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DARE - Waterford Institute of Technology

Waterford Institute of Technology is part of the DARE national admissions scheme which can allocate reduced points places to eligible school leavers under 23 years old with learning difference, health conditions and disabilities.

Eligible Candidates

Candidates who are eligible to be considered under this policy must have provided all detail required by the application process and satisfied the criteria under the DARE scheme.  Further details on the application process and the criteria for the scheme are available at  Please click here to view a video on the application process.

Candidates can only be considered for admission to Waterford Institute of Technology where they have included one of our courses in their Central Applications Office (CAO) application. 


Entry Requirements

Candidates who are eligible under DARE must satisfy the minimum entry requirements for admission to Waterford Institute of Technology and the specific subject requirements for the courses to which they are applying. 

Places Available for Entry to 2020/21 Academic Year
Waterford Institute of Technology does not set place quotas for DARE applicants, with the exception of the following courses:





WD116 General Nursing                                                                                                                                    



WD117 Psychiatric Nursing                                                                                                                                  



WD120 Intellectual Disability Nursing                                                                                                                   



WD149 - Early Childhood Studies



WD191 - Agricultural Science course





DARE reduced points and merit offers are made through the CAO and are issued in Round 1.

If you get a DARE reduced points offer this will appear as a regular offer online through CAO.

You will then receive a letter from the Institute to inform you that you have received a DARE offer and that you must register with the Waterford Institute of Technology Disability Office.


NOTE: While you may be eligible for DARE, and be awarded an additional 30 points, you must still compete for a place at Waterford Institute of Technology under normal CAO rules.