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 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 Assistant (6N1957)

Entry Requirements

Entry to this course is by direct application to the college. Students must have gained QQI Level 5 Component Certificate Special Needs Assistant or equivalent to gain entry. 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. Students must complete 20 hours work experience.

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.

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 or 01 8920024

Course Offer!

*Book onto this Special Needs Level 6 course and our Special Needs Level 5 course (part time) and receive €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 6 Component Certificate

Cost: 795 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
ES6NVJA18
795
Navan, Co Meath
  • 23/01/18 - 10/04/18
  • Tues 7-10pm
  • You can book onto this course up to 1 week after the start date. 
ES6SLJA18
795
Sligo Town, Co Sligo
  • 23/01/18 - 10/04/18
  • Tues 7pm - 10pm
  • You can book onto this course up to 1 week after the start date.
ES6DRJA18
795
Drogheda, Co Louth
  • 23/01/18 - 10/04/18
  • Tues 7-10pm
  • You can book this course up to one week after the start date.
ES6GCJA18
795
Galway, Co Galway
  • 23/01/18 - 10/04/18
  • Tue 7-10pm
  • You can book onto this course up to 1 week after the start date. 
ES6ALJA18
795
Athlone, Co Westmeath
  • 23/01/18 - 10/04/18
  • Tues 7pm - 10pm
  • You can book onto this course up to 1 week after the start date. Start date as per above.
ES6DSJA18
795
Portobello Institute, Dublin 1
  • 24/01/18 -11/04/18 + 1 Sat
  • Wed 6.30-9.30pm
  • You can book onto this course up to 1 week after the start date.
ES6CWJA18
795
Carlow, Co Carlow
  • 30/01/8 - 17/04/18
  • Tues7-10pm
  • You can book onto this course up to 1 week after the start date.  
ES6KKJA18
795
Kilkenny, Co Kilkenny
  • 30/01/18 - 17/04/18
  • Tues 7-10pm
  • You can book onto this course up to 1 week after the start date. 
ES6LKJA18
795
Letterkenny, Co Donegal
  • 07/02/18 -11/04/18 + Sat
  • Wed 7pm - 10pm
  • You can book onto this course up to 1 week after the start date.
ES6DDFB18
795
Dundrum, Dublin 16
  • 20/02/18 - 08/05/18
  • Tues 7pm - 10pm
  • You can book onto this course up to 1 week after the start date. 
ES6ENJA18
795
Ennis, Co Clare
  • 20/02/18 - 01/05/18
  • Tues 7- 10pm
  • You can book onto this course up to 1 week after the start date.  
ES6NBFB18
795
Newbridge, Co Kildare
  • 20/02/18 - 01/05/18
  • Tues 7- 10pm
  • You can book onto this course up to 1 week after the start date. 
ES6CBFB18
795
Celbridge
  • 20/02/18 - 01/05/18
  • Tues 7pm - 10pm
  • You can book onto this course up to 1 week after the start date.
ES6MGFB18
795
Mullingar
  • 20/02/18 - 01/05/18
  • Tues 7-10pm
  • You can book onto this course up to 1 week after the start date.
ES6GCFB18
795
Galway, Co Galway
  • 26/02/18 - 14/05/18 + 1 Sat
  • Mon 7-10pm
  • You can book onto this course up to 1 week after the start date.
ES6ATFB18
795
Athlone, Co Westmeath
  • 26/02/18 - 14/05/18 + 1 Sat
  • Mon 7-10pm
  • You can book onto this course up to 1 week after the start date. Start date as per above.
ES6WDFB18
795
Waterford, Co Waterford
  • 27/02/18 - 08/05/18
  • Tues 7pm - 10pm
  • You can book onto this course up to 1 week after the start date.  
ES6WPFB18
795
Westport, Co Mayo
  • 27/02/18 - 08/05/18
  • Tues 7pm - 10pm
  • You can book onto this course up to 1 week after the start date.
ES6TRFB18
795
Tralee
  • 27/02/18 - 08/05/18
  • Tues 7pm - 10pm
  • You can book onto this course up to 1 week after the start date.
EC6WWFB18
795
Wicklow town, Co Wicklow
  • 27/02/18 - 08/05/18
  • Tues 7pm - 10pm
  • You can book onto this course up to 1 week after the start date.
EC6CMFB18
795
Clonmel, Co Tipperary
  • 27/02/18 - 08/05/18
  • Tues 7pm - 10pm
  • You can book onto this course up to 1 week after the start date.
ES6BLMR18
795
Blanchardstown, Dublin 15
  • 06/03/18 - 15/05/18
  • Tues 7-10pm
  • You can book onto this course up to 1 week after the start date. 
ES6CKMR18
795
Cork, Co Cork
  • 06/03/18 - 15/05/18
  • Tues 7pm - 10pm
  • You can book onto this course up to 1 week after the start date.
ES6SWMR18
795
Swords, Co Dublin
  • 06/03/18 - 15/05/18
  • Tues 7-10pm
  • You can book onto this course up to 1 week after the start date.  
ES6LKMR18
795
Letterkenny, Co Donegal
  • 27/03/18 - 12/06/18
  • Tues 7- 10pm
  • You can book onto this course up to 1 week after the start date.  
ES6NVMY18
795
Navan, Co Meath
  • 15/05/18 - 24/07/18 + 1 Sat
  • Tues 7pm - 10pm
  • You can book onto this course up to 1 week after the start date.
ES6DDMY18
795
Dundrum, Dublin 16
  • 16/05/18 - 25/07/18 + 1 Sat
  • Wed 7pm - 10pm
  • You can book onto this course up to 1 week after the start date.  
ES6CWMY18
795
Carlow, Co Carlow
  • 30/05/18 - 15/08/18
  • Wed 7- 10pm
  • You can book onto this course up to 1 week after the start date.
ES6CKJN18
795
Cork, Co Cork
  • 13/06/18 - 29/08/18
  • Wed 7pm - 10pm
  • You can book onto this course up to 1 week after the start date.
ES6BLJN18
795
Blanchardstown, Dublin 15
  • 13/06/18 - 29/08/18
  • Wed 7-10pm
  • You can book onto this course up to 1 week after the start date. 
ES6DSJN18
795
Portobello Institute, Dublin 1
  • 13/06/18 - 29/08/18
  • Wed 6.30-9.30pm
  • You can book onto this course up to 1 week after the start date. 
ES6LKJN18
795
Letterkenny, Co Donegal
  • 19/06/18 - 21/08/18 + 1 Sat
  • Tues 7-10pm
  • You can book onto this course up to 1 week after the start date. Start dates as set out above.
ES6KKSP18
795
Kilkenny, Co Kilkenny
  • 04/09/18 - 13/11/18
  • Tues 7pm - 10pm
  • You can book onto this course up to 1 week after the start date. Start dates as per above.

Additional Course Costs

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

  • QQI Registration Fee: included