School of Health Professions

BSc (Hons) Podiatry

Podiatrists are experts in foot and ankle health keeping people of all ages active. Choosing to become a podiatrist will give you a broad scope of practice with a scientific approach to diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of people with foot problems. A podiatry degree can launch a dynamic career and is a springboard to specialising in other areas of the profession such as sports medicine, injection therapy, independent prescribing, clinical research and podiatric surgery.

As a podiatry graduate you will be a highly skilled health professional who can work confidently with a variety of different patients in a range of settings. In the 2018 National Student Survey, 95 per cent of our graduates went on to work or undertake further study with an average salary of £22,000 as a result of their qualifications.

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Careers with this subject

Podiatry is a diverse profession, as are the employment opportunities, which include: working within the public sector such as the NHS or the Ministry of Defence; independent sector opportunities to establish your own business; non-clinical roles such as NHS management or technical sales and marketing; careers in teaching in academia; research or management of specialist patient groups such as dancers and athletes.

Advice from graduate Jack Loveday:

"Get as much experience as you can after graduating (or before) by shadowing other practitioners and seeing how they work. I did a lot of this and found that people were generally more than happy to have people sit in on their clinics."

Read more from Jack in his case study.

Some destinations of podiatry graduates include:

  • Working as a Podiatrist for the NHS, with on-going career progression
  • Podiatric surgery with further study
  • Ministry of Defence rehabilitation
  • NHS management/Head of Service/Senior Management
  • Academia/research PhD
  • Industry/technical advisor/sales
  • Working with specialist patient groups, for example dancers and elite athletes to name but a few

Throughout our three year degree, each year will involve a work-based learning placement, ensuring that you gain the experience needed to thrive in a healthcare career. Our most recent students have given an 89 per cent satisfaction rate for their time spent on NHS work placements.

On top of the specialist skills and knowledge needed to flourish in a lower limb care vocation, graduates also developed soft-skills in:

  • Leadership and teamwork
  • Analytical skills and problem-solving
  • Effective communication
  • Research literacy

See the Royal College of Podiatry website for further insight.

Key features

  • Employability rates are high within the podiatry profession with potential to work in the NHS, but also as an independent practitioner. 95 per cent of our students go on to work or study, with an average starting salary of £22,000 a year (2018 National Student Survey).
  • The course has been designed, and continues to be developed, by expert educationalists, service-users and carers.
  • Work-based learning is an integral part of the course and you spend 1,000 hours in clinical practice during your three years.
  • Opportunities to attend vascular ward rounds at Derriford Hospital.
  • Observe an independent practitioner working in the private sector.
  • A Ministry of Defence placement is available for high achievers.
  • Practitioners with specialist roles are invited to lecture regularly in years 2 and 3.

We feel that our course strongly benefits from having the views of our service-users in the development of new strategies and module design. This is achieved through our school forum where our service-users are invited to contribute to curriculum development and decision-making.

Semester dates

Please see the semester dates for the BSc (Hons) Podiatry.  

Please note: In order to successfully complete your course and be eligible to apply for a professional registration you must complete a specified number of practice placement hours along with your theoretical study. This is a requirement of the HCPC. Therefore you will only be able to take personal holidays during the specified leave periods for your course. This includes induction week where it is vital you attend ALL sessions.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • In your first year, you'll learn the key concepts and theories of podiatric practice including anatomy, biomechanics, physiology and podiatric medicine.  We teach you techniques to assess the neurological and vascular systems of the lower limb and introduce you to gait analysis. Undertaking essential shared learning with other healthcare students gives you a broad perspective of multidisciplinary work and you gain practice skills through supervised placements in NHS-based training clinics.

    Core modules
    • POD106 Podiatric Studies 1

      This module will introduce students to the assessment of patients. Students will be introduced to skin and nail anatomy, physiology, and common pathologies. They will consider how tissue integrity is maintained through circulatory and sensory physiology. Basic psychosocial issues, pharmacology and musculoskeletal tests will be also introduced

    • POD107 Podiatric Pathology

      This module introduces the student to basic clinical reasoning based upon an understanding of tissue, systemic organisation and concepts of assessment of the human body. The links between normal physiology and the changes that occur with pathology are introduced.

    • POD108 Podiatric Practical Skills

      The student is given a foundation for podiatric clinical skills with patients with common non-complex disorders. Clinical skills are introduced for a range of conditions and the planning, selection and interpretation of appropriate podiatric techniques are explored at an introductory level

    • POD109 Podiatric Clinical Practice

      The student works within a clinical environment assessing, treating and managing common and non-complex disorders under supervision. Clinical skills are practiced and developed upon a range of conditions. Students will be involved in the planning, selection and interpretation of appropriate podiatric techniques at an introductory level

    • SOHP401 Preparation for Practice

      This inter-professional module will introduce students to professional practice and the inherent standards expected of them. The characteristics and identity of allied health professionals, as evidence based practitioners, will underpin learning.

