Podiatry is a healthcare profession concerned with the assessment, diagnosis and management of the foot and lower limb. If you have the ability to show compassion and empathy and are passionate about the comfort of your patients then this course is for you. Podiatry graduates will be eligible to apply for membership of both the Health and Care Professions Council and the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists. This allows you to use the title ‘Chiropodist’/’Podiatrist’ and allows employment within both the NHS and private sectors.
You will learn a range of treatments for foot and lower limb complaints including skin and nail treatments, the mechanical correction of gait and posture, and some surgical techniques. In addition you will learn to address all sorts of different problems from prescribing or making corrective devices to aid mobility, to helping children with gait problems and rehabilitation of stroke sufferers.
UCAS Tariff Points: Pre-2017 Entry - 280 points, Post-2017 Entry - 112 points
The tariff points can be made up of:
A Levels (GCE and VCE): 2 A Levels at Grade B and 1 A Level at Grade C
BTEC Extended Diploma: Grade DMM
BTEC Diploma: Grade D*D*
BTEC 90 Credit Diploma: N/A
Access to HE: Grade M45
If the Level 3 qualification is made up of A Levels, one A Level at Grade B must be a science subject (preferably biology, human biology or chemistry). All other qualifications must be a science subject.
Minimum number of GCSEs at Grade C or above: 5
which must include:
GCSE English: Grade C or 4
GCSE Maths: Grade C or 4
Are Level 2 equivalents accepted? Yes
Applicants will also be required to provide a satisfactory personal statement and reference (academic or employer).
Those meeting the entry requirements may be shortlisted for interview and will be subsequently required to meet enhanced a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check and Occupational Health requirements.
Successful applicants will be required to complete a one day observational placement within the School of Podiatry Central Clinic prior to commencement of the course (this will be arranged by the School of Podiatry).
Occupational Health Clearance
One Day Observational Placement
Delivery and Assessment
By coursework and written/practical examinations. Students have to successfully complete all modules. Podiatry students are also required to complete 1,000 hours of clinical practice in order to be eligible for entry to the profession. A significant proportion of this experience is acquired in the College’s purpose built clinic, operating theatre and biomechanics laboratory. The school works in partnership with Health Education West Midlands (formerly The Strategic Health Authority) and an essential part of the clinical component is spent on placement with NHS service providers (note that some students may be expected to attend placements outside the local region).
As a graduate in Podiatry, you will have the ability to work both within the National Health Service and as an independent practitioner, which enables you to either join a team within a private practice (if successful at interview) or set up your own private practice. You must be able to work as a team and make complex clinical judgments with a good understanding of working within a health care team. Podiatry graduates will be eligible to apply for membership of the professional body, known the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists. You will also be eligible to apply to join the register regulated by the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC). Only through being a registrant within this regulatory framework, will you be allowed to use the protected titles ‘Chiropodist’/’Podiatrist’, which opens doors to employment within both the NHS and private sectors as a Chiropodist/Podiatrist. As an HCPC registrant you will be required to maintain your skills by demonstrating regular Continuous Professional Development (CPD).
Further career opportunities include working with multidisciplinary teams in clinical specialisms including diabetes, biomechanics/musculoskeletal injury, rheumatology, podopaediatrics, sports injury. There will be opportunities to undertake further study and through this to enter fields such as podiatric surgery and forensic podiatry as well as taking the other specialism to greater depth. The opportunities to continue study to Postgraduate level are high. Self-employment within private practice and employment within corporate organisations including orthotic manufacturers is available.