Higher Education

Higher Education

Equity of Access to Higher Education

Irish Higher Education and Government are committed to the objective of promoting 'equality of access to higher education, irrespective of social class, age or disability.
To widen access to 3rd level, participating colleges have developed a range of initiatives including the Disability Access Route to Education (DARE) & Higher Education Access Route (HEAR)  supplementary admission routes

Applying to Colleges or Universities in Ireland

Central Administration Office (CAO) is responsible for processing applications for the first year undergraduate courses.  The Higher Education Institutes (colleges and universities) retain the function of making decisions on admissions.

Applications for undergraduate courses to Colleges and Universities in Ireland are made through Central Administration Office.   

CAO website contains information on course available at Colleges and Universities in Republic of Irelands and very useful information on how to make applications for courses. 

Colleges & Universities

Students with Disabilities and Higher Education

Under the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 and subsequent amendments (and Equality Act in the England, Scotland and Wales) it is unlawful for higher education colleges and universities to discriminate against students with disabilities by treating them less favourable when offering places or providing services.  They have a legal requirement to make 'reasonable adjustments' so that disabled students are not put at a substantial disadvantage.

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