Further Education

Further Education 2024-2025

Physiotherapy Assistant 5M3782

This Physiotherapy Assistant (Health Service Skills) course is designed to equip the learner with the opportunity of obtaining a Major QQI Level 5 Award in Health Service Skills 5M3782. This course aims to equip the learner with the necessary skill required to progress on to potential employment as a Physiotherapy Assistant or a Health Care Assistant.

This course is designed to:

Provide students with the skills to works as a Physiotherapy Assistant with a Chartered Physiotherapist to assess and treat clients whose movement is restricted by illness, injury, disability or age. They implement the therapy programme created by a Physiotherapist and support the client in restoring or improving their mobility.

In order to work in the Healthcare sector as a Physiotherapist Assistant or Health Care Assistant, you need to have an understanding and caring attitude, while also demonstrating respect and tolerance towards your clients while encouraging independence.

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
  • Physiotherapy Assistant Theory 5N3771

  • Physiotherapy Assistant Practice 5N3770

  • 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 5N1394
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 demands of a diverse community of learners.

  • Learners develop skills of analysis, critical thinking, problem solving and reflective practice

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

  • Regulated Clinical Placements (Work Experience)

  • Vital learning supports are tailored to the needs of the individual learners

  • Career guidance assistance re UCAS, CAO and specialised guidance and training for Mature Code Applicants eg. NCC written assessment and NCC interview preparation.


QQI Level 5 Award in Health Service Skills 5M3782

  • FAR ( First Aid Responder) with GTI part-time education
  • Patient Moving & Handling by PHECC registered provider
  • Training in Protection of Older People From Abuse

may be taken as additional certification and will incur additional costs. Check with class teacher for details.

Progression to Higher Education

Students who successfully complete the course may gain entry to Third Level Institutes and Colleges through the Higher Education Links Click for details of * CAO Requirements Lookup

  • 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

Click here for details of CAO Requirements Lookup.

Career Opportunities

On completion of this award students can progress on to potential employments as a Physiotherapy Assistant or as a Health Care Assistant in the Healthcare Industry. Students can use points gained at QQI to progress with furthering their studies in closely related and highly interesting courses in third level institutions across Ireland and UK.


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.


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.