Special Needs Assisting Studies – Community Care Award 5M2786 | 5M2786

Course modules

5N2705 Care Provision and Practice
5N1794 Safety & Health at Work
5N1279 Human Growth & Development
5N0690 Communications
5N1356 Work Experience
5N2770 Care Skills
5N1652 Intellectual Disability Studies
5N1786 Special Needs Assisting

Click HERE to apply to for September 2023


This 1-year part-time course is an excellent opportunity to equip the learner with an adaptable skillset to work in a variety of areas such as a Special Needs Assistant (SNA) in a primary or post primary school setting, community support and community development or healthcare.


The course is QQI level 5 certified and offers progression pathways to employment or further education at level 6. It is also recognised as a pathway to third level education in areas such as Social Care, Community Development and Youthwork.

Entry Requirements

The learner may have an existing vocationally specific skillset and seek reskilling/upskilling in order to re-enter the workforce. A completed second level education is desired, however, if the learner has not achieved a previous formal qualification, it is expected that the learner will be able to demonstrate the levels of competency associated with the NFQ level 4 when accessing the programme.

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NFQ Level 5 QQI Certification in Community Care 5M2786


Part-time course over 1 year

Work Experience Placement

Work experience is a core element of this programme. Students will be required to complete 60 hours of placement over the course.

Garda Vetting 

All students need to be Garda Vetted for this course, which will be processed through the Adult Education Service.


This course is funded under BTEI funding. In order to be eligible, applicants must be:

  • An Early School leaver, and/or
  • In receipt of a Social Welfare Payment or
  • Have a GP or Medical Card
  • Students can pay a fee if they are not eligible for funding
  • Signing for Credits

This course will be located in Balbriggan, Castlemill Education Centre