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QQI Level 5 & 6
Special Needs Assistant - QQI Level 5 & 6 Booking Package - Blended
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Are you interested in Special Needs Assistant? This course is 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. Portobello Institute’s QQI Level 5 Minor Award and QQI Level 6 Minor Award in Special Needs Assisting is a qualification that will allow you to work as a special needs assistant in schools, hospitals and care homes. During this 3-month course you will acquire not only knowledge but empathy and understanding crucial to your future role as support to persons needing assistance in their learning. You will attend class two evenings a week allowing you to fit learning around your busy working and family life. You will also be required to complete 20 hours of work experience enabling you to get practical experience to compliment your studies. These factors, together with the one to one tutorial support, offer you a course that is accessible, affordable and achievable.
Special offer applies when booking Level 5 & 6 together with new low price of €950.
What is the role of a Special Needs Assistance?
Special needs assistants play an important role in supporting those with learning, physical or behavioural difficulties. The role of an SNA in the classroom involves assisting the teacher to support students with special educational needs who may also have significant care needs. Through education, knowledge and understanding an SNA can ensure that a child with special needs experiences a positive learning experience developing their confidence and independence.
Why should I study this course?
Portobello Institute's QQI level 6 Minor Award in Special Needs Assisting gives you the opportunity to learn from a range of experts all of whom are passionate about the field of special needs education. They bring their insight, depth of experience and passion for teaching to this course. Portobello Institute’s Special need course will learn to support and understand the process by which a child with learning, physical or behavioural needs learns. This qualification will allow you to work alongside a in a school as well as care settings.
What will I learn during this course?
During this course,you will learn about development and learning in children with special needs and about the role of an SNA. On the QQI level 5 course you will learn about child development and behaviour theories and how a range of activities can promote physical, social, emotional and intellectual development in children with learning, physical and behavioural disabilities. You will develop the capacity to work and communicate effectively with parents, families, colleagues and other professionals to safeguard, support and promote children’s learning, development and well-being.
On the QQI level 6 course, you will learn about child development and behaviour theories and how a range of activities can promote physical, social, emotional and intellectual development in children with learning, physical and behavioural disabilities. You will learn how to implement Individual Education Plans (IEP's) and individual behaviour 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. You will develop the capacity to work and communicate effectively with parents, families, colleagues and other professionals to safeguard, support and promote children’s learning, development and well-being.
Who will I learn from?
The programme management and tutoring team on course have been carefully selected on the basis of their qualifications and wealth of practical experience in the sector and education. Each member of our tutoring team is passionate about the effects a special needs assistant has on a child’s development and are eager to share their knowledge and experience with you. Meet our Team by clicking here
What is Blended Learning?
Blended Learning takes the schedule of a traditional face to face learning programme and re-structures it to reduce the contact tuition time by introducing more online learning together with one to one tutor support. This mode of delivery includes optional webinar sessions. The reduction in classroom attendance allows you to work full-time and balance the requirements of this programme with home and work.
Who will recognise my qualification?
Upon completing this course, you will hold a QQI Level 5 minor award Special Needs Assistant and a QQI Level 6 Minor Award in Special Needs Assisting enabling you to work as an SNA.
QQI Level 5 minor award (5N1786) in Special Needs Assistant
QQI Level 6 Minor Award (6NI957) in Special Needs Assisting.
Entry to this course is by direct application to the college.
Portobello Institute’s SNA course is delivered with 4 webinars held on a Saturday & the remainder delivered online.
Work Experience Programme
During this course you will spend 20 hours on a work placement in a special needs assisting setting. During the placement you will have the opportunity to put into practice the exercises and skills you will have learned during the programme. You will have the opportunity by using these skills to stimulate, develop and guide the children under your direction to develop to their full potential. We aim to ensure you that have the opportunity to gain experience in a setting that is aligned with your career ambitions.
QQI Level 5 modules
The Role of the Special Needs Assistant
Equal Opportunities Child Development(Overview)
Theories of Learning and Behaviour
Physical and Intellectual Disabilities
Communications and Language Disabilities
QQI Level 6 Modules
Understanding Education, Health and Safety, Teach methodologies, Educational Philosophy and Practice
Literacy: Identifying the conditions for learning language and how to implement these according to learning programmes
Mathematics: Learning skills to support the teaching of mathematics and to devise strategies to assess mathematical ability
Observations: Methods and techniques for assessing, planning and evaluating.
Course price €950