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eCollege – HEAR and DARE

eCollege Courses

eCollege courses are temporarily being made available free of charge as additional support to those impacted by Covid-19 containment measures. Our courses may benefit those already doing a FET course who would like to augment their learning, those who have recently become unemployed or had their hours reduced, and those wishing to upskill and reskill in digital, ICT and business skills related areas. You must be over 18 to apply for these courses. Interested applicants should visit ecollege.ie


Higher Education Access Route (HEAR) and Disability Access Route to Education (DARE) offer reduced points to students – most colleges reserve places for reduced points offers for both DARE and HEAR.

HEAR is for applicants whose level of socio-economic disadvantage has had a negative impact on their educational attainment. When in college, successful applicants may also receive a variety of academic, personal, and social supports. Applicants for HEAR must meet a combination of several criteria to qualify, the first of which is family income. For more information on these criteria and the different acceptable combinations, interested applicants should visit accesscollege.ie.

DARE covers a range of illnesses and conditions and many young people who meet the criteria may not consider themselves to have a disability, so it is worth exploring. DARE eligibility is based on both evidence of a disability and educational impact of this disability. Visit accesscollege.ie for further information.

To apply for either of these programmes, applicants must indicate their intentions on their CAO form no later than February 1st. Then people will be able to access an online form where they will be asked to enter more information about their personal circumstances to be completed no later than March 1st. Finally, applicants will be required to submit an educational impact statement and evidence of disability document (for DARE) or other supporting documents (for HEAR). These documents must reach the CAO no later than March 15th.