DARE: Disability Access Route to Education

Dare: Disability Access Route to Education:

The Disaility Access Route to Education (DARE) is a third level alternative admissions scheme for school leavers whose disabilities have had a negative impact on their second level education.

Dare Website

Colleges Participating in DARE:

Athlone Institute of Technology

Cork Institute of Technology

Dublin City University

Dublin Institute of Technology

Institute of Art, Design and Technology Dun Laoghaire

Institute of Technology Carlow

IT Sligo

Limerick Institute of Technology

Marino Institute of Education

Mary Immaculate College, Limerick

Maynooth University

National College of Ireland

National University of Ireland, Galway

Pontifical University Maynooth

Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

St Angela’s College, Sligo

Trinity College Dublin

University College Cork

University College Dublin

University of Limerick

How it works

On your CAO form there is a section listing the DARE option and a tick box. Once the box is ticked you will be directed to a section where supplementary information is required.

This section is divided into 3:

  • Section A asks for information on your disability, supports received at second level and the impact on your education. It also asks if you wish to be considered for DARE.
  • Section B asks for a second level academic reference to be completed by your school.
  • Section C is an evidence of disability form which must be completed by a recognised medical consultant or specialist

Once accepted, you then compete for the reduced point places. A reduced point place means that you may get a place on a third-level course with fewer than the full CAO points.

Tel:(091) 509 800

Fax:(091) 562 344

Homepage: https://www.cao.ie/

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