Remote Learning, 18:30-21:30, from Tuesday 30 April for 10 weeks.  €175* (€123 conc.)

Special Needs Assisting QQI Level 5 Certificate 5N1786

The purpose of this course is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence in the practices and principles underpinning the role of a Special Needs Assistant to enable the learner to work effectively under direction in a special needs capacity.

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Times18:30 to 21:30
Duration10 Weeks
StartingTuesday 30 April 2024
 Assessment All assessment online
Live video-conferencing on Google Meet, email tutor support, free Google Docs and Microsoft Office Online, study notes and course materials online on Moodle.
How do online classes work?
*€165.00 with online discount, €122.50 for Social Welfare/PUP, €122.50 for Old Age Pension recipients, €105.00 for current and just graduated Mallow campus day students, FREE on the Training Support Grant.
DeadlineEnrol Online before Monday 29 April



QQI 5N1786 Special Needs Assisting, Level 5 (part of 5M4468, 5M2009)

Learning Outcomes

  • Explore the role and responsibilities, qualities and skills of the Special Needs Assistant (SNA).
  • Examine the relevant legislation in relation to disability.
  • Explore the rights of children with disabilities in relation to personal autonomy, participation and decision making.
  • Relate effectively and appropriately to children who present with additional needs.
  • To enable the learner to select and apply care routines in feeding, toileting and general hygiene.
  • Maintain appropriate relationships with children, parents, primary carers, teachers and other members of the multi-disciplinary team.
  • To assist the learner in working effectively with children who present with disabilities under the direction of the classroom teacher.
  • Assist children with disabilities in a range of activities, ensuring equality of opportunity through working in a safe and professional manner.

Official QQI specifications and assessment breakdown: QQI 5N1786 Special Needs Assisting, Level 5

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Course Costs

Course costs already include QQI certification.

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