Pre-University Physiotherapy Studies -  5M3782

This course is designed to equip students with a range of practical skills and theoretical knowledge required to work under supervision as a Physiotherapist Assistant or within the Sports therapy/injury industry. Students may progress to further education in this specialist area or in the health sciences. Students receive hands-on experience in treatments which encourage general health and well-being in an applied learning environment.

Entry Requirements

  • Leaving Certificate, Leaving Certificate Applied, or equivalent.
  • Interview
  • Mature applicants welcome
  • Work placement within the industry is mandatory for work experience
  • Applicants whose first language is not English will require a competency as stated in our admissions policy here

Course Content

  • Care Support 5N0758
  • Infection Prevention and Control 5N3734
  • Anatomy & Physiology 5N0749
  • Physiotherapy Assistant Practice 5N3770
  • Physiotherapy Assistant Theory 5N3771
  • Customer Service 5N0972
  • Work Experience 5N1356
  • Body Massage & Figure Analysis 5N3465
  • On Site Massage 6N3478
  • People Manual Handling

Optional Modules

Learners also have the opportunity to study Maths (5N1833) and First Aid Response as an extra module.

Optional Add-On Courses

  • Hot Stone Massage
  • Indian Head Massage
  • Neuromuscular Techniques


Participants on this programme have the opportunity to apply for a three-week work experience placement in Tenerife
or Malaga. (Students must be over 18)

Progression to Higher Education

ATU - Sligo

  • SG134 Bachelor of Business in Recreation & Leisure, Level 7
  • SG435 Bachelor of Science in Health Science & Physiology, Level 7

Please note that all QQI Further Education graduates who hold a major Level 5 or Level 6 award are eligible to apply for any ATU Sligo programme through the CAO system.

ATU - Sligo (St Angelas)

  • AS052 Health and Disability Studies, Level 8. 5 Distinctions in Modules

ATU - Letterkenny

  • LY826 Health Science with Physiotherapy Studeis, Level 6 (5 Distinctions required)
  • LY836 Health Science with Occupantional Therapy Studies, Level 6 (5 Distinctions Required)
  • LY846 Health Science with Dietetics Studies, Level 6 (5 Distinctions Required)

TUS - Athlone

  • AL663 Higher Certificate in Business in Sport & Recreation, Level 6
  • AL760 Spa & Wellness Management,, Level 7

TUS - Limerick

  • LC422 Sports Strength & Conditioning (Tipperary), Level 8
  • LC423 Sports Strength & Conditioning (Tipperary), Level 7

TUD - Blanchardstown

  • BN111 Sports Management & Coaching, Level 8 (Minimum 3 Distinctions required)

SETU - Carlow

  • CW188 Sports Rehabilitation & Athletic Therapy, Level 8 (Minimum 3 Distinctions required)
  • CW198 Strength & Conditioning, Level 8 (Minimum 3 Distinctions required)
  • CW106 Physiology & Health Science, Level 6
  • CW178 Sports Science, Level 8
  • CW807 Sport and Exercise (GAA), Level 7 Portfolio required
  • CW817 Sport and Exercise (Rugby), Level 7 Portfolio required
  • CW827 Sport and Exercise (Soccer), Level 7 Portfolio required
  • CW858 Sports Management and Coaching (GAA Rugby Soccer), Level 8 Portfolio and 3 Distinctions required

The most up-to-date information on Higher Education Links is located at the CAO website. Click here for details of CAO QQI Requirements Lookup

Career Opportunities:

Graduates may pursue employment in the following areas:

  • Health Care Sector
  • HSE
  • Physiotherapy Centres
  • Sports Clubs


There are no fees to study this course, however, students will have to purchase some additional items when undertaking this course such as;

  • Tunic (x2)
  • 1 Text Book
  • 1 Massage Belt

Details of cost & supplier will be provided during interview and induction.


This is a full-time one year course and runs from September to May.

For more Information

Please phone 07191 45480 or email [email protected]