Increase your knowledge of special needs with a choice of a complimentary distance learning short course worth up to €249 and save a further €200 when you enrol on Special Needs QQI Level 5 & 6 part time courses together. T&Cs apply 

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The Special Needs Assistant Certificate is a part time evening course 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.

The field of Special Needs Education is one of enormous variety and ever changing needs. Portobello Institute wish to respond to the true needs within the sector by offering a course that will equip our students not only with knowledge but with empathy and understanding crucial to their future role as support to persons needing assistance in their learning. Our research in the field has found that Special Needs Assistants require practical skills and knowledge in a wide range of behaviours and abilities. Thus, we try to encapsulate the lifelong experience of persons with Special Needs within our courses, in Level 5 and in greater detail at Level 6.

Qualifications Gained

  • Portobello Institute Certificate in Special Needs Assistant Training
  • QQI Level 5 minor award (5N1786) Special Needs Assistant

Entry Requirements

Entry to this course is by direct application to the college. There are no previous academic requirements.

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 part time course delivered one evening a week for 12 weeks.

Course Content Modules

  1. The Role of the Special Needs Assistant
  2. Equal Opportunities Child Development(Overview)
  3. Theories of Learning and Behaviour
  4. Physical and Intellectual Disabilities
  5. Communications and Language Disabilities
  6. Work Experience*

* 20 Hours Work experience is required

 

Student stories

 

Alban completed the level 5 course in Portobello Institute in the summer of 2017. “Overall, I found the course to be extremely informative and it really helped me to understand the role of a special needs assistant.”  He felt the course content was extremely relevant to the subject matter of special needs. “For me I undertook the course for the purpose of learning specifically about the role of the SNA and this is what I achieved”. Read full story here

Our Tutors

Here is a handful of the wonderful tutors we have teaching this course. We consistently aim to attract the highest caliber of tutors both on this course and throughout the college.

Here's what some students had to say about their tutor...

Caroline Salley - Special Needs Level 5, Mullingar.

"I would like to express my sincere gratitude and thanks to you on one of your tutors Nicola Hardy; I was lucky enough to have teach me on this course. The format in which she delivered the course content was excellent. She truly motivated me and encouraged us to be our very best self's and I am thoroughly looking forward to what the future holds for me on completion. Throughout the course she has been nothing but supportive and very approachable, she never made me feel like I had a stupid question and she went above and beyond her role as a tutor in helping me with my CV, I just wanted to inform you of what a wonderful addition she is to your staff and Institute."

Learner Evaluation Feedback from Special Needs Level 5, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15

"Very interesting and relevant course content. Class notes, handouts and videos are all excellent. The lectures are dynamic and excellent, well organised and very enjoyable. Extremely approachable tutor.

Venues

See below for a list of venues we are running this course in. We try to accommodate as many venues as possible but if there is a venue you would like to see us in, please get in touch with us and if we have enough numbers we would be delighted to accommodate you. Contact: megan.corr@portobelloinstitute.ie   T: 01, 8920024

Further Progression

For those that wish to progress to their Level 6 award in Special Needs we have scheduled a continuation course in each region to start approx two weeks after the Level 5 course ends. Where possible we have left the course on the same day. See here for schedules and regions of our Special Needs Level 6 courses. We have an offer running currently when a Special Needs Level 5 course is booked with a Level 6 course, see below for details.

Course Offer!

*Book onto this Special Needs Level 5 course and our Special Needs Level 6 course (part time) and get  €200 off the total cost and also receive a Distance Learning Course worth up to the value of €350! See details HERE

Bookings

See below for a list of regions we are running this course in. You can book onto this course up to 1 week after the start date. Start dates as set out below.

 

Booking

Name: Special Needs Assistant Part time- QQI Level 5 Component Certificate

Cost: 750 Euro

To Book this course, please make a full course payment using the Book Now button. Please read and understand both the Terms of Enrolment and Course Payment Information before paying for your course. Details of all our policies as well as refunds, cancellations, installment options and how to pay offline are contained in these two important documents.


