Course Description

Special Needs Assistant/Community Care Assistant (QQI Level 5)

Marino College



Course Title: Special Needs Assisting / Community Care Assistant (QQI Level 5 Community Care (5M2786) Component Award – 4 modules)

This course is designed for learners who wish to work as Special Needs Assistants (SNA) in schools and also in other care settings in the community. Learners will achieve FOUR QQI Level 5 Minor Awards on completion of Year 1.

Learners have the option to obtain a full Community Care (5M2786)  QQI Level 5 Major Award on completion of a second year.

Course Duration: September 2019 to May 2020

Monday;  6.30pm – 9.30pm  Marino College, Fairview  (Sep-Dec)  / Wednesday  6.30pm – 9.30pm Connolly                           House,  North Strand Rd (Jan-May)

*Please note day and venue may change and will be confirmed on Tuesday 11th September, 2018

Course Fee: €595 per year (This includes assessment registration with QQI)

Proposed Start Date:       Monday 16th  September 2019.

Course Structure:

Year 1:

  •  Special Needs Assisting (5N1786)
  •  Intellectual Disability Studies (5N1652)
  • Human Growth & Development (5N1279)
  • Safety & Health at Work (5N17)

Year 2:

  •  Communication (5N0690)
  •  Work Experience (5N1356)
  • Care Provision and Practice  (5N2705)
  • Special Needs Assisting QQI Level 6 (6N1957)

Certification:   QQI Level 5 Community Care (5M2786) Component Certification on successful completion of Year 1.   Full QQI Level 5 Community Care (5M2786) Major Award on successful completion of Year 2.

Students should be aware that year 2 will be offered subject to sufficient enrolments.

Participant Criteria:

Leaving Certificate standard or equivalent. However, applications will also be considered from people without these qualifications. 

Students are required to complete 50 hours of Work Experience PER TERM, which they must arrange themselves. Ideally, Work Experience should be done one day per week and must run for the full duration of the course (October / April).

Students must undergo Garda Vetting either through the College or directly through their work experience placement. Alternatively already have acquired Garda Vetting through their current place of related employment.

Applicants will be invited to attend an Induction Meeting with the course tutor prior to enrolment. This meeting will take place on Monday 9th or Tuesday 10th between 6.00p.m. and 8.00p.m.

Latest date for receipt of completed application forms is Monday 9th September 2019


Course Code 02
College Name Marino College
Course Category Education, Special Needs Assistant Training
Course Type Classroom Based
Course Location Marino, Dublin, Ireland
Location Postcode Dublin 3
Course Start Date 16th September 2019
Course End Date 11th May 2020
Course Fee €595 per anum
Course Duration One Year with option of second year for learners wishing to acquire a full QQI Level 5 Major Award
Course Times Monday 6.30 -9.30pm (Sept - Dec) in Marino College Fairview, Dublin 3 - evening to be confirmed Tuesday 11th Sept. 2018 Wednesday 6.30-9.30pm (Jan - May 19) in Marino College Connolly House, North Strand, Dublin 1
Awarding Body QQI
Title of Awarding Community Care QQI Level 5
Entry Requirements Participant Criteria: Leaving Certificate standard or equivalent. However, applications will also be considered from people without these qualifications. Students are required to complete 50 hours of Work Experience PER TERM, which they must arrange themselves. Ideally, Work Experience should be done one day per week and must run for the full duration of the course (October / April). Students must undergo Garda Vetting either through the College or directly through their work experience placement. Alternatively already have acquired Garda Vetting through their current place of related employment. Applicants will be invited to attend an Induction Meeting with the course tutor prior to enrolment. This meeting will take place on Monday 11 th or Tuesday 12th between 6.00p.m. and 8.00p.m. Latest date for receipt of completed application forms is Monday 10th September 2018 (Application forms are available form the college)
Career Path This course is designed for learners who wish to work as Special Needs Assistants (SNA) in schools and also in other care settings in the community. Learners will achieve FOUR QQI Level 5 Minor Awards on completion of Year 1. Learners have the option to obtain a full Community Care (5M2786) QQI Level 5 Major Award on completion of a second year.
For information about Marino College, please visit our college page on www.nightcourses.com by clicking here.

Course Provider

Marino College



01 8332100
14-20 Marino Mart, Fairview, Dublin, Republic of Ireland

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