• Code: OA
  • Certification:QQI Level 5 Certificate in Community Care (5M2786) First Aid (BIFE) People Handling (BIFE) Child Protection (TUSLA)
  • Duration: One Year


This course in Special Needs Assisting and Intellectual Disability studies is designed to provide students with the knowledge, practical skills and qualifications required to pursue a career as a Special Needs Assistant or Personal Assistant to individuals of all ages in a variety of Educational contexts and Community care settings.

Programme of Study
  • Special Needs Assisting
  • Human Growth & Development
  • Intellectual Disability Studies
  • Understanding Special Needs
  • Care Provision & Practice
  • Safety & Health at Work
  • Work Experience
  • Communications

Components subject to change

Entry Requirements

One of the following:

  • Leaving Certificate or its equivalent. Extenuating circumstances may be considered
  • Leaving Certificate Applied Award with a merit profile
  • Full QQI Level 4 Award with a merit profile
  • Mature Applicants - experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications

Garda Vetting and 2 references are necessary prior to work experience placement. Learners must source their own work placement.

Career Opportunities
  • Employment in a variety of educational contexts and community care settings
Higher Education Progression*

Examples of potential courses include:

  • BIFE:

BTEC Higher National Diploma in Healthcare Practice (Applied Social Studies) Level 6+ (HC)

  • Carlow College:

Applied Social Studies-Professional Social Care level 7 (PC404)

  • IT Carlow:

Applied Social Studies in Professional Social Care (Wexford) level 8 (CW068)

  • Blanchardstown IT:

Applied Social Studies in Social Care level 8 (TU991)

  • UCD:

Social Policy & Sociology level 8 (DN750)

Course Co-ordinator

Anne O Malley

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