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Physiotherapy Assistant - Pre-University

PLC Post Leaving Cert

The purpose of this award is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skills and competence to work in a supportive role in the area of rehabilitation and physical disability. Physiotherapy is a rewarding area to work in and provides students with the opportunity to learn how to assess, treat and support recovering clients.

Award Name Diploma at UK Level 3
NFQ Classification
Awarding Body International Therapy Examination Council
NFQ Level
Award Name First Aid Response
NFQ Classification
Awarding Body PreHospital Emergency Care Council
NFQ Level
Award Name Level 5 Certificate (Level 5 NFQ)
NFQ Classification Major
Awarding Body QQI
NFQ Level Level 5 NFQ
Award Name NFQ Classification Awarding Body NFQ Level
Diploma at UK Level 3 International Therapy Examination Council
First Aid Response PreHospital Emergency Care Council
Level 5 Certificate (Level 5 NFQ) Major QQI Level 5 NFQ
Carlow Town
Attendance Options:
Full time
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1 year

Entry Requirements

The basic entry requirement to all Level 5 courses is as follows:

•Over 18 years of age and/or successful completion of the Leaving Certificate (or equivalent international qualification)

•Successful completion of a Level 4 major award
(or equivalent international qualification)

The basic entry requirement to all Level 6 courses is as follows:

•Successful completion of a related Level 5 major award
(or equivalent international qualification)

Some programmes may require specific subjects, or skills.

If you have completed a Level 5 course and wish to study at Level 6, please remember that you need to complete a new application.

Our teachers will assess if the course is the right option for you at an interview. All reasonable efforts are made to facilitate diversity and to support learners with additional needs. See the section Open Learning and Students with Additional Needs for more information.

Mature applicants who don’t meet the minimum entry requirements, but who have acquired skills or experience, are welcome to apply, and we make sure the course is suitable at an interview.

Students aged between 18 and 23 years who do not have the minimum entry requirement or RPL will be referred to career guidance.

Garda Vetting (Clearance)

Garda Vetting (police / criminal records clearance) is a requirement on courses where students have access to children or vulnerable adults. Students must be vetted for clearance by the Gardaí prior to attending work experience. It is your responsibility to obtain Garda Vetting Clearance / criminal records clearance.

Students who have lived outside the jurisdiction of Ireland /Northern Ireland, and for whom Garda vetting / clearance is unavailable, are required to provide verifiable evidence of criminal records clearance from the relevant police authorities.

We will provide you with information about making an application for clearance, but it is your responsibility to complete any necessary application and to obtain clearance. If you are offered a place on a course, you will be issued with information at registration.

Careers / Further progression

Graduates can obtain employment in the Healthcare sector including nursing homes, retirement villages, hospitals, community and care settings. Graduates are eligible to apply through the CAO and/or the Higher Education Links Scheme for entry to year one of a range of higher education degree programmes. Examples below:

Injury Prevention Advisor
Rehabilitation Work
Sports Injury Clinics Assistant

QQI FET Links to CAO Courses

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Further information

These means-tested maintenance grants are available to eligible students attending approved full-time courses of further education, in approved Post Leaving Certificate (PLC) centres.

Applications are made online to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) through

You will be invited to an interview – this is to make sure that you’ve made the right choice!

Applications are now open for September 2024

On this course, you will develop foundational skills and knowledge in subjects related to physiotherapy, both theoretical and practical. This will prepare you for progression to Higher Level study.

What Makes This Course Special

High-level practical skills training
Detailed technical knowledge
Expert teaching team
Includes essential additional qualifications
Multiple progression opportunities

Course Content

Physiotherapy Assistant Theory
Physiotherapy Assistant Practice
Anatomy & Physiology
Exercise & Fitness
Sports Massage
Care Support
Infection Prevention & Control
Work Experience

5M3782 - Health Services Skills


QQI Level 5 Certificate in Health Services Skills 5M3782
VTCT (ITEC) Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage iSP3D32
PHECC – First Aid Responder

PLSS Code: 415724
Coordinator: Robbie Kavanagh

Course is subject to minimum enrolment. The programme content shown is indicative and is subject to change according to Awarding Body requirements as well as enrolment and resources.

Phone: 059 913 4230 Email: Email: Web:

Carlow Town
Attendance Options:
Full time
Apply to:
Course provider