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Application to CAO
Applicants with a disability applying for full time undergraduate degree/diploma courses in Trinity should apply via the Central Applications Office (CAO) indicating on the application form that they have a disability or specific learning difficulty, which is the basis for seeking reasonable accommodations and support in pursuing their University career.

Application to DARE
Trinity has a supplementary application procedure in place for students from non-traditional learning backgrounds, which includes students with disabilities. This is known as DARE (Disability Access Route to Education). DARE is a third level admissions scheme for school-leavers who have a disability or specific learning difficulty. Students who are considered to be DARE eligible may secure a place on a reduced points basis. DARE offers are conditional on registration with the Disability Service.


DARE Admissions Procedure

  • Apply to CAO by 17:15 on 1 February 2017.
  • No later than 17:15 on 1 March 2017, you must disclose your disability and/or specific learning difficulty in your CAO application and fully and correctly complete Section A (select “Yes” to Question 1) of the Supplementary Information Form (the SIF is a part of your CAO application). To apply to DARE you must answer YES to Question 1 (Do you wish to be considered for DARE?) on Section A of the fully completed SIF.
  • The fully completed Educational Impact Statement (Section B) and Evidence of Disability (Section C) of the SIF must arrive at the CAO no later than 17:15 on 1st April 2017.

Allocation of DARE Places in Trinity
Trinity College reserves 23% (rising to 25% by 2019) of places on every course for students with disabilities (DARE), students from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds (HEAR), and Mature students. On courses with a quota of more than 40 places, approximately 8% are DARE places, on smaller courses there may be only one or two places.
Applicants should note that DARE eligibility provides an opportunity to compete for such places it does not guarantee or entitle them to an offer of a place on reduced points. 

Students who are eligible for a DARE offer must still:

a) meet matriculation / admissions requirements


b) meet any subject specific requirements for their chosen course, where applicable.  Please check the prospectus for these details.

A reduction of approximately 10-15% of the points required for each course is granted to DARE eligible students.  

Prioritising DARE Places: In recognition of national and university targets to increase the number of students with sensory and physical disabilities, DARE offers will be made first to eligible applicants within these target groups above, and remaining places offered to all other students with disabilities who are eligible.

When allocating DARE places are prioritised and the remaining places offered to all other students with disabilities with the highest points within the threshold (points for the course in round 1, and minimum points based on percentage reduction). Number of DARE places available 2016.

Condition of a DARE Offer: Students who receive a DARE offer must register with the Disability Service and agree on a schedule of meetings with the service.

More Information
More Information on DARE is available from your school Guidance Counsellor or the Disability Office (see below). Information can also be found on:; and

Full details of DARE eligibility criteria for each specific disability can be accessed from

Mature students (i.e. at least 23 years of age on the 1st January of the proposed year of entry) with disabilities should apply via the supplementary admissions procedure for mature students as well as applying via CAO. There is no late application facility for this scheme – application must be made by 1st February of year of entry.

Application for Language or Mathematics Waiver
Students with specific learning difficulties, sensory or communication disabilities may apply for a waiver of the modern language requirement, provided that the study of a language does not form part of their chosen course of study. In addition, students with dyscalculia, sensory or communication disabilities may be eligible to request exemption from the minimum entry requirement of a pass in mathematics, where mathematics does not form any component of their intended course. Please note:

1. This is a separate application to the DARE supplementary admissions process and written application must be made to the Undergraduate Admissions Team, Academic Registry, Watts Building, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin, Dublin 2 before 1 July of the year of entry.

2. Students should be aware that the criteria for waiving the language or mathematics requirement are different to that required for the DARE scheme. The granting of a language waiver does not mean that a student is automatically eligible for the DARE scheme.

Applicants should consult the following:

Note: Applicants to Trinity are required to present a qualification in one language other than English. Therefore students should only apply for a language waiver if they are not taking any languages in their Leaving Certificate examination.

Further information

If you wish to clarify any issues or concerns you may have in relation to your disability and the demands of a course, or on professional practice after qualification, please contact a member of the Disability Service staff by phone or e-mail at:

Disability Service 
Phone: + 353 (0)1 896 3111

Prospective Student Information: 

Last updated 15 November 2016 Web Administrator (Email).