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Special Needs Assistant (SNA)

This Level 6 SNA course will equip the learner with the skills, knowledge and competence required to work with children in a classroom setting. 

Course Hours:Timetables vary from year to year please contact the college directly for detailed timetable information
Course Code:6M2007
Entry requirements:1. For entry to Level 6, a full QQI Level 5 in a complementary area is required
2. All applicants will be required to attend an interview
3. An offer of a place on this course means the applicant has met the minimum
entry requirements set out here and satisfactory presentation at interview
Course Duration:1 year
Commencement Date:September 2021
Course Co-Ordinator: Liz O'Leary
Contact information:info@kinsalecollege.ie
Special Needs Assistant (SNA) Kinsale Campus

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Career Opportunities

Graduates of this course may apply to the following centres

• Pre-Schools
• Early Start Centres
• Day Care
• Family Centres
• Private Homes
• Primary Schools (As Special Needs Assistants) 

Working with adults and children with special needs


Education Progression Opportunities

Graduates may apply to the following colleges

Graduates from this course may apply to the following colleges:

• Early Childhood Studies UCC
• Early Childhood Care and Education CIT
• Social Care CIT
• Early Childhood Studies Carlow IT
• Early Childhood Studies Mary Immaculate College, Limerick Early Childhood Care and Education Tralee 


Work Placement/Experience

Professional Experience

Participants will be required to undertake 120 hours of work placement in a relevant accredited child setting. The college will assist participants in identifying suitable placements.


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Student Experiences

“I’ve had a once in a life time experience studying in Kinsale, meeting so many fabulous people and learning what my true passion is!”
Kelsie Niemetz, Childcare Studies
“After attending Kinsale Further Education College studying Childcare level 5 & 6; I can honestly say my two years there were fantastic. The help provided and understanding from all the staff there, was touching. I finished my level 6 in May 2013, and thankfully I am now studying a Level 7 in Early Years Education @ Cork Institute of Technology. QQI has given me the opportunity of fulfilling my dream in achieving a place in CIT; the knowledge I have gained and carried forward with me is invaluable.”
Tammie O'Brien CIT graduate