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Admissions & the DARE Scheme: 2017 Entry

School-leavers with a disability applying for full time undergraduate programmes at DIT should apply via the Central Applications Office (CAO), indicating on their application that they have a disability or specific learning difficulty. DIT is a member of the Disability Access Route to Education (DARE) Scheme.

Click here to download a PDF of this information: DARE 2017 Information for Applicants to DIT

What is the DARE Scheme?

Dublin Institute of Technology is a member of the Disability Access Route to Education (DARE) Scheme. 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. Detailed information is available on the DARE website at www.accesscollege.ie/dare/index.php

Who can apply to DARE?

DARE is for school leavers under the age of 23 as of 1st 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?

Applicants wishing to apply to DARE should do so online through the CAO by 1st February 2017. Full instructions on how to apply to the DARE Scheme are available on the DARE website at http://www.accesscollege.ie

There is an informative video on how to apply to the DARE Scheme at the bottom of this page. Click here to view it.

How does the DARE Scheme apply to DIT?

Each member Institute/University of DARE applies the scheme slightly differently in terms of available places, points reductions and so on. DIT reserves 5% of places on all full-time undergraduate programmes to offer on a reduced-points basis to DARE-eligible students.

Note: There is a complete listing of all full-time undergraduate programmes in DIT, and numbers of reduced-points places available on each at the bottom of this page.

Students who enter DIT through the DARE Scheme should register with the Disability Support Service and undergo a needs assessment in order to receive the support they need during their time at DIT. We cannot provide support to students who do not register with us. See our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information on how to register with the DSS.

The DARE Scheme is not available to Mature Students, Postgraduate Students or Part-time Students.

Note: You do not have to enter DIT through the DARE Scheme in order to receive supports during your time here. If, for whatever reason, you are deemed ineligible for the DARE Scheme but still have a disability, you may still be able to register with the Disability Support Service.

Reduced-Points Offers

In order to be considered for a reduced-points offer for DIT programmes through the DARE scheme, applicants must apply to study at DIT through the CAO, apply for DARE, and meet all of the following criteria:

  • The applicant must be deemed DARE-eligible.
  • The applicant must meet the minimum entry requirements for their chosen programme of study. Details on the minimum entry requirements for each programme are available here. Just click on the link for your chosen programme and the minimum entry requirements are listed at theright hand side of the page. Where programmes have fitness to practice and/or fitness to study criteria, these must also be met.
  • The applicant must achieve at least 200 Leaving Certificate points.

Applicants who meet all of the above criteria may be considered for a reduced-points offer of a place on their chosen programme.

Points Reduction

For applicants who meet all of the above criteria, DIT offers an approximate points reduction of 12.5% on the required points for each programme, subject to some rounding. Thus, applicants must achieve at least 87.5% of the points requirement for their preferred programme.

Example: If a programme's points requirement is 320 points, applicants with 280 points or more may be considered for a reduced-points offer.

DIT does prioritise offers to the following students (see below):

1) DARE-eligible students with Visual, Hearing or Physical Disabiltities

2) DARE-eligible students who are also eligible for the HEAR Scheme (Click here for more details)

Reduced-points offers are first made to these prioritised applicants who achieve at least 87.5% of the points requirement, and are nearest to the points requirement for their preferred programme.

Reduced-points offers are then made to any remaining applicants who achieve at least 87.5% of the points requirement, and are nearest to the points requirement for their preferred programme.

Prioritisation of DARE-eligible Applicants with a Physical or Visual/Hearing Disability

Research has identified that students with the following disabilities:

  • Physical/Mobility Disabilities
  • Blind or Visually Impaired
  • Deaf or Hard of Hearing

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 three groups when allocating reduced points places. Eligible applicants with physical and visual/hearing 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 socio-economic disadvantage 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.

Important: Being DARE-eligible does not guarantee you a reduced-points offer.

Re-allocation of Unused Places

Note: DIT is also a member of the HEAR Scheme. In cases where reserved places for HEAR applicants have not been filled, these places may be offered to eligible DARE applicants. Similarly, in cases where reserved places for DARE applicants have not been filled, these places may be offered to HEAR applicants.

On/Above Points Offers

DARE-eligible applicants who achieve more than or equal to the required points for their chosen programme may receive offers in the same manner as any other student and do not count against the 5% of places allocated for reduced-points offers. Such students must still meet the minimum entry requirements for their chosen programme, and are encouraged to register with the DSS in order to receive supports during their time at DIT.

Minimum Entry Requirements & Language Waivers

All applicants to DIT applying on the basis of their Leaving Certificate, regardless of whether they are DARE-eligible or not, or meet the points requirement or not, must meet the programme-specific minimum entry requirements for their chosen programme of study.

