Further Education at GTI :: 2018-2019

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. Graduates of this course are employable as sports therapists 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:
  • ITEC Level 3 Sports Massage

  • ITEC Level 3 Anatomy and Physiology

  • Physiotherapy Assistant Practice 5N3770

  • Massage - ITEC & QQI 6N3478

  • Anatomy & Physiology ITEC & QQI 5N0749

  • Customer Service 5N0792

  • Work Experience 5N1356

  • Exercise and Fitness 5N2668

  • Industry Ethics & Practice 5N3470

  • Nutrition- ITEC & QQI 5N2006

  • Professional Conduct & Business Awareness - ITEC

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

  • ITEC Level 2 Instructing Strength & Conditioning Sessions

  • ITEC Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training

  • ITEC Level 2 Certificate in Manicure & Pedicure

  • ITEC Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing

  • Occupational First Aid QQI 5N1207

Work Experience

Work Experience takes place in Poise (our in-house salon) which is managed and run by the students and teachers on this programme. Students also complete external 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: €250
  • DES Programme Participation Contribution: €200
  • QQI Examination Fees: €50
  • ITEC Examination Fees: €267(approx)
  • Kits/Uniforms/Books: €300

TOTAL: €1067


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.


After I finished my course in GTI I did a 9-month Internship with a Physiotherapy Practice as Physio Assistant/Massage Therapist, I am now running my own Holistic Therapy Business from the same practice in Longford. GTI gave me the skills and confidence to do what I am doing today and I would highly recommend for anyone to study there. -Lewis

Currently I'm in my third year in B. Sc Hons in Human Nutrition in IT Sligo and working part time as a spa therapist in Ashford Castle. GTI gave me the skills I needed for my job and all the practical classes really built my confidence with massage and reflexology and prepared me more than enough for the workplace. With regards to my current college course, I found that the Anatomy and Physiology and Nutrition modules brilliant as I also studied these subjects in my first year so had a good knowledge before starting the course! -Lorraine