• CERTIFICATION:QQI Level 6 Award in Inclusive Education & Training (6M2263)
  • DURATION:1 Year 


The SNA role has become a vital part of Irish education.  Special Needs Assistants are now found in most classrooms in Primary Education and often in Secondary too.  This course concentrates on specific special needs, both physical and intellectual, and teaches how to get the best for the client out of the education system in spite of any disadvantage experienced.  The approach encompasses practical solutions as well as a thorough understanding of the issues.  For people interested in dedicating themselves to this vital role in our society, this course is invaluable.

Programme of Study
  • Special Needs Assisting 
  • Inclusive Education Practice 
  • Disability Awareness 
  • Assistive Technology 
  • Learning Difficulty Awareness 
  • Differentiated Learning & Instruction 
  • Communications 
  • Work Experience  

*Components subject to change

Entry Requirements
  • A Level 5 qualification in a relevant area [e.g. Healthcare Support or Childcare]. 
  • Mature learners – experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications  
Career Opportunities
  • The national policy is to increase very substantially the number of SNAs in the education system.  This will mean recruiting a lot of new people, and jobs for suitably qualified graduates should be plentiful. These are likely to be stable jobs, secure enough to sustain long-term careers.   
Higher Education Progression*

Learners may be eligible to apply through the CAO and/or the Higher Education Links Scheme (HELS) for entry to year one of a range of higher certificate and degree programmes at Technological Institutes and Universities 

Course Co-Ordinator


Student Profile

Louise Connolly 

louise connolly "I would highly recommend the Inclusive Education and Training course to anyone interested in working in the area of education and special educational needs. It was thoroughly enjoyable and the knowledge I gained through the course was invaluable for my journey going forward. The content is high pace but with Oonagh’s guidance, the work was broken down into easily accessible chunks which made it absolutely doable. One of the most valuable parts of this course is the work experience module. This helped me shape my educational journey moving forward and I’m hopeful to begin a masters next year and work towards a career in educational psychology. "

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