special needs assisting level6 (SNA)

Special Needs Assisting Level 6



What are the benefits of completing this course? You can progress to the supervisor/room leader position, or open your own ECCE preschool with this qualification.

Is this course online? Yes,  you will get access to our learning platform and be provided with ongoing trainer support via zoom.

When can I start? Book your place today to get started now or at a later time that suits you.

What support will I get? You will have access to the discussion board, feedback, direct contact with trainer, and coursework reviews to help you achieve your further education goals.

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Throughout this programme, you will discover how to;

  1. Evaluate the provision of education for people with special educational needs with reference to current legislation
  2. Assess the various educational options available in Ireland for people with special educational needs
  3. Examine relevant theories, skills and processes relevant to curriculum implementation
  4. Explore the differences between integration and inclusion
  5. Organise learning opportunities in order to promote independence and responsibility
  6. Evaluate the importance of the multidisciplinary team in devising Individual Education Plans
  7. Analyse skills that can be used to aid the teacher in the administration of the national curriculum
  8. Assess interventions and behavior management techniques that may be used in the learning environment
  9. Manage meaningful activities that are suited to people¿s needs and connect with their experiences and interests in the learning environment
  10. Identify strategies for dealing with stressors within the work place
  11. Provide assistance in the provision of education and care for individuals that present with special educational needs
  12. Reflect on own attitudes, values , beliefs and assumptions in relation to working with and on behalf of people who present with disabilities

The Special Needs Assisting (SNA) – Online course outline

Induction - Before You Start

Learner Induction
Learner Induction - Quiz Questions
8 Questions2/47

Provision of Education for People with SEN

Session 1.1
Provision of Education.
Provision of Education - Quiz Questions
6 Questions5/47
Session 1.2
Difficulties that May be Encountered.
Difficulties that Might be Encountered - Quiz Questions
4 Questions7/47
Session 1.3
Difficulties that May be Encountered.
Difficulties that May be Encountered - Quiz Questions
6 Questions9/47
Session 1.4
Child Protection.
Child Protection - Quiz Questions
14 Questions11/47

Difficulties that May be Encountered

Session 2.1
Educational Options.
Educational Options - Quiz Questions
7 Questions13/47
Session 2.2
Integration Options.
Integration Options - Quiz Questions
7 Questions15/47
Session 3.1
Learning Disabilities.
Learning Disabilities - Quiz Questions
9 Questions17/47
Session 3.2
Assessment - Quiz Questions
7 Questions19/47
Session 3.3
Differentiation - Quiz Questions
8 Questions21/47
Session 3.4
Communication Supports.
Communications Supports - Quiz Questions
7 Questions23/47
Session 4
Integration and Inclusion.
Integration and Inclusion - Quiz Questions
12 Questions25/47
Session 5.1
Promoting Independence.
Promoting Independence - Quiz Questions
10 Questions27/47
Session 5.2
Promoting Independence.
Promoting Independence - Quiz Questions
9 Questions29/47
Session 6
Multidisciplinary Teams.
Multidisciplinary Teams - Quiz Questions
14 Questions31/47
Session 7.1
Curriculum - Quiz Questions
9 Questions33/47
Session 7.2
Specific Disabilities.
Specific Disabilities - Quiz Questions
11 Questions35/47
Session 8.1
Challenging Behaviour.
Challenging Behaviour - Quiz Questions
9 Questions37/47
Session 8.2
Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties.
Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties - Quiz Questions
10 Questions39/47
Session 9
Manage Meaningful Activities.
Manage Meaningful Activities - Quiz Questions
11 Questions41/47
Session 10
Stress in the Workplace.
Stress in the Workplace - Quiz Questions
8 Questions43/47
Session 11
The Role of the SNA.
The Role of the SNA - Quiz Questions
10 Questions45/47
Session 12
Personal Attitudes and Beliefs.
Personal Attitudes and Beliefs - Quiz Questions
5 Questions47/47


The course 6N1957 Special Needs Assisting Online is assessed in the following ways, with the following weighting;

  • Project 50%


A project is a response to a brief devised by the assessor. A project is usually carried out over an extended period of time. Projects may involve research, require investigation of a topic, issue or problem or may involve process such as a design task, a performance or practical activity or production of an artefact or event.

Pass 50% - 64%
Merit 65% - 79%
Distinction 80% - 100%

Tutor Support

At Forus Training, we have many different supports available for your learning.

Learner Pack

  • When you enrol on an online course, you will receive a printed learner pack, posted to you free of charge.
  • This learner pack contains clear assessment instructions and comprehensive material to support you as you complete the course.
  • The pack will also include induction information as well as forms that you will complete during and at the end of your course.
  • The professional online material is fully narrated and transcribed by our trainers for your benefit.
  • Each presentation can be completed at a time that suits you and the presentations can be paused and re-watched if necessary. To ensure that the material is memorable, we have developed a short, fun quiz to accompany each online presentation.
  • You will also attend live synchronous classes through Zoom and pre-recorded Zoom tutorials will be available to support the material covered.

Trainer Support

  • The trainer provides support to learners, including issuing feedback on draft work you will submit. Expect to wait up to 72 hours for a response by email from your trainer. Many of our trainers have full time jobs as well as training with us this means they will have up-to-date sector specific information, but also means that you need to allow a little time for them to get back to you. Our trainers are current with practice in the sector in which they work.
  • Trainers can, by appointment, make time available to you before or after class to answer your queries that cannot be covered in the session. They can also make an appointment with you to discuss your work on a telephone call.

Assessment Upload Facility

  • We have a user-friendly assessment upload facility available to you..

Support with Preparing for Assessment

If it has been a while since you’ve studied, we have free, short presentations on Study Skills, Academic Writing and Harvard Referencing to assist you in your work.

Technical Support

  • Every Saturday, our Digital Ambassador Team holds a Zoom meeting – to assist learners with their technology related challenges - no question too small! The staff in this “Digital Ambassador“ role are experienced in accessing all of our systems, including the LMS and myforustraining.ie. They are positioned to assist with all the usual technology queries learners might have: Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel etc), email, file saving and organisation etc.
  • Technical support is available by phone to 044 9349400 or by email: hello@forustraining.ie or through the contact form on our website.

Compassionate Consideration

  • Where a Learner, pursuing an award, through no fault of his/her own, is unable to complete their assessment, the exit pathway below is in place to facilitate this Learner with an alternative course. The Learner is given the opportunity to obtain the Award by completing the course at an alternative date/location should they have relocated to an area where we provide the same award.
  • The following are examples of circumstances where a Learner is unable to complete their project/their course:

● Bereavement,

● Illness,

● Pregnancy,

● Relocation,

● Extenuating circumstances.

Learner Welfare

  • P9 S6 C6 Learner Welfare Policy and practices are fully integrated throughout teaching and learning experiences by both Trainers and staff to effectively meet the health and wellbeing needs of all Learners. The Forus Training welfare policy is focused on the welfare of all Learners and addresses any particular challenges individual Learners may be experiencing during their learning experience. The learning environment includes welfare support provided by staff for Learners which is fully integrated throughout the teaching and learning and organisation of teaching and learning to effectively meet the personal, social (wellbeing) and academic needs of Learners and staff. Please see the policy here P9 S6 C6 Learner Welfare Policy.

Supports for Learners with Disabilities and Specific Learning Difficulties

  • Forus Training is fully committed to complying with relevant policies and legislation with respect to equality and disability. Registered and potential Learners with verified disabilities or specific learning difficulties may be given compassionate consideration and reasonable accommodation to enable them to successfully complete their programme. This is arranged by the Course Coordinator.
  • A reasonable accommodation is any action that helps to alleviate a substantial disadvantage due to an impairment or medical condition. Such accommodations are put in place to help reduce these barriers in order to provide equality of access and opportunity for all. Reasonable accommodations are made for Learners on a case by case basis and must be supported with medical documentation. Both P9 S2 C6 Evidence of Disability Form and P9 S2 C6A Application Form for Reasonable Accommodation can be found at the following link:
  • https://forustraining.ie/knowledge-base/how-do-i-access-reasonable-accomodations/
You will be awarded the certificate 6N1957 Special Needs Assisting - Online. QQI is the awarding body. Forus Training is a provider of education and training programmes and we issue certificates to learners who have reached the standard for a QQI award. The certificate you will receive on successful completion is a formal confirmation by QQI that you have demonstrated the knowledge, skill and competence required to achieve the named award. This Programme is validated by QQI and is coded 6N1957 Online 6N1957 Special Needs Assisting - Online. This certificate which will be issued to you by us is an award listed on the NFQ (National Framework of Qualifications). This ensures the certificate is nationally and internationally recognised and has many potential uses; for example, for further / higher education or employment in Ireland or abroad.
What is QQI?

