1 Year


The overall aim of the programme is to provide the learner with the opportunity to acquire the knowledge, skill and competence to work independently in the area of Speech Therapy Assistant and under supervision in a supportive role within the Health Service.  The course is designed to give anyone with an interest in this area, an understanding and appreciation of the role of Speech & Language Therapy within the Healthcare profession and provides for the acquisition of relevant theoretical and practical skills along with relevant work experience in a healthcare setting.

Entry Requirements

An interest in working as a Healthcare Professional.

Programme of Study

Core Modules

  • Communications
  • Care Support
  • Work Experience
  • Infection Prevention and Control
  • Rehabilitation Support
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Speech & Language Therapy Practice
  • Speech & Language Therapy Theory
Modules offered may be subject to change due to resource demands.


Additional Training

Occupational First Aid and Patient Moving & Handling is also offered.

Work Experience

Supervised clinical experience in nursing homes, hospitals, and other health facilities is incorporated into this course.  This will take the form of one day per week for the academic year 

Students will be required to undertake Garda Vetting procedures prior to work placement.

Career Opportunities

The Healthcare Service Skills award is the Department of Health’s recommended qualification for all Healthcare Assistants working in the public and private sector.  Physiotherapy, Speech Therapy and Occupational Therapy assistants can work in any healthcare setting under the supervision of qualified Physiotherapists, Speech Therapists or Occupational Therapists.


Graduates who achieve the required standard may progress to further studies in the FET sector at level 6 or to IT Colleges/Universities through the Higher Education Links Scheme as outlined in this brochure.