Special Needs Assistant (Charleville Campus)


QQI Level 5 Certificate in Community Health Services – 5M4468.

This Level 5 Major Award enables the learner to develop the knowledge, skills and competence to work under supervision in a range of community health service settings and school settings.

The purpose of this course is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence in the practices and principles underpinning the role of a Special Needs Assistant to enable the learner to work effectively under direction in a special needs capacity.

Award QQI Level 5 Certificate in Community Health Services – 5M4468.
Format Full-time. September 2024 to May 2025.
Location Onsite at Charleville Campus (Formerly Mannix College) 
Timetable Hours between Monday to Friday, 09:00 to 14:30.
Requirements No CAO required (Leaving Cert./LCA/equivalent for under 23s). Application review discussion.
Starting Classes start the week of Monday the 16th of September 2024.
Contact info@charlevillecampus.ie or Call 063-81422
Applications Applications open. Places available. No deposit required to start your application.

Career Prospects

  • Personal care assistant.

  • Pre-school special needs assistant.

  • Primary school special needs assistant.

  • Secondary school special need assistant.

Course Contents

Intellectual Disability Studies 5N1652
Human Growth and Development 5N1279
Safety and Health at Work 5N1794
Care Support 5N0758
Work Experience 5N1356
Communications 5N0690
Special Needs Assisting 6N1957
Special Needs Assisting 5N1786


Courses are continually developed – content and specific award components are subject to change. See disclaimer.


Four days a week, from 9:30 to 14:30. Class timetables to follow in September, and subject to change. 


50 full-time day students will travel, fully-funded, with Erasmus+ to another European country for 2 weeks. Find out more and apply.

Entry Requirements

  • CAO points not required.
  • All applicants will be required to attend an application review discussion. An offer of a place on this course is contingent on the applicant meeting the minimum entry requirements set out here, and satisfactory presentation at interview.
  • Leaving Certificate or equivalent. For mature applicants appropriate experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications.


Work Experience

The dates and duration will be specified by the College in September.



A full QQI award achieves a maximum of 390 points for CAO.C