Sport Rehabilitation and Exercise Therapy

Certificate in Sport, Recreation and Exercise QQI Level 5 (5M5146) – 1 Year

Are you interested in working with the rehabilitation of injured individuals? If you are conscientious, with good communication skills and would like to encourage and motivate people in a sports and exercise setting, then this course is the perfect choice for you.

This award offers a wide range of modules which enables students to promote and maintain health and fitness through rehabilitation and conditioning, enabling people to restore function, return to sport or work and maintain a healthy lifestyle. You will learn how to treat and prevent injuries through hands on treatment and exercise rehabilitation plans.

Course Content

  • Sport and Recreation Studies
  • Exercise and Fitness
  • Sports Anatomy and Physiology
  • Kinesiology
  • Sport and Exercise Injury Prevention
  • Health Promotion
  • Body Massage and Figure Analysis
  • Communications
  • Work Experience

Additional Training

  • ITEC Massage
  • Cardiac First Responder Training (CFR)
  • Patient Handling and People Moving Certificate
  • Disability Awareness Training – Irish Wheelchair Association
  • Team Building Workshops
  • QQI Level 5 Maths for those wishing to apply to UK and Northern Ireland universities

Entry Requirements

  • Leaving Certificate: A science subject is desirable but not mandatory. An O4 in Maths is required for those who wish to study in the UK or Northern Ireland but is not mandatory for further study in Ireland
  • LCA – Distinction grade
  • Mature students, and those without a formal education, are welcome to apply
  • Students whose first language is not English will need to complete an English language assessment after applying


Certificate in Sport, Recreation and Exercise QQI Level 5 (5M5146)

Career Opportunities

Students can gain direct employment across different sectors to provide rehabilitation sports and exercise services, such as with sports teams, injury and massage therapy clinics, gyms, leisure centres and health spas.

Work Placement links

We have excellent links with Exwell Medical. This is an established community-based chronic illness rehabilitation programme with a patient-centred ethos. Our students are working with these patients as part of their exercise rehabilitation programmes.

Additonally students have gained placement in gyms, hospitals, leisure centres and private practices.

College Links

Irish Universities

SETU – BSc Sports Rehabilitation & Exercise Therapy, BSc Strength & Conditioning (Carlow Campus), BSc Sport & Exercise Sciences (Carlow Campus), BSc Exercise Sciences (Waterford Campus)

TUS – BSc Athletic and Rehabilitation Therapy (Athlone Campus), BSc Sports Science with Physiology (Athlone Campus), BSc Applied Sports Science with Performance Technology (Thurles Campus), BSc Applied Sport Science with Sport and Exercise Nutrition (Thurles Campus)

DKIT – BSc Health and Physical Activity

TUD – BSc Sports Science and Health (Tallaght campus)


Northern Ireland and the UK

Ulster University 

Students can progress to Ulster University to study a BSc in Physiotherapy. To gain access to this course students must apply through UCAS. Students must initially complete the interview process with Ulster University, along with achieving 4 Distinctions and 4 Merits on our QQI course. Additionally, students must have a minimum O4 in Leaving Certificate Math (or QQI L5 Maths).

  • BSc Physiotherapy (3 years) Derry Campus

University of Sunderland

On full completion of our course students can apply through UCAS to several degree courses in University of Sunderland.

To gain entry to these two course students must initially complete the interview process with University of Sunderland, then pass all modules on QQI course and have a minimum O4 in Leaving Certificate Math (or pass at QQI Levell 5 Maths).

  • Entry to BSc Physiotherapy
  • Entry to BSc Sport and Rehabilitation Therapy

Students may also apply for degrees in Physiotherapy in The Netherlands through EUNiCAS


1 Year

Course Charges


Applicants in receipt of a Social Welfare payment will keep their payment whilst studying on the course under the Back to Education Allowance scheme.