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Access Office

The Role of the Access Service at ITB


  • Socio-economically disadvantaged learners
  • Mature/Adult learners
  • Learners with a disability
  • Learners who do not have the usual Leaving Certificate qualifications but who can meet entry requirements in other ways
  • Learners from the travelling community


ITB's Access Officer is Adrienne Harding. 

Adrienne can be contacted at 01 885 1015 or at


Our Access Service co-ordinates the below programmes:


The REACH programme is an admissions scheme which offers places on ITB’s courses on reduced points, to school leavers from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

ITB has a reserved a number of places on its courses for REACH students at reduced leaving certificate points.  This means that if eligible you will be considered for entry on a reduced points basis provided that your points achieved are within 90% of the points required for the ITB course you have listed on your CAO form (i.e. you are eligible to be offered a place where your points awarded fall short by less than 10% of the points required up to a maximum of 30 points) and subject to places being available. 

The places are spread across all our courses and consequently a student may not be offered their first course choice, but might be offered a subsequent choice.  The order of preference on the CAO application form should at all times reflect your genuine preference choice. Applicants must also meet the minimum course entry requirements to be considered for one of the reduced points places.

REACH is open to school leavers under the age of 23 (on the 1st January 2018) who have completed an Irish Leaving Certificate or a Post Leaving Certificate (PLC) course.

In addition to meeting the minimum entry requirements for the course, REACH applicants are assessed on their financial, social and cultural status.  The following are considered to assess eligibility:


  • Low family income
  • €45,790 or under (family with 4 children)
  • €50,325 or under (family with 5-7 children)
  • €54,630 or under (family with more than 8 children)
  • Enrolment in a DEIS School
  • Member of the Traveller Community


What is the Application Procedure?

1. Apply to CAO at by 1st February 2018.


2. Complete the REACH application form. 




3. Attach your supporting documents.


We need to access your family income so you will need to do one of the following:

  • Submit a P21 or Self Assessment Letter for 2016
  • Submit a Social Welfare Form for 2016 signed and stamped by a Social Welfare official
  • Submit a RP50 Notification of Redundancy or Retirement Lump Sum Letter for 2016
  • Submit Letter from TUSLA for Children in Care


4. Tick the box on the REACH form confirming you have applied for HEAR and submitted your supporting financial documentation through the CAO.

You do not need to submit documents if you have already submitted to HEAR.

5. Hand your completed form to your Guidance Counsellor who will submit it on your behalf to ITB along with a reference from your school/college


Completed REACH applications should be returned to:


Adrienne Harding

Access Officer,


Blanchardstown Road North,


D15 YV78


Closing Date


Completed REACH applications are to be submitted by:


Friday 20th April 2018 at 5pm - Applications Now Closed


Applications are assessed on the following:

  • The completed REACH application form with particular attention being paid to the personal statement
  • Total family income
  • Attendance at a DEIS School
  • The School/College reference
  • Leaving Certificate results, including meeting the minimum entry requirements for the relevant courses, (i.e. required number of passes, individual subject requirements), details of which are published in the institute’s prospectus and on this website.


Applicants will be notified of whether they are eligible for the REACH Programme in late June 2018  Successful candidates will be offered a place through the CAO in August 2018.



For queries regarding the 1916 Bursary Fund, please contact:

Bob O' Mhurcu

Academic Administration & Student Affairs Manager

Tel: 01 8851022  email:


The Technological University for Dublin Alliance are delighted to have been successful in securing 25 bursaries from the 1916 Bursary Fund scheme established by the Department of Education and Skills to support implementation of the National Plan for Equity of Access to Higher Education 2015-2019.



Who are the 1916 Bursaries targeted at?
The Bursaries are targeted at students who are from socio economically disadvantaged backgrounds (this is compulsory). However, the fund will be prioritised for those who are from both a socio economically disadvantaged background and from one or more of the following:
1. First time, mature student entrants;
2. Students with a disability - particularly students with a physical/mobility impairment, students are who deaf/hard of hearing and students who are blind or have a visual impairment;
3. Irish Travellers;
4. Further education award holders;
5. Lone parents in receipt of a means tested social welfare payment (at least 20% of the bursaries will be targeted at lone parents);
6. Ethnic minorities (including programme refugees);
7. Students who are or were in the Care of the State.

