DARE Admissions

What is DARE?

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.

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

How do I apply for DARE?

DARE Scheme Overview

Download a transcript of the DARE Scheme Overview video

DARE Scheme Overview Video Transcript (Word)

DARE Scheme Overview Video Transcript (PDF)


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.

How do I understand more about DARE?

UCC’s Disability Support Service has organised live online advice clinics to provide information on the DARE application process. Parents, prospective students, guidance counsellors and other interested parties can get advice on applying for the DARE scheme. A live presentation giving an overview of the DARE scheme will be held on Google Meet (for the first 30mins) with an opportunity afterwards for questions and answers.

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

First Floor, The Hub, Main Campus, UCC, T12 YF78,