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, George Boylan at george.boylan@portobelloinsttute.com, call 01 892 0041 or book a one-to-one consultation call at a time that suits you here.

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Blended Learning

New – MA Inclusive Education – Oct ’22

Delivered through blended learning, you can work full-time and study this innovative Masters in Inclusive Education. 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.

Location(s)
Portobello Institute
Start Date
8th October 2022
Blended Learning

BA (Ord) Inclusive Ed – Upskill from ECCE 6

Seeking to work in Special Needs Education, this BA (Ord) Inclusive Education Practice, offers you subject exemptions when you hold a QQI level 6 ECCE major award. Completed over 2 academic years, this course starts Oct ’22.

Location(s)
Portobello Institute
Start Date
1st October 2022
Blended Learning

New – BA (Ord) Inclusive Education Practice – October ’22

This BA (Ord) Inclusive Education Practice degree, designed for accelerated delivery through blended learning. Completed over 2 academic years, this course starts Oct ’22.

Location(s)
Portobello Institute
Start Date
1st October 2022
Intensive short course

Special Needs Assistant – Level 5 & Level 6 Booking Package – Intensive – Starts August ’22

This two week intensive course 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.

Location(s)
Portobello Institute
Start Date
15th August 2022
Intensive short course

Special Needs Assistant – QQI Level 5 – Starts August ’22

Delivered online with webinars, this full time one-week intensive course gives you gives you the opportunity to qualify and work as a special needs assistant.

Location(s)
Portobello Institute
Start Date
15th August 2022
Intensive short course

Special Needs Assistant – QQI Level 6 – Starts August ’22

Delivered online with webinars, this full time one-week intensive 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.

Location(s)
Portobello Institute
Start Date
22nd August 2022
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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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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Sarah Dillon had been in the business of care for a long time before she came to Portobello Institute. She served many years as a regis

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