HEAR and DARE are special routes into college for students who may have particular difficulties:
What is HEAR?
The HEAR scheme is an admissions route into college for school leavers who, for social, financial or cultural reasons, are under-represented in third level education. Colleges participating in the scheme set aside a quota of places with reduced points and make these available to eligible students. HEAR is not a maintenance grant.
What are the Benefits of HEAR?
- Entry into a broad range of courses on reduced CAO points
- A wide range of post-entry supports for eligible students
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What is DARE?
DARE is is a college and university admissions scheme which offers places on a reduced points basis to school leavers under 23 years old. DARE is for school leavers 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 their disability. The scheme has been set up by a number of colleges and universities as evidence shows that disability can have a negative effect on how well a student does at school and whether they go on to college.
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