Special Needs Assisting QQI level 5


Level 5 Component Code 5N1786 – Certified by QQI

Course Description:

This course is being run in Malahide Community School and in conjunction with Clane Community School which is a registered QQI course provider.

All Face to Face classes will take place in Malahide Community School

For people who wish to pursue a career in working with children with special needs as an assistant within an educational setting. 

The Special Needs Assisting Course aims to: 

  • Ensure adequate training of the Special Needs Assistant. 
  • Promote understanding of the role of Special Needs Assistant in the classroom. 
  • Equip the Special Needs Assistant with the necessary skills and knowledge for a rewarding career. 

Work Experience: 

Candidates will have to complete at least 30 hours working with the individuals with Special Needs under the age of 18 in an educational setting, or similar during the course. This work experience may be of a paid or voluntary nature. 

Entry Requirements: 

Candidates who do not currently work in this area must be prepared to undertake the work experience outlined above. Junior Certificate level is usually required including English, Irish and Math. All learners must be fluent English speakers. 

This may lead to a major award in Early Childhood Care and Education Code 5M2009

Course Day & Time: Thursday Evening 7.00 –  9.30pm

Start Date: 23/09/21 (note course schedule is 10 weeks pre Christmas and 6 weeks post Christmas)

Cost: €360 (Payment Plan Option, 3 payments of €120)

Course Format: Face to Face in class with tutor and remotely via Zoom should it be deemed necessary by the tutor or per HSE guidance.

Duration: 16 weeks


Note: Depending on advice from the Government regarding  Covid-19 restrictions we may need to switch to online classes at short notice. Thus you will need access to a PC / Laptop to take part in online learning. 

SNA QQI Level 5

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