(DARE & HEAR)


Friday 17th September 2021 - 2pm.


If you were deemed eligible under either the DARE or HEAR scheme we would like to invite you to a supplementary orientation. The event has been designed to specifically address some of the concerns you may have in relation to getting ready for college, including general support services available to students, transition and studying tips, welfare and financial advice. Access Orientation will be held online via Microsoft Teams. An email will be sent to you with the link to join the session.

Your Orientation Session:

  • Please watch the short overview video: How to Get Started with Microsoft Teams
  • Download & install the Microsoft Teams App to your PC prior to your orientation session - Download Microsoft Teams
  • * please note the use of mobile devices is not recommended
  • Login to the Microsoft Teams App using your NCI username & Password. Please note your username format should be x12345678@student.ncirl.ie
  • During your orientation session you may be required to use a webcam and microphone
  • It is recommended to use headphones during the session as it reduces audio feedback.

For any questions on your orientation please email orientation@ncirl.ie.


DARE (Disability Access Route to Education)

National College of Ireland believes that one of the most important first steps for students with disabilities is to be sure that you can access supports in an open, relaxed, friendly and confidential manner.


In order for the college to help you achieve these first steps, students who have applied via DARE and were deemed eligible will be contacted by the Disability Support Officer to arrange a meeting in order to register with the Learning and Disability Service.


HEAR (Higher Education Access Route)

The Higher Education Access Route (HEAR) is a college and university admissions scheme that offers places on reduced points and extra college support to school leavers from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

HEAR has been set up by a number of colleges and universities as evidence shows that socio-economic disadvantage can have a negative effect on how well a student does at school and whether they go on to college.

HEAR applicants must meet a range of financial, social and cultural indicators to be considered for a reduced points place and extra college support