Special Needs Assistant QQI Level 5 | 5N1786

Applications for this course are currently closed. We hope to start this course again in the coming months. You can express your interest in this course, and receive email updates when applications for it open again.
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You can also contact our Information Officers at any stage if you would like more information about this courseTheir contact details are below. 
Rebecca Rudden (Information Officer, Swords)
Email: rebeccarudden@ddletbaes.ie Phone: (01) 840 8946
Kevin McCabe (Information Officer, Balbriggan)
Email: kevinmccabe@ddletbaes.ie Phone (01) 841 7763

Course Information

The aim of this course is to provide students with the necessary skills and qualification to work as an SNA in a primary or secondary school.


This module is structured to provide students with a high standard of training and assessment leading to a recognised qualification in Special Needs. The course also provides students with the opportunity to pursue a QQI Level 5 or Level 6 course within our centre.

Entry Requirements

All candidates are required to have an interest in working with children. To ensure that you are offered a place on a course which is at the right level for you and appropriate to your learning needs all applicants are assessed prior to placement on the course.


QQI Level 5 Module 5N1786


This course will be:
Part Time – Day, Evening and Weekend Options

Work Experience Placement

Work experience is a core element of this programme. Students will be required to complete 30 hours of work experience throughout the module, which they will be required to organise themselves. Students must also be Garda Vetted.


This course is funded under BTEI funding. In order to be eligible, applicants must be;

  • An Early School leaver, and/or
  • In receipt of a Social Welfare Payment or
  • Have a GP or Medical Card
  • Students can pay a fee if they are not eligible for funding
  • Signing for Credits


This course takes place in Balbriggan and Swords.