Further Education

Further Education 2024-2025

Sports and Physical Therapy 5M5146

This course equips students with a range of practical skills and theoretical knowledge required to progress to further training in several areas including the Health Sciences, Rehabilitation, Health Nutrition and Sports and Exercise Science in a range of higher certificate and degree programmes at Institutes of Technology.

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

  • Pre-entry guidance meeting

  • Mature applicants welcome

*At registration students will be requested to complete the necessary documentation in order to complete a successful garda vetting process which may be needed for work experience.

Course Content:
  • Physiotherapy Assistant Practice QQI 5N3770

  • Sports Anatomy & Physiology QQI 5N4648

  • Customer Service 5N0792

  • Work Experience 5N1356

  • Exercise and Fitness 5N2668

  • Nutrition QQI 5N2006

  • Body Massage & Figure Analysis 5N3465

  • Sport and Recreation Studies 5N2667

  • Introduction to Sports Massage [ GTI Certified]

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

  • FAR First Aid Responder Course (€100)

  • IATI Patient Moving and Handling (€50)

  • ITEC Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing Gym-Based Exercise

  • ITEC Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training Gym-Based Exercise

Please Note: Additional Certification will incur additional fees.

Progression to Higher Education:

The following progression paths are the most relevant:

The most up-to-date information on Higher Education Links is located at the CAO website. Click here for details of * CAO


Student Contribution: €175

Please note: Additional charges may apply. Details TBC.


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.


For anyone interested in sports, massage therapy, physical therapy or healthcare GTI and the Sports & Physical Therapy course they provide is a stand out course for anyone living on the west coast of Ireland and looking to a career in those fields.

The Sports & Physical Therapy course gave me a great foundation to excel and progress onto third level education and pursue my studies in Physiotherapy at university, the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland, Dublin.

The staff at GTI are warm, friendly and welcoming. The facilities are of a great standard and the option of additional add-on courses provided such as manual handling and first aid give an excellent opportunity for students to up-skill whilst studying here.

Upon graduating from GTI you gain an additional qualification in massage therapy which enabled me to practise professionally prior to entering university and something I use regularly. As well as this the modules GTI delivered helped give me a head start in university as they are the entry subjects to Physiotherapy studies.

I cannot speak highly enough of GTI as an institution and a place to begin your studies.

Robbie Dunne Physiotherapy Student RCSI Dublin.