Special Needs Assisting | SNA QQI Level 6

  • 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

Blended Online

Delivered through live online webinars, pre-recorded lectures, and access to associated reading material.
Price 375
  • Live & fully online
  • Archived for review
  • Live interaction with the Lecturer
  • Starts Tuesday 23rd April
  • 6 Weeks


A flexible online approach developed to allow you to learn at your own pace.
Price 295
  • Fully online
  • Pre Recorded
  • Start Anytime
  • Suit your own Schedule
  • Access 10 Weeks


Study in a classroom environment one evening a week.
Price 495
  • Study on-campus
  • Fully Interactive Class
  • 6 Weeks
  • Starts December 2024 in Dublin City Centre. Tallaght and Tralee
  • Starts Tuesday 21st May in Cork (Wilton)

Classroom Locations

Special Needs Assisting – QQI Level 6

On this QQI SNA Course Level 6, you will develop the knowledge, skills and competencies in the theory and practice underpinning the education and care of those who present with Special Educational Needs.  You will explore strategies to assist in the provision of this education and care.

You will develop an understanding of the importance and function of IEP’S/PPP’s and the role you play as part of a multi-disciplinary team.  You will critically evaluate the provision of education for those with Special Educational Needs, with reference to past and current legislation.

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.

  • Legislation and Assessment Procedures
  • Observation, Recording, Report Writing and Data Protection
  • Assistive Technology
  • Education Provision
  • Learning Styles and Task Analysis
  • Literacy Skills
  • Personal & Professional 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 6 Special Needs Assisting Component Certificate 6N1957

Upon successful completion of this course, you will achieve a QQI Level 6 Minor Award in Special Needs Assisting, allowing you to work as a special needs assistant.

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.

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.

Applicants should also indicate how they plan to obtain their work experience during the course if they are not already working in the area.

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.

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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