Access Service, HEAR & DARE

Access Service, HEAR & DARE

We Offer the Largest Range of Access Entry Routes in the Country

Here at TU Dublin we are committed to ensuring that all individuals, regardless of financial or other circumstances, are encouraged to consider higher education & supported in accessing the programme that interests & best suits them.

With the widest range of entry routes of any University in the country, we aim to ensure that third level education becomes a reality for students who have the passion & the motivation to succeed. These routes include national programmes such as HEAR, DARE, & QQI, but also our own flexible Access TU Dublin route. We also offer a Foundation Programme to help students prepare for higher education.

The graduation/completion target for access students is to be within 5% of the average completion rate (for all students).

Here are some pathways for you to consider:

Higher Education Access Entry Route (HEAR)

HEAR is a third level alternative admissions scheme for school-leavers who have experienced socioeconomic disadvantage. HEAR offers places at lower points to school leavers who, due to their socioeconomic
background, have experienced additional educational challenges in second level education. Eligible applicants who are offered a place through the HEAR route will receive academic, personal & social supports in TU Dublin. For more information, check out the HEAR website here.

Disability Access Route to Education (DARE)

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 places at lower points to applicants who as a result of having a disability have experienced additional educational challenges in second level education. Once you have accepted your place, additional supports will be provided to assist you in your studies in TU Dublin. For more information, check out the DARE website here.

QQI Access TU Dublin

QQI Access TU Dublin entry route is aimed at students, from a socio economically disadvantaged background, who have already completed a QQI Level 5 or 6 course & are applying to TU Dublin through the Higher Education Links Scheme (HELS). For more information, check out the QQI website.

Access TU Dublin

Our own Access TU Dublin is a flexible entry route aimed at school leavers from socio economically disadvantaged backgrounds who would like to study a full-time undergraduate course in TU Dublin but who may not meet the requirements for the HEAR programme.

TU Dublin Access Foundation Programme

TU Dublin Access Foundation is a multidisciplinary one year full-time programme that prepares students to pursue undergraduate study at TU Dublin. Students who successfully complete the programme will be offered a place on an appropriate undergraduate course at the University. TU Dublin provides a wide variety of supports to help students adjust to University life so that you gain maximum benefit from your time with us.