DARE Admissions

What Is DARE?

The Disability Access Route to Education (DARE) scheme 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.

A student applying to the DARE scheme needs to provide evidence of:

  • their disability/learning difficulty/significant ongoing illness
  • how their condition has impacted negatively on their education.

The Disability Support Department is there to support students with disabilities within University College Cork. 

How Do I Apply for DARE?

How Do I Understand More About DARE?

Disability Support is conducting live online advice clinics to provide information on the DARE application process. These sessions are open to parents, prospective students, guidance counselors, and others who may be interested.

The clinics will run from October to January.

If you miss a clinic, don't worry! There are plenty of resources available online, including on this page. We've recorded a previous DARE Clinic for reference, but please note that the information may change annually.

For more specific inquiries, please reach out to our Disability Support team via email or phone. We're always ready to assist you with the DARE application process.

How Can I Contact Disability Support?

The Disability Support Department is located on the 1st floor, The Hub Building, UCC Main Campus, College Road, Cork, UCC.

Please contact dare@ucc.ie with your full name, surname and CAO number if you have any queries and we will get back to you within 1-2 working days during regular daytime office hours.

Further Resources

Steps to Making an Application

Explore the official DARE website for steps to making an application

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DARE Website Eligibility Criteria

Full details of DARE eligibility criteria for each specific disability

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Access UCC

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