QQI Level 5 Community Health Services - Code 5M4468


1 year Full-time

Course type



The purpose of this award is to enable the learner to acquire the knowledge, skills and competence to work as a special needs assistant in a range of education settings, such as primary and post-primary.

Entry Requirements          

  • Leaving Cert/Leaving Cert Applied or its equivalent. 
  • For mature students, work experience will be considered in lieu of formal education.

Programme of Study

Core Modules
  • Understanding Special Needs
  • Special Needs Assisting
  • Communications
  • Work Experience
  • Equality and Disability
  • Human Growth & Development
  • School Age Childcare
  • Care Provision and Practice
  • Child Development
Elective Modules
  • Human Growth & Development

Modules offered may be subject to change due to resource demands.

Work Experience

A period of work experience is incorporated in this programme.

Career Opportunities

Graduates from this course will be qualified to support the learning environment of children attending different education settings.


Graduates who achieve the required standard may progress to further studies in Institutes of Technology and Universities.  Examples of progression courses include:

  • Early Childcare & Education Level 6 (available in the College) – a minimum of 5 credits at QQI Level 5 is required.
  • DIT, DT571 Social Care
  • DIT, DT572 Early Childhood Education
  • IT Blanchardstown, BN118 Early Childhood Education