Podiatry BSc(Hons) 2017-18

This course also available for 2018-19 entry

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About the course

This course currently offers:

  • Access to a range of clinical facilities including our onsite multi-chaired clinic, surgical theatre suite, biomechanics gait analysis equipment and orthotics laboratory.

  • Clinical placements within each year of study in areas including general practice, management of patients with diabetes, arthritis and other long-term conditions, musculoskeletal care and podiatric surgery.

  • Interprofessional learning, where you'll 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 allied healthcare professionals who are responsible for the assessment and management of the lower limb and foot. As a practising podiatrist you'll work autonomously to develop clinical reasoning and decision making skills in the management of patients' foot and lower limb problems. Your work could include debridement of callus and management of foot health, nail care, specialist wound care and minor operative procedures, as well as administer local anaesthesia and supply appropriate prescription only medicines. You could also undertake vascular, neurological and musculoskeletal assessments. Podiatrists also assess the underlying dysfunction of the foot through gait analysis and prescribe foot orthoses to reduce stress on the foot.

Podiatrists work in a number of specialist areas where they assess and treat people of all ages, including musculoskeletal podiatry, children with walking problems and pain, sports injuries, biomechanics and gait assessment, orthotics and nail surgery, as well as problems related to diabetes, rheumatism, vascular disease and other long-term conditions. You may specialise in particular areas such as musculoskeletal practice or provision of foot care for patients who are at risk of developing foot ulceration and amputation.

Podiatrists work as part of multidisciplinary team with other healthcare consultants including GP's, district nurses, specialist tissue viability nurses, physiotherapists, orthotists and carers, in order to provide specialist services for the provision of foot health.

A career in podiatry can be an extremely rewarding profession in helping people prevent, maintain or improve their foot health. For people wishing to pursue a career in healthcare, working as a podiatrist offers opportunities to work autonomously, as well as set up your own business and develop your entrepreneurial skills.

The role of a podiatrist can be further developed through specialisms and extended skills in diabetes care of patients at risk of ulceration, musculoskeletal sports injuries, forensic podiatry or lead to a career in teaching, research or NHS management roles. There is also further training to study to become a podiatric surgeon. A degree in Podiatry may be a useful springboard into medical sales in either wound care or the selling of medical devices.

This course aims to provide you with the skills and knowledge required to diagnose, assess, treat and manage conditions affecting the lower limb, as well as a degree which may open up opportunities to work overseas. Throughout the course, you'll also have the opportunity to develop and practice your clinical skills on-site in our podiatry clinic and surgery suite, as well as through undertaking a variety of placements.

UCAS code:

Start date:
18 / 09 / 2017


3 years full-time
4½ years part-time

Course type:

Full Time / Part Time


Clearing helpline:
03301 232 277

Course content

Year 1: core modules

Clinical Podiatry 1

This module aims to provide 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 witten coursework in the form of a placement log, reflecting on your experiences and demonstrate your knowledge through a practical exam.

Professional Development and Research 1

In this module you’ll have the opportunity to be actively engaged in developing your understanding of professional culture, standards, mandatory health and safety training and the importance of research to underpin your evidence based practice. You’ll work with other colleagues to develop these values, skills and competencies including the professions of Nursing, Midwifery, Occupational Therapy, Operating Department Practice, Physiotherapy and Podiatry. You’ll also be encouraged to evaluate and reflect upon your strengths and limitations to identify areas for your further development towards becoming a registered practitioner. Assessment will involve one piece of coursework and one online short answer examination.

Medicine 1

You will have the opportunity to develop your knowledge and understanding of homeostasis and the major organ systems of the human body. You will also have the chance to 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).

Lower Limb Structure and Function

This module introduces you to the anatomy of the lower limb and helps you to 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. Your understanding of functional anatomy and gait will also be explored through an exam.

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 and a case study exam. Completion of this module in addition to Clinical Practice 1 and Medicine 1 currently fulfils the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists requirements for qualification as a podiatry assistant.

Year 2: core modules

Clinical Podiatry 2 (Intermediate)

This module helps you to build on the skills and knowledge you 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, and an aural defence of a range of fabricated foot orthoses.