Course CodePrice and LocationInfo
ESNSWAP18
750
Swords, Co Dublin
  • 01/05/18- 17/07/18
  • Tues 7pm - 10pm
  • You can book onto this course up to 1 week after the start date.  
ESNLKMY18
750
Letterkenny, Co Donegal
  • 08/05/18 - 24/07/18 + 1 Sat
  • Tues 7-10pm
  • You can book onto this course up to 1 week after the start date. 
ESNBLMY18
750
Blanchardstown, Dublin 15
  • 08/05/18 - 24/07/18 + 1 Sat
  • Tues 7-10pm
  • You can book onto course up to 1 week after start date
ESNGCMY18
750
Galway, Co Galway
  • 17/05/18 - 02/08/18 + 1 Sat
  • Thurs 7pm - 10pm
  • You can book onto this course up to 1 week after the course start date.  
ESNDSJN18
750
Portobello Institute, Dublin 1
  • 12/06/18 - 28/08/18
  • Tues 6:30-9:30pm
  • You can book onto this course up to 1 week after the start date.  
ESNCKMY18
750
Cork, Co Cork
  • 12/06/18 - 28/08/18
  • Tues 7pm - 10pm
  • You can book onto this course up to 1 week after the start date.  
ESNDDAP18
750
Dundrum, Dublin 16
  • 13/06/18 - 29/08/18
  • Wed 7pm - 10pm
  • You can book onto this course up to 1 week after the start date.  
ISN5JUL18
750
Portobello Institute, Dublin 1
  • 09/07/18 - 13/07/18
  • Mon - Fri 9.30 - 4.30pm
  • This is a 1 week intensive course
ESNSWSP18
750
Swords, Co Dublin
  • 11/09/18 – 27/11/18
  • Tues 7-10pm
  • You can book onto this course up to 1 week after the start date. 
ESNDDSP18
750
Dundrum, Dublin 16
  • 11/09/18 -27/11/18
  • Tues 7 - 10pm
  • You can book onto this course up to 1 week after the start date.  
ESNLKSP18
750
Letterkenny, Co Donegal
  • 11/09/18 – 27/11/18
  • Tues 7- 10pm
  • You can book onto this course up to 1 week after the start date.  
ESNDGSP18
750
Donegal town, Co Donegal
  • 19/09/18 - 05/12/18
  • Wed 7pm - 10pm
  • You can book onto this course up to 1 week after the start date.  
ESNSLSP18
750
Sligo Town, Co Sligo
  • 19/09/18 – 05/12/18
  • Wed 7pm - 10pm
  • You can book onto this course up to 1 week after the start date.
ESNDRSP18
750
Drogheda, Co Louth
  • 19/09/18 – 05/12/18
  • Wed 7pm - 10pm
  • You can book onto this course up to 1 week after the start date.  
ESNBLSP18
750
Blanchardstown, Dublin 15
  • 19/09/18 – 05/12/18
  • Wed 7-10pm
  • You can book onto this course up to 1 week after the start date.  
ESNWWSP18
750
Wicklow town, Co Wicklow
  • 19/09/18 – 05/12/18
  • Wed 7pm - 10pm
  • You can book onto this course up to 1 week after the start date.
ESNKKSP18
750
Kilkenny, Co Kilkenny
  • 24/09/18 – 17/12/18
  • Mon 7-10pm
  • You can book onto this course up to 1 week after the start date.  
ESNDSSP18
750
Portobello Institute, Dublin 1
  • 25/09/18 – 11/12/18
  • Tues 6.30-9.30pm
  • You can book onto this course up to 1 week after the start date.
ESNATSP18
750
Athlone, Co Westmeath
  • 25/09/18 – 11/12/18
  • Tues 7pm - 10pm
  • You can book onto this course up to 1 week after the start date.  
ESNCBSP18
750
Castlebar, Co Mayo
  • 25/09/18 – 11/12/18
  • Tues 7pm - 10pm
  • You can book onto this course up to 1 week after the start date. 
ESNGCOC18
750
Galway, Co Galway
  • 02/10/18 – 18/12/18
  • Tues 7- 10pm
  • You can book onto this course up to 1 week after the start date. 
ESNCWOC18
750
Carlow, Co Carlow
  • 02/10/18 – 18/12/18
  • Tues 7pm - 10pm
  • You can book onto this course up to 1 week after the start date.  
ESNENOC18
750
Ennis, Co Clare
  • 02/10/18 – 18/12/18
  • Tues 7pm - 10pm
  • You can book onto this course up to 1 week after the start date.  
ESNMGOC18
750
Mullingar
  • 02/10/18 – 18/12/18
  • Tues 7pm - 10pm
  • You can book onto this course up to 1 week after the start date.
ESNCKOC18
750
Cork, Co Cork
  • 02/10/18 – 18/12/18
  • Tues 7-10pm
  • You can book onto this course up to 1 week after the start date.
ESNGTOC18
750
Gort, Co Galway
  • 02/10/18 - 18/12/18
  • Tues, 7-10pm
  • You can book onto this course up to 1 week after the start date.
ESNWDOC18
750
Waterford, Co Waterford
  • 10/10/18 – 12/12/18
  • Wed 7pm - 10pm
  • You can book onto this course up to 1 week after the start.  
ESNDKOC18
750
Dundalk, Co Louth
  • 10/10/18 – 12/12/18
  • Wed 7-10pm + 1 Sat
  • You can book onto this course up to 1 week after the start date.  
ESNWXOC18
750
Wexford, Co Wexford
  • 10/10/18 - 12/12/18
  • Wed 7pm - 10pm + 1 Sat
  • You can book onto this course up to 1 week after the start date.
ESNNVOC18
750
Navan, Co Meath
  • 16/10/18 – 22/01/19
  • Tues 7-10pm
  • You can book onto this course up to 1 week after the start date.
ESNCLOC18
750
Celbridge
  • 16/10/18 - 22/01/19
  • Tues 7-10pm
  • You can book onto this course up to 1 week after the start date.

Additional Course Costs

Please read Course Payment Information for full details as to when you will make these additional course payments.

  • QQI Exam Fee: included