16 August, 2021 | Posted by Cian Fahey

Alternative Routes to Physiotherapy that Don't Need CAO Points

Sports Therapy physiotherapist

Alternative routes to physiotherapy are necessary in Ireland because CAO points for physiotherapy degrees are consistently very high.

Portobello Institute offers students an alternative route to become a fully qualified physiotherapist outside of the CAO system that can actually be more efficient than CAO courses in the long run.

Are you a Leaving Cert student who was hoping to spend the next four years studying to become a physiotherapist? Did you want to get your Level 8 degree from a top college in Ireland?

Becoming a physiotherapist is a very popular career path in Ireland because it offers consistent opportunities and personal fulfillment. There are opportunities in private practice, with professional teams and with hospitals. Unlike other career routes, physiotherapists can both work completely independently and as a full-time employee at a larger company.

Portobello Institute’s BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy degree is an internationally awarded Level 8 degree that can be completed in three years.

It covers a broader range of modules than a physiotherapy-specific degree and it has become a proven pathway for students to go on to study a masters in physiotherapy.

Dan O’Mahony graduated from Portobello’s Sports Therapy degree in 2018. Immediately after graduating, he started his MSc Degree in Physiotherapy at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI).

“Portobello Institute provided me with the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge for me to attain my ultimate career goal…I was also very fortunate to be given the opportunity to study with a great class of students and extremely supportive lecturers.”

The students who got their courses through the CAO the same year that Dan went to Portobello Institute were still a year away from graduation in their Level 8 courses when Dan was starting his Level 9 masters degree.

Since Dan graduated with a Level 9 degree at the same time his CAO counterparts graduated with a Level 8, he was immediately in a better position when applying for job opportunities. Furthermore, he could sooner start benefiting financially because he didn’t have to account for an upcoming masters degree.

The alternative route through Portobello Institute actually proved to be a more efficient route to physiotherapy for Dan than the other courses available through CAO points.

Furthermore, by graduating through Sports Therapy, Dan opened his options for further education in different areas.

One of our current students turned down places at the most popular physiotherapy courses in Ireland after attaining the required CAO points. She realized she wanted to study hydrotherapy and paediatrics so the Sports Therapy course set her up better to pursue her dreams.

Sports Therapy opens opportunities that could potentially be closed off in a more specialized degree course. Mike Walden of Sports Injury Clinic runs through some of the different roles that a therapist can fill in this article.

To learn more about Portobello Institute’s Sports Therapy degree, you can visit the course page here.

If you would like to speak to someone about Portobello Institute, our sports department or this specific course, you can contact course advisor Johanna Shaw. Johanna is available on 01-892-0024 or by email at jo.shaw@portobelloinstitute.com.

To set up a meeting directly with Johanna, you can click this link.




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Johanna Shaw has a 2:1 in BSc (Hons) in Sports and Exercise Science from Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh. She completed an MPhil Studentship in Physical Activity for Health alongside an Exercise Development role. She then went onto a Tackling Inactivity in Students role funded by Sport England within a Further Education College in London before moving back to Dublin to Portobello Institute.

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