Access Routes

Flexible Pathways to Third Level Education

Home / Access-routes

Ruth Daly 251
St Patrick’s Pontifical University works to encourage under-represented groups to go to University and to support them to reach their full potential. Support Services are provided to facilitate transition into Higher Education in order that everyone might have the opportunity to flourish in their personal and academic life.

- Ruth Daly - Schools' Liaison Officer


Students of St Patrick's Pontifical University, Maynooth are entitled to all the resources available at Maynooth University and Campus.

Click on the links below to get the information you need.


This is a college and university admissions scheme which offers places on reduced points and extra college support to school leavers from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds. HEAR Applicants must meet a range of financial, social and cultural indicators to be considered for a reduced points place and extra college support.

Click Here for More Information

This is a college and university admissions scheme which offers places on reduced points to school leavers with disabilities. DARE is for school leavers who have the ability to benefit from and succeed in higher education, but who may not be able to meet the points for their preferred course due to the impact of a disability or ongoing illness.

Click Here for More Information

This admissions route is for people aged 23 or over who may not have achieved their full potential in previous education or who have been out of education for some time. All Maynooth College courses are open to mature applicants. The selection processes comprise of either interview only or written assessment/interview. The selection process involves referral to mature summer courses in academic writing and mathematics, where required.

Click Here for More Information

The Maynooth Access Office

If you live outside Ireland, check out our dedicated area for international students.

Let’s talk

For Undergraduate queries: email

For Postgraduate queries: email

For The Centre for Mission & Ministries queries, email: