TU Dublin Access Service /HEAR/DARE & Access Foundation Programme

TU Dublin Access Service /HEAR/DARE & Access Foundation Programme

We look forward to chatting to Grainne Burke from our Access TU Dublin Service about the wide range of options access options available to students.

Please join us on Instagram live at at 14.30pm on the 29th of April to join in with the discussion and to find out more about this fantastic service.

In the mean-time why not have a look our various access opportunities below:

What is Access TU Dublin?

Access TU Dublin is aimed at school leavers, from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds who would like to study a full-time undergraduate course in TU Dublin.  Students who meet the criteria for entry will be offered a 12.5% points reduction to help them access their preferred programme.

For further information on how to apply: see Access TU Dublin

What is the HEAR Scheme?

TU Dublin is a member of the Higher Education Access Route (HEAR) scheme, a third-level alternative admissions scheme for school-leavers who have experienced socio-economic disadvantage that negatively affects educational attainment at school and progression by some second-level students to third level.

HEAR offers reduced points places to school-leavers who, as a result of their socio-economic background have experienced additional educational challenges in second-level education. In addition, eligible applicants who get a place in TU Dublin will receive a variety of supports, including: financial advice and guidance, academic support and personal support. Detailed information is available on the HEAR website.

What is the 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. It offers reduced points places to such school-leavers.

TU Dublin reserves 5% of places on all full-time undergraduate programmes to offer on a reduced-points basis to DARE-eligible students.

To find out more about applying as a DARE student please see here.

Access Foundation Programme:

What is the Access Foundation Programme?

The Access Foundation Programme (AFP) is a one-year full-time course preparing students, both personally and academically, to pursue undergraduate programmes at TU Dublin. 

Why was the AFP set up and who is it for?

The programme forms part of TU Dublin’s commitment to extending access to education to people from communities lacking a strong tradition of participation in third-level education. The course is of particular benefit to adults who’ve been out of education for a long time, or who did not complete a Leaving Certificate. In addition, we welcome applications from people whose skills no longer allow them to access the labour market.

To find out more about the access foundation programme see here.