Training and developing special needs assistants working and supporting children and adults within our communities and schools has long been a part of Portobello Institute.

The area of Special Needs Education is receiving substantial funding and investment in recent years and is a rewarding and fulfilling role for those interested in caring for and supporting some of the most vulnerable in our society.

Our QQI Level 5 and 6 SNA courses give you the opportunity to achieve a recognised qualification. You will acquire the knowledge, empathy, and understanding crucial to your future role as support to persons needing assistance with their learning.

Whether you are beginning your career or already working in the industry and wanting to upskill, Portobello Institute is dedicated to helping you to follow your passion and fulfil your potential by choosing the course for the career you want. 

If you would like to know more about our SNA qualifications you can contact our expert admissions advisor, Sarah Coyne at [email protected], call 01 892 0028 or book a one-to-one consultation call at a time that suits you here.

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Blended Learning

MA Inclusive Education and SEN

This course enables students to work full-time and study this innovative Masters in Inclusive Education and SEN. You will build a comprehensive understanding and critical professional approach to working with children and families with additional physical or intellectual needs and what it means to succeed in terms of equality and inclusion provision.

Blended Learning

BA (Hons) Inclusive Education Practice

This BA (Hons) Inclusive Education Practice degree is completed over 3 academic years. This course has advanced entry options which you can learn more about in the “how do I apply section” of this page.

Blended Learning

BA (Ord) Inclusive Education Practice

This BA (Ord) Inclusive Education Practice degree, designed for accelerated delivery through blended learning. Completed over 2 academic years.

The next start date for the course is still to be determined. Please contact Sarah Coyne to register your interest in this course. Contact Sarah via email [email protected] or book a call at a time that suits you here.

Intensive short course
Online with webinars

Special Needs Assistant – Level 5 & Level 6 Booking Package

This gives you the opportunity to qualify and work as a special needs assistant. By booking both courses together you can progress straight to the level 6 course upon completion of the level 5 and avail of a discount, making your study more affordable.

Intensive short course
Online with webinars

Special Needs Assistant – QQI Level 6

This course gives you the opportunity to qualify and work as a special needs assistant. This course further develops the theory learned at level 5 and gives you a greater understanding of the competencies required to work as an SNA.

Intensive short course
Online with webinars

Special Needs Assistant – Level 5

This course gives you the opportunity to qualify and work as a special needs assistant.

Success Story

Sheena Heavey talks on how she’s getting on in her new role as a Special Needs Assistant since finishing up at Portobello Institute.

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Success Story

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Success Story

After three decades working with her passion for Irish Dancing, Evelyn Shortall completed her level 5 and level 6 SNA qualifications.

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