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Special Needs Assisting Levels 5 & 6

QQI Level 5 & 6 SNA courses offer a qualification that will allow you to
work as a special needs assistant. For example, this can be in hospitals, care homes, and primary and secondary schools.

SNAs play an important role in assisting the teacher. They support students with special educational needs who have significant care needs.

On completion of our courses, you will hold a QQI accredited award in Special Needs Assisting. This course is an essential introduction to the role of an SNA and allows you to work as an SNA. The course includes the different theories in special needs education that will not only prepare you to work as an SNA but also a pathway to further studies.

Certification: QQI level 5 SNA (5N1786)

Certification: QQI level 6 SNA (6N1957) 


  • Special Needs Assisting (5N1786)
  • Special Needs Assistant (6N1957)

Places available: 20

Course Requirements: For those with English as a second language, a good standard of both written and spoken English is required.  

Who should complete this course?

  • People who wish to pursue a career in Childcare or as a Special Needs Assistant (SNA).
  • People looking to gain a QQI Level 5 or Level 6 Major Award in Early Childhood Care and Education.
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