IOC Diploma in Sports Physical Therapies

Student Progression & Award

Students must obtain a satisfactory mark in each element of the program before proceeding to the next stage. Students must complete all requirements for Part 1 before registering for Part 2

For the purposes of this program, an aggregate mark of 50% will be required to achieve a pass.

Students who achieve a pass mark in Part 2 will be eligible to graduate with the IOC Diploma in Sports Physical Therapies.

Students who achieve an aggregate mark of 75% or more over the two years of the program will be eligible to graduate with distinction.

Appeals process

Any student who is not satisfied with any aspect of the program, including the outcome of any formal assessment, may appeal in the first instance to the Module Tutor or to one of the program Directors. If a mutually acceptable outcome is not achieved, the matter will be referred to an Appeals Committee comprising one of the Program Directors and not fewer than three members of the Academic Advisory Board, who will then review the relevant materials. Their decision will be final

Award of Diploma

Students who successfully complete the components of the program outlined above, and who have paid the appropriate tuition fees, will be eligible to receive the IOC Diploma in Sports Physical Therapies.

Post-qualification Experience

A formal post-graduate qualification in sports physical therapy is increasingly recognised as one of the essential parts of the training process for those wishing to work with high-level athletes, but it is also important to gain relevant practical experience. This cannot be taught in the classroom, but is learned by observation and experience. For this reason, most accreditation schemes operated by professional bodies require that applicants for registration complete some form of internship or practical training as well as acquiring a relevant paper qualification.

Students completing the IOC Diploma should be aware that the Diploma program in itself is not a license to practise and that they should expect to gain practical experience. This usually means an attachment where they can observe an experienced professional and gain experience by working as part of a team. Numerous opportunities for gaining post-qualification experience are available, and the program co-ordinators will try to assist students where possible in identifying potential attachments. However, it must be recognised that this may not be possible and students should make every effort to identify opportunities that meet their needs.

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