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.
Are you interested in becoming a Special Needs Assistant? The College of Progressive Education’s QQI Level 6 Minor Award Special Needs Assisting Course is a qualification that will allow you to work as a special needs assistant in different settings. The purpose of this module is to equip the learner with the 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 Level 6 places focus on Irish legislation and educational options for children with additional needs.
You will attend class one evening a week from 6.30pm to 9.30pm for 5 evenings. This course offers flexibility that allows you to fit learning around your busy working and family life. The course also includes 3 recorded specific topic lectures.
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 Fee Information:
Pay In Full – €495
Pay In Instalments – €595
(€150 deposit & 2 monthly payments paid consecutively of €222.50 starting when the course begins)
The course fee is already inclusive all documentation, lecturing, learner registration, and QQI certification fees. There are no other fees to pay.
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 and how a range of activities can promote physical, social, emotional and intellectual development in children with learning, physical and behavioural disabilities.
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 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 a wealthy 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.
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.
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 and to be garda vetted.
Alternative assessments are in place to facilitate students who are unable to find placement due to current L5 COVID19 restrictions.
Location & date:
|Artane||March 2021||30th March 2021||Tuesday||6.30pm-9.30pm||5 Weeks|
|Castlebar||March 2021||30th March 2021||Tuesday||6.30pm-9.30pm||5 Weeks|
|Cavan||March 2021||30th March 2021||Tuesday||6.30pm-9.30pm||5 Weeks|
|Cork (Bandon)||March 2021||30th March 2021||Tuesday||6.30pm-9.30pm||5 Weeks|
|Cork (Mahon)||March 2021||30th March 2021||Tuesday||6.30pm-9.30pm||5 Weeks|
|Cork (Fermoy)||March 2021||30th March 2021||Tuesday||6.30pm-9.30pm||5 Weeks|
|Cork (Wilton)||March 2021||30th March 2021||Tuesday||6.30pm-9.30pm||5 Weeks|
|Dublin 2 CC||March 2021||30th March 2021||Tuesday||6.30pm-9.30pm||5 Weeks|
|Ennis||March 2021||30th March 2021||Tuesday||6.30pm-9.30pm||5 Weeks|
|Kilkenny||March 2021||30th March 2021||Tuesday||6.30pm-9.30pm||5 Weeks|
|Navan||March 2021||30th March 2021||Tuesday||6.30pm-9.30pm||5 Weeks|
|Sligo||March 2021||30th March 2021||Tuesday||6.30pm-9.30pm||5 Weeks|
|Tallaght||March 2021||30th March 2021||Tuesday||6.30pm-9.30pm||5 Weeks|
|Tralee||March 2021||30th March 2021||Tuesday||6.30pm-9.30pm||5 Weeks|
|Wicklow||March 2021||30th March 2021||Tuesday||6.30pm-9.30pm||5 Weeks|
*Includes 2 hours of recorded lectures