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What is the Disability Access
Route to Education?

The Disability Access Route to Education (DARE) is a college and university admissions scheme which offers places on a reduced points basis to school leavers under 23 years old with disabilities who have completed an Irish Leaving Certificate. DARE 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.

Who is it for?

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.

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Congratulations to all students who received a Round 1 CAO offer on Monday.

There are options for students who have not received an offer this week.

Available Places/Vacant Places

The CAO vacant places is a facilitywhereby students can apply for places on courses that are not filled.  From today Tuesday 19th of August, a continuously updated list of courses are available on the CAO website.  Further information is available at   

CAO Round 2

Students may receive an offer during Round 2 offers which are available on Thursday 28th of August.  When all places are not filled on a course at Round 1 offers, they can be offered at Round 2.

PLC Courses and Further Education

There are a wide variety of courses available which can lead to level 5 and level 6 FETAC awards. 

You can find a course near you on Qualifax Ireland’s National Learners’ Database.  See for further details.

Some FETAC courses allow progression to some specific courses at individual higher education institutions.   You can check the 2014 FETAC Requirements Look-up for CAO Courses on the CAO website  by typing the appropriate course code into the search box and selecting the name of the college.  You will then be presented with a table showing the FETAC awards/modules required for entry to that course.


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