Further Education

Further Education 2020-2021

Sports and Physical Therapy 5M4468

This course equips students with a range of practical skills and theoretical knowledge required to work in the Sports Therapy Industry. Upon completion of this course you may be employable as a sports therapist in sports clubs and as massage therapists in alternative therapy clinics, health farms, leisure centres and gyms. Graduates also have the option to progress to further education in a range of higher certificate and degree programmes at Institutes of Technology.

Entry Requirements:
  • Leaving Certificate, Leaving Certificate Applied, or equivalent.

  • Interview

  • Mature applicants welcome

Course Content:
  • Physiotherapy Assistant Practice QQI 5N3770

  • Massage - ITEC & QQI 6N3478

  • Sports Massage ITEC

  • Anatomy & Physiology ITEC & QQI 5N0749

  • Customer Service 5N0792

  • Work Experience 5N1356

  • Exercise and Fitness 5N2668

  • Industry Ethics & Practice 5N3470

  • Nutrition- ITEC & QQI 5N2006

  • Word Processing 5N1358

  • Professional Conduct & Business Awareness - ITEC

In addition to the above modules, students may enrol in the following optional modules at an additional cost:

  • Strapping and Taping

  • ITEC Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training

  • PHECC First Aid Response Course

  • Pitch Side First Aid

Please Note: Additional Certification will incur additional fees.

Work Experience

Students complete ten days external work placement.

Progression to Higher Education:

The following progression paths are the most relevant:


GA790 Sports & Exercise Science Level 8 (Minimum 3 distinctions required)

GA791 Public Health Nutrition (Hons) Level 8 (Minimum 3 Distinctions required)

ALIT Athlone Institute of Technology

  • AL663 Higher Certificate in Business in Sport & Recreation, Level 6

  • AL760 Spa & Wellness Management,, Level 7

LIT Limerick Institute of Technology

  • LC422 Sports Strength & Conditioning (Tipperary), Level 8 (Minimum 3 distinctions required)

  • LC423 Sports Strength & Conditioning (Tipperary), Level 7 ITB Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown

  • BN111 Sports Management & Coaching, Level 8 (Minimum 3 Distinctions required)

CWIT Institute of Technology, Carlow

  • CW188 Sports Rehabilitation & Athletic Therapy, Level 8 (Minimum 3 Distinctions required)

  • CW198 Strength & Conditioning, Level 8 (Minimum 3 Distinctions required)

  • CW106 Physiology & Health Science, Level 6

  • CW178 Sports Science, Level 8 (Minimum 3 Distinctions required)

  • CW807 Sport and Exercise (GAA), Level 7 Portfolio required

  • CW817 Sport and Exercise (Rugby), Level 7 Portfolio required

  • CW827 Sport and Exercise (Soccer), Level 7 Portfolio required

  • CW858 Sports Management and Coaching (GAA Rugby Soccer), Level 8 Portfolio and 3 Distinctions required

  • Progression to all GMIT courses apart from Nursing.

The most up-to-date information on Higher Education Links is located at the CAO website. Click here for details of CAO http://www2.cao.ie/fetac/fetac_search.php

Career Opportunities:

Graduates may pursue employment in the following areas:

  • Sports Clubs

  • Leisure Centres

  • Health Spas

  • Hotels

  • Salons

  • Care Settings for various client groups

  • Student Services Fee: €175
  • DES Programme Participation Contribution: €200
  • QQI Certification Fee: €50
  • ITEC Examination Fees: €267(approx)
  • Kits/Uniforms/Books: €400
  • ABT Insurance ( Associated Beauty Therapists ) €25

TOTAL: €1117


This is a full-time one year course and runs from September to May.

Adult Education:

Full-time registered students of GTI may access a range of adult education courses at a reduced fee.

For more Information:
Please note:

GTI reserves the right to make changes in any course, to limit the number of places available or to withdraw a course. No part of this information shall be deemed to form a contract between the Institute and a student or third party.

Testimonials: Ruth Geraghty

I gained a lot from GTI. As the learning environment is small, it more inclusive and attends to the holistic and personal learning which for me was essential. It helped me to meet people and really connect with people I was working with every day. Over my two years at GTI, I was afforded many opportunities which I am able to reference on my CV. These opportunities have set me apart from others with similar qualifications in the same market. One of these opportunities and a highlight of the course, was the Erasmus+ program. I was selected to participate in a 3-week placement in Tenerife in my vocational area. The learning opportunities here were endless and boosted my skills and confidence in many ways. GTI also helped to develop other more practical skills which can be carried across many different areas of life such as organisational skills, time keeping, punctuality and basic communication between people – an essential in all business life. These are vital life skills. I really enjoyed my time studying at GTI and the people I met there are friends and contacts I will have for a very long time.