Special Needs Assistant
QQI Level 5 - Intellectual Disability Practice (5M1761)


  • Intellectual Disability Studies
  • Empowering the Individual
  • Community Inclusion
  • Facilitating Learning
  • Work Experience
  • Challenging Behaviour
  • First Aid Response
  • Patient Manual Lifting and Handling
  • NVCIT Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Training
  • Teamworking
  • Human Growth and Development


  • Primary Schools – Special Needs Assistant
  • Pre-School – Special Needs Assistant
  • Personal Assistant
  • Second Level Schools – Special Needs Assistant
  • Out of School Projects
  • Back to School Projects

Courses Description

This full-time course prepares students to work as a Special Needs Assistant in preschool and primary school settings. It is suitable for both school-leavers and for experienced mature persons seeking a formal qualification.

Minimum Entry Requirements

  • Leaving Certificate/Leaving Certificate Applied or equivalent.
  • Successful completion of interview.
  • Written references.
  • Applicants will be required to undertake Garda vetting.


The full QQI Level 5 Certificate facilitates entry, on a competitive basis, to a range of third-level institutions nationwide and QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Social Care and QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Childcare. Further details are available from the relevant institutions, and/or on the QQI website www.qqi.ie

  • Specific progression links are available with WIT and IT Carlow for this course (see page 47 of brochure).


QQI Level 5 – Intellectual Disability Practice (5M1761)

Work Experience

Work experience placement in a related vocational area is an integral part of this course. Students must obtain one day per week work experience for the academic year. The day will be specified by the College. There will also be a two week block placement at the end of the first term.

Additional Costs

There are no tuition fees, however costs may be anticipated for:

  • Textbooks – approx. €100
  • First Aid Response
  • Patient and Manual Handling
  • Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Training – €200 (total cost of 3 extra training courses)


One Year

N.B. Due to ongoing developments in QQI awards, names and content are subject to change.

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