Accessibility     Accessibility
My DCU | Library | Loop |

☰       Show/Hide Menu

☰       Department Menu

Access Service

DCU Access Scheme


Entry Requirements

What are the Entry Requirements for the DCU Access Scheme?

  • You must be under 23 on 1st January 2018 and have completed an Irish Leaving Certificate.
  • You must meet DCU’s minimum entry (matriculation) requirements: Grade H5 in two higher level subjects and Grade O6 in four ordinary or higher level subjects including Maths and English or Irish.
  • You must meet any specific entry requirements of the course you are applying for.
  • Achieve a minimum of 300 points in your Leaving Certificate. If you are eligible for DCU Access you should note that due to the high demand and limited places in DCU you are not guaranteed entry.
  • In order to be considered for a subsidised accommodation scholarship a student must achieve the necessary points for the course of their choice, i.e. no points reduction will be given. There are a limited number of accommodation scholarships; not all eligible applicants receive one.
  • Students who have deferred a place from the previous year are not eligible to apply for Access DCU.
  • DCU allocate up to 10% of first year places on ALL courses at reduced points entry to students entering through the HEAR/DCU Access routes. Please refer to the Undergraduate Prospectus 2018 for a list of DCU undergraduate degrees and the number of places per course.


What are the benefits of DCU Access?

  • Students are given direct entry into year 1 of a level 8 degree in DCU.
  • Students may qualify for reduced point entry or
  • Students who achieve the necessary points for their course will be eligible to compete for an accommodation scholarship. There are a limited number of scholarships offered at either a 50% or 100% subsidy. Please note these are allocated on a needs basis and not every student achieving the points will be offered an accommodation scholarship. The accommodation may be allocated on one of our three campuses or in the Gateway Student Village who kindly sponsor a number of scholarships.
  • All DCU Access students are eligible for a range of other financial, academic, social and personal supports.

Assessment Criteria & Supporting Documentation

How Are DCU Access Scheme Supports Applications Assessed?

Applications are assessed on a number of financial, cultural and social conditions known as Indicators. You must meet Indicator 1, plus at least two other Indicators, one of which must be from 4 or 5 or 6 to be eligible for DCU Access.

  1. Low income: The total income of your parent(s)/guardian(s)/spouse for the year ending 31st December 2016 must be within the specified income limits.
  2. Social Welfare Payment: In the year ending 31st December 2016, your parent(s)/guardian(s)/spouse have received a means-tested payment from the Department of Social and Family Affairs for at least 26 weeks.
  3. You or your parent(s)/guardian(s) have a medical card/GP visit card valid on the 31st December 2017.
  4. Socio-Economic Grouping (SEG): You belong to a group that is under-represented in higher education, based on the occupation and employment status of your parent(s)/guardian(s). The grouping includes non-manual, semi-skilled, unskilled manual and agricultural workers. please see here for more information on SEG grouping.
  5. Area Profile: You live in a area where there is concentrated disadvantage; in other words an area where, for example, there is high unemployment and poverty. Please click here to look at your area.
  6. DEIS School Attendance: You have completed five or more years in a second level school that takes part in the Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools (DEIS) scheme run by the Department of Education and Skills. Click here for a list of current DEIS post-primary schools

Please download an information brochure for the DCU Access Scheme 2018 here.

Supporting Documents

  • Please submit a statement from the Department of Social Protection for 2016 or you may download and submit this formcompleted in your nearest Department of Social Protection/INTREO office.
  • Submit a P21, if in paid employment or Chapter 4 letter of assesssment if self-employed for 2016 - view a sample here. You will get these documents from the Revenue Commissioners.
  • If you were made redundant and/or received a lump sum in 2015 you need to submit a copy of an RP50 - view a sample here.

  • Please ensure the applicant's name and CAO number is written on all supporting documents submitted. If you have applied to the HEAR (Higher Education Access Route) scheme we will accept copies of documents supplied to HEAR as part of your application. All supporting documentation should be sent to DCU Access Entry RouteCG71, Henry Grattan Building, Dubliin City University, Glasnevin, Dublin 9.

Applications now open for entry in September 2018

  • Please click here to make an application to Access DCU for entry in September 2018, please read  assessment criteria to ensure you submit the right documentation before the closing date.