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Physiotherapy Assistant Studies (Year 2)

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 Content

Year 2

Year 2 – QQI Level 6

  • Customer Service
  • Exercise and Fitness
  • Health Promotion
  • On Site Massage
  • Sports Industry Practice
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Sports Psychology
  • Work Experience
  • Sports Industry Practice ITEC Level 3
  • Diploma in Personal Training (Gym Based Exercise)
  • Award in Taping and Strapping for Sport & Active Leisure Level 4
  • Certificate in Sports Massage

Awarding Body


Entry Requirements

Ideally applicants will hold a relevant level 5 qualification. However, those with other appropriate level 5 qualifications and applicants with relevant workplace experience will also be considered and called for an information interview.  

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 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 work as Physiotherapy Assistants in Irish hospitals and private Physiotherapy Clinics; 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.


  • ITEC Certificate in Sports Massage Level 4
  • ITEC Diploma in Personal Training (Gym Based Exercise) Level 3
  • ITEC Award in Taping & Strapping for Sport and Active Leisure Level 3
  • QQI Level 6 Certificate in Sports, Recreation and Exercise


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