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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.

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.

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.

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. Learners 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 a list of scheduled workshops.

Learners must complete 100 hours work experience to complete the course and must secure this placement themselves.

If students do not wish to study the full award; you can now book onto the Theory and Practice modules separately. (Click here for this option)

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. Occupational First Aid (additional fee)

What our students have to say...

Orla Corrigan - Accepted onto University Limerick's (UL) MSc in Speech and Language Therapy Masters Programme

"I began the course at the end of January 2014 with my final exam scheduled for July 2015.
I completed the course on a part time basis, whilst working full time.
Five years ago, I completed my undergraduate degree in Languages for International  Communication in DCU. Since then, I have been working in a customer facing role in a global semiconductor company. Although I learned a lot during this time, I realised this sector is not where my passion lies.
I have always enjoyed working with people, both young and old, and somehow came up with the idea that a job in speech and language therapy might be something that I would enjoy.
I applied to the MSc in Speech and Language Therapy in UL but unfortunately I was unsuccessful with my initial application so I went about researching courses in the sector.

I researched a lot of courses at the time finally settling on Portobello’s programme as it included a work experience module of 100 hours. Work experience is near to impossible to arrange privately in this sector but Portobello were able to arrange for me to undertake work experience in St. James’s Hospital Speech and Language Therapy Department. This was fantastic experience which allowed me to apply the theoretical knowledge gained in the classroom to real life settings. I was also able to arrange further work experience with a private company “Spectrum Health”, based on the fact that I was enrolled on the programme in Portobello Institute.

I found the course itself great, there was more work involved than I had initially thought there would be but the tutor was excellent, well prepared and very knowledgeable. She was also very encouraging in relation to all the students future plans in the field and gave insight and advice based on her own personal experiences.

Now that I am nearing the end of this course I realise that I gained a lot more than I had planned. As a result of doing this course I have finally been accepted onto the MSc Speech and Language Therapy Masters programme in UL and feel I am going into it with a brilliant understanding of the topic. I also now know this is 100% the area that I want to pursue.

Roisin Rooney - Accepted onto Queen Margaret Uni's 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." 


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

Cost: 1999 Euro

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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

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