This an optional module for The Certificate in Early Childhood Care & Education QQI Level 5 major award.
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 to enable the learner to work effectively under direction in a special needs assisting capacity
Course Award QQI Minor Award Level 5 in Special Needs Assisting
Learners will be able to:
Which course is right for me?
Level 5 Special Needs Assisting (Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday) addresses the job of the SNA and you will have a look at the law in the area; how to support children’s care Needs in a school setting; and how to put your learning into practice, improving all of the time. This course is beneficial for people who wish to work in education and childcare
Level 6 Special Needs Assisting (Thursday) covers the way the law has changed to meet the education needs of people with additional needs; it looks at ways to meet those education needs; the course works on developing a positive attitude and better understanding of additional needs; and strategies on how to manage your workload. This course is beneficial for people who wish to work in healthcare; education; and childcare.
Are there exams?
No, there is no exam on any of these courses. They are assessed through written work and tasks that are relevant to the role of meeting additional needs.
Can I go straight to level 6?
Ideally, you will complete level 5 first as no one of these courses replaces the other. Lots of people do all of the courses. Whether you go on to level 6 depends on the level of study you have already covered. If you haven’t done anything at level 5, start at that level. If you have a level 5 or you have been to college, then you would be able to meet the requirements of the level 6 course.
Do I need a placement?
All learners are encouraged to seek out a voluntary placement - a couple of hours a week is fine - in order to apply your learning. It is not compulsory, instead it is an opportunity to prepare you to work as an SNA or in another role meeting people’s additional needs.
Can I do more than one course?
Yes you can. Learners often do sign up for two courses as the content from one helps in their understanding of the other.
Every FET certificate and component specification includes an FET credit value. FET credit is quantified in multiples of 5 FET credits (up to 50 hours of learner effort). Learner effort is based on the time taken by typical learners at the level of the award to achieve the learning outcomes for the award. It includes all learning time involved including: guided learning hours, self-directed learning and assessment.
Project support is available to students from their tutor.