FETAC Physiotherapy Assistant Practice – 5N3770

Physiotherapy Assistant Practice (QQI Level 5) by Attendance Learning

  • Course Fee: Now only: €499
  • Award:  QQI / FETAC Level 5 component Certificate in Physiotherapy Assistant Practice (5N3770).
  • Course fee includes all documentation, lecturing, supervised exams, learner registration and QQI certification fees. No other fees to pay.
  • Attendance Course delivered over 6 days.
  • Small Classes - All our classroom courses are limited to a maximum of 12 participants to ensure high quality support and adequate one-to-one tuition so book early to avoid disappointment.
  • New dates for 2014 - See “Locations & Dates” for more.
  • A booking deposit of €85 is payable to secure your place with the remaining amount payable before the course commences. This €85 is fully refundable should the course not proceed on the dates as advertised.


Course Description

The aim of this module is to build on the background knowledge and skills, acquired in the Physiotherapy Assistant Theory module and provide learners with knowledge of specific physiotherapy interventions and enhanced skill in therapeutic handling.

On successful completion, the learners will be able to describe normal posture, patterns of movement, gait and balance and apply this knowledge to the safe and effective mobilisation and transfer of clients, of all weight bearing abilities, using basic therapeutic handling.

The learners will be able to explain the underlying principles and therapeutic benefits of a range of therapeutic exercise interventions and apply this knowledge to the implementation of physiotherapy interventions, including the communication skills required to motivate clients, monitor, report and document client responses.

Finally, this module will prepare the learners for the execution of general departmental duties relating to the day to day running of physiotherapy services. On successful completion the learners will be able to carry out stock control and undertake safety procedures in relation to the use of physiotherapy equipment, mobility aids and maintaining a safe environment.


Who should complete this course?

  • Students who wish to receive an Internationally Recognised certificate at Level 5 in Physiotherapy.
  • Carers in Residential Homes for adults, Home carers and those working as care assistants in Hospitals and Residential Homes.
  • Care Assistants who wish to work with a Physiotherapist to assess and treat people whose movement is restricted by injury, illness or age.
  • Those working in the HSE or private healthcare sector.
  • Those learners who wish to progress on from the Physiotherapy Assistant Theory award.
  • Those who wish to work towards the Major Award in Health Service Skills (Level 5) 5M3782.


If you are completing both the Physiotherapy Assistant Practice (5N3771) and this module, both can be purchased for a reduced rate of €799. Please contact us on 01 2061828 if you wish to avail of this offer.

Course Details


Physiotherapy topics covered include (4 Days):

  • Unit 1: Posture, Mobility and Aids to Mobility

  • Unit 2: Exercise Therapy

  • Unit 3: Physiotherapy Equipment.


The additional two days training will include 1 day for CPR training and 1 day for Patient Handling training.


Entry Requirements / Prerequisites:

  • FETAC Level 4 Certificate in Healthcare, Leaving Cert or relevant life and work experience.
  • Students must be competent in both written and spoken English.
  • Students must be able to secure a work placement as they will need to fulfil at least 30 hours work experience as part of this course (in the Healthcare Sector) as assignments will require learners to draw upon practical experience in a Physiotherapy setting*.
  • Learners will require Garda Vetting for their workplacements. Should you require this The Open College can complete this for you. Please ask for details.
  • For more details on participation suitability of this course click here».


*Note: Should you not be able to locate a placement we have an arrangement with the Physiotheraphy Dept. in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda to assist some of our learners with the workplacement when availability exists.



This course is assessed through completion of a combination of a Project and Skills Demonstrations. All work submitted must be your own work. As part of our quality assurance, student assessment work will be marked by a Tutor, then checked by an Internal Verifier and an independent FETAC External Authenticator.


Project: – 40% of Marks

A project will be undertaken by each candidate. The project will examine a range of learning outcomes relating to units 1, 2 and 3.
Each candidate will be required to present a case study of a client who is part of his/her caseload and describe his/her intervention.

The case study should include – a profile of the client, description of the condition and how it impacts on the client, aims of physiotherapy intervention, description of intervention, outcome. Project should demonstrate awareness of health and safety. 


Skills Demonstrations: - 60% of Marks

Candidates will be required to undertake 3 different practical tasks in the workplace/course. Each task will be assessed using the documented criteria. Suggested tasks include:

  • Mobilisation of a client (non/partial or full weight bearing)
  • Supervision of a prescribed individual exercise programme
  • Leading/assisting with a group exercise class
  • Assisting with hydrotherapy.


Your Tutor:

Adele Chapman -
Adele is a chartered physiotherapist with many years experience in both clinical physiotherapy and physiotherapy education. She has worked clinically in Ireland, the United Kingdom and in Saudi Arabia.

Adele’s clinical interests relate to elderly rehabilitation and pilates exercise and she currently teaches beginner and intermediate pilates.

She is also interested in falls prevention and has, in recent years, obtained a post graduate qualification in fall prevention and the delivery of exercise to the elderly.  Having obtained a post graduate Diploma in Course Development and Teaching in Higher Education from the University of London, Adele has taught on a BSc in Physiotherapy in Brunel University, London and in Trinity College Dublin and has more recently been involved in FETAC Healthcare Education. Adele continues to combine clinical physiotherapy and healthcare education.

Adele Chapman MISCP, PG DipEd, PSI.



  • Following successful completion you will receive a QQI Level 5 component Certificate in Physiotherapy Assistant Practice (5N3770).
  • QQI (Quality & Qualifications Ireland) is the national awarding body for further education and training in Ireland. The Open College is registered with QQI to offer programmes leading to QQI awards in the National Framework of Qualifications in Ireland. Click here for details of the National Framework of Qualifications.
  • Click here for more detailed Accreditation information.

QQI Distance Learning Courses

Location & Dates

This Physiotherapy Assistant Practice (QQI Level 5) 5N3770 course is completed through six full day (09.30 – 17.00) Attendance classes in Dublin.

Included in the 6 class days are 4 days of Phsyiotherapy teaching, 1 day of CPR training and 1 day of Patient Handling Training. The CPR and Patient Handling are required for the workplacement element of this course.

The next courses will be run over the following dates:

  • Option 1: Midweek (Wed & Thurs) – April 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th, 23rd and 24th.
  • Option 2: Saturdays – April 12th, 19th, 26th and May 10th, 17th & 24th.
  • Locations: The Open College, Leopardstown, Dublin 18.


Some of the many benefits of studying with us on this course:

  • Full Tutor Support accredited by: FETAC/QQI.
  • Accessible Training Location – Our training centre has free parking with easy access from the M50 or the Green Luas Line stop is just a 2 minute walk . Two bus routes also stop outside the training centre.
  • Pricing – Our Prices can’t be beaten. Why Pay more for the same FETAC Award!
  • We only offer FETAC awards thus ensuring high Quality and Standards.
  • Group Discounts Available. Ask for Details.