• Delivered Online, Blended Online and Classroom
  • Blended option is delivered through live online classes & pre-recorded content
  • Choose to sign up with a deposit on our Instalment Plan options

Prices Starting At €495

(Full Course Price – Individual Modules Also Available)

Blended Online

Delivered through live online webinars, pre-recorded lectures, and access to associated reading material.

  • Live & fully online
  • Archived for review
  • Live interaction with the Lecturer
  • Starts 10th October 2023
  • 15 Weeks
  • Single module options available

Price from €575

(Instalment Price: €690)


A flexible online approach developed to allow you to learn at your own pace.

  • Fully online
  • Pre Recorded
  • Start Anytime
  • Suit your own Schedule
  • Access 20 Weeks
  • Single module options available

Price from €495

During this Level 5 SNA Course, you will learn about development and learning in children with special needs and about the role of an SNA.

You will learn about child development and behaviour theories and how a range of activities can promote physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development in children with additional disabilities.

You will develop the capacity to work and communicate effectively with parents, families, colleagues, and other professionals to safeguard, support, and promote children’s learning, development, and well-being.

SNA Level 5 Programme Syllabus – 5N1786

  • History of Special Needs in Ireland
  • The role of the Special Needs Assistant
  • Medical Conditions
  • Communication
  • Confidentiality
  • Working as part of a Multidisciplinary Team
  • Professionalism & Accountability
  • Legislation
  • Health & Safety

Children with Additional Needs Programme Syllabus – 5N2396

  • Child Development
  • Physical Disabilities
  • General Learning Difficulties
  • Specific Learning Difficulties
  • Hearing & Visual Impairments
  • Understanding & Managing Difficult Behaviour
  • Theories of Learning & Behaviour
  • Communication & Language Development

All our tutors are highly qualified in their field and have a wealth of experience in the field of special needs education. Our tutors are extremely supportive to all learners who are new in their journey in the area of special needs assisting.

QQI Level 5 Special Needs Assistant Training  / 5N1786

QQI Level 5 Children with Additional Needs  / 5N2396

Progressive College’s QQI Level 5 SNA Course Minor Award is a qualification that will allow you to work as a special needs assistant in a variety of settings including Primary and Secondary schools. This QQI Level 5 SNA course consists of two-component certificates. These are the QQI Level 5 Children with Additional Needs module and QQI level 5 Special Needs Assisting module. The course is designed to meet the training needs of those working or volunteering as a Special Needs Assistant.

The purpose of this course is to equip the learner with the competence to work effectively, under guidance, with children with additional needs. This course includes topics such as physical disabilities, specific and general learning disabilities, hearing, and visual impairments, and medical conditions. This SNA course provides the learner with the knowledge and understanding of the context of special needs, associated issues, and approaches used.

Upon completing this course, you will hold a QQI Level 5 Minor Award in Special Needs Assisting, allowing you to work as a special needs assistant. This course is an essential introduction to the role of an SNA and theories in special needs education. This Level 5 SNA Course will prepare you for QQI Level 6 Minor award in special needs assisting, should you wish to further your studies.

Budget 2020 has allocated around €11 billion pumped into education, allowing the creation of 1,000 new Special Needs Assistant jobs in Ireland. Read more about the news here.

As per QQI requirements, if you wish to use previously achieved modules to complete your Major Award, then they must have been achieved within the last five years.  You must provide the College with copies of these certificates in order to go forward for certification once you have completed your programme of training with us.

The minimum age is 17 Years. All learners must have a good standard of English.

Currently, the Department of Education and Science stipulates that all those gaining full-time employment in schools must have at least 3 passes at Junior Certificate or equivalent.

Continuous Assessment

You will be required to complete 30 hours of work experience. This will give you hands-on practical experience and enhance your overall learning experience. You will be required to secure your own work placement.


Pick Your Location. 4 Locations to choose fRom.

  • Open for Enroling
  • 26th September 2023
  • Wednesday
  • 6.30 pm – 9.30 pm
  • 20 Weeks

*Course includes 6 recorded lectures

  • Open for Enroling
  • 26th September 2023
  • Wednesday
  • 6.30 pm – 9.30 pm
  • 20 Weeks

*Course includes 6 recorded lectures

  • Open for Enroling
  • 26th September 2023
  • Wednesday
  • 6.30 pm – 9.30 pm
  • 20 Weeks

*Course includes 6 recorded lectures

  • Open for Enroling
  • 26th September 2023
  • Wednesday
  • 6.30 pm – 9.30 pm
  • 20 Weeks

*Course includes 6 recorded lectures


Course Award

QQI supports learners at each stage of their learning journey, whether by issuing and replacing QQI Award certificates, verifying existing qualifications such as FETAC or HETAC awards, or advising on the move to higher education.

As the national awarding body for further education and training and most private higher education providers, QQI works in partnership with providers and stakeholders to develop and maintain award standards. Along with offering guidance on certifying awards and verifying qualifications, we maintain searchable databases of QQI-validated programmes and CAS awards and support the recognition of prior learning, and access, transfer and progression pathways.

Corporate Training

Progressive College can provide bespoke training over 3 – 4 days, please contact kevin.coyne@citygroup.ie for further details.

Garda Vetting

Garda Vetting is a legal requirement under the National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Acts 2012 to 2016 for the vetting of persons carrying out work with children or vulnerable persons.

Students must complete the Garda Vetting process before commencing work placement.

Students who have spent more than 6 months living outside of Ireland will need to provide a copy of their Police Clearance Certification for all international addresses that they have lived at, before starting placement.

Why Progressive College?

Online/Blended Learning

All courses are delivered online/blended learning method

Classroom/Face-To-Face Classes

All courses are delivered in a classroom and part-time setting

QQI Accredited

QQI Accredited Online Course delivered either Online, In-Class, or Blended

Payment Plans Available

Choose to pay in full or sign up with with our available instalment plans


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International Partnerships

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