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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
Testimonial

As a mature student returning to learning, I was looking for a one year course that would introduce me to the key concepts in an area that interested me. Having worked in education and the creative industries for a number of years, I wanted to expand my knowledge and explore a new subject. The SNA course at BFEI enabled me to do so in a friendly environment in a great location. The lectures were informative, engaging and catered for a diverse group of students. There was a wide range of subjects on the curriculum; some upgraded my existing knowledge and skills whilst others offered a new learning space to grow and explore. Having completed the course, I have worked part-time as an SNA and enjoy working in this area. Throughout my year at BFEI, I felt supported and well looked after by the lecturers and all staff members. It was a joy to enter the building each morning looking forward to the day ahead.

- Liza Mitton, Psychology with Special Needs Assisting Graduate, 2019 -

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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