Course Description

Special Needs Assisting (Community Health Services)



This Level 5 Major Award enables the learner to develop the knowledge, skills and competence to work under supervision in a range of community health service settings & school settings or to progress to further and/or higher education and training.

What Will I Study?

  • Care Support (5N0758)
  • Care Provision and Practice (5N2705)
  • Communications (5N0690)
  • Intellectual Disability Studies (5N1652)
  • Person-Centred Focus to Disability (5N1728)
  • Special Needs Assisting (5N1786)
  • Understanding Special Needs (5N1709)
  • Work Experience (5N1356)
CollegeKerry College of Further Education & Training
Course LocationTralee, Kerry
Course CategorySpecial Needs Assistant Training, Educational & Teacher Training
Course TypeClassroom Based
Course QualificationLevel 5 Certificate
Awarding BodyQQI
Awarding Body DetailsQQI Level 5
Course Start Date11th September 2023
Course End Date31st May 2024
Course Duration38 Weeks
Course Fee0
Entry RequirementsApplicants must have reached the current statutory school leaving age (16+). QQI Level 4 or its equivalent. Mature applicant route available. Good numerical, interpersonal and communication skills are essential, including verbal and written command of the English language. Common European Framework B1 or equivalent required. Applicants must express an interest in learning new things and practicing new skills. Experience working or volunteering in an inclusive educational environment is an advantage but not a necessity. Garda vetting is a requirement for this programme and participation is subject to a satisfactory outcome of the Garda vetting process Non-EU/EEA applicants must have permission to work in Ireland.
Carear PathLearners will develop the skills to work with children and their families, maintaining a healthy and safe environment to support the development of the child through play and a variety of other activities. On successful completion employment may be gained in Primary Schools, Post-Primary Schools and Third Level Colleges working as a Classroom Assistant, a Special Needs Assistant and/or a Personal Assistant. If you complete a QQI major award with Kerry College, you may use your results to progress to third level (University, Technological University or Institute of Technology). You should check individual university websites for specific entry criteria for courses. There is a separate section on the CAO application for applying using your QQI results from Kerry College in the same way you use your Leaving Certificate results. You may also apply under the QQI Higher Education Links Scheme (HELS). A limited number of places are available each year.
Phone0667149696/0646622593
Course Code369514
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