HEAR and DARE are special routes into college for students who may have particular difficulties.
- The Higher Education Access Route (HEAR) is a college and university scheme that offers places on reduced points and extra college support to school leavers from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds.
- Colleges participating in the scheme set aside a quota of places with reduced points and make these available to eligible students.
- If you get a place through HEAR, you will receive a variety of academic, personal and social supports while at college.
To find out more about the HEAR scheme and to see if you are eligible click here.
- The Disability Access Route to Education (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.
- If you have one or more of the disabilities listed here and your disability has had a negative impact on your second level education, then you should apply to DARE.
- If you meet the application criteria (that is, are deemed eligible for DARE), you may be offered a place even if you do not have enough Leaving Certificate points for your preferred course.
To find out more about the DARE scheme click here