Which SNA QQI level is right for me?

If you have decided to take the plunge into being an SNA, then we are cheering you on! There is certainly an inspiring path ahead of you. However, you might be wondering what the right direction to go in is, or which SNA QQI level is suitable for you. If that’s the case, then you’ve come to the right place. Keep reading to get a thorough understanding of QQI levels and which one might be the right fit for you.

What are QQI levels?

The Irish education and training system uses a 10-level framework called the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) to characterise qualifications. The NFQ displays how the levels of the framework are mapped to the General Education Awards, Further Education and Training Awards, and Higher Education Awards. It outlines the knowledge, comprehension, and skills students must possess in order to receive a certification.  Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) is in charge of enhancing the standard and integrity of higher education in the country, and is responsible for overseeing the promotion and development of NFQ as a system.

 

 

A majority of the QQI Major awards between 2014 and 2018 were given out at Level 5 (56%), followed by Level 6 (17%).  95% of all QQI Major awards in the field of ‘Social Sciences, Journalism, and Information’ were awarded at Level 5. Most of Level 6 QQI Major awards (81%) were awarded in the field of education. Level 5 and Level 6 Special Needs Assisting awards are some of the most popular according to QQI Infographics.

Interestingly, level 5 and level 6 Special Needs Assisting awards are some of the most popular according to QQI Infographics.

 

SNA QQI level 5

This level is suitable for you if you are new to your role in health or social care or if you wish to gain this valuable qualification and find a job in this sector. You would require a Level 4 Certificate / Leaving Certificate (or equivalent) or relevant life experience to begin this level. This level covers the basics of being an SNA. It includes the role of being an SNA as well as the skills required to being one. Furthermore, this level also discusses the significance of toileting and general hygiene. If you are interested in starting your SNA career with this level, check out our Level 5 Special Needs Assisting course here: https://forustraining.ie/course-categories/Early-Childhood-Care-and-education/level-5-early-childhood-care-and-education-5m2009/5N1786-SP-Special-Needs-Assisting-5N1786-Self-paced/#is-it-for-you

SNA QQI level 6

This level will be suitable for you if you are new to your role or if you wish to gain this valuable qualification and find a job in this sector. You would require a Level 5  Certificate / Leaving Certificate (or equivalent) or relevant life experience to begin this level. This level evaluates the provision of education for people with special educational needs with reference to current legislation. Additionally, it examines theories, skills and processes relevant to curriculum implementation. If you want to continue your education with this level, be sure to check out Level 6 SNA course here: https://forustraining.ie/course-categories/Early-Childhood-Care-and-education/level-6-early-childhood-care-and-education-6m2007/6N1957-SP-Special-Needs-Assisting-6N1957-Self-Paced/#is-it-for-you

Conclusion

SNA QQI level 5 is suitable for starting your career, whereas level 6 helps you progress it further. They are designed to not only give you the theoretical understanding needed to be an SNA, but to also implement it into practice. Choose the right level and you’ll be ready to start this fulfilling journey.

 

Sources:

https://www.qqi.ie/what-we-do/the-qualifications-system/national-framework-of-qualifications

https://www.citizensinformation.ie/en/education/third_level_education/colleges_and_qualifications/third_level_education_in_ireland.html