Course Code: 5N1786 / 5N2396

Course Delivery:

Why Choose our Online Blended Course?

Our SNA Blended/Online Course is delivered through live online webinars, pre-recorded lectures, and classroom skill demonstrations sessions. Delivered in this way learning is interactive, flexible, and personalised.

Learners will be in contact with their course tutor throughout the programme. Our tutors are available and responsive via phone and email, ensuring learners are not left on their own and they receive the support needed throughout the duration of their course.

Learners will also receive support from our academic team who are available to answer any questions learners might have or to assist them if they experience difficulty in accessing course materials.


The College of Progressive Education’s QQI Level 5 SNA Course Minor Award  is a qualification that will allow you to work as a special needs assistant in a variety of settings including Primary and Secondary schools. This QQI Level 5 SNA Online Blended course consists of two component certificates. These are the QQI Level 5 Children with Additional Needs module and QQI Level 5 Special Needs Assisting module. The course is designed to meet the training needs of those working or volunteering as a Special Needs Assistant.

The purpose of this course is to equip the learner with the competence to work effectively, under guidance, with children with additional needs. This course includes topics such as physical disabilities, specific and general learning disabilities, hearing and visual impairments, and medical conditions. This SNA course provides the learner with the knowledge and understanding of the context of special needs, associated issues, and approaches used.

The Special Needs Assistant 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 phone and by email throughout the duration of the course. Upon completing this course, you will hold a QQI Level 5 Minor Award in Special Needs Assisting, allowing you to work as a special needs assistant. This course is an essential introduction to the role of an SNA and theories in special needs education. This Level 5 SNA Course will prepare you for QQI Level 6 Minor award in special needs assisting, should you wish to further your studies.

Budget 2020 has allocated around €11 billion pumped into education, allowing the creation of 1,000 new Special Needs Assistant jobs in Ireland. Read more about the news here.

Course Fee Information:


Pay In Full - €495

Pay In Installments - €600

(€300 deposit & 1 instalments paid of €300 starting when the course begins)

The course fee is already inclusive all documentation, lecturing, learner registration, and QQI certification fees. There are no other fees to pay.



This QQI Level 5 Special Needs Assistant Course is designed to meet the training needs of those working or volunteering as a Special Needs Assistant. 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.

SKU: N/A Category:

Entry Requirements:

During this Level 5 SNA Online Blended 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 and how a range of activities can promote physical, social, emotional and intellectual development in children with additional disabilities. 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.

Modules of this course includes:

  • The Role of the Special Needs Assistant
  • Theories of Learning and Behaviour
  • Physical and Intellectual Disabilities
  • Communication and Language Disabilities
  • Child Protection
  • Equal Opportunities
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Speech & Language Disorders
  • Assisting with toileting, feeding and general hygiene

All our tutors are highly qualified in their field and have a wealthy 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.

Assessment / Examinations:

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

You will be required to complete 30 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.

Location & date:

Location Cut Off Starts Delivery
Nationwide Open for Enrolling 6th October 2021 Recorded Classes & Live Webinars