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Podiatry BSc(Hons) 2013-14

At a Glance

Start date:
30 / 09 / 2013

3 years full-time
4 ½ years part-time

Places Available:
14 (this number may be subject to change)

Course Type:
Full Time / Part Time

Entry Requirements
The course requires one of the following:
•  BBB at A level including a biological science, Sports Studies or Physical Education, General Studies is excluded.
•  300 UCAS points including a biological science, Sports Studies or Physical Education
•  DDM BTEC to include modules in biological science
•  An Access course including 30 level 3 credits at Distinction to include biological science or Psychology and 15 Level 3 credits at Merit.
Plus Maths and English GCSE at C or above (equivalent)

// Offers will be subject to an Occupational Health assessment and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.
// If you have alternative qualifications you may wish to contact us for advice before applying

Admissions Assistant
Tel: 01484 472561

The course

This course offers:
•  Access to state-of-the-art facilities including our onsite multi-chaired clinic, surgical theatre suite and orthotics lab.
•  Clinical placements in topics such as diabetes, rheumatology, gait assessment and surgery.
•  Interprofessional learning, where you will learn alongside Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists and Nursing students.
•  The opportunity to qualify with a certificate in local anaesthesia and a certificate in pharmacology.

Podiatrists are health professionals who are responsible for the care of the lower limb and foot. Your education and training will enable you to diagnose, assess, treat and manage conditions affecting the lower limb. A diverse range of conditions will be examined including diabetes, nail surgery, podopaediatrics, rheumatology and sports injuries. Your clinical skills will be developed on-site in our excellent facilities and through a variety of NHS placements.and a certificate in pharmacology.

Course content

Podiatrists are the healthcare professionals responsible for the management of conditions of the lower limb and foot. On this course, working within the podiatry clinic and surgery suite on campus, you will begin by learning how to diagnose conditions affecting the foot and leg. You will experience working as part of the multi-professional healthcare team, in hospitals, health centres, private practice, research centres or the commercial sector.

You will have the opportunity to explore specialist areas include musculoskeletal podiatry, the development of foot health in children, sports injuries of the lower limb, biomechanics and gait assessment, orthotics, nail surgery. You will experience the podiatric care of people with diabetes, rheumatism and vascular disease.

Year 1

+ Clinical Podiatry 1

This module provides you with clinical experience of the fundamental techniques used in podiatric care and an understanding of the principles on which therapeutic interventions are based. Through clinical sessions and a four week NHS placement you will focus on the practical application of psychomotor skills including scalpel work, nail care and manufacture of clinical padding, strapping and insoles fabricated in the orthotic laboratory. You will be required to complete and pass an online orthotics laboratory safety exam, produce a placement log reflecting on your experiences and demonstrate your knowledge through a practical exam (worth 100% of module marks).

+ Medicine 1

You will develop your knowledge and understanding of homeostasis and the major organ systems of the human body. You will also gain the ability to demonstrate knowledge of core pathologies relevant to Podiatric practice, which will enable you to put the module theory into clinical practice. Teaching will be delivered through interactive lectures, spot tests and online tutorial support. You will be assessed via two unseen exams (worth 60% of module marks) and a practical (worth 40% of modules marks).

+ Podiatric Theory 1

Through a combination of lectures and seminars you will be introduced to a range of podiatric conditions which are commonly encountered in clinical practice. You will demonstrate your knowledge of these in a multiple choice exam (worth 40% of module marks) and a case study exam (worth 60% of module marks). Completion of this module in addition to Clinical Practice 1 and Medicine 1 will fulfil the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists requirements for qualification as a podiatry assistant.

Year 2

+ Lower Limb Structure and Function

This module introduces you to the anatomy of the lower limb. You will develop an understanding about different anatomical structures and their function in walking, including bones, joints, muscles and tendons. Your knowledge and recognition of these structures will be tested through a spotter exam, which is computer based and multiple choice (worth 50% of module marks). Your understanding of functional anatomy and gait will also be explored through an exam (worth 50% of module marks).

+ Medicine 2

The podiatric implications of general medical conditions will be studied in greater detail and you will demonstrate your knowledge of these in an exam (worth 40% of module marks). You will gain knowledge of prescription only medications for use in podiatric practice, which will be assessed in an exam (worth 30% of module marks). You will also develop your practical skills in administering local anaesthetic agents and assess the vascular and neurological status of the lower limb, which you will demonstrate through two practical exams (worth 30% of module marks) where the local anaesthetic exam will be assessed on a pass/refer/fail basis.

+ Professional Development and Research 1

This module involves multidisciplinary team working with Nursing, Midwifery, Occupational Therapy, Operating Department Practice, Physiotherapy and Podiatry students. You will develop an understanding of evidence based practice and learn how to critically appraise journal articles. You will be assessed through an online exam and a piece of coursework. Firstly you will complete an online open book exam to demonstrate your research knowledge (worth 100% of module marks). Secondly as you are introduced to the idea of reflective practice and lifelong learning, you will develop a reflective log (which must be passed to successfully complete the module).

Year 3

+ Clinical Podiatry 2 (Intermediate)

This module will build on skills and knowledge developed in Year 1 and will integrate the fundamentals of clinical podiatric practice. You will participate in podiatry clinical sessions and will be involved in the assessment and management of patients. You will also undertake a four week placement in podiatry practice and complete a placement log book as part of the coursework requirements. Assessment will be based on practical skills, which you will demonstrate during clinical exams consisting of the assessment and management of two patients (worth 80% of module marks), and an aural defence of a range of fabricated foot orthoses (worth 20% of module marks).

