Where to start looking online...
- For an overview of education courses on offer around the country: www.qualifax.ie
- Information on part-time and flexible courses in institutes of technology: www.bluebrick.ie
- Everything you need to know about financial support: www.studentfinance.ie
- Information for students on where to start investigating options as well as on accessing courses geared at tackling unemployment: www.hea.ie
- The main (but not the only) vehicle to help students secure a higher education place: www.cao.ie
Hear and dare
- Higher Education Access Route(HEAR)
The Higher Education Access Route (HEAR) is open to school leavers from disadvantaged social groups. Eligible students may benefit from a lower CAO points requirement for their chosen fulltime course. Students apply to HEAR through the CAO, and over 1,000 students entered college via HEAR in 2010. Full information on HEAR is available on www.accesscollege.ie
- Disability Access Route to Education(DARE)
School leavers with disabilities may want to check out DARE, the Disability Access Route to Education. By applying through this route, a disability may be taken into account, resulting in a lower CAO points requirement for entry to a chosen full-time course. Students can apply to DARE through the CAO and almost 400 students entered college via DARE in 2010. Full information on DARE is available on www.accesscollege.ie. The website provides a list of advice clinics being held nationwide on Saturday 22 January for HEAR and DARE applicants.