QQI Level 5 Special Needs Assisting is Delivered Through the Following Channels:

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QQI Level 5 Special Needs Assisting  / 5N1786


Entry Requirements:

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

Applicants will also be required to obtain 30 hours work placement.


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.


Timetable For Each Delivery Channel


LocationStartDelivery Access
AnywhereAnytimeOnline6 months to complete

Blended Online

NationwideOpen for EnrolingSpring 2022Recorded Classes and Live Webinars
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