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Higher Education Access Route

For incoming first year students to Trinity College, coming through the HEAR scheme, the Pre-University Orientation will be taking place on the 29th and 30th of August 2019 ahead of the start of the academic year. It will give you the opportunity to become familair with the campus and supports of TAP. Attendance is mandatory. You will be contacted about registering for Pre-University Orientation when you recieve your offer to Trinity. Questions? Email,

HEAR is a college and university admissions scheme for school leavers from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

Application Deadline for HEAR 2019 to be announced.


Is HEAR for me?

Eligible students compete for a quota of reduced points places in the colleges that run HEAR. Students who get a college or university place through HEAR also get a range of personal, academic and social supports while they are studying at third level.

How to apply through HEAR

What are the entry requirements for HEAR?

If you are applying for a place in Trinity through HEAR, you must:

  • meet Trinity’s entry (matriculation) requirements.
  • meet the specific requirements for the course of your choice.
  • have at least 80 – 95% of the Leaving Certificate points for the course of your choice.
    Points reductions on any given course are determined by the number of places available in the course and the level of demand and cannot be reliably predicted in advance.

How do I apply through HEAR?

Watch the video above for our step by step guide on how to apply through HEAR. Visit the HEAR website to submit your application.

How many HEAR places are there at Trinity?

Trinity College Dublin has committed in its strategic plan to a 25% intake of students from non-traditional backgrounds by 2019. This includes socio-economically disadvantaged students, students with disabilities and mature students. At present, there is a quota of approximately 7.5% of places in Trinity reserved for socio-economically disadvantaged young adults. HEAR students compete for places in this quota. In 2015, 185 students accepted places in Trinity through HEAR.

Can I apply for a reserved place in a Church of Ireland College?

Trinity College accredits courses in the Church of Ireland College of Education in Rathmines. You can apply for a reserved place in this college through HEAR.  


Please visit the HEAR website to find out:

  • which colleges take part in HEAR.
  • which students are eligible for HEAR.
  • how many places are available.
  • how and where to apply for HEAR.
  • what kind of support students get through HEAR.

Need more information?

For more information about HEAR, talk to your school guidance counsellor, go to our Study website or check out the resources below.