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 Adrienne.Harding@itb.ie.
Our Access Service co-ordinates the below programmes:
- REACH Access Programme
- Schools Programme
- Supports for Students with a Disability
- Special Needs Applicants
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 2017) 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
- Apply to CAO at www.cao.ie by 1st February 2017.
- Complete the REACH application. Forms are available from your Guidance Counsellor or can be downloaded from our website by clicking here.
- 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 2015
- Submit a Social Welfare Form for 2015 signed and stamped by a Social Welfare official
- Submit a RP50 Notification of Redundancy or Retirement Lump Sum Letter for 2015
- Submit Letter from TUSLA for Children in Care
- 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.
- 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
How will my application be assessed?
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.
How do I know if my application has been successful?
Applicants will be notified of whether they are eligible for the REACH Programme in late June 2017. Successful candidates will be offered a place through the CAO in August 2017.
Completed applications are to be submitted by 7th April 2017 at 5pm and returned to:
Blanchardstown Road North,
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Schools Taster Programme
ITB TASTER (Taste And See That Education Rewards) programme targets transition and 5th year students. The programme is designed to give the students an experience of attending a third level institute and expose them to the opportunities available.
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.
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.