SPECIAL NEEDS ASSISTING (SNA) QQI Level 5

Our current SNA courses commenced in January 2019. Next courses will commence in September 2019.

The purpose of this award is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence in the practices and principles underpinning the role of a Special Needs Assistant.

The SNA module is typically held over 14 sessions. Learners must complete a minimum of 30 hours work placement in a pre-school, primary, post-primary or special school where children with special educational needs are educated. This will enable the learner to gain invaluable experience through which they will be able to apply theory to the actual practice of working as a student SNA in an educational setting.

This SNA module is like no other of its kind. It is a bespoke course that goes beyond the remit of the QQI learning outcomes to ensure that our learners graduate as exceptional SNA professionals. The course is delivered by a highly-experienced qualified professional in the field of Special Education. Tutor qualifications here

Course outline

  • The context and history of SNA provision in Ireland.
  • Inclusion & equal opportunities.
  • Legislation pertaining to special education and disability.
  • The role of the SNA in accordance with the Dept. of Education and Skills.
  • The qualities and skills necessary to work as an effective SNA.
  • The importance of maintaining professional relationships with all members of the multidisciplinary team.
  • The role of SNA in facilitating activities of daily living (self-care skills).
  • Communication and language development.
  • Evidence-based strategies and approaches used in special education.
  • Positive approaches to challenging behaviours.
  • Categories of special educational needs – Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, General Learning Disabilities, Specific Learning Difficulties etc.

Additional Learning

  • Academic writing and referencing skills.
  • Critical thinking and reflection skills.
  • Obtaining work as an SNA (CV/Interview skills workshop).

 Additional Workshops (optional)   

Learners will have the opportunity to enrol on the following professional development workshops. All of these workshops, with the exception of PECS, are six hours in duration and delivered over one Saturday or two evenings:

  • First-Aid course tailored toward working in a school environment.
  • Lámh Sign Language (Module 1: The Alphabet plus 100 signs).
  • Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) * 2-day course.
  • Understanding Autism.
  • Understanding Dyslexia
  • Positive, Proactive and Preventative approaches to Challenging Behaviours.
  • Manual Handling
  • Multi-Sensory Maths Training

Venue: Leixlip Youth & Community Centre

Course 1: Wednesday 09 January – Wed 10 April 2019

Course 2: Thursday 10 January – Thu 11 April 2019

Both courses are mornings sessions: 09:45am-12:45pm each week

To book a place on one of the above courses, email synergylifelonglearning@gmail.com

* Each course is subject to a minimum enrolment of twelve learners.

Assessment

This course is assessed through two written assignments. There is a significant amount of work involved and the assignments must be typed and comply with Harvard referencing protocols. However, you will receive a lot of help and support during the course on the academic writing and referencing requirements.

Course Fee:

Standard fee: €430

Early Bird Offer: €395 * Balance must be paid in full on/before 21 December ’18

Easy Payment Scheme (interest-free) * Terms & Conditions apply

Standard course fee may be paid for over 2 interest-free payments

First payment            €100 due Friday 21 DEC 2019

Final payment           €230 due Friday 08 MAR 2019

*Early Bird Offer €395 Book and pay in full by 21 DEC 2018 to receive the discount.

Please note, we are unable to accept Department of Social Welfare funding or from other funding organisations. 

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Further Course Requirements

To fulfil the course requirements, please note the following:

Learners must have the ability and skills required to complete a QQI level 5 course.
Learners must submit two typed/word processed assignments.
Assignments must be submitted by email on the final day of the course.
Learners must have an email account and access to the internet.
Course notes will be uploaded to an online file sharing platform and hard copy printed notes will not be provided.
Student SNAs must complete 30 hours of work placement in a school setting where children with special educational needs are being educated.
Student SNAs must source the work placement hours themselves.
Student SNAs will be Garda vetted through Synergy & The Open College.
Garda vetting will also be completed by the school where student SNAs will carry out their work placement.
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Progression to Further Studies

This course leads to a level 5 award on the National Framework of Qualifications and, on successful completion, participants will be qualified to work as SNAs in primary, post-primary and special school settings.

Students who successfully complete this programme may use this level 5 credit towards completing a QQI Major awards such as:

Level 5 Major award 5M2009 Early Childhood Care & Education

Level 6 Major award 6M2007 Early Childhood Care & Education

Level 5 Major award 5M2786 Community Care

Level 5 Major award 5M4468 Community Health Services

Further study options will be explored, including progression to University level 7 and level 8 part-time and full-time programmes.

Accreditation

 This SNA level 5 programme is in partnership with The Open College.

Programme is the latest CAS award validated by QQI and The Open College

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