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This Health Service Skills Certificate with an emphasis on Speech and Language Therapy 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 minimize 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 behavioral 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.

Please contact 01 8920000 or for further course details.

Qualifications Gained

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

Entry Requirements

Entry to this course is by direct application to the college. There are no previous academic requirements. 

Course Structure

This is a part time course. Delivery is by blended learning with a combination of distance learning modules and modules delivered by attending part -time classes for duration as listed in the dates given. Learner can start this blended learning programme at any stage by starting their distance learning modules. Students are also required to complete day workshops, usually held on a Sat and run approx 1 per month. See here for workshop schedule.

In January, students will study the Theory and Practice modules of the programme.

Course Content Modules

  1. Care Support
  2. Anatomy and Physiology

  3. Communications
  4. Human Growth and Development
  5. Infection Prevention & Control
  6. Speech & Language Therapy Assistant Theory *
  7. Speech & Language Therapy Assistant Practice *
  8. Work Experience
  9. Workplace Statutory Policies and Procedures
  10. Occupational First Aid (additional fee)

Study Options

Theory & Practice modules on their own €1,199

Health Service Skills Award €1,799

Theory & Practice modules with Health Service Skills full major award €1,999

By completing the additional Health Service skills you can gain a full major award in Health Service Skills with Speech & Language

What our students have to say...

Roisin Rooney - Accepted into Queen Margaret Uni (Speech and Language Degree Programme)- "I am currently studying this course on a part time basis. My interest in this area began whilst studying my final year in Arts in NUIG when it was spoken about at a careers seminar. I started to apply to various postgraduate and undergraduate courses both here and in the UK but after two years of failed attempts I looked at alternative routes and found this course (the only FETAC one I could find!)
I loved this course from the very start, the tutor is a trained speech and language therapist so the information obtained was very relevant and interesting and she was great at helping us with queries or questions we had on the coursework and going through our assignment briefs.
The classes are kept small making it easier to form friendships and share ideas and opinions on the subject matter.
I am delighted to say I have recently been accepted into Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh on their undergraduate Speech and Language Therapy programme. I have no doubt in my mind that after two years of failed attempts prior to enrolling with Portobello Institute this course has helped hugely in securing my place with them. The additional 100 hours of work placement required as part of Portobello’s course is also very admirable to future employers and lecturers.
I am excited for my new career path and my future. This course has cemented the fact that I am now more interested in the area of speech and language therapy than I ever was."

Protection for Learners

QQI have introduced a mandatory insurance protection policy fee that must be paid by students enrolled on all courses with a duration of 12 weeks or over. This insurance cost is in addition to your course fees. 


Name: speech & language therapy Assistant Part time (Health Care Skills)

Cost: 1799 Euro

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Course CodePrice and LocationInfo
Portobello Institute, Dublin 1
  • Students can commence online learning at any time
  • Study at own pace
  • This is a blended learning course with classroom contact hours.  

Additional Course Costs

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

  • Protection for Learners Insurance fee: €80
  • QQI exam fee: Included in course cost