6N1957 SP Special Needs Assisting - Self Paced


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Special Needs Assisting / Assistant (SNA) - Self Paced Course

Standalone or Part of Level 6 Early Childhood Care and Education 6M2007 Major Award

An in-depth understanding of children with additional needs, the role of Special Need Assisting / Assistant (SNA) and relevant legislation in relation to disability.

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QQI Credits: 15
QQI Level: 6
QQI Code: 6N1957
Quizzes: 23
LMS Sessions: 24
Duration: 4 weeks full time or 10 week part time

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Single modules are the best way to build your path to becoming fully certified and
get recognised by NFQ education point scheme.

This Early Childhood Care and Education 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.

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 - Self Paced course outline can be found below...

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

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I enjoyed the online learning but longer zoom classes would be helpful.
Fidelma Farley
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The part I enjoyed most about the course was working as a group online. Our Trainer, Emma, was great and always had knowledge to share.
Rachel Elizabeth Greville
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The timeframes could be longer considering the content. I enjoyed the zoom classes
Sinead Yallop
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I enjoyed learning online which I was something I'd never done before.
Karen Coyne
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I found the zoom sessions most enjoyabl part of the course, trainer support was excellent.
Eimear Seehan
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I am not good at technology so i found quizzes and LMS difficult, but i enjoyed to interect with other people in class.
Alannah Smith
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I found it very enjoyable to learn the roles of an SNA and having the course online- vital for me working night shifts.
Terese Lynch
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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 think the course is brilliant, just hard to get all questions answered by email.
Rachel Gorman
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The tutor was very helpful throughout the course.
Natasha Mahady
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I think learner pack needs to be improved in relation to refrencing, but the trainer was excellent and creat lot of fun and interest in the class. learner support was excellent throughout the course.
Emily Cannon Fogarty
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I enjoyed the weekly live classes with my trainer as she was very informative and a great support for me, i highly recommend this course.
Josephine McDaid


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

  • Project 50%
  • Skills Demonstration 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.

Skills Demonstration

A skills demonstration is used to assess a wide range of practical based learning outcomes including practical skills and knowledge. A skills demonstration will require the learner to complete a task or series of tasks that demonstrate a range of skills.


Pass 50% - 64%

Merit 65% - 70%


Distinction 80% - 100%


Tutor Support

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

Learner Pack

  • When you enrol on a course, you will receive a printed learner pack from your trainer on the first session of the event.
  • 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.

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 a certificate 6N1957 Special Needs Assisting 6N1957. 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 Special Needs Assisting 6N1957. 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.

This course leads to a level 6 award on the National Framework of Qualifications. Students who successfully complete this programme may use their credits towards completing a higher level of study in the area of Special Needs Assisting.

Students who successfully complete this Major Award can also use the Certificate as the basis for entry into selected courses in Third Level Colleges and Universities.


There are a few ways for you to book this programme.

1. Choose and purchase the programme online. A course Advisor will be in touch with you by phone to discuss access arrangements.


2. Choose, complete and submit the appropriate application form below:

If you are booking this course as a stand alone module please use this application form https://forustraining.ie/knowledge-base/application-form…nd-alone-modules/

If you are booking this course as part of the major award; Early Childhood Care and Education 6M2007 please use this application form: https://forustraining.ie/knowledge-base/application-form…jor-award-6m2007/


Protection for Enrolled Learners (PEL) Policy

Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) was established in November 2012 by the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 (the 2012 Act).

The 2012 Act sets out (in Part 6) legal requirements for QQI and providers of education and training (providers) regarding the Protection of Enrolled Learners (PEL).

The legal requirement ensures that learners enrolled on a programme, of longer than three months duration and where fees have been paid, are not disadvantaged in the event of the programme ceasing prior to completion.

For PEL arrangements relating to the programmes relating to this award please follow this link to more detailed information.

Protection for Enrolled Learners, Early Childhood Care and Education 6M2007 https://forustraining.ie/knowledge-base/protection-of-en…education-6m2007/


Terms and Conditions

Forus Training Courses - Booking, Cancellation and Refund Policy.

Forus Training’s goal is to fulfil and deliver on scheduled events as planned with learners who have fully committed to the event. In order to ensure courses run and are well subscribed and attended the following terms and conditions are in place. Course places are allocated on a first come basis, based on payment of course fees, or payment of your first instalment, where applicable.

Full payment of course fees is required before course commencement unless an instalment plan is agreed or a grantor or other third party e.g. Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection has approved funding in writing. Should the funding be withdrawn or your non-attendance or non submission of funding / documentation / assessment material not meet the funders criteria the full fee becomes payable by you the learner. If you have made a payment of course fees, in part or in full, and then are granted funding by a third party you will be refunded your payment when Forus Training receives payment from the funder.

Cancellation must be confirmed in writing more than 30 days prior to commencement of the course. Forus Training will refund the total amount paid less a minimum administration charge of €100. Deposit payments are non refundable in all circumstances. Cancellation after this period will result in full course fees being forfeited. Written notice should be directed to hello@forustraining.ie. If you book within the 30 day period the option of cancellation will not be available to you. If written cancellation is not received 30 days prior to the course, and the learner does not attend on the day(s), then the learner, or the organisation, or the funder, is liable for full course fees. Forus Training reserves the right to change any of the details given in any of its course brochures. Forus Training reserves the right to cancel or postpone a course in the event of unforeseen circumstances or insufficient numbers.

If a course is oversubscribed or cancelled, learners will be given the option of a full refund or be booked onto the next available course. Scheduled course dates, days and times may change throughout the course. If a course is postponed by Forus Training by more than 60 days - from the original start date, the full fee is refundable to you. Forus Training is committed to protecting your privacy and the confidentiality of information provided to us. The information you provide is necessary for the processing of your application. We may share your personal data with relevant third parties, where necessary in relation to the processing of your application. Please note course registrations and course fees are non-transferable.

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An in-depth understanding of children with additional needs, the role of Special Need Assisting / Assistant (SNA) and relevant legislation in relation to disability.
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QQI are responsible for the external quality assurance of further and higher education and training in Ireland.

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