Disability Access Route to Education Scheme

MTU 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 on first year undergraduate courses.

Cork Institute of Technology joined with IT Tralee on 1 January 2021 to form Munster Technological University (MTU). In 2022 CAO applicants can apply for courses in MTU Cork campus and Kerry campus - please make sure to check the campus associated with the CAO course code when applying, as some courses have similar names/CAO codes.

For information about the process of applying to DARE and/or HEAR including the deadlines and criteria, please check the Access College website.



  • Contact the CAO helpdesk for information or call 091 509800 
  • Email your MTU Cork campus DARE queries to dareCork@mtu.ie In all emails please make sure to provide your (CAO applicant's) name, date of birth and CAO number).
  • If you have any DARE queries for the MTU Kerry campus please email: DareKY@mtu.ie 
  • Please read the information below on how the number of DARE places available on each MTU Cork campus course and how the DARE offers are made.
  • See full details of the DARE Review and Appeals process.
  • DARE and HEAR Access College website: www.accesscollege.ie


What DARE places are available in MTU Cork Campus?

There is a guideline quota of 5% of reduced points DARE places and 5% of reduced points HEAR places on all first year full-time MTU Cork campus undergraduate courses.

Please note that being eligible for DARE does not mean that you automatically gain points or a reduced points place - you are considered with other DARE eligible applicants for a reduced points place. Most DARE students get enough points for the course of their choice each year.



How does MTU Cork campus make DARE offers?

MTU Cork campus has admissions criteria and procedure for making offers for Reduced DARE quota places.

Below is a summary of the criteria. You can read the full criteria document here (PDF) for more information - the 2019 criteria are still valid for 2022.

  • Applicants must be eligible for DARE.
  • Applicants must matriculate – they must meet the minimum entry requirements for each course chosen (this includes meeting the medical assessments or entrance test/portfolio scores for certain courses). See course details here.
  • Applicants are considered for Reduced DARE reduced points places if they are within a band of 50 points below the cut-off point on the date the DARE offers are made and only the applicant’s Leaving Certificate points will be considered.
  • Applicants must achieve a minimum of 200 CAO points.
  • Eligible DARE applicants under the Physical disability, Hearing impairment and Visual impairment categories will be eligible to be offered priority Reduced DARE places.
  • Applicants who are eligible for both DARE and HEAR will eligible to be offered priority HEAR places.
  • DARE reduced points and merit offers are made through CAO in Round 1, and some reduced points offers are made in Round 2 if there are places still available.

Conditions of accepting a DARE reduced offer:

  • Applicants who accept a DARE reduced place MUST apply for suppports with the MTU Cork Disability Support Service (DSS) as a condition of their offer.
  • Applicants who accept a priority HEAR/DARE reduced points place MUST apply for suppports with the MTU DSS Cork campus and attend the compulsory HEAR orientation and engage with their HEAR advisor in the MTU Cork campus Access Service as a condition of their offer.


Can I still get supports in MTU 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 DSS supports even if they are not eligible for DARE.
  • Students who are eligible for DARE and get enough points for their course should still apply for supports with the DSS if they need these.
  • If students declare themselves through the CAO that they have a learning difference, health condition or disability, they must still apply for supports with the DSS if they come to MTU Cork campus.
  • Information about the MTU Cork campus DSS and applying for supports is available here and in our DSS Guide.


How do I apply for DARE?

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

  • DARE 2022 Handbook (2MB - PDF)    
  • We encourage all applicants to indicate details of your learning difference/health condition/ disability on your CAO online application even if you may not be eligible for DARE so the DSS can contact you around supports. Giving this information is confidential and will not adversely affect your CAO application in any way.
  • Students and parents should attend a DARE application information session (see below).
  • MTU Cork is committed to helping 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, number of Honours subjects required, or any other requirements of a particular course such as a portfolio, entrance test, medical assessment, or audition. Details are available in the MTU Cork prospectus or at www.cit.ie/courses

  • DARE applicants are informed by email (using the email given in CAO application) and in your online CAO application at the end of June if they are eligible or not for the DARE scheme. Full details of the DARE Review and Appeals process is here.
  • MTU Cork campus is also part of the HEAR Scheme (Higher Education Access Route) scheme which offers places on reduced points and extra college support to school leavers who have experienced socio-economic disadvantage, and who are resident in the Republic of Ireland. See Access College HEAR or the MTU Cork HEAR webpage. For queries please email hearCork@mtu.ie

DARE Application Information 2022


How to apply to DARE 2022 video:

DARE Application / MTU Cork campus course information sessions

MTU Cork DSS provides information and advice on DARE at different events in the year:

  • 2022 online DARE information events for prospective MTU Cork students and parents/guardians and teachers -  23 November and 13 December - 6.00-7.30pm. Video recording.
  • National DARE information session - Saturday 8th January 2022 @10am - see webpage.
  • MTU CAO information 2021 - Open days 8-12th November 2021  recordings
  • 2021 Online talks on the different MTU Cork campus courses available.
  • MTU Cork campus HEAR online talkTuesday 12 January 2021.


Please sign up to our mailing list to be alerted on the MTU Cork campus DARE Application Information sessions running every year or email dareCork@mtu.ie