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Pre-University Physiotherapy

Sports, Recreation and Exercise 6M5147 NFQ Level 6


Our specialised Pre-University Physiotherapy course, facilitating Level-6 entry, is the first of its kind in the Republic of Ireland. This full-time access course, delivered over one year, will appeal to those interested in pursuing a career in physiotherapy. Physiotherapists work with people of all ages across a spectrum of injuries, from sports-related to stroke patients, amputees, and disabled children. They work to rebuild muscle, strengthen limbs, develop balance and help distressed patients to recover.

A major emphasis of the programme is to enhance and strengthen the core science modules required in all physiotherapy courses at third level. This programme includes a variety of components essential to continued studies at university level, including Biomechanics, Sports Anatomy and Physiology and Sports Psychology. Additionally, students are required to complete sixty hours of work placement within an approved physiotherapy setting. The purpose of this placement is to further immerse learners in the rudiments of practice.

Entry Requirements

•    Leaving Certificate: Five passes at Ordinary Level, including two honours (minimum grade H4) at Higher Level. Mathematics, O4 at Ordinary Level is mandatory. Biology is desirable.
•    Others, including mature students are assessed individually, and
•    Personal interview

Not all students who secure the above maybe offered a place as demand is expected to exceed places available.

Principal Area of Study

Biomechanics, Chemistry, Sports Psychology, Kinesiology, Nutrition and Health, Sports Anatomy and Physiology, On-Site Massage, Health Promotion, Team Leadership, Work Experience and Sports Industry Practice.



Career Opportunities and Progression

Graduates from this programme are eligible to enter the undergraduate studies in one of a number of European Universities leading to registration as a Chartered Physiotherapist. Colaiste Ide is linked with Hanzehogeschool University of Applied Science, Groningen, The Netherlands.  In addition to degree programmes abroad graduates may apply for a range of undergraduate degrees in IT Tallaght, Health and Physical Activity in Dundalk IT, Sports Rehabilitation & Athletic Therapy in Carlow IT.


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