Access and disability

RCSI participates in the Higher Education Access Route (HEAR), which supports school leavers from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds and the Disability Access Route to Education (DARE) which supports students applying to RCSI with a disability.

HEAR and DARE supports are only available to European Union (EU) students.

EU school leavers applying through the CAO, who provide the necessary evidence relating to their socio-economic circumstances and/or disability, are eligible to compete for places allocated on a reduced points basis through the HEAR and DARE schemes.

More information on the number of places allocated to HEAR and DARE students in RCSI and how to apply can be found below.

The HEAR scheme offers places on a reduced points basis and extra college support to school leavers from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds who are resident in the Republic of Ireland.

Applicants deemed eligible for the HEAR scheme, are considered for a place on an RCSI Undergraduate programme provided they:

  • Apply to RCSI via the CAO and submit all relevant HEAR documentation within the agreed CAO deadline dates.
  • Meet the minimum subject and grade requirements for admission to the programme.
  • Are within 25 points required for entry to the programme (e.g. if the minimum points requirement is 545, successful applicants must have achieved a minimum of 520 points).

Competition for places within the HEAR scheme is competitive and the full points reduction allowance may not be offered in all years as the allocation of seats may be filled by HEAR students who have achieved higher points.

The number of HEAR places allocated to each RCSI Undergraduate programme is outlined in more detail below:

CAO code Course HEAR intake target Additional notes
RC001 Medicine 3 Including 1 HEAR place allocated via the Aim High Medicine Scholarship
RC005 Pharmacy 3 Including 1 HEAR place allocated via the Kiran Pathak Pharmacy Scholarship
RC004 Physiotherapy 1

More information on HEAR and how to apply correctly can be found on the Access College website.

DARE is a third level alternative admissions scheme for school leavers whose disabilities have had a negative impact on their second level education.

Applicants deemed eligible for DARE, are considered for a place on an RCSI Undergraduate programme provided they:

  • Apply to RCSI via the CAO and submit all relevant DARE documentation within the agreed CAO deadline dates.
  • Meet the minimum subject and grade requirements of the programme.
  • Are within 25 points required for entry to the programme (e.g. if the minimum points requirement is 545, successful applicants must have achieved a minimum of 520 points).

Competition for places within the DARE scheme is competitive and the full points reduction allowance may not be offered in all years as the allocation of seats may be filled by DARE students who have achieved higher points.

The number of DARE places allocated to each RCSI Undergraduate programme is outlined in more detail below:

CAO code Course DARE intake target
RC001 Medicine 2
RC005 Pharmacy 2
RC004 Physiotherapy 1

More information on DARE and how to apply correctly can be found on the Access College website.

Please note:
Priority is given to applicants with physical and sensory disabilities and those who are both DARE and HEAR eligible. Any places remaining are assigned on Irish Leaving Certificate points ranking.

Learning Access and Facilitation Service

RCSI offers advice, practical assistance and reasonable accommodations to prospective and current students with a certified disability, significant medical condition or learning difficulty. Further information on these services are available through the College’s Centre for Mastery: Personal, Professional and Academic Success (CoMPPAS) office.