BSc (Hons) Podiatry Degree Apprenticeship

Enquiries about the Podiatry Degree Apprenticeship for the September 2020 intake are open, applications will open at a later stage. 

What is a Podiatrist? 

Podiatrists are experts in foot and lower limb health keeping people of all ages active. Becoming a podiatrist will provide you with a broad scope of clinical practice including a pivotal role in reducing the risk of amputation. You will develop an evidence-based approach to the management 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 the diabetes, sports medicine, research and podiatric surgery.

Who is the course for?

This apprenticeship programme would appeal to anyone who meets the entry requirements and desires to become an HCPC registered podiatrist, working alone, or within teams, in this health care profession. This route is also suitable for clinical staff working in support roles such as Foot Care Assistants who wish to progress their career. Those with relevant podiatry experience may be eligible for a shortened degree apprenticeship route.


The degree apprenticeship programme will provide the apprentice with the opportunity to study for a work integrated degree whilst remaining in salaried employment. This work-based programme allocates specific times to work under direct supervision from expert clinical podiatrists. The podiatry lecturing team at the University of Plymouth will provide expertise to support the apprentice in gaining evidence based knowledge and appropriate academic skills to gain both theoretical understanding and clinical aptitude.

The programme is delivered through blended-learning, using a variety of technologies to allow apprentices to learn at their own pace and at a time to suit them and the employer. Practical skills are developed in an authentic environment with expert practitioners. Apprentices learn ‘virtually’ alongside other apprentices nationwide and are provided with opportunities to learn with and from others during webinars and online forums. Once graduated, apprentices are eligible to apply for HCPC registration which allows you to work in the NHS, independently and also many countries throughout the world.

Areas of specialisms

  • @ NHS
  • @ Private sector
  • @ Ministry of Defence
  • @ Academia / Research

Course Facts

Duration: 36–48 months

Hours of study per week: 26

Delivery: Online

Entry requirements: Five GCSE’s, including Maths, English and Science. 120 UCAS points, including a biological subject.

Core Skills

  • Specialist knowledge in the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of lower limb pathologies.
  • Leadership and teamwork.
  • Analytical skills, problem solving and effective communication.
  • Research literacy.

Podiatry Degree Apprenticeship staff