Course Description

QQI level 6 Special Needs Assistant – Distance Learning

Portobello Institute



Are you interested in Special Needs Assistant? This distance learning course is suited to anyone who has an interest in Special Needs Education, whether to pursue it as a career or use the knowledge for personal or family reasons. Portobello Institute’s QQI Level 6 Minor Award Special Needs Assisting is a qualification that will allow you to work as a special needs assistant in schools, hospitals and care homes. During this 3-month course you will acquire not only knowledge but empathy and understanding crucial to your future role as support to persons needing assistance in their learning. You will also be required to complete 20 hours of work experience enabling you to get practical experience to compliment your studies. These factors, together with the one to one tutorial support, offer you a course that is accessible, affordable and achievable.

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. 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.

Portobello Institute’s QQI level 6 Minor Award in Special Needs Assisting gives you the opportunity to learn from a range of experts all of whom are passionate about the field of special needs education. They bring their insight, depth of experience and passion for teaching to this course. Portobello Institute’s Special need course will learn to support and understand the process by which a child with learning, physical or behavioural needs learns. This qualification will allow you to work alongside a in a school as well as care settings.


Course Code DLSNFL618
College Name Portobello Institute
Course Category Education, Special Needs Assistant Training
Course Type Distance Learning
Course Qualification Level 5 Certificate
Course Location Ireland
Location Postcode Dublin 1
Course Start Date 24th September 2019
Course End Date 19th December 2019
Course Fee 595
Course Duration 3 months
Course Times This distance learning course is completed over 3 months through Portobello Institute’s online platform. The course materials can be accessed online and can be downloaded to read in your own. You will also be assigned a personal tutor for the duration of the course who will help you with any challenges you may encounter and will offer feedback on assignments.Work Experience ProgrammeAs part of this course you must complete 20 hours of work experience in an SNA setting. This gives you the opportunity to put into practice the exercises and skills you will have learned during the programme. You will have the opportunity by using these skills to stimulate, develop and guide the children under your direction to develop to their full potential. We aim to ensure you that have the opportunity to gain experience in a setting that is aligned with your career ambitions.
Awarding Body QQI
Title of Awarding QQI Level 6 Minor Award in Special Needs Assisting
Entry Requirements Entry to this course is by direct application to the college. Students must have gained QQI Level 5 Component Certificate Special Needs Assistant or equivalent. To access programmes leading to this award the learner should have reached the standards of knowledge, skill and competence associated with the preceding level of the National Framework of Qualifications. This may have been achieved through a formal qualification or through relevant life and work experience.
Career Path This qualification will allow you to work alongside a in a school as well as care settings.
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43 Lower Dominick Street, Dublin 1, Dublin, Republic of Ireland

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