School of Health Professions

BSc (Hons) Podiatry

Podiatry is an exciting and evolving healthcare profession involving the diagnosis and treatment of patients with foot and lower-limb injuries and abnormalities. Learn the key concepts and theories of podiatric practice including anatomy, biomechanics, physiology and podiatric medicine with innovative and practical teaching in state-of-the-art facilities. You'll graduate a highly skilled podiatrist who can work confidently with a variety of patients in many different settings.

UCAS course code
Institution code
3 years
(with placements)
Course type
Peninsula Allied Health Centre, Plymouth

Key features

  • You'll be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) following successful completion of the course.
  • Spend 1,000 hours on practice learning over the three years.
  • Learn key concepts and theories at five locations, including our NHS Training Clinic, ensuring exposure to a variety of specialisms.

Term dates

Please see the term 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. Undertake essential shared learning with other healthcare students to give you a broad perspective of multidisciplinary work and gain practice skills through supervised placements in NHS-based training clinics.
    Core modules
    • SOHP103 Functional Anatomy and Physiology

    • POD109 Podiatric Clinical Practice

    • POD107 Podiatric Pathology

    • POD108 Podiatric Practical Skills

    • POD106 Podiatric Studies 1

    • SOHP101 Preparation for Practice

      This inter-professional module will introduce you to professional practice and the inherent standards expected of you. The characteristics and identity of allied health professionals, as evidence based practitioners, will underpin learning ‘with’ and ‘from’ one another. Working together you will develop your understanding of professional standards for conduct and ethics, and knowledge of the key principles to support practice grounded in evidence. You will explore communication and interpersonal skills to support shared decision making, and learn the skills of reflective practice. As a student you will actively engage in debate, discussion, small group presentations, self- guided study and other group-led activities.

  • Year 2
  • In your second year, you'll increase your knowledge of podiatric practice for children and older people. You will build your confidence and the personal skills required to work as a podiatrist in a placement setting. Learn research skills to support practice with evidence-based learning. Develop your skills in the treatment of lower-limb disorders through the application of physical and mechanical therapies, pharmacology and surgery.
    Core modules
    • POD213 Podiatric Clinical Practice 2

    • POD214 Podiatric Clinical Practice 3

    • POD212 Podiatric Studies 2

    • POD215 Podiatric Studies 3

    • SOHP201 Project Studies 1

      This module enables the student to develop a sound understanding of research terminology, methods, and principles. It 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.

    • 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

  • 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. Become an autonomous practitioner by practising your professional skills in the clinical, pharmacological and surgical management of patients.
    Core modules
    • POD315 Local Anaesthesia and Nail Surgery

      This module involves the theory and administration of Local anaesthetics enabling toe nail surgical procedures to be carried out.. Meets all or part of HCPC Standards of Proficiency: 1a.4, 2b.4,

    • POD311 Pharmacology for Podiatry

      This module takes a pharmaceutical approach to patient care and provides students with the opportunity to achieve the Certificate in Prescription Only Medicine. Students are exposed to theory relating to therapeutic management of the podiatry patient with complex medical disorders Meets all or part of HCPC Standards of Proficiency: 2b.4

    • POD319 Podiatric Clinical Practice 4

    • POD320 Podiatric Clinical Practice 5

    • SOHP302 Preparation for Professional Practice

    • SOHP301 Project

    • POD316 The High Risk Patient in Podiatric Practice

      This module provides the student with opportunities to critically evaluate current theory regarding diagnosis and podiatric management of patients presenting with complex medical conditions where the lower limb is at risk. Meets all or part of HCPC Standards of Proficiency: 3a.1

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

5 GCSEs grade C or above to include mathematics, English and science. Preference is given to applicants who have obtained these grades on application.


UCAS tariff
280 points from 2 A levels. 80 points from a biological subject.
28 points (with a minimum of two subjects at 5 points Higher Level). Biology profile preferred.
45 L3 credits of which 33 must be at merit or distinction level. This must include 15 level 3 credits from Biology. Must have GCSE grade C or above in English and Maths or be taking them. 
Diploma DMM – must have strong biology component.
Extended Science: 65 per cent at first attempt. 

Equivalent qualifications may be considered, please contact

Extended entry requirements

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

  • Please note we do not accept Key Skills Level 2 in place of GCSE English or mathematics.
  • 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 7.0 in the listening and reading sections and at least 7.0 in the writing and speaking sections.
  • TOEFL 'internet-based' test (ibt) - 100.
  • TOEFL Paper test - 600.
  • 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

Due to the professional nature of this course we are unable to accept applications for deferred entry.

Fees & funding

For all information about tuition fees, please visit our fees and funding pages.
The NHS will pay the Tuition Fee Contribution on your behalf if you are a UK or EU national, and you are entitled to a means tested bursary for the duration of your course through the NHS Business Services Authority if you are a UK national.  For further guidance about applying for your bursary and to create and access a Bursary Online Support Account (BOSS) please visit the NHS Business Services Authority website.

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.


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Your placements

Placements are an integral part of your training

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

More information about your placements

Our locations

Most of our courses are based at the Peninsula Allied Health Centre (PAHC) in Plymouth

You will be studying in our state of the art facilities in the purpose built PAHC centre.

PAHC building