Course Code: 5N1786 / 5N2396 / 6N1957

Course Delivery:

Why Choose our Online Blended Course?

Our SNA Blended/Online Course is delivered through live online webinars, pre-recorded lectures, and classroom skill demonstrations sessions. Delivered in this way learning is interactive, flexible, and personalised.

Learners will be in contact with their course tutor throughout the programme. Our tutors are available and responsive via phone and email, ensuring learners are not left on their own and they receive the support needed throughout the duration of their course.

Learners will also receive support from our academic team who are available to answer any questions learners might have or to assist them if they experience difficulty in accessing course materials.


Progressive College's QQI Level 5 & Level 6 Minor Award Special Needs Assisting Course is a qualification that will allow you to work as a special needs assistant. This combined SNA Blended Online course consists of three modules: Special Needs Assisting (Level 5 5N1786), Children with Additional Needs (Level 5 5N2396), and Special Needs Assisting (Level 6 6N1957). This course provides the learner with an in-depth understanding of children with additional needs, the role of an special needs assistant, and Irish Legislation.

The SNA Online Blended course is completed through pre-recorded and live online webinars. Learners will have support through contact with their online blended learning tutor by phone and by email throughout the duration of the course. This course consists of three component certificates: QQI Level 5 Children with Additional Needs, QQI Level 5 Special Needs Assisting and QQI Level 6 Special Needs Assisting.

Completing this SNA course will ensure you gain valuable insight from all three modules which makes you stand out when seeking employment. Upon completing this course, you will hold a QQI Level 5 & Level 6 Minor Award in Special Needs Assisting enabling 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 Fee Information:

Pay In Full – €650

Pay In Installments – €745

(€150 deposit & 3 monthly instalments paid consecutively of €198.33 starting when the course begins)




The course aims to develop skills, knowledge and understanding of the role of the Special Needs Assistant and promote good practice among those working in the school system. 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.

SKU: N/A Category:

Entry Requirements & Assessments


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

Alternative assessments are in place to facilitate students who are unable to find placement due to current L5 COVID19 restrictions.

Course Content

During this 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. Learners will also explore different activities that promote physical, social, emotional and intellectual development in children with a variety of disabilities. This course will explore the role of the Multi-Disciplinary Teams to ensue integration, inclusion, and equal opportunities. This SNA Online Blended Course also includes an overview of the primary and secondary school curriculum.

Modules of this course includes:

  • 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 considerable 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.

Location & date:

Location Enrollment Deadline Starts Delivery
Online Open for Enrolling 21st April 2021 Recorded Classes & Live Webinars