Special Needs Assistant Training Combined Course – QQI Level 5



QQI Level 5 Special Needs Assistant Training  / 5N1786

QQI Level 5 Children with Additional Needs  / 5N2396

Progressive College’s QQI Level 5 SNA Course Minor Award is a qualification that will allow you to work as a special needs assistant in a variety of settings including Primary and Secondary schools. This QQI Level 5 SNA course consists of two-component certificates. These are the QQI Level 5 Children with Additional Needs module and QQI level 5 Special Needs Assisting module. The course is designed to meet the training needs of those working or volunteering as a Special Needs Assistant.

The purpose of this course is to equip the learner with the competence to work effectively, under guidance, with children with additional needs. This course includes topics such as physical disabilities, specific and general learning disabilities, hearing, and visual impairments, and medical conditions. This SNA course provides the learner with the knowledge and understanding of the context of special needs, associated issues, and approaches used.

Upon completing this course, you will hold a QQI Level 5 Minor Award in Special Needs Assisting, allowing you to work as a special needs assistant. This course is an essential introduction to the role of an SNA and theories in special needs education. This Level 5 SNA Course will prepare you for QQI Level 6 Minor award in special needs assisting, should you wish to further your studies.

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:

During this Level 5 SNA 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 and how a range of activities can promote physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development in children with additional disabilities. 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 our QQI Level 5 Special Needs Assistant Training include:

  • The Role of the Special Needs Assistant
  • Theories of Learning and Behaviour
  • Physical and Intellectual Disabilities
  • Communication and Language Disabilities
  • Child Protection
  • Equal Opportunities
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Speech & Language Disorders
  • Assisting with toileting, feeding, and general hygiene

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:

As per QQI requirements, if you wish to use previously achieved modules to complete your Major Award, then they must have been achieved within the last five years.  You must provide the College with copies of these certificates in order to go forward for certification once you have completed your programme of training with us.

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

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.

SKU: 5N1786 / 5N2396 Category: