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Special Needs Assisting and Intellectual Disability Studies

QQI Level 5 in Intellectual Disability Practice 5M1761 Accredited Training in
  • Lámh Sign Language Programme
  • Child Protection Training
  • Occupational First Aid
  • Manual handling

Duration: Duration: One Year Full-Time – September to May

Coordinator: Claire Conlan

This course in Special Needs Assisting and Intellectual Disability Studies aims to equip the learner with the knowledge, skills and competence to work as a special needs assistant or personal assistant to individuals of all ages.  The learner will develop appropriate skills to identify the causes, range and effects of intellectual disabilities and develop awareness of the role of various professionals in responding to individuals with additional needs. The learner will also have the opportunity to progress to the QQI Level 6 course in Advanced Training in Special Needs Assisting and Inclusion in Sallynoggin College of Further Education.

Work Experience

  • Work experience forms and integral part of the course offering the opportunity for learners to gain practical experience in their chosen fields of interest.

Employment Opportunities

  • Primary Schools as a Special Needs Assistant
  • Secondary Schools as a Special Needs Assistant
  • Further Education Colleges as a Personal Assistant
  • Public and private health sectors for children and adults with additional needs
  • Community care services
“I would highly recommend Sallynoggin College of Further Education for everybody. It is an inclusive College where everyone is most welcome and where students mix well and interact with each other. I started my life as a student a month before my 60th birthday and the experience has been absolutely fantastic and has changed my life. I completed three different full-time courses in Sallynoggin which were inter-linked. It is not just a learning environment, it is a community also and I really enjoyed my time there.” Eileen Young – (Graduate, 2020)

Education Progression

Below are some examples of progression options with this QQI level 5 award in Intellectual Disability Practice 5M1761
  • 6M2263 Inclusive Education & Training – Sallynoggin College of Further Education
  • CM010 Education Studies – Marino Institute of Education
  • CM020 Early Childhood Education – Marino Institute of Education
  • TR004 Law – Trinity College Dublin
  • DN600 Law – University College Dublin
  • DN700 Social Sciences – University College Dublin
  • DN720 Psychology – University College Dublin
  • DN750 Social Policy and Sociology – University College Dublin
  • BN118 Early Childhood Care and Education – T.U. Dublin Blanchardstown
  • BN017 Applied Social Studies in Social Care – T.U. Dublin Blanchardstown
  • BN115 Community and Youth Development – T.U. Dublin Blanchardstown
  • TA024 Early Childhood Care and Education – T.U. Dublin Tallaght
  • TA025 Social Care Practice – T.U. Dublin Tallaght

For a more detailed list of progression options please

Course modules are reviewed annually and may be subject to change