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DARE – Athlone

DARE – The Disability Access Route to Education is a third level alternative admissions scheme for school-leavers whose disabilities have had a negative impact on their second level education.

About DARE

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DARE offers reduced points places to school leavers who as a result of having a disability have experienced additional educational challenges in second level education. To be eligible for DARE you must meet both the DARE evidence of disability criteria and DARE educational impact criteria.

For more information on DARE check out the Access College website here.

You can also email DARE queries directly to us at

Students with a DARE offer coming to TUS Athlone

If you are made DARE eligible you may be offered a place in TUS Athlone campus on reduced points (10%) provided that you have met the minimum entry requirements and any specific subject requirements for your chosen course.

Each DARE student is encouraged to link in with us as soon as they have accepted their course so that the process of registering for Disability supports can begin. 

We conduct individual Needs Assessment with students to determine their support requirements. 

Please check your emails! We will be in touch via email within a number of days of you accepting your college offer. We will invite you to an online induction for DARE/HEAR students. We will also email you to to encourage you to complete the online registration portal to start off the registration process.

TUS Athlone 360 Podcast – Episode 2 | Disabilities

Listen to episode 2 of the TUS Athlone 360 podcast which includes and interview with TUS Athlone Disabilities Officer, Lisa Hanlon. Lisa talks about how she supports students across the duration of their studies, as well as discussing the supports students receive during exams, the DARE scheme and how first years are supported on their transition into third level.

Listen to the podcast here