Level 5

RefCourse titleTypeFT/PTHubElectives
5M4468 Special Needs Assistant FTSpecial Needs Assistant

For full details of the programme click the course link above.


The course leads to Community Health Services QQI level 5 5M4468. 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.

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.

Special Needs Assistant General Information

Employment and Career Opportunities Examples

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

  • Primary Education Settings
  • Post Primary Education Settings

Progression Examples

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