HEAR - Higher Education Access Route

Applicants to HEAR must in the first instance meet the Institute of Technology Carlow Minimum Course Entry Requirements plus any specific course requirements. Applicants are then considered for places when they are within a 10% range of the cut-off point at the time when the HEAR offers are made through the CAO at Round 1. 

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 and that if you accept the place you must register fully with the Institute’s Access Office and attend the Access Office Orientation Programme, as these are part of the conditions of the HEAR offer.

The Institute of Technology Carlow does not set place quotas for HEAR applicants, with the exception of the following courses: CW106, CW188, where a quota of 2 reduced points’ places per course apply and CW138, CW148 where a quota of 1 reduced points’ place per course apply.

Supports at IT Carlow include: The provision of supports to HEAR Students:

  • An Orientation programme to introduce you to college
  • A Peer-mentoring programme to help facilitate your transition to college life
  • Extra financial assistance through the Institute’s Student Assistance Fund

Information and referrals to other student support services in the college.

QQI-FE and Mature Applicants: HEAR Programme is for Leaving Certificate applicants only, however IT Carlow will be maintaining it’s supplementary Access Route (Carlow Access Programme) for QQI-FE and Mature applicants, details here