Course Description

Special Needs Assisting QQI Level 6 Online via Zoom

Forus Training

Start your career as a Special Needs Assistant with Forus Training’s Level 6 Special Needs Assisting course which is starting on September 7th 2022 for €480.
This 8 week course will provide you with the skills to develop, implement and evaluate a Special Needs Assisting approach in the management of an Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) setting.
Or start TODAY with our Self Paced option! Click here for more information.
This course is also available in a classroom and is starting on August 16th 2022. Please contact us 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 have access to a Learning Management System (LMS). You will be given an account and a full induction on how the course works and how to access all available resources. The LMS includes all session slideshows and related quizzes, and extra course material (where applicable),
  • We also offer a Learner Pack (optional extra with Self Paced) which includes a letter introducing the trainer, the assessment brief, a learner record document, printed LMS slideshows for reference, and accompanying manual / notes to support further learning,
  • Live tutorial sessions are held via Zoom. Our trainers are skilled and experienced in making live sessions engaging and interactive. All tutorials are recorded so that you can go back and re-watch which is especially useful when working on assessments,
  • 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 (by appointment).


Click here for more information on studying Special Needs Assisting with Forus Training!

Mullingar, Westmeath, Ireland
Course Code 6N1957
College Name Forus Training
Course Category Education, Special Needs Assistant Training
Course Type Online Learning
Course Qualification Level 6 Higher Certificate
Course Location Mullingar, Westmeath, Ireland
Course Start Date 7th September 2022
Course End Date 26th October 2022
Course Fee 480
Course Duration 8 weeks
Course Times The course is accessible online, with a mixture of virtual sessions and self directed learning. Tutor support is provided throughout the course.
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.
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Forus Training, Castle House, Castle Street, Westmeath, Republic of Ireland

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