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Colaiste Ide College of Further Education

Pre-University Physiotherapy

PLSS Code 413789 & 397991 & 397988 | Course Fees: Free | Registration Charge: €50

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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 subjects 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 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

In general you need to have a minimum of 5 passes at ordinary level in the Leaving Certificate (Biology is desirable) or its equivalent.  Applications are welcome from students with Leaving Certificate Vocational, Leaving Certificate Applied or FETAC Level 4 qualifications.  Exceptions can be made where special circumstances apply on a case by case basis.  The Leaving Certificate is not a requirement for mature students and appropriate experience can be considered as meeting the entry requirement for most courses.

We also welcome applications from mature students on all our courses.

What Will I Study?

  • Team Leadership (6N1948) QQI
  • Work Experience (6N1946) QQI
  • Health Promotion (6N2214) QQI
  • On Site Massage (6N3478) QQI
  • Sports Industry Practice (6N4650) QQI
  • Sports Nutrition (6N4651) QQI
  • Sports Psychology (6N4665) QQI
  • Sports Anatomy and Physiology (5N4648) QQI

What Qualifications Will I Get When I Finish The Course?

QQI Level 6 Sports, Recreation and Exercise 6M5147

Career Opportunities and Progression

There are approximately forty Higher Education Institutions including Universities, Technological Universities and private colleges offering places on a range of courses to QQI full award certificate holders. QQI’s information page Going to higher education using my QQI Award provides answers to some of the more frequently asked questions.

Intending applicants are advised at all times to confirm linked awards, any additional module requirements, applications processes and scoring systems with the Admission Offices of the participating Higher Education Institutions or visit visit

Full awards can also be used for graduates' progression to Further Education level 6 courses -  visit for further information. Full awards can also be used for entry to UK, European and International universities, on a case-by-case basis. Full information can be found here.

Graduates of Colaiste Ide Pre University Pysiotherapy are enrolled in the following Degree Programmes

» Royal College of Surgeons Ireland: 
BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy (Mature Students)

» TUD Tallaght: 
BSc Sports Science and Health

» Dundalk I.T: 
BSc (Hons) Health & Physical Activity

» SETU Carlow: 
Sports Rehabilitation & Athletic Therapy

» Advanced Entry Portobello College Dublin ( Awarded by London Metropolitan University ): 
B.Sc (Hons) Sports Therapy – eligible for Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, Masters of Science in Physiotherapy 

» Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, Scotland: 
BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy

» Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen, The Netherlands:
Bachelor of Health Physiotherapy

» Fonty’s University of Applied Sciences, Eindhoven, The Netherlands: 
BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy.

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   Routes for this Course


1 Year

Course Code: 

4321, 4322, 4323


Student Testimonials & Stories

Sarah Toner - Past Physiotherapy Student (studying at Hanze, Groningen, Netherlands)

Shannon Byrne - Past Physiotherapy Student (studying at Portobello Institute, Dublin)

Ryan Ward - Past Physiotherapy Student (studying at Hanze, Groningen, Netherlands)

Sean Moriarty - Past Physiotherapy Student (studying at Robert Gordon, Aberdeen, Scotland)

Ali Pierce O’Neill - Past Physiotherapy Student (studying at Fontys, Eindhoven, Netherlands)

David O’Driscoll - Past Physiotherapy Student (studying at Queen Margaret's, Edinburgh, Scotland)

Sharon Wall - Past Physiotherapy Student (studying at Trinty College, Dublin)

Niamh Henry - Past Physiotherapy Student (studying at Robert Gordon, Aberdeen, Scotland)

Mature physiotherapy student Steve Kelly talks about his experience at Coláiste Íde (studying at UCD, Dublin)



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