GMIT Prospectus 2021/22

STUDENT SERVICES

HEAR What is it?

To be eligible for DARE you must meet both the DARE Educational Impact Criteria and DARE Evidence of Disability Criteria. Applicants must provide the required evidence of their disability and provide an Educational Impact Statement from their school to be considered for DARE. Further detailed information on this can be found on www.accesscollege.ie/dare

HEAR (Higher Education Access Route) is a college scheme which offers places on reduced points and extra college support to school leavers from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds who are resident in the Republic of Ireland. HEAR applicants must meet a range of financial, social and cultural indicators to be considered for a reduced points place and extra college support. Who should apply to HEAR? HEAR is for school leavers under the age of 23 as of 1st of January in the year of applying and who are resident in the Republic of Ireland. HEAR applications can only be made online. No means other than by way of online submission of a HEAR application form will be accepted. If you apply for HEAR and meet the application criteria (i.e. are deemed eligible for HEAR) you may be offered a place even if you don’t have enough Leaving Certificate points for your preferred course.

How to apply for DARE? 1. Apply to CAO by 5.15pm on the 1st February 2021.

2. You must indicate in your CAO application no later than 5.15pm on 1st March 2021 that you wish to apply for the DARE scheme, and you must fully and correctly complete all elements of the DARE form (the DARE form is part of your CAO application). 3. Submit relevant evidence in support or your application to arrive at CAO no later than 5.15pm on the 15th March 2021. More Information: www.accesscollege.ie dare@gmit.ie Special note: GMIT will continue to operate its supplementary Access Routes Mature Students The Access and Disability service also provides supports for mature students in the following areas: • Assistance with the application process (CAO) • Mature student scholarship

How to apply for HEAR? 1. Apply online to CAO by 5.15pm on the 1st February 2021.

2. You must indicate in your CAO application no later than 5.15pm on 1st March 2021 that you wish to apply for the HEAR scheme and you must fully and correctly complete all elements of the HEAR form (the HEAR form is a part of your CAO application). 3. Submit relevant evidence in support of your application to arrive at CAO no later than 5.15pm on the 15th March 2021. More Information: www.accesscollege.ie hear@gmit.ie DARE What is it? DARE (Disability Access Route to Education) 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. Who can apply for DARE? DARE is for school leavers under the age of 23 as of 1st of January in the year of applying with a disability, who have been educationally impacted as a result of that disability. Applicants to DARE can present with an Irish Leaving Certificate, A levels and/or other EU qualifications.

• Information and advice on sources of funding • Study skills workshops and courses covering - Effective study techniques - Effective note taking - Essay writing - Examination techniques - IT (beginners) Pre-Entry Preparation Programme: Joint Foundation Programmes with NUI Galway

GMIT, in co-operation with NUI Galway, provides two foundation programmes for mature students wishing to apply to programmes in either higher education Institute. The Foundation course in Science and Engineering and the Foundation course in Business and Commerce run two evenings per week and some Saturday mornings. Successful candidates have the option of applying to either GMIT or NUIG for a programme of their choice, subject to entry constraints.

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