QQI is the state agency responsible for the external quality assurance of further and higher education and training in Ireland.

QQI are responsible for the external quality assurance of further and higher education and training in Ireland.

QQI validate programmes, make awards and are responsible for the promotion, maintenance, development and review of the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).

QQI also inform the public about the quality of education and training programmes and qualifications, and advise the Government on national policy regarding quality assurance and enhancement in education and training.

There are 3 options available to you for course delivery.

Self-Paced – You can start today
Enjoy one to one Trainer support through Zoom, choose whether to have your learner pack posted to your home – (€25 optional if opting for the printed pack). 3 x 30 minute check-in / progress sessions with your trainer.

Blended – Learn with a group online
Each module is delivered over 7 weeks through a blend of hour long online self directed learning and live Zoom sessions. Your learner pack is posted to your home.

Classroom – Traditional location-based training
Have the course run at your organisation, book a local training room or attend one of our public courses. Each module is delivered in 3 hour sessions over a period of 7/8 weeks. We can tailor the sessions to your organisational requirements.

This Early Childhood Care and Education Training Course will be suitable for you, should you be new to your role or if you wish to gain this valuable qualification and find a job in this sector.

Access to the Programme

Mature Applicants with relevant life and work experience are welcomed. The Course Advisor is available to meet with prospective learners to discuss and advise on the course details, career and academic opportunities and assess your suitability for the course.

Entry Criteria

Entry criteria / prerequisites Level 5 Certificate / Leaving Certificate (or equivalent) or relevant life experience detailed in a current Curriculum Vitae. Please provide details and attach a copy of either a current CV or Certificate. Learners must be a resident of Ireland / based in Ireland.


As this NFQ level 6 qualification is delivered through English it is necessary learners will have sufficient written English skills to complete this course. Forus Training recommends a minimum English language competency of IELTS 5.5 (or equivalent) for successful completion of this programme. If you are not sure what level of English competency you have, please contact hello@forustraining.ie and a Course Advisor will arrange for you to take an assessment.

IT Skills and Equipment Required

Basic working knowledge of computers and access to a computer with internet access is required to do the course. A PC with Windows 8 or later or a Mac with OSX 10.5 or later.

  • An internet connection with a speed of at least 10mbps.
  • The latest version of Chrome, Firefox, Edge or Safari, set to accept cookies and pop-ups.
  • Adobe Flash and Adobe Reader, to view content.
  • Word processing software, such as MS Word or Google Docs.
  • Some courses include video, therefore your computer must be capable of playing video and sound.

* eLearning and tutor support may vary by course, please check each course page for details.

Reasonable Accommodation

To reinforce inclusion for all our learners we offer customised learning support for individual applicants who require accommodations. Additional Requirements Forus Training provide a range of supports for learners to ensure that our programmes and services are accessible to all.

On application for a course with Forus Training please discuss any additional requirements with the Course Advisor at hello@forustraining.ie so that the appropriate supports for teaching, learning and assessment can be considered. It is important that you discuss your needs with centre staff as early as possible.

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Grainne Darby
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I really enjoyed engaging with online tutor Edel- very knowledgable
Liz Brophy
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The content each week was very interesting
Saoirse Connolly
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I enjoyed to learn about the special needs assisting while completing my course, I was given a continuos support when needed and trainers feedback on assignment everyweek was the most useful part of the course.
Nadine Friel
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Our trainer Edel was an amazing teacher, the support she offered helped us so much. The voice overs on the LMS were excellent and helped us get to grips with the course content
Meabh McNulty
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I enjoyed the online learning but longer zoom classes would be helpful.
Fidelma Farley
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I enjoyed to do the research for my project and my trainer support was great houghout the course, I found the quizes and the LMS most useful tool to understand the couse content.
Aoife Murphy
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I enjoyed the overall course, trainer support was excellent through out the course and rhe skills demonstration part of of the couse is the most useful for me.
Elizabeth Lizzy Hanlon
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I really enjoyed the live session, my questions were answerd by trainer Kellie during the class, learner support that i received was great and the trainers feedback was extremly useful throughtout the course.
Laura McHale
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I returned backed to education and found it very enjoyable to study again, tutor feedback helped me lot in giving me right direction and suppport, i found the skills demonstration part most useful as it requires the practical aspect of the SNA.
Nora Sweeney
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I really liked the online platform.
Kenneth Woods
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All my questions were responded to in an adequate time and were mostly helpful.
Sally Wilson

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