• Course runs over 12 Weeks
  • Start Date: Tuesday, 24th September 2024
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Course runs over 12 Weeks
Start Date: Tuesday, 24th September 2024


Please note that funding options are available to view your options click HERE

This course is designed for people working or planning to work with Children with special needs as a Special Needs Assistant.  Most special needs assistants will work in an educational setting for children with special needs, including primary and secondary school settings.


Learners will acquire knowledge, skills and competence in the role of the Special Needs Assistant, learning how to effectively relate to children with special needs.
Working within the principles of good practice (e.g confidentiality, inclusion, independence, boundaries, etc.) they will learn how to form appropriate relationships with the children, their parents, their primary carers, teachers and other professionals.

Preferred entry level and entry requirements

It is preferable that learners have either a QQI Level 4 certificate or equivalent qualifications and/or relevant life and work experiences

English Language Requirements

Learners whose first language is not English must show that they meet a certain standard of English language proficiency.

This can be proven through any one of the following methods:

  • Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) Level B2 or higher
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) – Minimum overall band score of 6
  • Successful completion of a qualification at an equivalent level through the medium of English

Recognition of Prior Learning

Prior learning can only be applied to gain admission to a programme and does not allow learners the opportunity to skip individual modules.

On this course, learners will:

  • Explore the role and responsibilities of the Special Needs Assistant
  • Examine the qualities and skills of an effective Special Needs Assistant
  • Examine relevant legislation in relation to disability
  • Explore the rights of children with disabilities in relation to personal autonomy, participation and decision making
  • Relate effectively and appropriately to children who present with additional needs
  • Use care routines in feeding, toileting and general hygiene
  • Maintain appropriate relationships with children parents, primary carers, teachers and other members of the multidisciplinary team
  • Work effectively with children who present with disabilities under the direction of the classroom teacher
  • Assist children with disabilities in a range of activities, ensuring equality of opportunity through working in a safe and professional manner
  • Reflect on personal practice working with children, their parents or guardians and colleagues ensuring that children’s individuality is promoted and that their needs are met.

Transfer and Progression:

Information and guidance is available to all learners on potential transfer and progression pathways.

Protection for Enrolled Learners
Protection for Enrolled Learners is not required as this course is less than 3 months in duration.

NOTE: Each learner must complete a minimum of 20 hours work experience to enable them to acquire knowledge, skill, competence and have some assessments carried out in a notified Early Childhood Care and Education setting or recognised equivalent.