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 

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.



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.


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: 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


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.


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