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QQI Level 6


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August 2020

Special Needs Assistant - QQI Level 6 - Intensive 1 week

We are working remotely and are available to support you with any queries you have - please email Jenny at or call her on 01-8920031. Our academic delivery teams are all also working remotely and are supporting our students to continue with their studies through online learning or to get started for those just commencing their learning journey.  

This intensive Special Needs Assistant course is designed for learners who wish to progress from a QQI Level 5 to a QQI Level 6 qualification. The course content is structured to give a broader, knowledge and understanding of the issues surrounding disabilities and or learning difficulties.

The Special Needs Assistant Level 6 course is ideal for Learners who wish to:

  • Possess a comprehensive understanding of national and local models, multi-disciplinary teams, health and safety issues and educational provisions for children and young people with special needs.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the relevant concepts, theories and principles underpinning curriculum implementation.
  • Create learning opportunities by devising and implementing Individual Education Plans (IEP's) and individual behavior 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.
  • Assess the roles and responsibilities, and skill sets required by the SNA to assist the teacher in implementing the National curriculum
How will I learn?

This QQI level 6 award has been re-designed for delivery by webinar and online learning. It is very suited to you if you are want to study from home whilst gaining this qualification. During the induction, you will be given your log-in details to the online portal,  "ePortobello". Here you will find course notes, reading lists, articles of interest and assessment guidelines. The content is structured in an easy to "find and follow"  format. You will need basic computer skills such as searching the internet and typing a word document.

There is one to one expert tutor support available to you through out your learning journey. You can upload your assessments and your tutor will give you feedback on whether you are on the right track. Blended learning allows you to study at your time with support available  when you need it.

Each morning you will attend a Webinar from 10am to 12.30pm delivered by an experienced SNA lecturer. You will spend the afternoon completing coursework in preparation for the next session the following morning. This course is delivered over 5 days with a submission date for assignments after the course has completed. You may choose to study the level 5 course the preceding week and a special rate is available when booking both courses together.

What is a Webinar?

A webinar, in the context of online learning, is a lecturer delivering a presentation or class online to a group of students. We use specifically designed elearning software so you can participate in the class just as if you were present in the same room. You can ask a question of the lecturer at any stage during the class. The software is designed with "break-out rooms" where you can discuss a topic or complete a group exercise with a smaller group from your class. You will need a computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone that has internet connection, an audio facility so you can hear and speak during the class and a camera so your lecturer and fellow class participants can see you. The webinar is a secure online environment and only those permitted entry by the lecturer can gain access to the "classroom".

Special offer applies when booking Level 5 & 6 together with new low price of €950.

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

Who will recognise this qualification?

Upon completing this course, you will hold a QQI Level 6 Minor Award in Special Needs Assisting enabling you to work as an SNA. This course further develops the theory learned at level 5 and gives you a greater understanding of the competencies required to work as an SNA.

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be awarded the QQI Level 6 Minor Award in Special Needs Assistant (6N1957)

Entry to this course is by direct application to the college. Students must have gained QQI Level 5 Component Certificate Special Needs Assistant or equivalent.

Our experienced course adviser team are available to support you with your programme choice. If you are unsure if this programme is right for you, please email for further advice or call her on 01-8920031. We will support you to  select the course best suited to your career ambition and interests.

In response to the current Covid-19 shutdown, Portobello Institute has re-designed this course for delivery as an elearning and Webinar course. We have extensive experience delivering elearning courses and have the resources that are specifically designed for delivering courses to an elearning audience. Your course will run at a specific time each day when you will log-on and your tutor will deliver the content over a 2.5 hr period with a break of 10minutes half-way through. You can ask a question at any stage and hear the questions and responses of other students attending this course. Your tutor is available up to 15 minutes before class so you may log-on early and seek support if there are any areas of the content that you need additional support with. Alternatively, our full-time programme manager is available to support you throughout your learning journey.

Course materials are structured to be accessed on a day by day basis and are available to download from our elearning platform as you progress through the course. Assignments are all designed for completion at home and once completed, you will upload these to the elearning platform. Feedback and results are posted here for you to access too.

You will have the opportunity to engage with your fellow course colleagues as if you were in class together - all from the comfort and safety of your chosen environment. Webinars are available to download at a later stage should you miss a class making this a very flexible and convenient mode of learning.

Work Experience Programme

During this course you will be required to complete 20 hours on a work placement in a special needs assisting setting. This placement will not take place until after Covid-19 restrictions have been lifted. 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.

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 €650

Special offer applies when booking Level 5 & 6 together with a price of €950

Our experienced course adviser team are available to support you with your programme choice. If you are unsure if this programme is right for you, please email for further advice or call her on 01-8920031. We will support you to  select the course best suited to your career ambition and interests.

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Course Code Location & Info Price
EYS6-I-DS-AUG-20 Online Webinars

24/08/20 - 28/08/20
Interactive webinar session held every morning, 10am - 12.30pm.
€650 Book Now
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