Some programmes in DIT have a modern language as a minimum entry requirement (e.g. DT555 International Business & Languages with French). Applicants who do not meet this minimum entry requirement cannot be considered for a place on such a programme, regardless of whether they have been granted a language waiver in the Leaving Certificate.

Applicants are strongly advised to consult the minimum entry requirements for their chosen programme prior to applying through DARE and the CAO. Details of minimum entry requirements for all programmes are available in the DIT prospectus and the Admissions pages of the DIT website.

Further Information

Please contact us if you need to find out more, or have a specific query, by calling Bob Ó Mhurcú at (01) 402 7658 or by emailing dare@dit.ie.

Numbers of Reduced-Points Places 2016

The below table lists the full-time undergraduate programmes at DIT for September 2016 entry, the overall numbers of places available on each programme, and the numbers of DARE reduced-points places available. Where 5% of available places is not an even number, rounding has been applied. These numbers of available places are subject to change, depending on overall numbers of places available on each programme.

Last updated: 10th August 2016

CAO Code Programme Title Level Years Total Places

DARE Places

DT001  Product Design  8 4 38 2
DT002  Engineering Systems Maintenance  7 3 32 2
DT003  Automation Engineering  7 3 32 2
DT004  Civil Engineering  7 3 56 3
DT005  Building Services Engineering  7 3 40 2
DT006  Mechanical Engineering  7 3 64 3
DT007  Automotive Management & Technology  7 3 40 2
DT008  Electronics & Communications Engineering  7 3 32 2
DT009  Electrical & Control Engineering  7 3 32 2
DT010  Sustainable Design in Electrical Services Engineering  7 3 16 1
DT011  Aviation Technology  7 3 41 2
DT021 Electrical & Electronic Engineering 8 4 n/a Entry via DT066
DT022 Mechanical Engineering  8 4 n/a Entry via DT066
DT023 Manufacturing & Design Engineering 8 4 n/a Entry via DT066
DT024 Structural Engineering 8 4 n/a Entry via DT066
DT027 Civil Engineering  8 4 n/a Entry via DT066
DT028  Transport Operations & Technology  8 4 40 2
DT035 Electrical Services & Energy Management 8 4 16 1
DT066  Engineering (General Entry)  8 1 160 8
DT080  Networking Technologies  7 3 64 3
DT081  Computer & Communications Engineering  8 4 n/a Entry via DT066
DT097  Engineering (General Entry)  7 1 64 3
DT101  Architecture  8 5 55 3
DT104  Auctioneering, Valuation & Estate Agency  7 3 45 2
DT106  Planning & Environmental Management  8 4 37 2
DT110  Property Economics (Valuation Surveying)  8 4 40 2
DT111  Quantity Surveying Construction Economics  8 4 40 2
DT112 Geomatics (Surveying & Mapping)  8 4 35 2
DT117  Construction Management  8 4 50 3
DT169  Timber Product Technology  7 3 32 2
DT175  Architectural Technology  8 4 50 3
DT201  Science (General Entry)  8 1 30 2
DT203  Forensic & Environmental Chemistry  8 4 25 1
DT204  Biomedical Science  8 4 43 2
DT205  Mathematical Sciences  8 4 30 2
DT206
Biomedical & Molecular Diagnostics 8 4 20 1
DT211  Computing  8 4 60 3
DT212  Science  7 3 40 2
DT219  Ophthalmic Dispensing  7 3 15 1
DT220  Industrial Mathematics  8 4 15 1
DT221  Physics with Energy & Environment  8 4 15 1
DT222  Physics Technology  8 4 16 1
DT223  Human Nutrition & Dietetics  8 4 25 1
DT224  Optometry  8 4 25 1
DT225  Public Health Nutrition 8 4 25 1
DT227  Science with Nanotechnology  8 4 25 1
DT228  Computer Science  8 4 76 4
DT229  Clinical Measurement Science  8 4 30 2
DT235  Physics with Medical Physics & Bioengineering  8 4 15 1
DT255  Information Systems/Information Technology 8 4 25 1
DT259  Biosciences  7 3 35 2
DT260  Industrial & Environmental Physics  7 3 15 1
DT261  Medicinal Chemistry & Pharmaceutical Sciences  7 3 26 1
DT282  Computer Science (International) 8 4 36 2
DT299  Chemical Sciences with Medicinal Chemistry  8 4 25 1
DT302
Business Anaylitics 8 4 25 1
DT303  Marketing  6 2 60 3
DT315  Business Studies  6 2 100 5
DT321  Business & Law  8 4 40 2
DT324  Business Management  6 2 100 5
DT341  Marketing  8 4 90 4
DT343  Retail & Services Management  8 4 50 3
DT354  Business Computing  8 4 46 2
DT358  Logistics & Supply Chain Management  8 4 47 2
DT360  Retail Management & Marketing  6 2 45 2
DT365  Business & Management  8 4 135 7
DT366  Accounting & Finance  8 3 62 3
DT398  Human Resource Management  8 4 50 3
DT399  Economics & Finance  8 3 29 1
DT401  International Hospitality Management  8 4 48 3
DT404 Food Sales & Culinary Practice 6 2 32 2
DT405 Culinary Science 8 4 32 2
DT406  Tourism Management  7 3 49 2
DT407  Culinary Arts  8 4 64 3
DT408  Hospitality Management  7 3 51 3
DT411  Leisure Management  7 3 60 3
DT412  Tourism Marketing  8 4 36 2
DT413  Event Management  8 4 49 2
DT416  Culinary Entrepreneurship  8 4 32 2
DT417  Bar Studies (Management & Entrepreneurship)  8 4 32 2
DT418  Baking & Pastry Arts Management  7 3 48 2
DT420  Nutraceuticals in Health & Nutrition  8 4 30 2
DT421  Food Innovation  8 4 30 2
DT422  Pharmaceutical Healthcare  8 4 30 2
DT424  Food Science & Management  6 2 30 2
DT425  Pharmacy Technician Studies  6 2 30 2
DT432  Culinary Arts (Professional Culinary Practice)  6 2 64 3
DT491  Environmental Health  8 4 30 2
DT501  Music  8 4 35 2
DT504  Film & Broadcasting  8 4 42 2
DT506  Music (Commercial Modern)  8 4 172 9
DT508 Games Design  8 4 48 2
DT517  English Studies & Languages  8 4 10 1
DT518  Languages & International Tourism (French)  8 4 15 1
DT519  Languages & International Tourism (German)  8 4 10 1
DT520  Languages & International Tourism (Spanish)  8 4 8 1
DT529  Drama (Performance)  8 3 20 1
DT532  Law  8 3 37 2
DT533  Contemporary Visual Culture 8 3 20 1
DT544  Design (Interior & Furniture)  8 4 31 2
DT545  Design (Visual Communication)  8 4 38 2
DT546  Fine Art  8 4 31 2
DT555  International Business & Languages (French)  8 4 20 1
DT556  International Business & Languages (German)  8 4 16 1
DT557  International Business & Languages (Spanish)  8 4 25 1
DT559  Photography  8 4 30 2
DT564  International Business & Languages (Italian)  8 4 15 1
DT565  Chinese & International Business  8 4 15 1
DT571  Social Care  8 3 40 2
DT572  Early Childhood Education  8 3 40 2
DT582  Journalism  8 4 42 2
DT596  Print & Digital Media Technology Management  8 4 25 1
DT597  Creative & Cultural Industries  8 3 27 1
DT598  Visual Merchandising & Display  7 3 27 1

