Speech & Language Therapy Assistant

Certificate in Health Service Skills QQI Level 5 (5M3782) – 1 Year

This course is designed to provide the learners who are considering a career as a Speech and Language Therapy Assistant with a solid foundation.  The learner will gain knowledge of the application of a wide range of communication styles and codes in relation to speech and language therapy practice.  They can also use their qualification to work as a Speech and Language Therapy Assistant as per the HSE appointed grade.  Alternatively they can use the programme as a foundation for further study in the area of childcare, social care and health care.

The Learners will develop an awareness of how to assist the Speech and Language Therapist to help clients manage challenges in relation to speech, language, voice and feeding difficulties. Work Experience and assessment are undertaken under the supervision of a qualified Speech and Language Therapist.

Course Content

  • Speech & Language Therapy Theory 
  • Care Support
  • Children with Additional Needs
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Infection Prevention & Control
  • Intellectual Disabilities
  • Care of the Older Person
  • Communications 
  • Work Experience. 


The course will also include workshops in the following area and will be important elements of the course :

  1. Lámh Signs (A sign language system used by children and adults with an intellectual disability &/or additional communication needs. Lámh signs can be used as a primary method of communication or along with speech and other methods of communication)
  2. The Hanen Program (This program teaches skills and strategies which can be used on a daily basis to contribute to speech and language development).

Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate or Leaving Certificate Applied. Mature students and those without a formal education are welcome.


QQI Level 5 Certificate in Health Service Skills

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One year

Course Charges


This course is free for those over 21 and in receipt of a social welfare payment*. Click here for more information and to check eligibility.