Increase your knowledge of special needs with a choice of a complimentary distance learning short course worth up to €249 and save a further €200 when you enrol on Special Needs QQI Level 5 & 6 part time courses together. T&Cs apply 

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The 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:

  1. 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.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the relevant concepts, theories and principles underpinning curriculum implementation.
  3. 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.
  4. Assess the roles and responsibilities, and skill sets required by the SNA to assist the teacher in implementing the National curriculum.

Qualifications Gained

  • Portobello Institute Diploma in Special Needs Education
  • QQI Level 6 Minor Award in Special Needs Assistant (6N1957)

Entry Requirements

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 to gain entry. Consideration is also given to previous academic or life experience.

Class Sizes

We are committed to ensuring you gain the most, academically and personally, during your study time with Portobello.  To facilitate this, we limit our class sizes to a maximum of 14 students on part-time programmes. With these uniquely small classes, we create the environment for you get to know everyone in your group, you can then feel comfortable and confident to ask questions and our tutors have the time to attend to the needs of each and every student. Many of our students tell us of the lifelong friendships they have made during their study time with Portobello.

 

Assignment Support

We understand the challenge of completing assignments at third level, the new skills and the change in thinking sometimes needed to put on paper, all that you have learned. We offer our students the opportunity to submit a draft assignment for informal feedback before submitting the final version. We care about your success, we want you to achieve the best you can and we offer you the individual support to acquire the skills you need to communicate what you have learned whilst studying with Portobello Institute.

Course Structure

This is a part time course. Students must complete 20 hours work experience.

Course Content Modules

  1. Understanding Education, Health and Safety, Teach methodologies, Educational Philosophy and Practice
  2. Literacy: Identifying the conditions for learning language and how to implement these according to learning programmes
  3. Mathematics: Learning skills to support the teaching of mathematics and to devise strategies to assess mathematical ability
  4. Observations: Methods and techniques for assessing, planning and evaluating.

Venues

See below for a list of venues we are running this course in. We try to accommodate as many venues as possible but if there is a venue you would like to see us in, please get in touch with us and if we have enough numbers we would be delighted to accommodate you. Contact: megan.corr@portobelloinstitute.ie or 01 8920024

Course Offer!

*Book onto this Special Needs Level 6 course and our Special Needs Level 5 course (part time) and receive €200 off the total cost and also receive a Distance Learning course worth up to the value of €350! See details HERE

 Bookings

See below for a list of regions we are running this course in. You can book onto this course up to 1 week after the start date. Start dates as set out below.

Booking

Name: Special Needs Assistant Part time- QQI Level 6 Component Certificate

Cost: 795 Euro

To Book this course, please make a full course payment using the Book Now button. Please read and understand both the Terms of Enrolment and Course Payment Information before paying for your course. Details of all our policies as well as refunds, cancellations, installment options and how to pay offline are contained in these two important documents.


