School of Health Professions

BSc (Hons) Podiatry

Podiatry is a rewarding and varied healthcare profession involving understanding of musculoskeletal function and the diagnosis and treatment of patients with lower limb issues. Learn the key concepts and theories of podiatric practice including anatomy, biomechanics, physiology and podiatric medicine and minor surgery with work based learning and practical teaching in modern, industry standard facilities.

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 2016 National Student Survey, 95 per cent of our graduates went on to work or undertake further study with an average salary of £21,000 as a result of their qualifications.

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Careers with this subject

Podiatry is a diverse career, with many different elements that can be explored depending on interest and specialisms. These include working with athletes with sports injuries, providing wound-care, musculoskeletal podiatry and biomechanics to name just a few. Along with working for the NHS, there are also opportunities in independent private practice with the potential to become self-employed.

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

  • In the 2016 National Student Survey, 93 per cent of our graduates praised this programme for having staff that were enthusiastic about the course they were teaching.
  • 95 per cent of our students go on to work or study, with the average starting salary of £21,000 a year.
  • 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 in work-based learning over the three year - placements in clinical practice are an integral part of your podiatry training.
  • Learn key concepts and theories at four locations, including our NHS Training Clinic, ensuring exposure to a variety of specialisms.
  • Engage with a small cohort of like minded students.

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
    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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

    • SOHP103 Functional 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.

    • 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

    • 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

  • 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
    • 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.

    • 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

    • 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.

    • 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.

  • 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
    • 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

    • 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

    • 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,

    • POD319 Podiatric Clinical Practice 4

      This provides the student with the opportunity to develop the clinical and management skills to care for patients presenting with complex and unpredictable medical and surgical disorders

    • POD320 Podiatric Clinical Practice 5

      This module provides students with the opportunity to consolidate the range of skills required to care for patients presenting with complex medical disorders. Students will have the opportunity to attain the qualification necessary to enable them to apply to the HCPC to allow them to assume the role as an autonomous registered podiatry practitioner.

    • SOHP301 Project

      Students will undertake and complete a short piece of research developed from the level 5 protocol which involves the collection and interpretation of a small amount of data. Findings will be presented in the format of a professional journal article and conference style presentation

    • SOHP302 Preparation for Professional Practice

      This module provides students with the opportunity to apply management and leadership theory and underpinning principles of practice to identified areas of their chosen field which may benefit from quality enhancement.

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:

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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.


A levels
Two A levels including 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 DDM – must have strong biology component.
Extended Science: 65 per cent at first attempt. 

Equivalent qualifications may be considered, please contact

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.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • English language requirements
Further information

Deferred entry

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

Fees, costs and funding

The Government has proposed that for students starting their studies in September 2017 onwards, maintenance and tuition loans will replace the current system of NHS bursary funding for health-related programmes of study.

Find out more information about these NHS funding changes

For applicants who are not supported by the NHS Tuition fee contribution the following fees will apply:

New students 2016-17

Full time Home/EU* International**   Islands***
Undergraduate (Classroom based) £9,000 £12,250 £9,000
Undergraduate (Laboratory based) £9,000 £12,500 £9,000
Science and Engineering - Year Zero £9,000 £12,500 £9,000
Management, Government and Law  - Year Zero £7,500 £10,300 £9,000
2 year fast-track £9,000 £12,250 £9,000
Integrated Masters (Classroom based) £9,000 £12,250 £9,000
Integrated Masters (Laboratory based) £9,000 £12,500 £9,000
Master of Architecture (MArch) £9,000 £12,250 £9,000
PGCE £9,000 tbc £9,000
Management Practice (Online) (First year - part time) tbc £3,996 tbc

Part time (per 10 credits) Home/EU* International**   Islands***
Undergraduate (Classroom based) £750 £1,025 £750
Undergraduate (Laboratory based) £750 £1,045 £750
Science and Engineering - Year Zero £750 £1,045 £750
Management, Government and Law  - Year Zero £625 £860 £625
Integrated Masters (Classroom based) £750 £1,025 £750
Integrated Masters (Laboratory based) £750 £1,045 £750
PGCE £750 tbc £750

*The tuition fee for UK students transferring to Plymouth University from a partner institution is £9,000.
**Please refer to the policy for capping of international student tuition fees.

***‘Islands’ refers to fees for both the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.

Continuing students

Please note some fees for continuing students may differ slightly.

For a full listing please visit our fees for continuing students 2016-17 page.

Further information

Download our fees brochure

Read our Student Fee Policy for the Ordinary Degree route

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.


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 Plymouth University.

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.

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

Study sessions for students by students: Peer Assisted Learning Scheme (PALS)

To complement your formal learning we offer regular sessions that provide the opportunity for you to learn with and from your peers. Share knowledge, discuss ideas, and ask questions in a relaxed and friendly environment

If you are a first or second year take the opportunity to study in a relaxed environment, along with other students on the same programme.

Find out more about how PALS can benefit your studies