Higher Education Access Route (HEAR)

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. There are a number of benefits to HEAR;

• Reduced Points Places: Each participating college has reserved a number of places to offer eligible HEAR students at lower Leaving Certificate points
• Extra College support: If you get a place through HEAR you will receive a variety of academic, personal and social supports while in college

Disability Access Route to Education (DARE)

You can also apply to the Disability Access Route to Education (DARE) if you think this applies to you.
If you are a student with a disability and you may not be able to meet the points for the course of your choice due to the impact of your disability, then the supplementary admission route – the Disability Access Route to Education (DARE) – is for you. Students who are eligible for DARE include those fall into one or more of the following disability groups:

Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)/ Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD); Autistic Spectrum Disorder (including Asperger’s Syndrome); Blind/ Vision Impaired; Deaf/ Hearing Impaired; Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) – Dyspraxia/ Dysgraphia; Mental Health Condition; Neurological Condition (including Brain Injury and Epilepsy); Physical Disability; Significant Ongoing Illness; Speech and Language Communication Disorder; Specific Learning Difficulty (including Dyslexia and Dyscalculia)

Further information on both these initiatives are available at http://accesscollege.ie/ 

There is also an Advice Clinic in the Glencarn Hotel, Castleblaney, Co Monaghan on Saturday 20th Jan 2018 from 10 am to 2pm.

Please contact the school if you require further information advice re application.