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Psychology with Special Needs Assisting (SNA)

Introduction

Psychology with Special Needs Assisting (SNA) Course - Dublin

At BFEI located in Blackrock village, Co.Dublin we offer a QQI Level 5 Psychology with Special Needs Assisting (SNA) course.

Are you curious about people and what motivates them? Do you have an interest in Psychology and would you like to gain knowledge and understanding of this area? Are you interested in applying psychology theories to the area of Special Needs Assisting in an educational setting and gain employment as an SNA? Would you like to progress to study for a degree? Yes? Then consider studying for this QQI Level 5 qualification and take your first steps towards a career in this area.

Career Opportunities

As a graduate of this course, you can pursue employment as an SNA in Primary and Post-Primary Schools.

Course Structure

Core Elements
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Child Development
  • Psychology
  • Understanding Special Needs
  • Special Needs Assisting
  • Word Processing
  • Communications
  • Work Experience
  • First Aid Responder (FAR)
  • Course Code

  • SNA
  • Duration

  • 1 Year
  • Number of Places

  • 30
  • Number of contact days

  • 5 Days Mornings Option
Testimonial

“I decided to go back to college at the age of 37 and it was the best decision I have ever made.  I applied for the Psychology with Special Needs Assisting Course in BFEI and was delighted to get a place in their morning class.  I found this course insightful and rewarding, the modules are very well set out and the Tutors are wonderful and very approachable.  I have gained so much knowledge and I am able to put this into practice now with my own child and subbing in my local school.  During my final term, we had our first lockdown where remote learning was introduced.  To be honest, it was such an easy transition, it didn’t even feel any different, the Tutors were at the other end of an email the whole time and the course continued as normal.  I was thrilled at the end of the year to qualify with a Distinction QQI Level 5.  For anyone who is thinking of doing this course, do it - you won’t regret it!” 

- Shona McElheron, Psychology with Special Needs Assisting Graduate, 2020  -

Support Elements
  • Career advice and help with CV preparation is provided by the Guidance and Career Service.
  • Guest Speakers
Assessment and certification

 Assessment is based on a combination of assignments and exams.

You will be awarded a QQI Level 5 Certificate in Community Health Services (5M4468).

Progression

PROGRESSION TO FURTHER STUDIES

If you want to get a degree, then you can apply through the CAO system for entry to courses in the QQI Higher Education Links Scheme such as:

Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Early Childhood Education or Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Social Care Technological University Dublin [City] - www.tudublin.ie

Bachelor of Early Childhood Education Technological University Dublin [Blanchardstown] - www.tudublin.ie

Check out the updated BFEI CAO Progression Pathways Chart with new progression options included for TCD, NUI Maynooth and University of Limerick.  CAO data shows that many BFEI graduates from 2018/2019 secured excellent CAO offers

Career

As a graduate of this course, you can pursue employment as an SNA in Primary and Post-Primary Schools.

Entry Requirements

  • Leaving Certificate

You must have achieved 5 passes or 5 O6/H7s or a combination of 5 O6/H7s or haveachieved the LCA with a Merit profile, or have achieved a full relevant QQI Level 4 Award.

  • Mature Applicants

Mature applicants (aged 21 and over) and other applicants without the formal entry requirements will be assessed individually for suitability.

Advisory Meeting

Applicants will be invited to attend an advisory meeting to offer guidance and to ensure course suitability. Information on course costs and the registration/induction process will also be provided at this meeting. 

Places will be offered, on a first come basis, subject to the applicant meeting the entry requirements and subject to a place being available. 

Fees

At course commencement, students are required to pay for books, exams, €200 PLC Government Levy (unless exempt), a Student Services charge and where applicable professional body registration fees. There are no tuition fees for EU students.

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