How to apply
Once and ECA has been approved, the potential apprentice will be required to complete an Initial Needs Assessment (INA) with the support of their employer and the University to ensure the apprenticeship programme is an appropriate solution to their skills development needs.
The employer should or can request the Initial Needs Assessment by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
INA Submission deadline is Friday 30 June 2023.
Apprentices do not pay any course fees – costs are covered by the government and/or employer
Funding models for employers
- Fully-funded: Levy paying organisations
- Co-funded: Non-levy organisations and levy who have exceeded their levy contribution.
If the annual pay bill of your organisation exceeds £3 million you will pay for your apprenticeship training through your levy account. If you have exceeded your levy contribution you will fund apprenticeship training through the co-funded model – to better understand how this will work please contact us.
- Employer contribution: Employee salary only
- Apprentices contribution: £0.
If you are a non-levy paying organisation (the annual pay bill of your organisation is less than £3 million) or you are a levy organisation who has exceeded their pot, the government will financially co-support your apprenticeship training – they will contribute 95 per cent of the costs and the employer will contribute five per cent.
- Government contribution £22,800
- Employer contribution £1200
- Apprentice contribution £0.
DAPOD411 Practice placement 1: A clinical module where students will gain knowledge of interprofessional practice in the workplace.
DAPOD511 Practice placement 2: A clinical module where apprentices will begin to develop their podiatric clinical skills in a supervised environment.
DAPOD611: Practice placement 3: A clinical module where apprentices will demonstrate their clinical skills with increasing autonomy, whilst demonstrating decision making and clinical reasoning abilities.
DAPOD701 Preparing for practice: Introduces the clinical environment together with critical analysis of evidence-based practice. Core concepts of anatomy and physiology will be introduced.
DAPOD702 Foundations of podiatric practice: Focusses on disorders of the skin including wounds and their management. Assessment of neurological and vascular impairment will be introduced.
DAPOD703 Patient-centred care: Explores the application of health and wellness principles when considering person-centred care. Evaluation of complex professional practice and critical analysis of the complex and dynamic nature of leadership and clinical education.
DAPOD704 Studies of the lower limb: Develops in-depth exploration of the aetiology and pathology of musculoskeletal conditions of the foot and ankle and the role of footwear/orthotic therapy using a critical and cognitive approach.
DAPOD705 Development and maturation of the lower limb: Focusses on development of the lower limb from birth to adulthood and how this influences function. Mobility and stability through the life cycle will be explored. Pathological conditions of skin and nail are further studied.
DAPOD706 Complex patient groups and podiatric intervention: Focuses on the pharmacological approach to patient management and develops skills and knowledge in assessment and management options to carry out minor surgical techniques in suitable patients.
DAPOD715 Project design for research: Students will explore methodology and methods relevant to the development of a research project and by the end of the module will formulate a research proposal.
DAPOD716 Research dissertation: This module will enable students to complete their dissertation under supervision from the module team and a named dissertation supervisor.
DAPOD707 End Point Assessment: This module provides an independent synoptic assessment of the knowledge, skills and behaviours of the apprenticeship standard.
A variety of assessment methods are used throughout the programme to enable the students to achieve the learning outcomes for each module. This approach illustrated below contributes to achieving an inclusive and equitable assessment strategy.
- Reflective writing/blogs
- Clinical Logs
- Professional Development Profile
- Peer Observation of Practice
- Direct Observation of Procedural Skills (DOPS)
- Case Based Discussion (CBD)
- Graphic visual representations of knowledge, information and data
- An observation including viva and professional presentation which form the End Point Assessment (EPA).
Areas of specialisms
- @ NHS
- @ Private sector
- @ Ministry of Defence
- @ Academia/Research
- Specialist knowledge in the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of lower limb pathologies.
- Leadership and teamwork.
- Analytical skills, problem solving and effective communication.
- Research literacy.
- Critical thinking and analytical skills.
Duration: 24 months
Hours of study per week: 26
Delivery type: Online
Entry requirements: Degree from an Institution of Higher Education normally at Second class (higher division) 2:1 or above. The degree or other recognised assessed academic study should normally be completed within the last five years.
Benefits to the business
- Maintain or improve current skills within your organisation.
- Develop your own workforce.
- Improve staff retention rates.
- Flexible delivery of theoretical teaching.
- Obtain an MSc degree whilst developing skills from on the job training.
- No course fees to pay.
- Flexible distance learning for theoretical knowledge.
- Earn a wage whilst you learn.
Health Education England says...
- @ "By far the most comprehensive bid submitted. There is real clarity and detail in the scope and capacity to meet the requirements of national delivery."
- @ "There is a strong sense of confidence in the provider to deliver their ambitions within this bid and the panel have no hesitation in recommending this bid to be accepted for national delivery subject to regulatory and professional body approval."
Podiatry Degree Apprenticeship staff
Dr Sally Abey
Head of School of Health Professions
Mr Philip Hendy
Lecturer in Podiatry (Education)
Dr Joanne Paton
Associate Professor of Podiatry
Mr Keith Walker
Associate Head of School (Teaching and Learning)
Mrs Karen Reed
Lecturer in Podiatry
Mrs Joanna Bower
Lecturer in Podiatry