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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 Disabilities. 

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 2017

The below table lists the full-time undergraduate programmes at DIT for September 2017 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: 7th June 2017 

CAO Code

Programme Title

Level

Yrs

Total Places

DARE Places

DT001

Product Design

8

4

40

2

DT002

Engineering Systems Maintenance

7

3

32

2

DT003

Automation Engineering

7

3

32

2

DT004

Civil Engineering

7

3

45

2

DT005

Building Services Engineering

7

3

40

2

DT006

Mechanical Engineering

7

3

75

4

DT007

Automotive Management and Technology

7

3

55

3

DT008

Electronics and Communications Engineering

7

3

32

2

DT009

Electrical and Control Engineering

7

3

32

2

DT010

Electrical Services Engineering

7

3

32

2

DT011

Aviation Technology

7

3

40

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 and Technology

8

4

40

2

DT035

Electrical Services and Energy Management

8

4

32

2

DT066

Engineering (General Entry)

8

1

160

8

DT080

Networking Technologies

7

3

64

3

DT097

Engineering (General Entry)

7

1

64

3

DT101

Architecture

8

5

55

3

DT104

Auctioneering, Valuation and Estate Agency

7

3

45

2

DT106

Planning and Environmental Management

8

4

35

2

DT110

Property Economics (Valuation Surveying)

8

4

35

2

DT111

Quantity Surveying and Construction Economics

8

4

40

2

DT112

Geographic Science

8

4

40

2

DT117

Construction Management

8

4

40

2

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 and Environmental Chemistry

8

4

20

1

DT204

Biomedical Science

8

4

40

2

DT205

Mathematical Sciences

8

4

30

2

DT206

Biomedical and Molecular Diagnostics

8

4

25

1

DT211

Computer Science (Infrastructure)

8

4

54

3

DT212

Science (General Entry)

7

1

40

2

DT219

Ophthalmic Dispensing

7

3

15

1

DT220

Industrial Mathematics

8

4

20

1

DT221

Physics with Energy and Environment

8

4

15

1

DT222

Physics Technology

8

4

15

1

DT223

Human Nutrition and 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

74

4

DT229

Clinical Measurement Science

8

4

24

1

DT235

Physics with Medical Physics and Bioengineering

8

4

15

1

DT259

Biosciences

7

3

35

2

DT260

Industrial and Environmental Physics

7

3

15

1

DT261

Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences

7

3

25

1

DT282

Computer Science (International)

8

4

40

2

DT299

Chemical Sciences with Medicinal Chemistry 

8

4

30

2

DT302

Business Analytics 

8

4

20

1

DT303

Marketing

6

2

70

4

DT315

Business Studies

6

2

100

5

DT321

Business and Law

8

4

30

2

DT324

Business Management

6

2

80

4

DT341

Marketing

8

4

85

4

DT343

Retail and Services Management

8

4

50

3

DT354

Business Computing

8

4

40

2

DT358

Logistics and Supply Chain Management

8

4

40

2

DT360

Retail Management and Marketing

6

2

40

2

DT365

Business and Management

8

4

140

7

DT366

Accounting and Finance

8

3/4

50

3

DT398

Human Resource Management

8

4

50

3

DT399

Economics and Finance

8

3/4

25

1

DT401

International Hospitality Management

8

4

50

3

DT404

Food Sales and Culinary Practice

6

2

64

3

DT405

Culinary Science

8

4

32

2

DT406

Tourism Management

7

3

48

2

DT407

Culinary Arts

8

4

66

3

DT408

Hospitality Management

7

3

50

3

DT411

Leisure Management

7

3

35

2

DT412

Tourism Marketing

8

4

35

2

DT413

Event Management

8

4

48

2

DT416

Culinary Entrepreneurship

8

4

34

2

DT417

Bar and Beverage Management and Entrepreneurship

8

4

34

2

DT418

Baking and Pastry Arts Management

7

3

48

2

DT420

Nutraceuticals in Health and Nutrition

8

4

32

2

DT421

Food Innovation

8

4

32

2

DT422

Pharmaceutical Healthcare

8

4

32

2

DT424

Food Science and Management

6

2

32

2

DT425

Pharmacy Technician Studies

6

2

32

2

DT432

Culinary Arts (Professional Culinary Practice)

6

2

64

3

DT491

Environmental Health

8

4

32

2

DT501

Music

8

4

37

2

DT504

Film and Broadcasting

8

4

25

1

DT506

Commercial Modern Music

8

4

150

8

DT508

Game Design

8

4

24

1

DT517

Languages and English Studies

8

4

30

2

DT518

Languages and International Tourism

8

4

30

2

(Chinese, French, German, Irish, Italian, Spanish)

DT529

Drama (Performance)

8

3

20

1

DT532

Law

8

3

35

2

DT533

Contemporary Visual Culture

8

3

10

1

DT544

Interior Design

8

4

20

1

DT545

Design – Visual Communication

8

4

38

2

DT546

Fine Art

8

4

35

2

DT555

International Business and Languages

8

4

100

5

(Chinese, French, German, Irish, Italian, Spanish)

DT559

Photography

8

4

30

2

DT571

Social Care

8

3

44

2

DT572

Early Childhood Education

8

3

44

2

DT582

Journalism

8

4

30

2

DT596

Print Media Technology and Management

8

4

20

1

DT597

Creative and Cultural Industries

8

3

20

1

DT598

Visual Merchandising and Display

7

3

30

2

 

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. 
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