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Special Needs QQI Level 5 - Distance Learning

The Special Needs Assistant Level 5 is a distance learning 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.

By choosing to study this course with Portobello Institute, students will have access to course materials from our online learning centre for the duration of the course. The course materials for this QQI certified course are thorough and easy to read and can be downloaded in your own time and from the comfort of your own home. You will also be assigned a personal tutor for the duration of the course who will help you with any challenges you may encounter. In addition you will be able to upload assignments online and receive online feedback. You can use our online learning centre from any computer that has internet access. However, access to a computer is not compulsory as we can arrange for everything to be processed by post. There is an additional administration cost of €30 for this service.

Special offer applies when booking Level 5 & 6 together with new low price of €1000. A saving of €190.

  • Portobello Institute Certificate in Special Needs Assistant Training
  • QQI Level 5 Minor Award in Special Needs Assisting (5N1786)

Entry to this course is by direct application to the college. 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.

As this is a distance learning course students study at their own pace.  Each students gets 12 months to complete this course.

  • Online Learning Centre (requires internet access), or
  • By Post (note that there is an admin fee of €30 for postal students)
  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


The cost of this course is €595

Book onto this Special Needs Level 5 course and the Special Needs Level 6 distance learning courses and get €190 off the total cost and also receive a Distance Learning Course worth up to the value of €350 depending on the course chosen.


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Course Code Location & Info Price
DLSNFL518 Portobello Institute, Dublin 1

Students can commence this course at any time
Study at your own pace
€595 Book Now
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