HEAR Scheme

IADT is part of the HEAR (Higher Education Access Route) national admissions scheme for school leavers from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

IADT is part of the HEAR (Higher Education Access Route) national admissions scheme which allocates reduced points places to eligible school leavers under 23 years old for school leavers from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds. Mature and FETAC students have different admissions routes.​

HEAR applicants must meet a range of financial, social and cultural indicators to be considered for a reduced points place. For information about the process of applying to HEAR including the deadlines and criteria, please check the Access College website: www.accesscollege.ie

School leavers who meet the HEAR criteria are eligible to compete for a quota of places allocated to applicants on a reduced points basis in IADT.

All applicants to the HEAR scheme at IADT must meet minimum entry requirements and any course-specific requirements. Details are available for each course at IADT at www.iadt.ie/courses

Students who apply through HEAR but meet the standard CAO entry points will be offered a place for their course. IADT then reserves a number of places on each programme for HEAR applicants who are below the CAO points for the year in question. The HEAR applicants compete with each other for these allocated place(s), with the students with the highest points being offered the place(s). Students who are eligible for both the DARE and HEAR schemes will be prioritised when allocating HEAR places.

Students who enter through the HEAR scheme will be invited to a pre-orientation at IADT before commencing their course. They will also be able to avail of personal, academic and social supports through the IADT Access Service for the duration of their studies at IADT.