    • SOHP403 Functional Human Anatomy and Physiology

      This module is designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of human anatomy and physiology relevant to professional practice for Podiatrists and Physiotherapists.

  • Year 2
  • In your second year, you'll increase your knowledge of podiatric practice for children and older people. Learn about the complexity of foot function and how to recognise and treat pathologies of the foot and ankle. You will gain a good understanding of systemic conditions that impact on the health and function of the lower limb, and build your confidence and the personal skills required to work as a podiatrist in a placement setting. Your skills in the treatment of lower-limb disorders through the application of physical and mechanical therapies, pharmacology and surgery are developed. You learn the research skills required to develop your own research proposal and to support practice with evidence-based learning.

    Core modules
    • POD207 Systemic Disorders and the Lower Limb

      This module provides the student with opportunities to develop knowledge and understanding of theory associated with podiatric assessment and management of patients with common systemic and acquired disorders which impact on the lower limb. Meets all or part of HCPC Standards of Proficiency: 3a.1

    • POD212 Podiatric Studies 2

      This module extends the students¿ knowledge and understanding of pathological processes and soft tissue injuries which may present in the lower limb in the child and adult, particularly in relation to musculoskeletal disorders.

    • POD213 Podiatric Clinical Practice 2

      This module will enable the student to develop patient assessment and management skills with opportunities to apply theoretic knowledge of lower limb pathology, diagnostic and management skills in a clinical setting. Participation in multiprofessional approaches to healthcare will be facilitated

    • POD214 Podiatric Clinical Practice 3

      This module will enable the student to develop patient assessment and management skills with opportunities to apply theoretic knowledge of lower limb pathology, diagnostic and management skills in a clinical setting. Participation in multiprofessional approaches to healthcare will be facilitated

    • POD215 Podiatric Studies 3

      The module focuses on the understanding, recognition and podiatric management of pathological conditions and alterations in musculoskeletal function which present particularly in the older person and those that may impact on their mobility and stability.

    • SOHP501 Project Studies

      This module develops knowledge and skills related to evidence-based practice and lifelong learning. The content is designed to enable the students to understand different research designs, to evaluate the research literature and to prepare them to undertake research at undergraduate level. Meets all or part of HPC Standards of Proficiency: 2b.1, 3a.

  • Final year
  • In your final year, you’ll undertake patient-focused clinical practice and theory addressing contemporary health issues and complex medical cases. You will also carry out a supervised project in an area that you’re interested in. Modules in the final year are enhanced by external specialist clinicians who are invited to share their skills and knowledge. A business and leadership module at the end of this year equips you with the tools for independent practice. At the end of your studies, you are an autonomous practitioner who is confident to practice your professional skills in the clinical, pharmacological and surgical management of patients in either the NHS or as an independent practitioner.

Every undergraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the course aims, the course structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest course structure and may be subject to change:

BSc Hons Podiatry Programme Specification 6141

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Entry requirements

UCAS tariff

120 - 104

GCSE

5 GCSEs grade C/4 or above to include Mathematics, English and Science. Preference is given to applicants who have obtained these grades on application. Please note the institution may consider Functional Skills Level 2 (Numeracy) as an equivalent qualification to the GCSE Mathematics qualification. If you do not have this profile please contact the Admissions Team directly on +44 (0)1752 585858 or email: admissions@plymouth.ac.uk and they will be happy to advise you further.


PLUS ONE OF THE FOLLOWING:

A levels
BBB, including biology, human biology, PE, sport, psychology, biochemistry, biological sciences, health sciences, anatomy, physiology, nutrition, applied science, foot health. Excluding general studies.
 
IB
28 overall to include 5 at Higher Level in biology /human biology. English accepted within - if Advanced Level = 4+ (A1) or 5 (A2/B) - if Standard Level = 5+ (A1) or 6 (A2/B) - if overseas and not studying English within IB – must have IELTS at 7.0 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in all elements.
 
Access
Pass a named Access to HE Diploma (e.g. science, health, nursing, combined science) with at least 45 credits at Level 3, 33 at Merit/Distinction level including 15 Level 3 credits in Biology/Science/Social Science (Psychology/ Sociology).
 
18 Unit BTEC National Diploma/QCF Extended Diploma 
DDM – must have strong biology element.

BTEC National Diploma modules
If you hold a BTEC qualification it is vital that you provide our Admissions team with details of the exact modules you have studied as part of the BTEC. Without this information we may be unable to process your application quickly and you could experience significant delays in the progress of your application to study with us. Please explicitly state the full list of modules within your qualification at the time of application.

