2. Course Details



This chapter examines new entrant respondents to the EAS with a disability by:

  • entry basis
  • field of study
  • institute attended

28.3% of new entrants with a disability enter through DARE

Figure 9 shows the percentage of new entrants by entry basis. Overall, 70.4% of new entrants in 2021/22 enter through second level school leaving exams (HEA Key Facts & Figures, 2022). This is the most common entry basis for new entrants.

Of those who state they have a disability, 42.2% enter through second level school leaving exams, while 28.3% enter through DARE. A further 8.7% enter through a Further Education Award or Equivalent.

Figure 9. Percentage of new entrants by entry basis

9. EB

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Arts & Humanities is the most common field of study for new entrants with a disability

Figure 10 shows the percentage of new entrants by field of study. Overall, the common fields of study for all new entrants in 2021/22 are Business, Administration & Law (18.8%), Arts & Humanities (18.4%) and Health & Welfare (15.0%).

Of those who state they have a disability, Arts & Humanities is the most common field of study, with more than one in four choosing to study Arts & Humanities.

Arts & Humanities tends to be a more common choice amongst those who state a disability (25.6% versus 17.3%), while Business, Administration & Law is a less common choice amongst those who state a disability (14.4% versus 19.3%).

Figure 10. Percentage of new entrants by field of study

10. FOS

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IADT has the highest proportion of new entrants who state they have a disability 

Figure 11 shows the percentage of new entrants who state they have a disability by higher education institution attended. Overall, 17.8% of new entrants in 2021/22 state they have a disability. This is highest in IADT, where 35.3% state they have a disability, followed by NCAD at 35.1%.

Figure 11. Percentage of new entrants who state they have a disability by HEI

11. HEI

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