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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.

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, Sports Psychology, Boundary Management, Sports Anatomy and Physiology, On-Site Massage, Health Promotion, Team Leadership, Work Experience and Sports Industry Practice, Injury prevention.


QQI Level 6, 

Career Opportunities and Progression

Graduates are enabled to pursue honours degree programmes in a number of universities across Europe, principally in the Netherlands and the UK.

Upon successful completion of this one year course graduates are eligible to apply for physiotherapy in selected European and UK Universities.

Graduates of this course are curretly studying in Queen Margaret’s University Edinburgh, St. Mary's College London UK and Hanze University of Applied Science Netherlands.

Mature graduates are currently in Royal College of Surgeons and DCU.

2018 graduates have been awarded advanced entry to Portobello Institute ( BSc (Hons) in Sports Therapy awarded by London Metropolitan University (LMU) ), following on with eligibility for Masters at Queen Margaret’s University Edinburgh.


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