Equivalent qualifications may be considered. Alternatively if you have any questions or concerns about meeting the entry requirements listed above we would encourage you to contact the Admissions Team on 01752 585858 or email ug-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk, where a member of the team can offer you further advice.

For a full list of all acceptable qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.

Extended entry requirements

In addition to the above, evidence of academic study within the last five years is required.

  • You must pass disclosure and barring service and occupational health checks satisfactorily in order to be able to start this course.
  • If English is not your first language and you do not have GCSE English grade C or above you will have to achieve an IELTS or equivalent qualification at the grades stated below.
  • IELTS - Overall average score of at least 7.0, with a score of at least 6.5 in each element  (if you need to improve your English language to get onto a degree course at University of Plymouth, you can book a pre-sessional academic English course)
  • Meeting the academic minimum is the first stage of an application being considered. Applicants must also submit a strong personal statement in order to be considered further.
Further information

Deferred entry

Unfortunately we cannot permit deferred entry. However, if you have a query please refer to an experienced admissions administrator who will be able to explain the UCAS application process in more detail ug-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

Fees, costs and funding

New Student 2018 2019
Home/EU £9,250 £9,250
International £13,000 £13,400
Part time (Home/EU) N/A To be confirmed
Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per a number of credits. Please note that fees are reviewed on an annual basis. Fees and the conditions that apply to them shown in the prospectus are correct at the time of going to print. Fees shown on the web are the most up to date but are still subject to change in exceptional circumstances.

Please be aware that there may be additional costs to undertaking your studies relating to printing of course materials, parking charges if you are studying at PAHC, and requirement for an initial outlay for travel and accommodation in respect of practice placement. If you have any questions regarding these costs please contact admissions@plymouth.ac.uk

If you are studying on a programme where placements are integral to your study there are costs associated with travel and accommodation. Please speak with the programme admissions tutor to find out more.

How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code. 

Apply for this course on the UCAS website.

For more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

As from 2014-15 academic year, all NHS funded professional courses are required to select and interview their applicants using a ‘values based’ approach. As part of this process, your UCAS personal statement will now also require this additional information, which will demonstrate insight into your understanding of the importance of NHS values in your chosen professional discipline.

Student internship at OSGO Healthcare

We are pleased to announce that OSGO have offered one University of Plymouth student the opportunity to be hosted for one working week at the end of their third year. This will include the opportunity to work alongside Director, Tony Gavin, and staff at OSGO Healthcare’s interprofessional clinic. 

OSGO Healthcare will cover the student’s travel and accommodation costs for the week.

Based in the UK, OSGO offers all of the services and products a podiatrist needs to make their business work, helping with every challenge they face in practice. Members have access to tools, resources and courses for every facet of running a business.

Please complete the application form and provide letters of support from two referees.

Deadline for application: 17 May 2019

Please email Dr Sally Abey sabey@plymouth.ac.uk for an application form.

The Firefly Internship for third-year podiatry students

This award provides the recipients with a fantastic opportunity post-registration to work in one of Europe’s most influential and state of the art orthotics labs.

Firefly have been designing, manufacturing and distributing custom made foot orthoses to the podiatric profession since 2003

Further information

English Language Centre

We offer a range of courses to help you develop your academic English language skills.

These include pre-sessional academic English courses for undergraduates, taught postgraduates and research students along with insessional language classes, tutorials and activities to support students who have English as a second language.

Find out how we can help you reach your potential.

People

Watch our BSc (Hons) Podiatry video

I want you to really enjoy studying and in particular studying podiatry...I want you to feel confident, I want you to feel that you've learned the skills you need to be a podiatrist...and I want this to be a real experience for you.

Programme Leader Dr Sally Abey explains what's it like to study podiatry at the University of Plymouth.

More information about studying with us

Further useful information about:

  • Our locations - where you'll be studying
  • Additional checks and screening for students
  • The NHS Constitution
  • Our peer assisted learning scheme.


Your placements

“Placements were an excellent way to get experience in clinical situations, allowing me to really develop my clinical skills and knowledge. Being able to work in a number of different Trusts also meant that I got to see lots of different types of practice and observe different ideas which I was then able to learn from and use myself when I started working.”
Zoe Boulton, Podiatry Graduate

You will have to achieve 1000 hours of work-based learning which will be spread across the three years.

International students

Thinking about coming to study in Plymouth? Find the answers to many of your questions here, as well as links to places where you can discover more.

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*These are the latest results from the National Student Survey. Please note that the data published on Unistats is updated annually in September.

The results of the National Student Survey (NSS) and the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey (DLHE) are made available to prospective students and their advisors through the Unistats website.