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Cavan Institute

Speech and Language Therapy Assistant


Speech and Language Therapy Assistant

Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate or Leaving Certificate Applied or LCVP or QQI Level 4 Award. Consideration will be given to mature applicants (those aged over 23) who do not meet these entry requirements.

Career Opportunities

Successful graduates of this course in Speech and Language Therapy Assistant Studies will be eligible to apply for a position as a speech and language therapy assistant in a variety of therapy/care settings.


At Cavan Institute:

Graduates are eligible to progress to the QQI level 6 Social Care with Counselling Skills course available at Cavan Institute.


Graduates are eligible to apply through the CAO and/or the Higher Education Links Scheme for entry to year one of a range of higher certificate and degree programmes at Institutes of Technology and Universities (please check with the particular institution regarding local eligibility requirements). Options to study in the UK are also available.

  • Speech & Language   Therapy - Ulster University 

  • Speech & Language Therapy - De Montford University, Leicester 

  • Speech & Language Therapy - Plymouth Marjon University

  • General Nursing – DCU

Course Fees


Course Content

QQI Level 5 Certificate in Health Service Skills

PHECC Cardiac First Response Community Training (CFR-C)

Patient Moving and Manual Handling

  • Speech and Language Therapy Practice

  • Speech and Language Therapy Theory

  • Anatomy and Physiology

  • Care Support

  • Infection Prevention and Control

  • Rehabilitation Support

  • Human Growth and Development

  • Work Experience

  • Communications

About This Course

Speech and Language Therapists support and care for people of all ages with speech, language, communication and swallowing difficulties. Working with other professionals in multidisciplinary teams, the therapist works closely with patients and their families to establish a therapeutic programme to help each patient communicate as effectively as possible as part of their recovery journey.

The Speech and Language Therapy Assistant course will focus on developing the students understand­ing of a variety of communication and swallowing disorders and their impact on every aspect of a person’s life. Students can obtain work experience in a variety of areas, from schools to hospitals and other clinical settings for a two-week block. The practical aspects of the course will give students a good understanding of clinical­ life, and the qualities and characteristics required for a successful career as a Speech and Language Therapist.

During their placement, students will develop an understanding of how to engage the patient in self-care activities and examine the components of the Speech and Language therapy process, from assessment through planning, implementation and evaluation of therapeutic programmes.

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