Special Needs Assistant Course QQI 5

The Special Needs Assistant Course will give the learner the necessary skills and knowledge to work as an SNA with children who have special needs in a variety of settings including mainstream primary, post primary schools, and Special needs schools.


QQI National Vocational Certificate Level 5 in Community Health Services

Work Experience

Work Experience is integral part of this course. There is a requirement for 120 hours work experience in a Special Needs setting.

Course Content

  • Special Needs Assisting
  • Intellectual Disability Studies
  • Children with Additional Needs
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Care Support
  • Safety and Health at Work
  • Work Experience
  • Communications


Career Opportunities

Primary and Secondary Schools as well as specialist schools employ Special Needs Assistants to work in a variety of educational settings. Students may progress to participating Higher Education Institutions (HEI’s) through the QQI Higher Education Links such as Early Childhood Care & Education Level 7& 8 and Applied Social Care Level 7 &8