QQI Level 6 Special Needs Assisting is Delivered Through the Following Channels:

Course Overview

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Qualifications:

QQI Level 6 Special Needs Assisting Component Certificate 6N1957

Are you interested in becoming a Special Needs Assistant? The College of Progressive Education’s QQI Level 6 Minor Award Special Needs Assisting is a qualification that will allow you to work as a special needs assistant in a variety of settings. The purpose of this module is to equip the learner with competence in the theory and practice underpinning the education and care of those who present with special educational needs. This SNA course aims to enable the learner to assist in the provision of this education and care. Learners are required to undertake 30 hours of work experience which will add value to their overall learning experience. This SNA course places focus on Irish legislation and educational options for children with additional needs.

Upon completing this course, you will hold 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.

 

Course Content:

On this QQI SNA Course Level 6, 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 disabilities. You will learn how to implement Individual Education Plans (IEP’s) and individual behaviour Plans (IBP’s) and introduce exercises that teach the child to look after themselves and their property which ultimately encourages independence, respect, self-esteem, and responsibility. 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.

Modules of this course include:

  • Record Keeping
  • Disability Awareness
  • Equal Opportunities
  • Integration and Inclusion
  • Irish Legislation – EPSEN Act
  • Individual Education Plans (IEP’s)
  • Educational Provisions
  • Drama, Music
  • General Learning Difficulties

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.

 

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.

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

 

Assessments/Examinations:

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.

 

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

Online

LocationStartDelivery Access
AnywhereAnytimeOnline6 months to complete

Blended Online

LocationCut-OffStartsDelivery
NationwideOpen for EnrolingSpring 2022Recorded Classes and Live Webinars

Part-Time

LocationCut-OffStartsDayTime Delivery
ArtaneOpen for EnrolingSpring 2022Tuesday6.30 pm – 9.30 pm15 Evenings
BlackrockOpen for EnrolingSpring 2022Tuesday6.30 pm – 9.30 pm15 Evenings
EnnisOpen for EnrolingSpring 2022Tuesday6.30 pm – 9.30 pm15 Evenings
CastlebarOpen for EnrolingSpring 2022Tuesday6.30 pm – 9.30 pm15 Evenings
CavanOpen for EnrolingSpring 2022Tuesday6.30 pm – 9.30 pm15 Evenings
Cork MahonOpen for EnrolingSpring 2022Tuesday6.30 pm – 9.30 pm15 Evenings
Cork WiltonOpen for EnrolingSpring 2022Wednesday6.30 pm – 9.30 pm15 Evenings
Dublin 2 City Centre Open for EnrolingSpring 2022Tuesday6.30 pm – 9.30 pm15 Evenings
GalwayOpen for EnrolingSpring 2022Tuesday6.30 pm – 9.30 pm15 Evenings
KilkennyOpen for EnrolingSpring 2022Tuesday6.30 pm – 9.30 pm15 Evenings
KillarneyOpen for EnrolingSpring 2022Tuesday6.30 pm – 9.30 pm15 Evenings
LetterkennyOpen for EnrolingSpring 2022Tuesday6.30 pm – 9.30 pm15 Evenings
NavanOpen for EnrolingSpring 2022Tuesday6.30 pm – 9.30 pm15 Evenings
RoscommonOpen for EnrolingSpring 2022Tuesday6.30 pm – 9.30 pm15 Evenings
SligoOpen for EnrolingSpring 2022Tuesday6.30 pm – 9.30 pm15 Evenings
TallaghtOpen for EnrolingSpring 2022Tuesday6.30 pm – 9.30 pm15 Evenings
TraleeOpen for EnrolingSpring 2022Tuesday6.30 pm – 9.30 pm15 Evenings
WicklowOpen for EnrolingSpring 2022Tuesday6.30 pm – 9.30 pm15 Evenings

*Course includes 6 recorded lectures

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