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DARE - Waterford Institute of Technology

Waterford Institute of Technology is part of the DARE programme. DARE is a third level alternative admissions scheme for school leavers whose disabilities have had a negative impact on their second level education. 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.  

DARE is for school leavers with a disability under the age of 23yrs as of January 1st 2020, who have been educationally impacted as a result of disability.

Applying for DARE

There are a number of valuable online resources available to help you with a DARE application. A step by step guide on how to make a DARE application, information on application deadlines, DARE eligibility criteria and a variety of other information materials can be found on the DARE website  

To view a video on how to complete your DARE application click here . To participate in a demo CAO application including ticking the box for disability, completion of section A and viewing of sections B and C of the DARE application form click here

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Applying to DARE can seem like a daunting process. The DARE handbook and the DARE website provide information to help you complete your DARE application. That said, you may have more questions. You can check the Frequently Asked Questions section of the DARE website here. If you cannot find what you are looking for in the FAQs, you can contact the CAO or email [email protected]

It is best to contact the CAO if you have questions about making your CAO application or about the Supplementary Information Form.

If you have questions about the documents you need for DARE you can contact a DARE advisor by emailing [email protected]

Entry Requirements

Students 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. Entry requirements to all WIT undergraduate programmes are available here. Candidates can only be considered for admission to Waterford Institute of Technology where they have included a WIT course on their CAO application.

All students are encouraged to check the entry requirements of their chosen course, for example the level of maths required or the number of honours subjects required etc.  Students are also encouraged to contact the relevant academic department to discuss the demands of the course they are interested in.

Please note, Waterford Institute run a Maths Entry Exam which is designed to assist students who have not achieved the required grade in maths for entry into the Institute. This provides a “second chance” for students to achieve that grade by attempting a paper comparable to the leaving certificate ordinary level paper. The content of this paper will be based on the leaving certificate (ordinary level) syllabus and is open to all Leaving Certificate applicants including those students who sat Foundation maths. Click here for further information.

How are WIT DARE offers made?

DARE applicants are informed by the CAO at the end of June if they are eligible or not for the DARE scheme. Full details of the DARE review and appeals process can be found here


  • Candidates deemed DARE eligible by the CAO must satisfy the minimum entry requirements for admission to Waterford Institute of Technology and the specific subject requirements for the courses to which they have applied
  • 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. For information on how to register with the WIT disability office click here

What DARE Places Are Available for Entry to 2020/21 Academic Year?WIT does not restrict places for DARE applicants on its courses, with the exception of the following:




WD116 General Nursing                                                                                                                                    



WD117 Psychiatric Nursing                                                                                                                                  



WD120 Intellectual Disability Nursing                                                                                                                   



WD149 - Early Childhood Studies



WD191 - Agricultural Science Course



WIT offers DARE eligible candidates a reduction of up to 30 points on all courses. Please note if you are deemed DARE eligible you must still

compete for a DARE place at Waterford Institute of Technology under normal CAO rules.


Can I still get supports in WIT even if I am not eligible for DARE?

It is important to note that DARE is an admissions scheme and students may be eligible for supports even if they are not eligible for DARE. For information on how to register with the WIT disability office click here

DARE eligible students must register fully with the Disability Office in order to receive disability supports.

It is recommended that those students who are eligible for DARE and get enough points for their course should still register with the Disability Office in WIT.

For information on how to register with the WIT Disability Office click here


Events 2019

DARE organises Application Information Events each year. The Application Information Day provides an opportunity for you and/or your parent(s)/ guardian(s) to discuss your application.

For details of application information events click here