Further Education

Further Education 2024-2025

Special Needs Assistant 5M4468

This course will provide students with the knowledge, skills and qualifications necessary to pursue a career in the area of Special Needs Assisting. Students will receive training in the skills, knowledge and understanding of the role of the special needs assistant in different settings.

Entry Requirements
  • Leaving Certificate, Leaving Certificate Applied, or equivalent.

  • Pre-entry guidance meeting

  • Mature applicants welcome

  • At registration students will be requested to complete the necessary documentation in order to complete a successful garda vetting process. Garda clearance is a mandatory requirement for work placement

Course Content

5N1786 Special Needs Assisting

5N1279 Human Growth & Development

5N1764 Child Development

5N1652 Intellectual Disability Studies

5N0690 Communications

5N1356 Work Experience

5N0758 Care Support

5N1709 Understanding Special Needs

Career Opportunities

Primary and Secondary Schools as well as specialist schools employ Special Needs Assistants to work in a variety of educational settings. Students may progress to participating Higher Education Institutions (HEI’s) through the QQI Higher Education Links Scheme.See www.cao.ie for specific requirements.

Atlantic Technological University (ATU) Galway

University of Galway

Technological University Shannon (TUS), Athlone

Atlantic Technological University (ATU), Sligo

How the Course is Taught

The course is delivered through ongoing projects and tutorials. Students are encouraged to become self-motivated and disciplined through ongoing academic achievement and tutor feedback.

GTI has developed a style of teaching to meet the needs of a diverse community of learners.

  • We make extensive use of advanced multimedia and internet based technologies to bring subject matter to life and to ensure effective learning.

  • Whenever possible, we use a Learn-by-Doing approach to make the learning experience more realistic and enjoyable.

  • We provide learning supports that are tailored to the needs of individual learners.


QQI Level 5 in Community Health Services 5M4468

Part time Programmes

Full-time registered students of GTI may access a range of adult education courses at a reduced fee.


Student Contribution: €175

Please note: Additional charges may apply. Details TBC.


This is a full-time one-year course and runs from September to May.

Please Note
  • At registration students will be requested to complete the necessary documentation in order to satisfy Garda Vetting before they commence Work Experience.
  • GTI reserves the right to make changes in any course, to limit the number of places available or to withdraw a course. No part of this information shall be deemed to form a contract between the Institute and a student or third party.