What is the Disability Access Route to Education (DARE)
The Disability 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 offers reduced points places to school leavers who as a result of having a disability have experienced additional educational challenges in second level education.
Who can apply to DARE 2017?
DARE is for school leavers under the age of 23 as of 1 January, 2017, 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 a disability on their second level education. Applicants to DARE can present with an Irish Leaving Certificate, A-Levels and other EU qualifications.
How do I apply to DARE
For information about the process of applying to DARE including the deadlines and criteria, please check the Access College website: www.accesscollege.ie
I am eligible for DARE but how will I know if I will be considered for a reduced points place?
Mary Immaculate College reserves reduced points’ places for eligible DARE applicants on all undergraduate courses.
This table provides detail of the minimum number of DARE and HEAR reduced points places available on each course. Note that these numbers are for guideline purposes only and may vary from year to year.
To be considered for a reduced point DARE place you must:
• Be eligible for DARE
• Meet minimum entry requirements - As the minimum entry and subject requirements may be different for each course, applicants should check the prospectus for the requirements of each preference listed on your CAO form.
• Achieve a minimum of 300 points
• Eligible DARE applicants must come within a differential of 40 CAO points below the standard CAO for the relevant year
• Eligible DARE applicants must meet specific course requirements. With the exception of B.ED courses, prospective students who have been granted a Language waiver on disability grounds from the Department of Education & Skills can substitute the language requirement (Gaeilge or a modern language) with another subject in order to meet the minimum entry requirements.
Once these requirements have been met, Mary Immaculate College normally allocates the reduced point’s places to eligible applicants who come nearest to the full points for their preferred course. Please note that certain categories of DARE students will be prioritized. If the quota of reduced places is not filled on one scheme, the unfilled quota will be made available to the other scheme.
The reduction in points for DARE and/or HEAR places in Mary Immaculate College can vary significantly every year. The amount of points a particular course is reduced by is dependent on a number of factors, which are:
• The overall number of places on the course
• The number of reduced points DARE and / or HEAR places on the course
• The number of DARE and/or HEAR eligible applicants competing for these reduced points places.
• Being eligible for DARE and/or HEAR does not guarantee you a reduced points place.
Prioritisation of Eligible DARE Applicants with a Physical or Sensory Disability
Research has identified that students with physical and sensory disabilities are particularly under-represented in higher education relative to all students with disabilities in Ireland. In order to increase the numbers of DARE students with physical and sensory disabilities being admitted to higher education, the DARE colleges have agreed to prioritise these two groups when allocating reduced points places. Eligible applicants with physical and sensory disabilities can only be prioritised where they have met all the admissions criteria for consideration.
Prioritisation of Applicants Eligible for both DARE and HEAR
Research has identified that students with disabilities from disadvantaged backgrounds face considerable challenges in terms of their chances of progressing to higher education in Ireland. In order to increase the number of students facing the ‘double disadvantage’ of poverty and disability, DARE and HEAR colleges have agreed to prioritise applicants eligible for both DARE and HEAR when allocating reduced points places. Applicants eligible for both schemes can only be prioritised where they have met all the admissions criteria for consideration.
Mary Immaculate College may reserve up to 5% of its places on each undergraduate programme for eligible HEAR and DARE applicants. Mary Immaculate College will endeavor to exceed the minima.
Deferring a DARE Offer
Students eligible for DARE and who wish to defer their place should follow the College's deferral procedures.
How do I find out more?
Please visit www.accesscollege.ie
The MIC contact for DARE and HEAR is Maura Moore: firstname.lastname@example.org or 061-204927