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Speech and Language Assistant - Full Time

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7 months


QQI Level 5


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Start Date
October 2019

Speech and Language Assistant - Full Time

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.

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

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.

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.

  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)

Course price €2995

Protection for Learners Insurance fee: €162

QQI exam fee: Included in course cost


Following on from the course, Aoife was accepted onto a Master’s programme for speech and language

The course provided me with the perfect insight into both theory and practical work of an SLT with both inter-disciplinary education and compulsary work experience. Full story

Aoife Brennan

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Course Code Location & Info Price
HSLA-F-DS-OC-19 Portobello Institute, Dublin 1

Two days per week, 10am-5.30pm & assignment clinic from week 4
€2995 Book Now
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