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Colaiste Ide Finglas launches Further Education route to Physiotherapy

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Colaiste Ide Finglas launches Further Education route to Physiotherapy


Wednesday, February 04, 2015 




Colaiste Ide Finglas launches Further Education route to Physiotherapy

An innovative new Level 6 programme specially designed for post Leaving Certificate students who wish to prepare for entry into a selection of European universities.

Title of Course: Sports and Leisure Management – Pre University Physiotherapy

                     

6M5147 FETAC Level 6 Sports, Recreation and Exercise

               

Aim

This course aims to provide the successful graduates with the opportunity to gain entry into Physiotherapy courses in a range of universities in Europe.

 

Entry Requirements

  • Leaving Certificate (minimum five passes including Mathematics and two subjects at higher C3 level). Biology is desirable.

and

  • Personal interview

and

  • Medically certified evidence of fitness to participate in physical activity

 

Course Content

Sports Industry Practice, Exercise and Fitness, Sports Nutrition, Health Promotion, Sports Anatomy and Physiology, On Site Massage, Biomechanics, Mathematics, Personal and Professional Development, Communications.

 

                                Certification

FETAC Level 6 – Sports, Recreation and Exercise award accredited by QQI

 

Career Opportunities and Progression

Upon successful completion of this one year course graduates are eligible to apply for selected courses in some European universities, in particular The Netherlands, Denmark, Finland and Poland. Students with an interest in physiotherapy as a career would be particularly interested

 

Duration: 1 Year

Course Code:6324

Further Enquiries:

Dympna Dolan, Head of Sports Department 01-8443237

Anne Walding, Guidance Counsellor 01-8443234

To view the full list of plc courses run in the college Click here

 

OPEN DAY THURSDAY 5TH FEBRUARY

 

For more information and to apply: Click here

 

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