Further Education

Further Education 2024-2025

Occupational Therapy Assistant 5M3782

Occupational Therapy is a healthcare profession offering support to people with physical, psychological and social problems to enable them to live life to the fullest. Occupational therapists help people to do the everyday activities they want and need to do when faced with illness, injury, disability or challenging life circumstances or events.

This course is designed to:

Provide an introduction to students Occupational Therapy. OT's use the term occupation to describe all the things we do to take care of ourselves and others; to socialise and have fun; to work and learn; and to participate and contribute to our community and society. Our occupations are the activities that fill up our days and that give meaning and a sense of purpose to our daily lives. Occupational therapists understand how important these everyday activities are to all of us and are experts in enabling you to live life to the fullest despite challenges or limitations. In the case of children the focus will be on enabling participation in childhood occupations such as play and school and supporting development and emerging independence skills. Occupational therapists understand how illness, injury, disability or challenging life circumstances and events can affect people's ability to do the everyday things that are important for them and know how to support them to reach their maximum level of independence and autonomy. Occupational Therapists are experts at assessing how different health conditions can affect people's abilities and helping them to overcome or work around the difficulties that are affecting their daily occupations and roles. Occupational Therapy focuses on people's strengths and therapy is always guided by the client's preferences (or those of their family in the case of children). Occupational Therapy is client-centred and helps people to live their lives in a way that is meaningful and satisfying for them by tailoring a programme that responds to their unique identity, situation and needs.

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. Garda clearance is a mandatory requirement for work placement.

Course Content
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant Theory 5N3766

  • Occupational Therapy Assistant Practice 5N3765

  • Activities of Living Patient Care 5N3707

  • Care Support 5N0758
  • Infection Prevention and Control 5N3734
  • Anatomy and Physiology 5N0749
  • Safety & Health at Work 5N1794
  • Communications 5N0690
  • Work Experience 5N1356

  • Course content may be revised for educational or organisational reasons.

Optional Modules

Learners may also have the opportunity to study Maths as an extra module.

How the course is taught

GTI has developed a style of teaching to meet the needs of a diverse community of learners.

  • We make extensive use of advanced multimedia and internet based technologies to bring subject matter to life and to ensure effective learning.

  • Whenever possible, we use a Learn-by-Doing approach to make the learning experience more realistic and enjoyable.

  • We provide learning supports that are tailored to the needs of individual learners.

Progression to Higher Education
  • Students who successfully complete the course may gain entry to Third Level Institutes and Colleges through the Higher Education Links Scheme.

Atlantic Technology University

University College Cork Level 8

Maynooth University Level 8

Carlow College St Patrick’s

Trinity College Dublin

South East Technological University Carlow

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Career Opportunities

As an assistant in occupational therapy you can work in a variety of settings with people who:

  • are physically disabled
  • are recovering from an illness or operation
  • have learning disabilities
  • have mental health problems

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

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.

Adult and Part-Time Education

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