Parttime Classroom Generic programmes and qualifications

SNA Programme – Special Needs Assisting QQI 5

The purpose of this award is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence in the
practices and principles underpinning the role of a Special Needs Assistant to enable the learner to
work effectively under direction in a special needs capacity.

Start Date: 04-09-2024 Hours/week: 02 Hrs 30 Mins Duration: 15 weeks


Day Mornings Afternoons Evenings
Education Requirements
Applicants will be expected to demonstrate a standard of knowledge, skill and competence equivalent to NFQ Level 4 when accessing a Level 5 programme

Age Requirements
Learners must have reached the statutory school leaving age

Learning Aptitude
Good verbal and written command of the English language with good comprehension skills.
Applicants must have a motivation to learn, an interest in the subject and the ability to acquire the knowledge, skills and competencies set out in the course.

Previous Experience
Applicants must be able to demonstrate a moderate range of knowledge, skills and
competencies relevant to the course, be able to work with responsibility and demonstrate the
ability to work on their own initiative

Module Award Body
Special Needs Assisting Special Needs Assisting (5N1786) QQI
1 Explore the role and responsibilities of the Special Needs Assistant.
2 Examine the qualities and skills of an effective Special Needs Assistant.
3 Examine the relevant legislation in relation to disability.
4 Explore the rights of children with disabilities in relation to personal autonomy, participation and decision making.
5 Relate effectively and appropriately to children who present with additional needs.
6 Use care routines in feeding, toileting and general hygiene.
7 Maintain appropriate relationships with children, parents, primary carers, teachers and other members of the multi-disciplinary team.
8 Work effectively with children who present with disabilities under the direction of the classroom teacher.
9 Assist children with disabilities in a range of activities, ensuring equality of opportunity
through working in a safe and professional manner
10 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. (See Aistear/Siolta guidelines from birth to 6).


Dungarvan Adult Education Centre


Wolfe Tone Road, Dungarvan


  • Free Parking
  • Wheel Chair Access

Contact Details

Course Contact:
Mary Upton


051 393794