Pre Entry Guidance for DARE Students

This is information for students with disabilities applying to UCC through the DARE scheme. 

Making the move from second level to third level can be both an exciting and challenging experience. It can be significantly more challenging when you have a disability, specific learning difficulty or ongoing illness.

The Disability Support Service in UCC endeavours to make this transition as smooth as possible for you. Of course, the transition starts with you, and we ask you to be (self) aware of your strengths and likes as well as any weaknesses or dislikes.  We encourage you to be self focused and aware of your abilities along with recognising what you want to get from your degree. During this process, we are here to support your journey throughout your degree programme, onto graduation and into subsequent employment. 

Our work here is threefold taking into account, Pre-Entry level as the first stage of your transition, moving onto stage two which involves a needs assessment and registration, once you are in UCC and ongoing support including Assistive Technology (AT) , Exam Arrangements, Library Support, Placement Support, Academic Skills Support, Peer Assisted Support (PASS)  and finally to stage three which is the Career/Employment stage.

The information on this website aims to assist students by providing appropriate advice and support in making a successful transition to third level education. Everything you need to know can be found online or in our college prospectus. Of course one of the best ways to find information is to go to the university itself and meet people face to face. An open day is a great opportunity to find out what it is really like to study at a Third Level College over and above what is written in any prospectus or website. 

All the information you require is literally a click away.


A lot of this questioning and working towards answering these questions will rest with you, however, I will be here to facilitate this and help you in hopefully ensuring you make the right choices.

For information on UCC undergraduate student experiences please click here


Contact Details:


T: 021 4903768 or 021 4902985






Useful Documents


Checklist for DARE CAO course choices (551kB)

Priority List of Actions (83kB)


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