Project Description

Special Needs Assistant

PLSS Code: 283680
Coordinator: S O’Connell

Special Needs Assistant is a purposely designed course to prepare you for work as a Special Needs Assistant (SNA) in a variety of educational contexts, and community care settings.

Our course explores a wide range of knowledge and practical skills attributes that support a productive career in this highly rewarding field. You will be able to prepare for a career as a Special Needs Assistants in primary and secondary school classrooms or special schools, assisting children with everyday practical tasks.

This course can provide you with access directly to employment, and it also serves as a platform for further study in applied social studies, social care and early childhood care and education.

What Makes This Course Special

  • Professional training qualification
  • High-level practical skills training
  • Detailed underpinning knowledge
  • Expert teaching team
  • Includes essential additional qualifications
  • Excellent progression routes

Course Content

  • Care Provision & Practice
  • Equality & Disability
  • Human Growth & Development
  • Intellectual Disability Studies
  • Safety & Health at Work
  • Special Needs Assisting
  • Work Experience
  • Communications

Special Needs Assistant (SNA) in:

  • Primary Schools
  • Secondary Schools
  • Special School
  • Day Care Centre
  • Residential Care Settings
  • Personal Assistant

Entry Requirements

Standard entry requirements.

QQI Level 5 Certificate in Community Care 5M2786
Pre-hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC) First Aid Responder
Patient Lifting
Manual Handling

Standard registration and QQI L5 exam costs (see costs, fees and finance)
PHECC First Aid Responder €150
Patient Lifting/Manual Handling €50
Lámh Sign Language €90

Extra Qualifications
Lámh Sign Language €75 average price

Garda Vetting
See the Garda Vetting details on the Entry Requirements Page

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Early Interview Option