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Physiotherapy Assistant Studies (Year 1)

Course Description

This course aims to provide learners with the skills and knowledge necessary to work in the area of sports injuries and their treatments. Physiotherapy Assistants provide a valuable service to the Sports Industry, specialising in the prevention and management of soft tissue injuries through manual massage techniques and the use of electrical equipment.

Course Duration

One Year

Course Content

Year 1

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Communications
  • Nutrition
  • Physiotherapy Assistant Practice
  • Physiotherapy Assistant Theory
  • Sports Anatomy and Physiology
  • Sports and Recreation Studies
  • Work Experience

Awarding Body

QQI - Quality and Qualifications Ireland

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements for Year 1 On-Line Applicants:

  • Leaving Certificate, LCVP, LCA or a level 4 certificate
  • or have reached the age of 18.
  • Mature student

If the criteria above does not apply, you may be called for an information interview to secure a place on the programme.

Work Experience

Work Experience is a core element of this programme providing an opportunity to put skills developed on the programme into use in a real working environment. It allows students to create links with employers.

Career Opportunities

Graduates from this programme may progress to the Physiotherapy Assistant Year 2 programme at KCFE if offered (based on application numbers)

Graduates are eligible to apply through the CAO and/or 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)

Graduates of this course are eligible to apply to  Sport Therapists in Sports Clubs, Alternative Therapy Clinics, Health Farms, Leisure Centres, Gym and Spa Facilities and in self employment

Course Fees

All students are required to pay the €10 application fee and €150 registration fee. Both of these fees are non-refundable. Students are also required to pay the €200 Government Levy (exemptions with valid medical card or evidence that you qualify for Maintenance Grant/Back to Education Allowance). Additional course specific fees will apply. Details of course specific fees are available on request from college office or when you apply online. Additional qualifications may incur extra costs.


  • QQI Level 5 Certificate in Community Health Services
  • ITEC Certificate in Sports Massage
  • iTEC Certificate in Gym Instruction
  • ItEC Diploma in Sports Equipment 
  • ITEC Diploma in Holistic Massage
  • ITEC Award in Taping and Strapping for Sport and Active Leisure




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