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The Special Needs Assistant course is designed for learners who wish to progress from a QQI Level 5 to a QQI Level 6 qualification. The course content is structured to give a broader, knowledge and understanding of the issues surrounding disabilities and or learning difficulties.

The Special Needs Assistant Level 6 course is ideal for Learners who wish to:
1.Possess a comprehensive understanding of national and local models, multi-disciplinary teams, health and safety issues and educational provisions for children and young people with special needs.
2.Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the relevant concepts, theories and principles underpinning curriculum implementation.
3.Create learning opportunities by devising and implementing Individual Education Plans (IEP's) and individual behavior 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.
4.Assess the roles and responsibilities, and skill sets required by the SNA to assist the teacher in implementing the National curriculum.

Qualifications Gained

  • Portobello Institute Diploma in Special Needs Education
  • QQI Level 6 Minor Award in Special Needs Assisting (6N1957)

Entry Requirements

Entry to this course is by direct application to the college. Students must have gained QQI Level 5 Minor Award in Special Needs Assistant or equivalent to gain entry. Consideration is also given to previous academic or life experience.

Class Sizes

We are committed to ensuring you gain the most, academically and personally, during your study time with Portobello.  To facilitate this, we limit our class sizes to a maximum of 14 students on part-time programmes. With these uniquely small classes, we create the environment for you get to know everyone in your group, you can then feel comfortable and confident to ask questions and our tutors have the time to attend to the needs of each and every student. Many of our students tell us of the lifelong friendships they have made during their study time with Portobello.

Assignment Support

We understand the challenge of completing assignments at third level, the new skills and the change in thinking sometimes needed to put on paper, all that you have learned. We offer our students the opportunity to submit a draft assignment for informal feedback before submitting the final version. We care about your success, we want you to achieve the best you can and we offer you the individual support to acquire the skills you need to communicate what you have learned whilst studying with Portobello Institute.

Course Structure

This is a intensive blended learning course (mixture of online learning and classroom contact) delivered over 1 week.  20 Hours Work experience is also required, students must complete the work experience programme before commencing their assignments

Course Content Modules

1. Understanding Education, Health and Safety, Teach methodologies, Educational Philosophy and Practice
2. Literacy: Identifying the conditions for learning language and how to implement these according to learning programmes
3 .Mathematics: Learning skills to support the teaching of mathematics and to devise strategies to assess mathematical ability
4. Observations: Methods and techniques for assessing, planning and evaluating.



Name: Special Needs QQI Level 6 Intensive Blended

Cost: 795 Euro

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Course CodePrice and LocationInfo
Portobello Institute, Dublin 1
  • 16/07/18 - 20/07/18
  • Mon - Fri 9.30am - 4.30pm
  • This is a 1 week intensive course