Galway Community College
Further Education

Physiotherapy Assistant (Health Service Skills)

Physiotherapy Assistant (Health Service Skills)


QQI Level 5 Course Code: 5M3782

Co-ordinator: TBC


Course Outline

Our Physiotherapy Assistant (Health Service Skills) course provides learners with the opportunity of obtaining a Major QQI Level 5 Award in Health Service Skills. This course aims to provide learners with the skills, knowledge and competencies to work under supervision in a variety of healthcare settings and to progress on to potential employment as a Physiotherapy Assistant or a Health Care Assistant.

The course covers Physiotherapy Assistant Theory, Physiotherapy Assistant Practice, Massage as well as the Healthcare modules to equip learner with the skills and knowledge to care for clients as required by the Health Service Executive (HSE) to gain employment in the Healthcare sector.


  • Infection Prevention And Control - 5N3734
  • Physiotherapy Assistant Practice - 5N3770
  • Physiotherapy Assistant Theory - 5N3771
  • Anatomy And Physiology - 5N0749
  • Care Of Older Person - 5N2706
  • Work Experience - 5N1356
  • Communications - 5N0690
  • Care Support - 5N0758


€175 GCC Student Services Fee applies to all learners.

€50 QQI Certification Fee applies to all learners except

  • Those in receipt of Back to Education Allowance.
  • Medical Card Holders (valid at time of Registration).

Non EU Students are subject to an International Fee.

We advise non-EU citizens living outside Ireland to contact the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service on to ensure the course you are considering applying for is eligible for a student visa. Non-EU citizens living in Ireland are welcome to apply and require a PPS number (Personal Public Service Number). Non-EU citizens are required to pay a tuition fee set by the Irish government which is currently €3653. Some exemptions apply, for further information, please contact .

Work Experience

Work experience takes place one day per week throughout the academic year in the Healthcare sector.

Special Features

Course directed by professional and qualified teachers who are credited with a wealth of experience. Preparation for employment in the Healthcare Industry.

Entry Requirements

QQI Level 4, minimum of 17 years of age at time of registration, Leaving Certificate/Leaving Certificate Applied, Equivalent qualifications from other countries, relevant life experiences, relevant work experiences and mature students.


For information please visit our Progression Page under Student Supports

Opportunities open to students who did not achieve the desired Leaving Certificate to allow entry to your desired course from the CAO system, you can have the opportunity to achieve up to 390 points in a PLC course and gain access to 3rd Level or for mature students who did not complete a Leaving Certificate to gain access to 3rd Level.

Please Note

Galway Community College reserves the right to make changes to 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 college and a student or a third party.

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Feb 13
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Mar 17
College Closed
Apr 03
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