Understanding Special Needs: QQI Level 5

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Live Online, 18:30-21:30, from Monday 27 September for 10 weeks. €165* (€123 conc.)

The aim of this award is to provide the learner with the background knowledge, skills and competence required to work effectively, under direction, in a special needs setting.

Online Classes

EnrolmentNow enrolling for Online classes.
Times18:30 to 21:30
Duration10 Weeks
StartingMonday, 27 September 2021
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 here before Monday, 13 September 2021.


QQI 5N1709 Understanding Special Needs, Level 5 (part of 5M4468)

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the concept of a need in relation to disability.
  • Identify relevant international policy relating to individuals with special needs.
  • Identify a range of special needs conditions and impairments.
  • Outline a range of causes, diagnosis and prognosis of the different conditions and impairments.
  • Interpret current legislation relating to special needs provision and identify the main points of the legislation.
  • Interpret the current national policies relating to special needs provision and identify the main policy implications.
  • Compile a list of local and national resources, services and facilities available to individuals with special needs.
  • Devise strategies for the promotion of good practice within a special needs setting.
  • Examine the history of special needs service provision in Ireland to date.
  • Understand the emotional and practical implications of having a family member with special needs.
  • Explain the common terms and language used in the area of disability with due regard to contemporary best practice in the use of language in this field.
  • Describe the roles of support staff including childcare workers and special needs assistants in the context of special needs.
  • Describe the roles of the interdisciplinary team members and professionals in the context of individuals with special needs.
  • Describe the different learning and therapy programmes provided by professionals in the area of special needs.

Official QQI specifications and assessment breakdown: QQI 5N1709 Understanding Special Needs, Level 5

Course Requirements

Course Costs

Course costs already include QQI certification.

Grant Funding

Courses can be free for Social Welfare or PUP recipients with the Training Support Grant (up to €1,000 per year).

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