Course Description

Special Needs Assisting QQI Level 6 in Midleton, Co. Cork

Forus Training

Start your career as a Special Needs Assistant with Forus Training’s Level 6 Special Needs Assisting course. This is a classroom course that includes online learning. Your classroom sessions will be hosted by your trainer. Between these, you’ll complete the course content on our LMS (here’s a preview!). Please see the course dates and times below:
  • Location: Midleton, Co. Cork
  • Thursday, 19th September from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
  • Thursday, 3rd October from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
  • Thursday, 17th October from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
  • Thursday, 31st October from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
This 8 week course will equip you with the knowledge, skill and competence in the theory and practice underpinning the education and care of those who present with special educational needs to enable the learner to assist in the provision of this education and care.
This course is also available as an online, self-paced option which gives you more flexibility over your learning. Click here for more information!

Throughout this course, you will…


  • Evaluate the provision of education for people with special educational needs with reference to current legislation,
  • Examine relevant theories, skills and processes relevant to curriculum implementation,
  • Explore the differences between integration and inclusion,
  • Organise learning opportunities in order to promote independence and responsibility,
  • Analyse skills that can be used to aid the teacher in the administration of the national curriculum,
  • Provide assistance in the provision of education and care for individuals that present with special educational needs,
  • Reflect on own attitudes, values, beliefs and assumptions in relation to working with and on behalf of people who present with disabilities.



The course is assessed in the following ways:

  • Project 50%
  • Skills Demonstration 50%


Why Forus Training?

At Forus Training, we have many different supports available for your learning:

  • Learners will meet their trainer at the classroom sessions. The trainer is there to help you with the course content and assessment pieces. They’ll share their own experiences with you and bring the content to life,
  • Learners have access to a Learning Management System (LMS). This includes all the course content along with interactive quizzes to test your knowledge and reinforce learning,
  • Our Learner Pack includes additional content and forms to support further learning,
  • Our trainers are skilled and experienced in making sessions engaging and interactive,
  • Other course providers tend to not offer continued support to their learners. Our trainers open numerous doors to our learners. These include opportunities for discussion and feedback, and opportunities to bring up areas that need further assistance or support. They also offer additional education and learning activities, assessment support, opportunities to submit drafts, and meetings before or after class to answer queries that cannot be covered in the session.

Course Code 6N1957
College Name Forus Training
Course Category Education, Special Needs Assistant Training
Course Type Blended Learning - Mix of Classroom & Online
Course Qualification Level 6 Higher Certificate
Course Location Midleton, Cork, Ireland
Course Start Date 19th September 2024
Course End Date 14th November 2024
Course Fee 480
Course Duration 8 weeks
Course Times The course is done in a classroom setting but learners also have access to online content which they study in their own time.
Awarding Body QQI
Title of Awarding Special Needs Assisting
Entry Requirements This course is open to anyone interested in doing it provided you fulfil some or one of the following criteria: Have completed the Leaving Certificate, and/or You may also be eligible if you have relevant life and work experience, in this case you may need to speak to the tutor and discuss your previous work experience or furnish the tutor with a CV and work references.
Career Path This course leads to a level 6 award on the National Framework of Qualifications. Students who successfully complete this programme may use their credits towards completing a higher level of study in the area of Special Needs Assisting. Students who successfully complete this Major Award can also use the Certificate as the basis for entry into selected courses in Third Level Colleges and Universities.
For information about Forus Training, please visit our college page on by clicking here.

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