Course CodePrice and LocationInfo
ES6BLMY18
795
Blanchardstown, Dublin 15
  • 08/05/18 – 24/07/18 + 1 Sat
  • Tues 7-10pm
  • You can book onto this course up to 1 week after the start date. Start dates as per above.
ES6LKMY18
795
Letterkenny, Co Donegal
  • 08/05/18 – 24/07/18 + 1 Sat
  • Tues 7-10pm
ES6NVMY18
795
Navan, Co Meath
  • 15/05/18 - 24/07/18 + 1 Sat
  • Tues 7pm - 10pm
  • You can book onto this course up to 1 week after the start date.
ES6CKMY18
795
Cork, Co Cork
  • 16/05/18 – 01/08/18 + 1 Sat
  • Wed 7-10pm
  • You can book onto this course up to 1 week after the start date.  
ES6GCMY18
795
Galway, Co Galway
  • 16/05/18 – 01/08/18 + 1 Sat
  • Wed 7-10pm
  • You can book onto this course up to 1 week after the start date. Start dates as set out above.
ES6DDMY18
795
Dundrum, Dublin 16
  • 16/05/18 - 25/07/18 + 1 Sat
  • Wed 7pm - 10pm
  • You can book onto this course up to 1 week after the start date.  
ES6DRMY18
795
Drogheda, Co Louth
  • 17/05/18 - 02/08/18
  • Thurs 7-10pm
  • You can book this course up to one week after the start date.
ES6SWMY18
795
Swords, Co Dublin
  • 30/05/18 - 15/08/18
  • Wed 7pm - 10pm
  • You can book onto this course up to 1 week after the start date. Start dates as set out above.
ES6LMMY18
795
Limerick, Co Limerick
  • 30/05/18 - 15/08/18
  • Wed 7-10pm
  • You can book onto this course up to 1 week after the start date. 
ES6CWMY18
795
Carlow, Co Carlow
  • 06/06/18 – 22/08/18
  • Wed 7- 10pm
  • You can book onto this course up to 1 week after the start date.
ES6CKJN18
795
Cork, Co Cork
  • 13/06/18 - 29/08/18
  • Wed 7pm - 10pm
  • You can book onto this course up to 1 week after the start date.
ES6BLJN18
795
Blanchardstown, Dublin 15
  • 13/06/18 - 29/08/18
  • Wed 7-10pm
  • You can book onto this course up to 1 week after the start date. 
ES6DSJN18
795
Portobello Institute, Dublin 1
  • 13/06/18 - 29/08/18
  • Wed 6.30-9.30pm
  • You can book onto this course up to 1 week after the start date. 
ES6LKJN18
795
Letterkenny, Co Donegal
  • 19/06/18 - 21/08/18 + 1 Sat
  • Tues 7-10pm
  • You can book onto this course up to 1 week after the start date. Start dates as set out above.
ES6ENMY18
795
Ennis, Co Clare
  • 09/07/18 - 01/10/18
  • Mon 7-10pm
  • You can book onto this course up to 1 week after the start date. 
ISN6JUL18
795
Portobello Institute, Dublin 1
  • 16/07/18 - 20/07/18
  • Mon - Fri 9.30 - 4.30pm
  • This is a 1 week intensive course
ES6NVSP18
795
Navan, Co Meath
  • 04/19/18 - 20/11/18
  • Tues 7-10pm
  • You can book onto this course up to 1 week after the start date. 
ES6PLSP18
795
Portlaoise
  • 04/09/18 - 20/11/18
  • Tues 7- 10pm
  • You can book onto this course up to 1 week after the start date. Start dates as set out above.
ES6KKSP18
795
Kilkenny, Co Kilkenny
  • 04/09/18 - 13/11/18
  • Tues 7pm - 10pm
  • You can book onto this course up to 1 week after the start date. Start dates as per above.
ES6LKSP18
795
Letterkenny, Co Donegal
  • 05/09/18 - 21/11/18
  • Wed, 7-10pm
ES6DDSP18
795
Dundrum, Dublin 16
  • 12/09/18 - 28/11/18
  • Wed, 7-10pm
  • You can book onto this course up to 1 week after the start date. Start dates as set out above.
ES6NBSP18
795
Newbridge, Co Kildare
  • 12/09/18 - 28/11/18
  • Wed 7- 10pm
  • You can book onto this course up to 1 week after the start date.  
ES6GCSP18
795
Galway, Co Galway
  • 18/09/18 - 04/12/18
  • Tue 7-10pm
  • You can book onto this course up to 1 week after the start date. 
ES6SWSP18
795
Swords, Co Dublin
  • 20/09/18 - 06/12/18
  • Thurs 7-10pm
  • You can book onto this course up to 1 week after the start date. 
