The Higher Education Access Route (HEAR) 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 who have completed an Irish Leaving Certificate. HEAR has been set up by a number of colleges and universities as evidence shows that long-term poverty and unemployment can have a negative effect on how well a student does at school and whether they go on to college. HEAR applicants must meet a range of financial, social and cultural indicators to be considered for a reduced points place and extra college support. Insight Statistical Consulting has just completed an extensive occupational Socio Economic Group (SEG) coding exercise of applicants to third-level education through the Higher Education Access Route (HEAR). In addition, Insight also coded applicants entering higher education through the Trinity Access Programme (TAP), National University of Ireland (Galway) Access Service and Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) Access Service.