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 already working in special needs education, considering a change of profession, or want to further your knowledge for personal or family reasons, Portobello Institute is dedicated to helping you achieve your goals and reach your full potential.

We have developed multiple delivery modes for our SNA courses. There is an option to suit your individual needs that allows you to fit your study around your busy work and home life.

We believe that real-life learning opportunities, which allow you to learn outside of the classroom, are invaluable in preparing you for your career. Many of our courses incorporate a work experience element that supports you to put into practice the skills and knowledge you have learned in class. This is completed at a time convenient to you. This first-hand experience allows you to develop your skills and confidence and is invaluable in preparing you for your future role.

We are committed to helping you achieve your qualification offering you one-to-one support throughout your learning journey. The programme management and tutoring team for Portobello Institute’s SNA department have been carefully selected on the basis of their qualifications and wealth of practical experience. Each member of our tutoring team is passionate about the field of special needs education and eager to share their knowledge and experience with you.

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New – Postgraduate Certificate in Education International – PGCEi

This is a postgraduate certificate, internationally recognised as an advanced level of study and qualification for those wishing to enhance their practice and advance to more senior positions in teaching and educational management, in education organisations and international schools

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

New – BA (Ord) Inclusive Ed – October ’22

This level 7 BA (Ord) Inclusive Education Studies, 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
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
Online with webinars

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

Delivered through online with interactive webinars, you can work full-time and study this Special Needs Assisting Level 6 course.  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
31st May 2022
Part Time
Course Fully Booked

Special Needs Assistant – QQI Level 6 – Portobello – Starts May ’22

Delivered one evening a week, this QQI level 6 qualification 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
31st May 2022
Intensive short course

Special Needs Assistant – QQI Level 5 – Starts June ’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
13th June 2022
Success Story

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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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