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Brian Howard

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Department of Education and Skills

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This career involves working with people in a caring capacity. If you have no interest in helping people personally or educationally then this may be the wrong profession for you.

Empathy, patience and respect are important qualities for this job, in addition to be able to relate well to the person you are dealing with. As there is also a large amount of information to be handled in the job, good organisational, IT and time management skills are also quite important.

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Waterford College of Further Education

Waterford College of Further Education


 

Special Needs Assistant


Course Code(s):  5M1761
QQI Award Code:  5M1761 Intellectual Disability Practice
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level

 
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Description...
This full-time course prepares students to work as a Special Needs Assistant in per-school and primary school settings. It is suitable for both school-leavers and for experienced mature persons seeking a formal qualification.

 

What you will Study...
These are the main subject modules available in this course. Note: Colleges may add/remove modules to keep the course updated and to meet demands.

Intellectual Disability Studies
Empowering the Individual
Community Inclusion
Facilitating Learning
Communications
Work Experience
Challenging Behaviour
Community Arts Context and Practice
Occupational First Aid
Patient Manual Lifting and Handling
MAPA Management of actual and potential aggression

 

Important: Almost all PLC courses have a Work Experience module, which requires students to find their own placement in an area directly related to their course.

 

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Related Career Sectors...
This course prepares people for careers typically found in the sectors below. You can explore information relating to these sectors by clicking on the titles below.
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Progression Routes

(Higher Education Links Scheme)

This course leads to a QQI Major Award, and provides progression opportunities to a number of Higher Education courses, including those in the CAO.

To view CAO courses to which any Major Award (including this one) provides a possible Progression route, click below:

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5M1761