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HEAR Scheme

Higher Education Access Route (HEAR)

LIT is part of the Higher Education Access Route (HEAR). HEAR is an alternative admissions route for school leavers who for social, financial or cultural reasons are under-represented in third level education. It was set up to ensure that all Leaving Certificate students have a fair and equal opportunity to progress to third level education.

Who can apply for HEAR?

HEAR is open to school leavers (under 23 years old as of 1st January 2020) who are resident in the Republic of Ireland.  Mature and FET (Further Education and Training) students have their own admissions routes and should contact the admissions office for more information. Applications to HEAR can only be made on-line through the CAO.

Minimum Entry Requirements

Before deciding on a course, applicants may contact the relevant Department to discuss the nature and demands of the course. In the LIT prospectus the contact details for each Programme Leader is listed with the course information.

Applicants are advised to check the minimum entry requirements of each course. Minimum entry requirements might include level of maths required, number of honours subjects required, or a portfolio or interview - details are available in the LIT prospectus in our courses section. Please be aware that students who do not meet the minimum entry requirements for a particular course WILL NOT be offered a place, even if they are deemed eligible for HEAR.

How do I apply to HEAR?

  • Applications to HEAR can only be made on-line through the CAO. 
  • For information about the process of applying to HEAR please visit the accesscollege.ie website here. Details of the application time line are on accesscollege.ie here.
  • This CAO on-line guide will help you to make a HEAR application.

NB: To complete the HEAR application you will need help from your parents/guardians and to use the HEAR hand book. The HEAR handbook is available from the accesscollege.ie website here.

How will I know if I am HEAR eligible?

Students who apply to HEAR on-line through the CAO will be notified of the outcome of their application by the end of June. Details of the application time line are available on accesscollege.ie here

How are LIT HEAR Offers made? 

To be considered for a HEAR reduced points place, applicants must meet the minimum entry requirements of a course. Applicants are then awarded 30 bonus points.

HEAR reduced points and merit offers are made through CAO and are in Round 1 and sometimes in Round 2 if there are places still available. If you get a HEAR reduced points offer this will appear as a regular offer online through the CAO. You will then receive a letter to inform you that you have received a HEAR offer.

What HEAR places are available in LIT?

LIT HEAR applicants are awarded 30 Bonus Points. Places on all LIT programmes are then awarded in order of points merit. There are no quota restrictions on the number of places available to LIT HEAR applicants.