Galway Community College
Further Education

Special Needs Assisting

Special Needs Assisting


QQI Level 5 Course Code: 5M4468

Co-ordinator: Sinead Gunning


Course Outline

To provide students with the skills, knowledge and competence required to pursue a career working with people with Special Needs. The course will also give students an insight into the range of employment opportunities in the sector.

Work Experience takes place One Day per week for the duration of the course with a two week Block in January/February.


  • Human Growth and Development - 5N1279
  • Intellectual Disability Studies - 5N1652
  • Children with Additional Needs - 5N2396
  • Special Needs Assisting - 5N1786
  • Word Processing - 5N1358
  • Work Experience - 5N1356
  • Communications - 5N0690
  • Nutrition - 5N2006


€175 GCC Student Services Fee applies to all learners.

€50 QQI Certification Fee applies to all learners except

  • Those in receipt of Back to Education Allowance.
  • Medical Card Holders (valid at time of Registration).

Non EU Students are subject to an International Fee.

We advise non-EU citizens living outside Ireland to contact the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service on to ensure the course you are considering applying for is eligible for a student visa. Non-EU citizens living in Ireland are welcome to apply and require a PPS number (Personal Public Service Number). Non-EU citizens are required to pay a tuition fee set by the Irish government which is currently €3653. Some exemptions apply, for further information, please contact

Information on Migrant Eligibility to Access FE Programmes is available here.

Work Experience

Work experience takes place one day per week throughout the academic year and a two-week block in January.

Special Features

Course directed by professional and qualified teachers who are credited with a wealth of practical experience. Preparation for employment in a wide variety of settings including schools (special, pre-school and crèches), day-care, residential care, and after school programmes.

Entry Requirements

QQI Level 4, minimum of 17 years of age at time of registration, Leaving Certificate/Leaving Certificate Applied, Equivalent qualifications from other countries, relevant life experiences, relevant work experiences and mature students.


For information please visit our Progression and Career Guidance pages under Student Supports

Opportunities open to students who did not achieve the desired Leaving Certificate to allow entry to your desired course from the CAO system, you can have the opportunity to achieve up to 390 points in a PLC course and gain access to 3rd Level or for mature students who did not complete a Leaving Certificate to gain access to 3rd Level.

Please Note

Galway Community College reserves the right to make changes to any course, to limit the number of places available or to withdraw a course. No part of this information shall be deemed to form a contract between the college and a student or a third party.

Special Needs Assisting
Wellpark Rd, Galway
 091 755464
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