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Access initiatives

The Trinity Access Programmes (TAP) co-ordinates initiatives to facilitate increased participation at third-level of students whose social, economic and educational experiences have prevented them from realising their full academic potential. Through a variety of pre-entry outreach initiatives, TAP aims to promote positive attitudes to education with families and the community at large, and to increase the number of students who progress to third level education.

TAP offers a range of application routes to students of all ages and various post-entry supports including a writing resource centre, peer tutors, a laptop lending service and a designated study space equipped with IT resources.

Higher Education Access Route (HEAR)

The Higher Education Access Route (HEAR) is a third-level admissions scheme for school leavers (under 23 years of age), from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds. HEAR has been established by a number of Higher Education Institutions based on clear evidence that socio-economic disadvantage has a negative impact on educational achievement at school and progression to higher education.

School leavers who provide the necessary supporting financial documents relating to their socio-economic circumstances and meet the Irish Leaving Certificate minimum entry requirements and any course specific requirements are eligible to compete for a quota of places allocated to applicants on a reduced points basis in Trinity.

Who should apply to HEAR?

HEAR is for school leavers who are under 23 years old as of 1 January 2017 and taking the Irish Leaving Certificate examination.

How to apply to HEAR?

Step 1
Apply online to CAO by 17:15 on 1 February 2017.
Step 2
Indicate that you wish to apply to HEAR and finalise all elements of your HEAR online application by 17:15 on 1 March 2017.
Step 3
Submit relevant evidence in support of your application to arrive at CAO by 17:15 on 1 April 2017.

HEAR applications can only be made online at www.cao.ie.

More information on HEAR is available from your school Guidance Counsellor or Trinity Access Programmes. Information can also be found on: www.accesscollege.ie, www.cao.ie;

Students who accept places in TCD through HEAR are offered a variety of academic, personal and social supports while studying at third level. Details of post-admission supports for HEAR entrants can also be found at www.accesscollege.ie and www.tcd.ie/Trinity_Access

Also view the HEAR and DARE Promotional Video.

Number of HEAR places available 2016

TAP foundation course for young adults

This one-year course aims to equip students with the skills they will need to benefit from and participate in a third-level education course. It is open to Leaving Certificate pupils from schools in the Greater Dublin area which are affiliated to third level access programmes. Applicants should have taken the Leaving Certificate in the year of application or not more than two years prior to that. Minimum entry requirements are grade O6 or above in five subjects and grade H5 or above in one subject. FETAC and Leaving Certificate Applied qualifications are also considered.

Applicants for the Foundation Course for Young Adults may apply online from mid-November 2016. You may also apply for the University Access Course which Trinity College runs in partnership with Liberties College on this application form. The closing date for receipt of applications is February 7th 2017. Students are not required to apply to the Central Applications Office. Apply online, find out more or download application guidelines at www.tcd.ie/Trinity_Access/prospective/access/young.php Alternatively phone +353 1 896 2751.

TAP foundation course for mature students

This one-year course prepares mature students (EU students who are over twenty three years of age on 1 January of the proposed year of entry) for entry to undergraduate studies at Trinity College and other third-level institutions. There are no standard educational requirements but evidence of a particular interest in studying at university and strong personal motivation is essential. In addition, if English is not your first language you will be required to provide evidence of English language proficiency.

Applicants for the Foundation Course for Mature Students may apply online from mid-November 2016. You may also apply for the University Access Courses which Trinity College runs in partnership with Pearse College and Plunket College on this application form. The closing date for receipt of applications is March 28th 2017. Students are not required to apply to the Central Applications Office. Apply online, find out more or download application guidelines at www.tcd.ie/Trinity_Access/prospective/access/mature.php Alternatively phone +353 1 896 2751.


Last updated 4 November 2016 Web Administrator (Email).