CAO Timeline 2022: HEAR/DARE Supporting Documentation

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Applicants should note that 15th March at 5pm is the latest date for HEAR/DARE supporting documentation to arrive in CAO.

HEAR/DARE Supporting Documentation


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 who are resident in the Republic of Ireland. HEAR has been set up by a number of colleges and universities, as evidence shows that socio-economic disadvantage can have a negative effect on how well a student does at school and whether they go on to college. HEAR applicants must meet a range of financial, social and cultural indicators to be considered for a reduced points place and extra college support.

HEAR handbook

Please click here to access the recording of the HEAR Application Information Session which was hosted live on Saturday 8 January.




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.

Disability Access Route to Education Handbook

Please click here to access the recording of the DARE Application Information Session which was hosted live on Saturday 8 January. is a national database of universities, colleges, institutes and providers of third level, CAO and PLC courses in Ireland. We operate a national search database of courses and colleges.

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