Coláiste an Chreagáin

Special Needs Assisting 5M4468


Level 5 Special Needs Assisting 5M4468 APPLY NOW

Our QQI Level 5 Major award programme is designed to enable learners to work effectively as Special Needs Assistants and gain an understanding of the skills required to ensure children and others they are working with become independent learners.This course will also prepare learners who wish to continue with Further and Higher Education.

Learners will receive training in the skills, knowledge and understanding of the role of the special needs assistant in different settings.


Learners will need to complete a total of 8 modules to achieve the major award.

Work Experience

Work experience takes place one day per week throughout the academic year.

Students have a practical opportunity here to apply theory, knowledge and interpersonal skills in a variety of settings.

How this course is taught

Coláiste an Chreagáin had developed a style of teaching to meet the demands of a diverse community of learners.

  • Learners develop skills of analysis, critical thinking, problem solving and reflective practice
  • A range of advanced multimedia and internet based technologies are used to engage students and bring the subject to life
  • Regulated Clinical Placements (Work Experience)
  • Vital supports are tailored to the needs of the individual learners
  • Career guidance assistance regarding further career development

Career Opportunities

Learners will have the opportunity to progress to higher education or to work as a special needs assistant in different settings.


This is a one-year, full-time course that runs from September to May

Entry Requirements

  • Education: No formal education or qualifications are required although applicants may have participated in primary and secondary education. Applicants will be expected to demonstrate a standard of knowledge, skill and competence equivalent to NFQ Level 4 when accessing a Level 5 programme.
  • Aptitude: 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.



Fees this year are €175 to complete this course.

An exam free of €50 for QQI Level 5 applies to all learners except
 Those in receipt of Back to Education Allowance.
 Medical Card Holders (valid at time of Registration).

Non EU Students are subject to an International Fee.

We advise non-EU citizens living outside Ireland to contact the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service on to ensure the course you are considering applying for is eligible for a student visa. Non-EU citizens living in Ireland are welcome to apply and require a PPS number (Personal Public Service Number). Non-EU citizens are required to pay a tuition fee set by the Irish government which is currently €3653. Some exemptions apply, for further information, please contact .


Special Features

Course is directed by professional and qualified tutors who are credited with a wealth of practical experience. Preparation for employment in a wide variety of settings including schools (special, pre-school and crèches), day-care, residential care, and after school programmes.


This programme is structured to provide graduates with a Certificate in Community Health Services. Also there is the opportunity to progress to other Further and Higher Education Courses. This enables students, who may not have the required Leaving Certificate points, entry to their desired course from the CAO system. The successful completion of this PLC course can provide the opportunity to achieve up to 390 points and gain access to 3rd Level or for mature students who did not complete a Leaving Certificate to gain access to 3rd Level by applying through the CAO system,

Please Note

Coláiste an Chreagáin reserves the right to make changes to any course, to limit the number of places available or to withdraw a course. No part of this information shall be deemed to form a contract between the college and a student or a third party.

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25 2024
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School Closed - May Day Bank Holiday
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