+ Introduction to Musculoskeletal Podiatry

This module builds on your knowledge of the fundamentals of the structure and function of the lower limb. You will explore various pathologies/injuries and different methods of assessing them to establish a cause and a reasonable management plan. This module will develop your skills in musculoskeletal care which you will encounter throughout your podiatric careers. It will be assessed in an objective structured clinical exam (worth 100% of module marks). During the teaching program you will also have the opportunity to develop your practical skills by applying all areas of this module in a simulated clinical environment.

+ Research 2

This module builds on your knowledge of research that you studied in Year 1 and prepares you to undertake an area of research in Year 3. You will learn about and be assessed on data collection and analysis in relation to methods which are currently used in research and evaluation of practice, through coursework involving a work book (worth 100% of module marks). This includes quantitative and qualitative research, systematic reviews and audits. In addition you will work in multi professional groups to produce coursework involving a research proposal, which you will carry out in Year 3. This will be assessed on a pass/fail basis.

Year 4/5

+ Clinical Podiatry 3

You will further develop your practical skills, preparing you to become a registered podiatrist with the Health Professions Council. You will diagnose and treat a wide variety of podiatric conditions in the University’s podiatry clinic and during a six week practice placement. Whilst undertaking your placement you will complete coursework involving a placement log, where you will reflect on your experience. Your ability to diagnose patients appropriately will be explored through an exam (worth 50% of module marks) and your treatment and management skills will also be assessed through a practical exam (worth 50% of module marks).

+ Podiatry and the High Risk Patient

Through a series of specialist-led lectures and seminars you will know and appreciate the theoretical underpinning for clinical skills in advanced practice and apply them in a multi-disciplinary context. This is assessed by coursework (80% of module marks) and an placement log with supporting narrative 20% of module marks). Through undertaking a placement, you will develop a critical understanding of the factors that influence clinical practice in the management of the high-risk client in a range of healthcare settings. This is assessed by a reflective account to support a placement log of your critical learning experiences whilst in placement.

+ Principles of Contemporary Practice

Through a series of specialist-led lectures you will gain an insight into the context in which contemporary practice is undertaken. In addition you will have the opportunity to explore an area of personal interest within podiatry, which may be an area you wish to pursue in practice following graduation or within further formal qualifications. . You will be assessed through coursework involving a presentation (worth 100% of module marks).

+ Research 3

This is a multi-disciplinary module which follows on from Research 2. You will undertake a small scale research project in a multi-professional group, which could consist of a combination of nursing, midwifery, occupational therapy, physiotherapy or podiatry students. Based on this research project you will produce two pieces of coursework, a written dissertation (worth 75% of module marks) and a group presentation at the Interdisciplinary Student Research Conference (worth 25% of module marks).


Each placement experience is attached to a module of learning. It has prescribed learning outcomes.

Year 1: Four weeks
•  Orientation to the NHS and introduction to podiatry in the NHS.
•  Supervised work providing treatment of patients requiring footcare assistant level care.

Year 3: Four weeks
•  A wider range of clinical practice experience to include an overview of the roles of other healthcare practitioners.

Year 4: Six weeks
•  Supervised management of patients requiring complex interventions in a range of treatment locations, including those patients deemed to be at risk or those whose environment create additional risk.

Final year students will be able to apply for an opportunity to study in our partner University in Madrid. This will involve a 12 week placement, which will enable you to experience healthcare in a different country with students who are at a similar stage. In return the students from Madrid will visit the University of Huddersfield and undertake a 12 week placement. There may also be opportunities for final year students to access shorter placements in other parts of the world where we have contacts.

Career opportunities

As a registered practitioner, you can apply to work within the NHS, private practice, the leisure industry, education, medical sales and research. Employment prospects for our graduates are excellent. Between 95% and 100% of our qualifying podiatrists secure employment within three to six months of graduating in their chosen career.

Professional links and accreditations

As a student you can apply for student membership of the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists, which is the professional body for Podiatry in the UK. When you have graduated you are eligible to apply for membership of the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists.

Upon qualification you are eligible to apply for registration to the Health Professions Council (HPC), which is the regulatory body for Allied Health Professions in the UK.

Teaching and assessment

A wide range of teaching and learning approaches are provided including lectures, tutorials, patient centred education, analysis of NHS policy and private practice, problem-based learning and specialist guest speakers. Within this is incorporated in house treatment of patients in the Podiatry Clinic and hands-on placements within a practice setting. Where possible, expert patients support your learning by sharing their understanding of the lived experience of their condition.

A range of assessments are undertaken throughout the academic year to develop your learning. Clinical practical assessments, written assignments, multiple-choice assessments, individual presentations, oral presentations, objective structured clinical assessments and laboratory practical assessments are also included.

How much will it cost me?

Tuition fees for our health professional courses are usually paid for by the NHS, and in most cases a bursary will be available. To qualify for funding, you must be studying a course which leads to a professional registration, be that full-time or part-time. You must also meet the eligibility criteria and residency rules. You will find out more about bursaries and how to apply online by visiting:

At the moment, the University of Huddersfield offers NHS funded courses in nursing, midwifery, podiatry, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, operating department practice and foundation year for the health professions.

Further study

Our philosophy is to encourage our graduates into lifelong learning. All graduates are encouraged to advance their professional knowledge for career progression by accessing the Master's programmes we offer or through a range of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses.

How to apply

We hope you're interested in what you've seen and want to apply to join us.


Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant to industry. For more information, see the Research section of our website.

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