Dungarvan College / Coláiste Dhún Garbhán is a Waterford and Wexford Education and Training Board Centre.
Waterford & Wexford ETB

Community Health Services - Special Needs Assistant

Special Needs Assistant

Course Description

This programme develops skills, knowledge and understanding of the special needs assistant role. The programme will promote good practice among those working with people with additional needs, special needs children in the primary or secondary classroom situation or as a community care assistant with individuals with special needs.

Programme Content

  • Special Needs Assisting
  • Care Skills
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Care of the Older Person
  • Assistive Technology
  • Human Growth & Development
  • Safety & Health at Work
  • Work Experience
  • Communications

Progression Opportunities

  • BA Early Years/Childhood Studies - UCC (reserved QQI places)
  • BA Early Childhood Studies - SETU (reserved DC places)
  • BA Youth & Community Work - UCC (reserved QQI places)

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  • Awarding Body: QQI
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Award Code: 5M4468
  • Level: 5
  • Award Title: Community Health Services

Additional Qualifications

First Aid Responder, Introduction to Sign Language

Career Opportunities

Primary and Secondary Schools employ Special Needs Assistants (SNA) to work in a variety of educational settings.


Every year a number of learners have the opportunity to travel to another European country for three weeks of fully funded work experience. The students attend work in their vocational area.


College Registration Fee €200

For more information on the Special Needs Assistant course contact the course coordinator Elaine at elainepower@wwetb.ie

Youghal Rd, Cloneety, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, X35 PV34
058 41184
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