544
4
536
Veterinary Medicine(Graduate Entry)
N/A graduate entry route
Veterinary Nursing
2
463
3
441
Medicine (Undergraduate Entry)
2
#
5
711
N/A graduate entry route
Radiography
4
516 4 496
DN411
Radiography (Graduate Entry)
N/A graduate entry route
Physiotherapy
2
#
4
527
Health & Performance Science
2 497
3
450
Sport & Exercise Management
3 416 3 383
Biomedical, Health and Life Sciences
1
532
1
571
General Nursing
7
395
7
402
Children’s and General Nursing (Integrated)
2
487
2
486
Midwifery
1
431
1
475
Mental Health Nursing
1
363
1
382
Joint Honours
20
310
20
309
Humanities
12 306 12 319
Modern Languages
2
310
2
308
Law
9
477
10
464
Business and Law
8
477
7
455
Commerce
10
481
10
434
Commerce International
5
457
5
458
Economics and Finance
1
601
1
516
Social Sciences
50
341
50
334
Economics
2
427
2
431
Psychology
4
516 4 482
Social Policy and Sociology
7
341 8 330

* All applicants with a score greater than this were offered, but it was not possible to offer to all applicants with this score and random selection was applied.

 Please note, due to GDPR constraints we cannot give the minimum points for any year as this could potentially identify an individual applicant.