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Sports Therapy / Physiotherapy Studies

Course Code(s):  5M4468 6M5147 C1061ST
QQI Award Code:  5M4468 Community Health Services
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Course overview

Course Code 5M4468 6M5147 C1061ST
QQI Award Code 5M4468 Community Health Services
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This course is aimed at students interested in the area of sports injuries and their treatment. Students will study a range of subjects, with a particular emphasis being placed on anatomy and sports massage.

Throughout the course, students will be required to work alongside a variety of sporting organisations and charities as part of their course work. Students have the opportunity to participate in the Leonardo Di Vinci project completing work experience in Germany in Year 2.

What will you Study?

Year 1:
ITEC Certificates
ITEC Level 3/4 Sports Massage
ITEC Fitness Instruction
QQI Modules:

Work Experience 5N1356

Communications 5N0690

Anatomy & Physiology 5N0749

Exercise & Fitness 5N2668

Nutrition 5N2006

Teamworking 5N1367

Beauty Industry Ethics & Practice 5N3470

Body Massage & Figure Analysis 5N3465

Word Processing 5N1358

Physiotherapy Assistant Theory 5N3771

Important Colleges may add/remove modules to keep the course updated and to meet demands. Almost all PLC courses have a Work Experience module, which requires students to find their own placement in an area directly related to their course.

Progression to CAO Courses

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DCHSX 5M4468

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