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Upskill to Major award with Special Needs Focus - Blended Learning

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QQI Level 6


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Upskill to Major award with Special Needs Focus - Blended Learning

In response to demand from our many special needs assistant graduates to progress to a full major award, Portobello Institute has devised this study option to recognise prior learning. This programme allows participants to use their existing awards at level 5 & 6 in Special Needs to upskill to a major award at level 6.

QQI Level 6 Major Award in Early Years Care and Education

Entry to this course is by direct application to the college. Applicants should hold a QQI level 5 & 6 in Special Needs Assisting or equivalent to progress to a full major award from QQI at level 6. To access programmes leading to this award the learner should have reached the standards of knowledge, skill and competence associated with the preceding level of the National Framework of Qualifications. This may have been achieved through a formal qualification or through relevant life and work experience.

This programme is delivered by combining supported workshops with blended learning content. Each module has a workshop held on a Saturday. Students can choose which blended learning module to commence with as module workshops are held a number of times throughout the year. These workshops give guidance on the content and completing the assignment. Students can avail of full tutor support by telephone, email or one to one support, to complete the assignment and are able to do this at a time and place convenient to them. Students have 18 months to complete the programme in its entire, ir normally takes 6 - 9 months to complete the 6 modules.

This major award is made up of the following minor awards;
• Child Development - 15 credits
• Early Childhood Curriculum - 15 credits
• Childhood Social, Legal & Health Issues - 15 credits
• Personal & Professional Development - 15 credits
• Work Experience - 15 credits
• Creative Studies for Special Needs Assistants – 15 credits


Course price €900

Protection for learners fee €30


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