Course Code: 5N1786 / 5N2396 / 6N1957

Course Delivery:

Why Choose Our Blended Learning Courses?

Progressive College’s Blended Learning Courses are delivered through live online webinars, pre-recorded lectures, and with access to associated reading materials on our learning platform Moodle. Courses delivered in this way facilitates learning that is interactive, flexible, and personalised.

Learners will have support through contact with their online blended learning tutor by email once a week, during specified times, throughout the duration of the course.  In addition, Learners will also receive support from members of our academic team, who are available, during office hours, to answer any questions learners might have, or to assist them if they experience difficulty in accessing course materials.  This ensures that learners are not left on their own and that they receive the support that they need throughout the duration of their course.

What is expected of a learner who chooses this method of learning

Blended Learning, by its very nature requires learners to engage in self-directed learning.  Learners will set their own learning goals with the support of the tutor and  will have the advantage of having more responsibility for their learning than in a classroom setting.


Progressive College's QQI Level 5 & Level 6 Minor Award Special Needs Assisting Course is a qualification that will allow you to work as a special needs assistant. This combined SNA Blended Online course consists of three modules: Special Needs Assisting (Level 5 5N1786), Children with Additional Needs (Level 5 5N2396), and Special Needs Assisting (Level 6 6N1957). This course provides the learner with an in-depth understanding of children with additional needs, the role of an special needs assistant, and Irish Legislation.

The SNA Online Blended course is completed through pre-recorded and live online webinars. Learners will have support through contact with their online blended learning tutor by email throughout the duration of the course. This course consists of three component certificates: QQI Level 5 Children with Additional Needs, QQI Level 5 Special Needs Assisting and QQI Level 6 Special Needs Assisting.

Completing this SNA course will ensure you gain valuable insight from all three modules which makes you stand out when seeking employment. Upon completing this course, you will hold a QQI Level 5 & Level 6 Minor Award in Special Needs Assisting enabling you to work as a special needs assistant.

Budget 2022 has allocated around €9.2Bn for education, allowing the creation of over 1,100 new Special Needs Assistant jobs in Ireland. Read more about the news here.

Course Fee Information:

Pay In Full – €699

Pay In Installments – €860

(€215 deposit & 3 monthly instalments paid consecutively of €215 starting when the course begins)




The course aims to develop skills, knowledge and understanding of the role of the Special Needs Assistant and promote good practice among those working in the school system. You will develop the capacity to work and communicate effectively with parents, families, colleagues and other professionals to safeguard, support and promote children’s learning, development and well-being.

SKU: N/A Category:

Entry Requirements & Assessments

No prior skills, knowledge or competence in the award subject matter will be required of the learner for successful entry to the programme; but learners will be expected to have a minimum of Ordinary Level Leaving Certificate standard of education or equivalent and/or experience.  Proficiency in English language is required, together with a strong interest in (subject).
Learners whose first language is not English will be required to provide proof of proficiency in the English language through satisfactory performance on an internationally recognised test (e.g. IELTS 5.5) or other similar English Language qualifications.

Progressive College are committed to providing equal access to education and equal opportunities for mature students (23 years +).  Mature applicants do not need to match school-leavers in terms of academic achievement, provided there is evidence of the ability to pursue and benefit from the course, but candidates must be 23 years of age or over on the 1st January of the year of entry to their programme of study.  Mature students must also have proficiency in the English language.


Continuous Assessment

Continuous Assessment

You will be required to complete 60 hours of work experience. This will give you hands on practical experience and enhance your overall learning experience. You will be required to secure your own work placement and to be garda vetted.

Course Content

During this course, you will learn about development and learning in children with special needs and about the role of an SNA. You will learn about child development and behaviour theories. Learners will also explore different activities that promote physical, social, emotional and intellectual development in children with a variety of disabilities. This course will explore the role of the Multi-Disciplinary Teams to ensue integration, inclusion, and equal opportunities. This SNA Online Blended Course also includes an overview of the primary and secondary school curriculum.

Modules of this course includes:

  • Record Keeping
  • Disability Awareness
  • Equal Opportunities
  • Integration and Inclusion
  • Irish Legislation – EPSEN Act
  • Individual Education Plans (IEP’s)
  • Educational Provisions
  • Drama, Music
  • General Learning Difficulties

All our tutors are highly qualified in their field and have considerable experience in the field of special needs education. Our tutors are extremely supportive to all learners who are new in their journey in the area of special needs assisting.

Location & date:

Location Enrolment Deadline Starts Delivery
Online Accepting final Applications 25th November Recorded Classes & Live Lectures