ES6BLSP18
795
Blanchardstown, Dublin 15
  • 20/09/18 - 06/12/18
  • Thurs, 7-10pm
ES6CKSP18
795
Cork, Co Cork
  • 25/09/18 - 11/12/18
  • Tues, 7-10pm
ES6DSSP18
795
Portobello Institute, Dublin 1
  • 26/09/18 – 12/12/18
  • Wed 6:30-9:30pm
  • You can book onto this course up to 1 week after the start date.  
ES6GCJN19
795
Galway, Co Galway
  • 29/01/19 - 16/04/19
  • Tues 7-10pm
  • You can book onto this course up to 1 week after the start date.
ES6DDJN19
795
Dundrum, Dublin 16
  • 29/01/19 - 16/04/19
  • Tues 7pm - 10pm
  • You can book onto this course up to 1 week after the start date. 
ES6CWJA19
795
Carlow, Co Carlow
  • 29/01/19 - 16/04/19
  • Tues 7-10pm
  • You can book onto this course up to 1 week after the start date.  
ES6ENJA19
795
Ennis, Co Clare
  • 29/01/19 - 16/04/19
  • Tues 7- 10pm
  • You can book onto this course up to 1 week after the start date.  
ES6KKJA19
795
Kilkenny, Co Kilkenny
  • 29/01/19 - 16/04/19
  • Tues 7-10pm
  • You can book onto this course up to 1 week after the start date. 
ES6CBJA19
795
Castlebar, Co Mayo
  • 29/01/19 - 16/04/19
  • Tues 7-10pm
  • You can book onto this course up to 1 week after the start date.  
ES6CKJN19
795
Cork, Co Cork
  • 29/01/19 - 16/04/19
  • Tues 7pm - 10pm
  • You can book onto this course up to 1 week after the start date.
ES6LKJA19
795
Letterkenny, Co Donegal
  • 29/01/19 - 16/04/19
  • Tues 7pm - 10pm
  • You can book onto this course up to 1 week after the start date.
ES6SWJN19
795
Swords, Co Dublin
  • 29/01/19 - 16/04/19
  • Tues 7-10pm
  • You can book onto this course up to 1 week after the start date.  
ES6NVJN19
795
Navan, Co Meath
  • 29/01/19 - 16/04/19
  • Tues 7pm - 10pm
  • You can book onto this course up to 1 week  after the start date.  
ES6CBJN19
795
Celbridge
  • 29/01/19 - 16/04/19
  • Tues 7pm - 10pm
  • You can book onto this course up to 1 week after the start date.
ES6MGJN19
795
Mullingar
  • 29/01/19 - 16/04/19
  • Tues 7-10pm
  • You can book onto this course up to 1 week after the start date.
ES6ATJN19
795
Athlone, Co Westmeath
  • 29/01/19 - 16/04/19
  • Tues 7-10pm
  • You can book onto this course up to 1 week after the start date. 
ES6BLJN19
795
Blanchardstown, Dublin 15
  • 30/01/19 - 17/04/19
  • Wed 7-10pm
  • You can book onto this course up to 1 week after the start date. 
ES6DRJN19
795
Drogheda, Co Louth
  • 30/01/19 - 17/04/19
  • Wed 7- 10pm
  • You can book onto this course up to 1 week after the start date.
ES6DKJA19
795
Dundalk, Co Louth
  • 30/01/19 - 17/04/19
  • Wed 7-10pm + 1 Sat
  • You can book onto this course up to 1 week after the start date.  
ES6SLJN19
795
Sligo Town, Co Sligo
  • 30/01/19 - 17/04/19
  • Wed 7pm-10pm
  • You can book onto this course up to 1 week after the start date.
ES6WDJA19
795
Waterford, Co Waterford
  • 30/01/19 - 17/04/19
  • Wed 7- 10pm + 1 Sat
  • You can book onto this course up to 1 week after the start date.
EC6WWJN19
795
Wicklow town, Co Wicklow
  • 30/01/19 - 17/04/19
  • Wed 7pm - 10pm
  • You can book onto this course up to 1 week after the start date.
ES6WXJN19
795
Wexford, Co Wexford
  • 30/01/19 - 17/04/19
  • Wed, 7-10pm + 1 Sat
  • You can book onto this course up to 1 week after the start date.
ES6DGJN19
795
Donegal town, Co Donegal
  • 30/01/19 - 17/04/19
  • Wed, 7-10pm
  • You can book onto this course up to 1 week after the start date.  

Additional Course Costs

Please read Course Payment Information for full details as to when you will make these additional course payments.

  • QQI Registration Fee: included