Special Needs Assistant
QQI Level 5 Part time, one day a week
To provide the learner with an introduction to the theory and practice of working as a Special Needs Assistant in the Primary, Secondary or Pre-school system with a child with special needs.
- Special Needs Assisting (5N1786)
- Understanding Special Needs (5N1709)
Part time (1 morning per week 9.10am – 1.30pm)
Leaving Certificate/Leaving Certificate Applied or QQI/ FETAC Level 4. Mature students with relevant life or work experience. All candidates will be interviewed individually. The Department of Education & Skills in accordance with Circular 0021/2011 requires a minimum of 3 grade Ds in the Junior Certificate or equivalent in order to work as a Special Needs Assistant in a school.
Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to take an assessment in English to establish the most suitable level of study for them.
Work Experience is an essential part of this course. Garda Vetting is required and will be organised through the college.
QQI Level 5 Component Certificate.
Students can build up modules over a number of years to achieve full certification at Level 5. Successful completion of the course will enable learners to enter employment as a Special Needs Assistant (Provided they meet the Department of Education & Skills regulations). Learners can also progress onto QQI courses in related fields.
Students who have successfully completed the course have gained employment as SNAs in Primary and Secondary schools.