Special Needs Assistant

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. You will be able to prepare for a career as a Special Needs Assistant in primary and secondary school classrooms or special schools, supporting 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 and Practice
  • Equality and Disability
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Intellectual Disability Studies
  • Safety and Health at Work
  • Special Needs Assisting
  • Work Experience
  • Communications

Special Needs Assistant (SNA) in:

  • Primary Schools
  • Secondary Schools
  • Special Schools
  • Other educational contexts
  • Home and Residential Care Settings


Entry Requirements


  • QQI Level 5 Certificate in Community Care 5M2786
  • Patient Lifting and Manual Handling


  • All course fees, from registration to exams and awarding body fees as well as course materials and equipment are covered.

    (see costs, fees and finance)


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

PLSS Code: 415752
Coordinator: Siobhan O’Connell

Course is subject to minimum enrolment. The programme content shown is indicative and is subject to change according to Awarding Body requirements as well as enrolment and resources.