DIT Access Service

DIT Admissions & the HEAR Scheme: 2017 Entry 

 

Printable Version: HEAR Entry 2017 Information               Printable Version: DARE Entry 2017 Information

 

School-leavers from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds applying for full time undergraduate programmes at DIT should apply via the Central Applications Office (CAO), indicating on their application that they meet a range of social, financial and cultural indicators. DIT is a member of the Higher Education Access Route (HEAR) Scheme.

 

What is the HEAR Scheme?

 Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) is a member of the Higher Education Access Route. The Higher Education Access Route (HEAR) is a third level alternative admissions scheme for school-leavers who have experienced socio-economic disadvantage. Socio-economic disadvantage negatively impacts on educational attainment at school and affects progression by some second level students to third level.

 HEAR offers reduced points places to school leavers who as a result of their socio-economic background have experienced additional educational challenges in second level education. In addition, eligible applicants who get a place in DIT will receive a variety of academic, personal and social supports including: an in depth Orientation Programme, financial advice and guidance, academic support and personal and social support. Detailed information is available on the HEAR website at www.accesscollege.ie/HEAR

 

Who can apply to HEAR?

 HEAR is for school leavers under the age of 23 as of 1st January 2017, who have the ability to benefit from and succeed in higher education, but who may not be able to meet the points for their preferred course due to the impact of their socio-economic background on their second level education. Applicants to HEAR can present with an Irish Leaving Certificate, A-Levels and other EU qualifications.

 

How do I apply to HEAR?

 Applicants wishing to apply to HEAR should do so online through the CAO by 1st February 2017. Full instructions on how to apply to the HEAR Scheme are available on the HEAR website at http://www.accesscollege.ie

 

How does the HEAR Scheme apply to DIT?

Each member Institute/University of HEAR applies the scheme slightly differently in terms of available places, points reductions and so on. DIT reserves a minimum of 5% up to 10% of places on all full-time undergraduate programmes to offer on a reduced-points basis to HEAR-eligible students.

The HEAR Scheme is not available to Mature Students, Postgraduate Students or Part-time Students.

 

Reduced-Points Offers

In order to be considered for a reduced-points offer for DIT programmes through the HEAR scheme, applicants must apply to study at DIT through the CAO, apply to HEAR through the CAO, and meet all of the following criteria:

  1. The applicant must be deemed HEAR-eligible.
  2. The applicant must meet the minimum entry requirements for their chosen programme of study. Details on the minimum entry requirements for each programme are available here. Where programmes have fitness to practice and/or fitness to study criteria, these must also be met.
  3. The applicant must achieve at least 200 Leaving Certificate points.

 Applicants who meet all of the above criteria may be considered for a reduced-points offer of a place on their chosen programme.

 

Points Reductions

For applicants who meet all of the above criteria, DIT offers an approximate points reduction of 12.5% on the required points for each programme, subject to some rounding. Thus, applicants must achieve at least 87.5% of the points requirement for their preferred programme.

  • Example: If a programme's points requirement is 320 points, applicants with 280 points or more may be considered for a reduced-points offer.
  • DIT does prioritise offers to HEAR-eligible students who are also eligible for the DARE Scheme (Click here for more details)
  • Reduced-points offers are first made to these prioritised applicants who achieve at least 87.5% of the points requirement, and are nearest to the points requirement for their preferred programme.
  • Reduced-points offers are then made to any remaining applicants who achieve at least 87.5% of the points requirement, and are nearest to the points requirement for their preferred programme.


 

Prioritisation of Applicants Eligible for both

DARE and HEAR

 Research has identified that students from socio economic disadvantaged backgrounds with disabilities face considerable challenges in terms of their chances of progressing to higher education in Ireland. In order to increase the number of students facing the "double disadvantage" of socio-economic disadvantage and disability, DARE and HEAR colleges have agreed to prioritise applicants eligible for both DARE and HEAR when allocating reduced points places. Applicants eligible for both schemes can only be prioritised where they have met all the admissions criteria for consideration.

 Important: Being HEAR-eligible does not guarantee you a reduced-points offer.

 

Re-allocation of Unused Places

Note: DIT is also a member of the DARE Scheme. In cases where reserved places for DARE applicants have not been filled, these places may be offered to eligible HEAR applicants. Similarly, in cases where reserved places for HEAR applicants have not been filled, these places may be offered to DARE applicants.

 

On/Above Points Offers

HEAR-eligible applicants who achieve more than or equal to the required points for their chosen programme may receive offers in the same manner as any other student and do not count against the 5% of places allocated for reduced-points offers. Such students must still meet the minimum entry requirements for their chosen programme, and will be entitled to all of the supports offered by the DIT Access Service.


Minimum Entry Requirements & Language Waivers

All applicants to DIT applying on the basis of their Leaving Certificate, regardless of whether they are HEAR-eligible or not, or meet the points requirement or not, must meet the programme-specific minimum entry requirements for their chosen programme of study.

Some programmes in DIT have a modern language as a minimum entry requirement (e.g. DT555 International Business & Languages with French). Applicants who do not meet this minimum entry requirement cannot be considered for a place on such a programme, regardless of whether they have been granted a language waiver in the Leaving Certificate.

Applicants are strongly advised to consult the minimum entry requirements for their chosen programme prior to applying through HEAR and the CAO. Details of minimum entry requirements for all programmes are available in the DIT prospectus and the Admissions pages of the DIT website.


 If you have any queries please contact:

DIT Access and Civic Engagement Office

Email: hear@dit.ie         Phone: (01) 402 7605

Please note that online applications through the HEAR scheme closed on 1st March 2017.