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This Health Service Skills certificate with an emphasis on Speech and Language assistant provides training for care assistants and Speech Therapy assistants and equips them with the skills and knowledge to care for clients in a safe and hygienic environment. You will gain a knowledge of varying roles of the speech and language therapy assistant in clinical practice and an awareness of ways to assist the speech & language therapist in the preparation and implementation of therapeutic programmes.

Speech and language therapy assistants work with Speech Therapists to help people to minimise or overcome impaired speech, voice, language or swallowing difficulties. They also help people with psychiatric disorders, people who have suffered from head injuries and those who are learning to cope with a degenerative disease.

On the Speech and Language Therapy Assistant course, you will gain a knowledge of the application of a wide range of communication styles and codes to speech and therapy practice. You will study the influences of physical, sensory, perceptual, cognitive and behavioural factors on receptive and expressive Communication. You will also gain an understanding of the need to provide supports to enable and enhance interpersonal communication, about group dynamics and group processes in therapy and the role of the speech therapy assistant in the safe management of eating, drinking and swallowing disorders.

Qualifications Gained

  • QQI Level 5 Major Award in Health Service Skills (5M3782)

Entry Requirements

Entry to this course is by direct application to the college. Acceptance to Full Time courses is interview based, there are no specific points requirements.

Note: Students should hold an Irish Heart Foundation Level 3 Heart Saver CPR Certificate or equivalent. This can be done with us during the duration of  the course for an additional fee. Please speak to the course director for further information.

Autumn 2018 Entry

We are accepting applications from students seeking to apply and secure their place early for 2018. An interview day will be held on Saturday 24th March for early applicants. Places offered to successful candidates will be available until Wednesday 11th April 2018.

Course Structure

This is a full time course delivered over one academic year.  Acceptance on to full time courses is interview based.  Students must competed 100 hours work experience to complete the course.  The college will assist  you in finding a suitable placement.

Course Content Modules

  1. Anatomy and Physiology
  2. Care Support
  3. Communications
  4. Human Growth and Development
  5. Infection Prevention and Control
  6. Work Experience
  7. Speech and Language Therapy Assistant Theory
  8. Speech and Language Therapy Assistant Practice
  9. Workplace Statutory Policies and Procedures
  10. Occupational First Aid (additional fee)

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.

What our students have to say...

Orla Corrigan - Accepted onto University Limerick's (UL) MSc in Speech and Language Therapy Masters Programme

"Five years ago, I completed my undergraduate degree in Languages for International  Communication in DCU. Since then, I have been working in a customer facing role in a global semiconductor company. Although I learned a lot during this time, I realised this sector is not where my passion lies.
I have always enjoyed working with people, both young and old, and somehow came up with the idea that a job in speech and language therapy might be something that I would enjoy.
I applied to the MSc in Speech and Language Therapy in UL but unfortunately I was unsuccessful with my initial application so I went about researching courses in the sector.

I researched a lot of courses at the time finally settling on Portobello’s programme as it included a work experience module of 100 hours. Work experience is near to impossible to arrange privately in this sector but Portobello were able to arrange for me to undertake work experience in St. James’s Hospital Speech and Language Therapy Department. This was fantastic experience which allowed me to apply the theoretical knowledge gained in the classroom to real life settings. I was also able to arrange further work experience with a private company “Spectrum Health”, based on the fact that I was enrolled on the programme in Portobello Institute.

I found the course itself great, there was more work involved than I had initially thought there would be but the tutor was excellent, well prepared and very knowledgeable. She was also very encouraging in relation to all the students future plans in the field and gave insight and advice based on her own personal experiences.

Now that I am nearing the end of this course I realise that I gained a lot more than I had planned. As a result of doing this course I have finally been accepted onto the MSc Speech and Language Therapy Masters programme in UL and feel I am going into it with a brilliant understanding of the topic. I also now know this is 100% the area that I want to pursue".

Roisin Rooney - Accepted onto Queen Margaret Uni's Speech and Language Degree Programme

" My interest in this area began whilst studying my final year in Arts in NUIG when it was spoken about at a careers seminar. I started to apply to various postgraduate and undergraduate courses both here and in the UK but after two years of failed attempts I looked at alternative routes and found this course (the only FETAC one I could find!)
I loved this course from the very start, the tutor is a trained speech and language therapist so the information obtained was very relevant and interesting and she was great at helping us with queries or questions we had on the coursework and going through our assignment briefs.
The classes are kept small making it easier to form friendships and share ideas and opinions on the subject matter.
I am delighted to say I have recently been accepted into Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh on their undergraduate Speech and Language Therapy programme. I have no doubt in my mind that after two years of failed attempts prior to enrolling with Portobello Institute this course has helped hugely in securing my place with them. The additional 100 hours of work placement required as part of Portobello’s course is also very admirable to future employers and lecturers.
I am excited for my new career path and my future. This course has cemented the fact that I am now more interested in the area of speech and language therapy than I ever was."

Back to Education Allowance

If you are currently unemployed and in receipt of a social welfare payment you may be eligible to the Back to Education Allowance which allows you to return to education and still retain your welfare payment  You must be aged 21 or over and be accepted onto an accredited full time course to meet the criteria. Please speak with your local welfare office to discuss your eligibility as there may be an alternative route.

Protection for Learners

QQI have introduced a mandatory insurance protection policy fee that must be paid by students enrolled on all courses with a duration of 12 weeks or over. This insurance cost is in addition to your course fees.


Name: Speech and Language Therapy Assistant Full time (Health Services Skills)

Cost: 2995 Euro

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Course CodePrice and LocationInfo
Portobello Institute, Dublin 1
  • 29/01/18 - 27/04/18
  • Start/end times will vary from day to day
  • With this option you will complete 4 modules of the course from 29/01/18 -27/04/18 and a further 4 modules from 08/10/18 - 26/04/19
Portobello Institute, Dublin 1
  • 08/10/18 - 26/04/19
  • Start/end times will vary from day to day

Additional Course Costs

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

  • Protection for Learners Insurance fee: €162
  • QQI exam fee: Included in course cost