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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FIRST CHOICE FOR HEALTH

This programme is part of the largest range of healthcare study options in the South West.

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.

The Podiatry BSc (Hons) has been designed and continues to be developed by expert educationalists, service-users and carers. 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. 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
    • 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.

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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.

    • 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

  • 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
    • 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,

    • 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.

    • SOHP601 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.

    • SOHP603 Business and Leadership

      Students undertaking this module will gain an appreciation of current legal, financial and ethical issues that impact on the successful management of practice in both the public and private sector. There will be a focus on effective use of marketing alongside an introduction to human resourcing. Leadership relevant to both the independent practitioner and management of service development will also be addressed.

    • POD322 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. Students will develop assessment, diagnostic and management strategies taking account of multidisciplinary provision as appropriate.

    • POD321 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.

  • 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.

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 3847

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

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

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 with at least 45 credits at level 3, 33 at merit/distinction level which must include 15 level 3 credits in biology. Will need GCSE English and maths at grade C if not already held.
 
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. 

Extended Science: 65 per cent at first attempt. 

Equivalent qualifications may be considered, please contact admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

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 6.5 in each element.
  • 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 2017-18

Full time Home/EU* International**   Islands***
Undergraduate (Classroom based) £9,250 £12,250 £9,250
Undergraduate (Laboratory based) £9,250 £12,250 £9,250

Part time (per 10 credits) Home/EU* International**   Islands***
Undergraduate (Classroom based) £770 £1,025 £770
Undergraduate (Laboratory based) £770 £1,045 £770

*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 2017-18 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.

Six £5,000 Scholarships available to 2017 entrants!

A £5,000 scholarship will be awarded to six of our first year entrants in 2017, who make Plymouth University their Firm UCAS choice. To be considered, candidates must meet the requirement of 120 UCAS tariff points from three A-levels (BBB) or DDM in BTEC examinations. Alternatively, 45 credits with 33 at merit or distinction in a suitable Access to HE subject (please see ‘Entry Requirements’ for details on which subjects are accepted).

The winners of the awards will be decided by a scholarship panel, with the decision based on academic performance during the first semester on the Podiatry programme.

The Firefly scholarship for third-year podiatry students

This award provides the recipients with a considerable contribution to final year fees, and provides 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

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 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