Higher Education Access Route (HEAR)


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 eligibiligy for DARE/HEAR by 15 March.

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


What are the eligibility 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 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 applicants with physical and sensory disabilities and those who are both DARE and HEAR eligible. Any places remaining are assigned 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 2020Lowest Offer
2017-20
 Target Places 2020Lowest Offer
2017-20
Architecture
2
422
3
392
Landscape Architecture
2
318
2
309
City Planning and Environmental Policy
2
314
2
343
Engineering
23
415
23
422
Science
35
422
35
413
Computer Science
10
384
10
390
Actuarial and Financial Studies
3
498
3
520
DN240
Sustainability
4
N/A
4
N/A
Agricultural Science
10
338
10
358
Dairy Business
2
327
2
371
Agri-Environmental Sciences
2
349
2 389
Food Science
4
353
3
400
Human Nutrition
2
487
3 430
Forestry
1
302
1
300
Horticulture, Landscape and Sportsturf Management
1
#
1
#
Veterinary Medicine (Undergraduate Entry)
4
529
4
487
Veterinary Medicine(Graduate Entry)
N/A graduate entry route
Veterinary Nursing
2
420
3
398
Medicine (Undergraduate Entry)
2
#
5
694
N/A graduate entry route
Radiography
4
440
4
433
DN411
Radiography (Graduate Entry)
N/A graduate entry route
Physiotherapy
2
532
4
506
Health & Performance Science
1
419
3
392
Sport & Exercise Management
2
350
2
367
Biomedical, Health and Life Sciences
1
532
1
522
General Nursing
7
380
7
371
Children’s and General Nursing (Integrated)
2
432
2
434
Midwifery
1
389
1
398
Mental Health Nursing
1
369
1
359
Joint Honours
20
300
20
301
Humanities
10
310
11
306
Modern Languages
2
327
2
408
Law
9
444
10
418
Business and Law
8
445
7
423
Commerce
10
433
10
400
Commerce International
5
422
5
423
Economics and Finance
1
577
1
500
Social Sciences
50
316
50
317
Economics
2
403
2
374
Psychology
4
495
4
452
Social Policy and Sociology
7
307
8
317

* 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.