What is the value of a 1916 Bursary?
Each student who is awarded the 1916 Bursary will receive a bursary in the amount of €5,000 for each year of their undergraduate programme of study.

The bursary will be paid each year of the course up to a maximum of four years for full time students and six years for part time students as long as the recipient complies with the bursary guidelines and progresses to the next academic year of their course.

For example: Mary is a mature student from an area of socio-economic disadvantage and a lone parent. She is in first year engineering and receiving the Back to education allowance and other state support. Mary is eligible for to apply for the 1916 Bursary Fund and if she is successful she will receive €5,000 each year of her 4 year programme (total of €20,000)

Who can apply for a 1916 Bursary?
• Students who are socio-economically disadvantaged and who are from one of the socio economic groups that have low participation in higher education listed above;
• Student's household / family income must be less than €45,790. Applicants must be able to provide evidence of socio-economic disadvantage (i.e. membership of one or more of the categories listed below is not enough in itself).
• Students must be in year 1 of their (undergraduate) programme.
• Students must be attending a full-time or part-time course undergraduate course that:
o takes not less than two years to complete;
o on the successful completion of which a student is awarded a major higher education and training award at level 6 or above on the National Framework of Qualifications.
o Part-time students must be undertaking not less than 40 credits for the 17/18 academic year.

Who cannot apply for a 1916 Bursary?
• Students who meet the criteria but are in receipt of any other bursary, scholarship or award of similar description
• Students in 2nd, 3rd or 4th year cannot apply. This bursary is for current First Year students only
• Postgraduate students
• Students who have already received a qualification at the same level
• Students on a full-time or part-time undergraduate course in a publicly funded institution that takes less than two years to complete or on the successful completion of which a student is awarded a major higher education and training award at level 5 or below on the National Framework of Qualifications.
• Students whose income is assessed as over the maximum income limit, currently €45,790 gross for the family in 2016.
• Students paying non-EU fees

Can part-time students apply?
Part-time students may apply provided the student is registered on an undergraduate programme of not less than 2 years (undertaking not less than 40 credits for the 17/18 academic year)

How will applications be prioritised?
As it is expected that the number of applications will exceed the number of bursaries available, priority will be given to those applicants who can provide evidence of membership of more than one of the categories listed, the significance and impact of the socio economic disadvantage and the barriers experienced.

How will the decision be made?
A panel of 3 staff members for DIT, ITT and ITB will be established to review applications. Depending on the number of submissions the applicants may be invited to an informal meeting with Institute staff to discuss their application further.

The decision on the final recipients of the bursaries will be made by panel.

Applications for 2018 are now closed.

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Supports for Students with a Disability

The Access Service has a specific remit to promote opportunities at third level for learners with a disability.   Specific supports have been put in place for students with a disability.  Post-entry supports are provided through the Student Services Office.


Special Needs Applicants

In designing the ITB campus, we paid particular attention to access and how best to accommodate students with special needs. We encourage applications from students with special needs, regardless of any physical or sensory disability.

Applicants with special needs may be eligible to receive a reduction in points for entry to courses subject to places being available. This is our own version of the recently established Disability Access Route to Education (DARE) Scheme which we have operated for many years and allows us to assess our own applicants on an individual basis. To be considered for this special scheme, applicants must still satisfy the minimum entry and subject requirements.

The process is simple – apply through the CAO and under the Disability/Specific Learning Difficulty section tick the “yes” box to confirm you have a disability or specific learning difficulty. Then complete the Supplementary Information Form and submit your medical documents directly to the CAO. Applicants can be assured that disclosure of a disability or specific learning difficulty is required solely to enable ITB to support access to higher education. Offers of places to applicants in this category are made by the CAO in the normal way in Round 1.

Every attempt is made to facilitate students with special needs and to provide special equipment and supports where ITB budgets allow. The supports available include provision of, and training in, assistive technology, access to the Assistive Technology Centre in the library, mentoring programme and academic support. A dyslexia support specialist is currently available to ITB students.

Special arrangements can be made for students with special needs at examination time, provided sufficient notice is given. These arrangements can include the provision of a separate room to take examinations, the availability of an individual to read examination questions, the provision of additional time in which to complete your examinations, the provision of a scribe, taping your examinations etc.

Offers of places to students in this category are made by CAO in the normal way.

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