Introduction to Musculoskeletal Podiatry

This module helps you to build 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 provides the opportunity for you to develop your skills in musculoskeletal care which you will encounter throughout your podiatric careers. It will be assessed in an objective structured clinical exam. 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 provides the opportunity to build on your knowledge of research from Year 1 and prepares you to undertake an area of research in Year 3. You’ll explore data collection and analysis in relation to methods which are currently used in research and evaluation of practice. This includes quantitative and qualitative research, systematic reviews and audits. You’ll be assessed in-class using multiple choice questions, as well as work in multi-professional groups to produce coursework involving a research proposal, which you will undertake in Year 3.

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. You will have the chance to gain knowledge of prescription only medications for use in podiatric practice, which will be assessed in an exam. You will also have the opportunity to 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 where the local anaesthetic exam will be assessed on a pass/refer/fail basis.

Year 3: core modules

Clinical Podiatry 3

You will have the opportunity to 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 and your treatment and management skills will also be assessed through a practical exam.

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, operating department practice, or podiatry students. Based on this research project you will produce two pieces of coursework, a report written in a style suitable for publication and a group presentation at the Interdisciplinary Student Research Conference.

Podiatry and the High Risk Patient

Through a series of specialist-led lectures and seminars you have the opportunity to understand and appreciate the theoretical underpinning for clinical skills in advanced practice and apply them in a multi-disciplinary context. This is assessed by coursework and an placement log with supporting narrative. Through undertaking a placement, you will have the chance to 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 have the opportunity to gain an insight into the context in which contemporary practice is undertaken. In addition you will 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.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.


Placements are a compulsory element of the course and take place in a range of different NHS settings. You'll undertake a four week placement in Years 1 and 2, and a six week placement in Year 3. Each placement experience is attached to a module of learning and has prescribed learning outcomes.

Year 1

•  Orientation to the NHS and introduction to podiatry in the NHS.

•  Supervised work providing treatment of patients requiring footcare assistant level care.

Year 2

•  A wider range of clinical practice experience to include an overview of the roles of other healthcare practitioners.

Year 3

•  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.

There may also be opportunities for final year students to access placements in other parts of the world where we have contacts.

Please note that you may be required to travel for/during your placements.

Career opportunities

100% of graduates from this course go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating. As a registered practitioner, you can apply to work within the NHS, private practice and education.*

Our graduates have gone on to work as podiatrists in the NHS hospitals, community health trusts, the Ministry of Defence and the private sector including Ossur and activ8rehab. They have specialised in muscloskeletal care, orthotics, diabetes and high risk patients and moved into senior roles including clinical lead, consultant podiatric surgeon or director of their own company. Others work in private practices throughout the UK or have moved into education or research including the University of Leeds, National University of Ireland, the University Hospital, Birmingham and Algeous Ltd. Some have taken opportunities to work overseas in countries including Cyprus, the United Arab Emirates, Australia and Singapore. **

  • Source: DHLE survey ** Source: LinkedIn

Professional links and accreditations

This course is currently regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and accredited by the College of Podiatry.

Whilst studying this course you're currently not required to register as a member with the Health and Care Professions Council, however you must follow their standards of conduct, performance and ethics.

You'll be encouraged to join the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists which is currently free. Although membership is not essential it may benefit you whilst studying the course.

Teaching and assessment

A wide range of teaching and learning approaches are provided including seminars, group work, practical experience, lectures, staff or student lead tutorials, case based tutorials, virtual learning, role play, clinical practice and placement. Within this in-house treatment of patients in the podiatry clinic and hands-on placements within a practice setting is incorporated. Where possible, patients with a history of podiatry conditions support your learning by sharing their experiences.

You'll be assessed through a range of methods throughout the course including coursework, practice-based assessment and exams.

23.7% of the study time on this course is spent in lectures, seminars, tutorials etc.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

Huddersfield is the only University where 100% of the teaching staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.*

*permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching.

How much will it cost me?

In 2017/18, the full-time tuition fee for UK and EU students at the University of Huddersfield will be £9,000. Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and Finance. Please note that tuition fees for subsequent years of study may rise in line with inflation (RPI-X).

If you're interested in studying with us on a part-time basis, please visit our Fees and Finance pages for part-time fee information.

If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available.

Please email the Student Finance Office or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.

Further study

The University currently offers a range of Specialist Skills and Post Registration Development (SSPRD) courses for registered podiatrists. These include:

Forensic Podiatry MSc

Podiatry MSc

Theory of Podiatric Surgery MSc

Progression to a postgraduate course is dependent on successful completion of your undergraduate studies. There may also be minimum qualification requirements such as a first class or higher second (2.1) degree. Please check the course details to confirm this.

Research community

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. For more information see the Research section of our website.

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