Special Needs Assistant, Advanced Certificate

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QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Early Childhood Care and Education – 6M2007.

Bring your special needs training to another level. Develop your understanding of special needs and abilities and advance your career in the growing childcare industry with Mallow College level 6.

Achieve a wider range of employment and promotion opportunities with advanced responsibilities. Use your QQI level 5 and 6 awards to progress directly into year two of early childhood degrees in CIT and across Ireland.

Develop your training and professional confidence to work as part of a childcare team. Mentored by experienced childcare professionals, gain ongoing practical experience of childcare alongside the academic knowledge of special needs theory and practice.

You are ready to professionally support and encourage children of all needs and abilities.

AwardQQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Social and Vocational Integration – 6M2218.
FormatFull-time. September 2021 to May 2022.
LocationOnsite at Mallow Campus (online contingency in case of COVID regulations).
TimetableHours between Monday to Friday, 09:00 to 15:30.
RequirementsNo CAO required (Leaving Cert./LCA/equivalent for under 23s). Application review discussion.
StartingOrientation and classes starting the week of Monday the 20th of September 2021.
Fees€530 (SUSI/BTEA €330, Medical Card €250, VTOS €0).
ApplicationsApplications open. Places available. No deposit required to start your application.

Contact us at childhoodcare@furthereducationcollege.ie for help and more information.

Career Prospects

  • Crèche leader. +
  • Nursery supervisor. +
  • Playgroup leader. +
  • Pre-school leader. +
  • Special needs assistant. +

Course Contents

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


One year. Full-time. Class timetables to follow in September, and subject to change. See calendar for term holidays.


30 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.
  • For entry to Level 6 a full QQI Level 5 Award in a complementary area is required.


Garda Vetting

This course requires participants to be Garda vetted. Continued participation on the course and work placement is dependent on the successful completion of this process.

Work Experience

Students spend three days a week in the classroom environment and two days out in practical placement. There are also block placements throughout the year. The dates and duration will be specified by the College in September.


Use your full QQI level 5 and 6 awards to go directly into year 2 of Early Childhood Education degrees. Progress to year 1 of Social Care, Community Development, and Arts. For more links and detailed information on how to use your Mallow College qualification go to mallowcollege.ie/progressions.

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


Contact Us

Email us at childcareadvanced@furthereducationcollege.ie.