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Special Needs Assistant (SNA) Courses – QQI Level 5 & 6

Our accredited QQI Level 5 & 6 Special Needs Assistant (SNA) Courses offers flexibility, perfect for those wishing to work as a Special Needs Assistant.

Our faculty has been delivering SNA courses and training in this sector for twenty years. Our QQI accredited SNA courses are for those interested in gaining knowledge or pursuing a career in Special Needs Education.

The College of Progressive Education’s QQI Level 5 & 6 SNA courses are a qualification that will allow you to work as a special needs assistant. For example, this can be in hospitals, care homes, and primary and secondary schools.

Our course approximately runs for 20 weeks. We require 30 – 60 hours of work experience to give you practical experience. As a result, this enhances your overall learning. Our courses offer one-on-one tutor support. We promise our students accessible and affordable courses. Furthermore, you can choose between classroom-based courses or blended learning for greater flexibility.

With the introduction of the special needs assistants in schools, the children are now able to meet their full potential. This is due to the additional support the special needs assistant can provide to students within their care. As a result, we believe that only proper education results to the most positive learning experiences. This can be done by developing the SNA’s confidence and independence.

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


What does a Special Needs Assistant (SNA) Do?

SNAs play an important role in assisting the teacher. They support students with special educational needs who have significant care needs. Moreover, they are allocated to the school and work under the direction of the principal/teachers.


Why choose our SNA course?

This QQI Level 5 & 6 SNA qualification courses provides you with a chance to learn from experts in special needs education. Additionally, our tutors provide the course unparalleled insights with the depth of their experience and passion for teaching. The College of Progressive Education’s special needs course allows students to understand how to support children with learning, physical, or behavioural needs.

Our SNA courses have developed over time to fit changing needs. So, we ensure our graduates have the most comprehensive skills. Our goal is to provide positive learning experiences for any child with special needs. With the introduction of the SNA in schools, children can now fully meet their potential. This is thanks to the additional support the SNA provides to children within their care.


Who will you learn from?

Our faculty has been delivering training and courses in the SNA sector for over twenty years. In effect, you receive great quality alongside a positive learning experience.

All of our tutors are qualified in their field and have a wealth of experience in the sector. Above all, they are passionate about the benefits a special needs assistant can provide on a child’s development. Our tutors are eager to share their knowledge and experience with you.


What are the expected learning outcomes of this course?

By the end of this SNA Course, learners should be able to do the following:

  1. Explore and understand the roles and responsibilities of the Special Needs Assistant
  2. Examine relevant theories, skills, and processes relevant to curriculum implementation
  3. Examine relevant legislation in relation to disability
  4. Relate effectively and appropriately to children who present with additional needs
  5. Organise learning opportunities in order to promote independence and responsibility
  6. Work effectively with children who present with disabilities under the direction of the classroom teacher
  7. Assist children with disabilities in a range of activities
  8. Assess the various educational options available in Ireland for people with special educational needs

Who will recognise this qualification?

After completing our courses, you will hold a QQI accredited award in Special Needs Assisting. This allows you to work as an SNA. Consequently, this course is an essential introduction to the role of an SNA. The course includes the different theories in special needs education that will prepare you for your work or further studies.