 

DARE Terms & Conditions: 2017 Entry

 To be considered for DARE, applicants must agree to the DARE terms and conditions below:

  • I have read, understood and will comply with the rules of application as detailed in the DARE Application Guide.
  • I certify that the information I have supplied in my DARE application is correct. I understand that it is my responsibility to ensure that my application is submitted complete, correct and on time.
  • I understand that only:

- Information provided on my DARE application form by 1 March 2017 and
- Documentation received by the CAO by 1 April 2017 will be considered when determining the outcome of my DARE application.

  • I understand that my application will be assessed on the basis of the information which I supply.
  • Neither the CAO nor the colleges and universities will accept any responsibility for any loss or hardship arising from failure to supply correct and complete information at the appropriate time.
  • I understand that any of the information supplied as part of my DARE application is subject to verification. Where I am found to have given false declaration, I understand that I will be ineligible for DARE.
  • I understand that the colleges and universities participating in DARE reserve the right not to consider my application and cancel any offers of places in cases where requested information has not been provided or where falsifying or misleading information has been supplied.
  • I agree that my supporting documents may be reviewed by independent experts and that they will be treated confidentially.
  • I understand that if I am offered a DARE place, a condition of this offer is that I must register with the Disability Service and agree on a schedule of meetings with the service.
  • I understand that some details of my application will be used for research purposes, but that these details will always be anonymised and none of my personal data will be identified. 
DIT Disability Service: Advice for Deaf Third Level Students:

Make DIT Your CAO Choice: DARE 2016 Application Advice Video:
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