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Disability Access Route to Education Scheme

CIT is part of the DARE (Disability Access Route to Education) national admissions scheme which can allocate reduced points places to eligible school leavers under 23 years old with  learning differences, health conditions and disabilities.

CIT is committed to helping such students to avail of its courses. Before choosing a course, applicants should contact the relevant department to discuss the demands of the course and check any minimum entry requirements of each course such as levels of Maths and number of Honours subjects required and any other requirements of a particular course such as a portfolio or interview - details are available in the CIT prospectus or at:


  • CAO - Please call the CAO helpdesk for information about your application on 091 509800  /
  • DARE website:
  • DARE 2018 Application Guide (PDF - 3MB)
  • For specific CIT DARE/DSS queries, please read the information below on how DARE offers are made in CIT. We would also advise students and parents to attend a DARE advice clinic which goes through the application process for that year. Queries by email is recommended - Email:  (please make sure to provide your name, date of birth and CAO number)


DARE ADVICE Clinics 2018

Every year the CIT Disability Support Service organises information evenings on the DARE application process and is present at different events:

  • CIT DARE 2018 clinic - Tuesday 7th November 2017 6.30-8.00pm - IT3, Berkely building, CIT Bishopstown. Book your place by emailing
  • CIT Open Day 17th November 2017 10am-3pm - There will be a DARE/ CIT DSS information stand at the CIT Open Day in the CIT Nexus, Student Centre, (
  • CIT DARE clinic  -Tuesday 5th December 2017 6.30-8.00pm -  IT3, Berkely building, CIT Bishopstown. Book your place by emailing 
  • CIT DSS will be at the DARE/HEAR National Advice Clinic @ Aula Maxima, UCC -Saturday 20th January 2018 10am - 2pm (no booking needed)

Please sign up to our mailing list to be alerted on the CIT DARE Clinics running every year. 


Applying for DARE

For information about the process of applying to DARE including the deadlines and criteria, please check the Access College website:

We would encourage all applicants with learning differences/health conditions/ disabilities who apply through the CAO to indicate and give details of your learning difference/health condition/ disability. Giving this information is confidential and will not adversely affect your application in any way.


How are CIT DARE Offers made?

*** Please note that the information on DARE offers has not been updated for 2018 yet***

DARE applicants are informed by letter at the end of June if they are eligible or not for the DARE scheme. Full details of a recheck process are available on the DARE website: If you are eligible for DARE you will then be considered for a DARE reduced points place under certain criteria.

To be considered for a DARE reduced points place, applicants must meet the minimum requirements of a course. Applicants are then considered for places when they are within a 50 point band below the cut off point at the time when the DARE offers are made through the CAO. Students with sensory disabilities (such as visual or hearing impairments) and students with physical disabilities will be prioritised when allocating DARE places.

DARE reduced points and merit offers are made through CAO and are in round 1 and sometimes in round 2 if there are places still available. If you get a DARE reduced points offer this will appear as a regular offer online through the CAO. You will then receive a letter to inform you that you have received a DARE offer and that if you accept the place you must register fully with the Disability Support Service and attend the DSS Orientation as these are part of the conditions of the DARE offer.


What DARE places are available in CIT?

CIT has a guideline quota of 5% of reduced points DARE places on all first year undergraduate programmes. Many DARE students get enough points for the course of their choice each year.

To  see the guideline number of places available on each individual course in CIT, please download this document:



Can I still get supports in CIT even if I am not eligible for DARE?

  • It is important to note that DARE is an admissions scheme and students may be eligible for supports even if they are not eligible for DARE.
  • We recommend that those students who are eligible for DARE and get enough points for their course should still register with the Disability Support Service (DSS).
  • Students who received a reduced points DARE place must register with CIT DSS as a condition of their offer.
  • Please note if students declare themselves through the CAO that they have a learning difference, health condition or disability, they must still register fully with the DSS in order to get supports if they come to CIT.
  • More information about the DSS support and registering for supports is available in our Student Guide : studentlife/access_disability/disabilities/registering-with-the-disabilit/dss-student-guide


Last updated 28 September 2017