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Health Service Skills with Physiotherapy (QQI Level 5)

The aim of this full-time one-year programme is to provide the learner with an understanding of treatment and therapeutic interventions in everyday activities in a variety of healthcare settings.

On completion of this programme learners will have the skills, knowledge and competencies to work under supervision in a variety of healthcare settings or to progress to further and or higher education and training in Ireland or the UK.  This course will also equip students with basic skills in physiotherapy assistance.

  • Physiotherapy Assistant Theory
  • Physiotherapy Assistant Practice
  • Infection Prevention & Control
  • Care of the Older Person
  • Care Skills
  • Care Support
  • Communications
  • Work Experience

Modules are subject to change.

Additional Certificates may include:

  • Patient Moving and Handling
  • Cardiac First Responder
  • HIQA standards
  • Dementia awareness
  • Basic First Aid
  • Safeguarding the vulnerable adult at risk of abuse
  • Risk and restrictive practice in healthcare
  • Tusla Child Protection
  • End of life care

Leaving Certificate or QQI Level 4, or equivalent standard of education. All applicants are subject to an interview and an online assessment. Applicants must also satisfy An Garda Síochána vetting requirements.

Atlantic Technological University (ATU) Galway

Au663 Public Health Nutrition (Level 8)

Dublin City University (DCU)


South East Technological University (SETU)

SE900 Health Sciences (Level 8)


(TUS) Letterkenny

AU663 Public Health Nutrition (Level 8)

Ulster University (UCAS application)


Places are not guaranteed in these institutes and are subject to students meeting certain criteria. Please consult the individual college websites for more information on application or

For further information, contact Elaine on 057 9349424 or email

€50 QQI Level 5 Certification Fee – Medical Card holders or those in receipt of a Social Welfare payment are exempt from this Certification Fee.

VTOS: If you are over 21 years of age, are unemployed and have been getting certain social welfare payments for at least 6 months you can apply for the Vocational Training and Opportunities Scheme (VTOS). Successful applicants can receive a VTOS payment for the duration of the course, instead of their social welfare payment. Small meal and travel allowances may also apply


Course Details


Award Title: QQI Level 5 – Certification in Health Service Skills

Duration: One year – September 2024 to May  2025