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Special Needs Assistant - QQI Level 5 - Intensive 1 week

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QQI Level 5


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January 2020

Special Needs Assistant - QQI Level 5 - Intensive 1 week

This intensive special Needs Assistant Certificate 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.

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.

Special offer applies when booking Level 5 & 6 together with new low price of €1150. A saving of €95.  

Portobello Institute Certificate in Special Needs Assistant Training

QQI Level 5 minor award (5N1786) Special Needs Assistant

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.

This is a 1 week intensive course.  

Learners must complete 20 hours work experience as part of this course.

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

Work Experience*

* 20 Hours Work experience is required



Course price €595

Special offer applies when booking Level 5 & 6 together with new low price of €1150. A saving of €95.  


“It is a very insightful course not only for the role of an SNA but also for anyone working with children including parents.” Read more

Alban Hysa


“The option to complete the course over a week particularly suited my needs and overall goal. “ Read more

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Course Code Location & Info Price
EYS5-I-DS-JA-20 Portobello Institute, Dublin 1

20/01/20 - 24/01/20
Monday to Friday, 9.30am - 4.30pm
€595 Book Now
EYS5-I-DS-MR-20 Portobello Institute, Dublin 1

02/03/20 - 06/03/20
Monday to Friday, 9.30am-4.30pm
€595 Book Now
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