About the course
Podiatrists are allied healthcare professionals who assess and treat the lower limb and foot. On our Podiatry BSc(Hons) course you’ll have the opportunity to build the knowledge and hands-on skills you need whilst learning in specialist clinical facilities. We aim to give you the skills to improve the mobility and quality of life of your patients.
As a qualified podiatrist, you could work in a number of specialist areas with people of all ages including musculoskeletal podiatry, sports injuries, biomechanics and gait assessment, orthotics and nail surgery. Your work could include the management of foot health, routine care, specialist wound care and minor operative procedures. You could also contribute to the wellbeing of patients with diabetes, rheumatism, vascular or neurological disorders.
During the course, we’ll support you to get to grips with the theory of podiatry and practise the hands-on skills you’ll need to pursue a successful career. You’ll have the opportunity to get vital experience using our fully equipped on-site Podiatry Clinic, surgical theatre suite, biomechanics gait analysis equipment and orthotics laboratory. Clinical placements will also form part of your studies, so you can put what you’ve learnt to the test in the real world.
Practicing podiatrists often work as part of a multidisciplinary team. The course helps to prepare you for this, as you’ll take part in interprofessional learning alongside physiotherapists, occupational therapists and nursing students. You’ll also have the opportunity to qualify with a certificate in local anaesthesia and prescription only medicines (POMs) annotation.
Many podiatrists undertake further training to become a Podiatric Surgeon or Forensic Podiatrist. Whilst others set up their own consultancies, so if you’re looking for a career in healthcare working independently and developing your entrepreneurial skills, then podiatry could be a good choice for you.
“Podiatry BSc(Hons) offered at the University of Huddersfield is very well respected amongst NHS employers as it consistently produces podiatrists with a great combination of academic, practical and customer care skills. The University enjoys strong partnerships working with many local NHS trusts to ensure that the course remains fit for purpose and graduates have access to relevant postgraduate study.
“The University’s onsite podiatry clinic provides students with the opportunity to develop skills which they can then refine when they undertake placement. Collaborative working between the University and local NHS trusts is beneficial for students as it enables them to learn in a current real world context. I feel the University of Huddersfield is an excellent choice for future podiatry students.”
Jeremy Walker, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Placement provider
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 supervised clinical sessions and a four week NHS placement you'll 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'll be required to complete and pass an online orthotics laboratory safety exam, produce written 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
This module involves a multidisciplinary team based learning approach, working with Nursing, Midwifery, Occupational Therapy, Operating Department Practice, Physiotherapy and Podiatry students. The professional development element of the module will encourage you to explore issues of lifelong learning and continuing professional development that underpin the essential skills needed in order to understand registration requirements for your field specific professional/statutory bodies. You will be assessed by four pieces of coursework.
You'll have the opportunity to develop your knowledge and understanding of homeostasis and the major organ systems of the human body. You'll 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'll be assessed via two unseen exams and a practical.
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 anatomical structures and gait will also be explored through an exam.
Podiatric Theory 1
Through a combination of lectures and seminars you'll be introduced to a range of podiatric conditions which are commonly encountered in clinical practice. You'll 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.
Clinical Podiatry 2
You'll have the opportunity to assess and manage a wide variety of podiatric conditions in the University’s podiatry clinic and during a four week practice placement. Whilst undertaking your placement you'll complete coursework involving a placement log, where you'll reflect on your experiences. Your ability to physically assess vascular and neurological status of the lower limb and your orthoses skills will be explored through an Observed Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) and your patient treatment and management skills will also be assessed through practical exam.
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.
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.
The podiatric implications of general medical conditions and their pharmaceutical management will be studied in greater detail and you'll demonstrate your knowledge of these in an exam. You'll gain knowledge of prescription only medications for use in podiatric practice, which will be assessed via coursework. You'll also have the opportunity to develop your practical skills in administering local anaesthetic agents which you'll demonstrate through a practical exam.
Clinical Podiatry 3
You'll have the opportunity to further develop your practical skills, preparing you to become a registered podiatrist with the Health and Care Professions Council. You'll 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'll 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.
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 a 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.
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.
24% 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.
Sue, graduated Podiatry BSc(Hons) in 2016
"After researching various professions I chose Podiatry at Huddersfield due to its fantastic reputation. The lecturers have excellent knowledge and experience of their subject areas and are very supportive."
BBBat A Level including a Biological Science, Sports Studies or Physical Education, General Studies is excluded. The endorsement for practical work is an essential part of Science A-level study and is a requirement for entry to our degree courses.
120 UCAS tariff points from a combination of Level 3 qualifications including a Grade B at A Level in Biological Science, Sports Studies or Physical Education, General Studies is excluded. The endorsement for practical work is an essential part of Science A-level study and is a requirement for entry to our degree courses. A Distinction in BTEC Subsidiary Diploma or National Extended Certificate in Sports Studies is also accepted.
DDM in BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma/Level 3 Extended Diploma to include modules in Biological Science.
In addition you must have GCSE English Language or Literature and Maths at grade 4 or above, or grade C or above if awarded under the previous GCSE grading scheme, or equivalent.
- You will normally have completed some level 3 study within the last 6 years.
- You need to demonstrate an understanding of the profession.
- Offers will be subject to an interview and references. Individual applicants may be required to undertake a biology test. Please note all the information provided in support of your application may be checked and must be verifiable as a true record.
- You also need satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and occupational health clearances prior to registration. We arrange these as part of the application process. You will be required to sign a self-declaration at the start of each year. All police contact during the course must be reported to the course leader as a matter of urgency and may lead to suspension or termination.
- If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum of IELTS 6.5 overall with no element lower than 6.0, or equivalent will be considered acceptable.
- You may be eligible to gain accreditation for your prior learning towards this course.
- If you have alternative qualifications you may wish to contact us for advice before applying.
Other suitable experience or qualifications will be considered. For further information please see the University's minimum entry requirements.
Please note places are limited and attainment of the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee an interview or offer. You must include details of any previous study.
- Huddersfield is a TEF gold-rated institution delivering consistently outstanding teaching and learning of the highest quality found in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017).
- We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (HEA, 2017).
- Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. We’ve been the English university with the highest proportion of professionally-qualified teaching staff for the past four years*.
- For the past ten years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.
- We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff** have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.
*HESA - First awarded in 2016, maintained in 2017, 2018 and 2019.
**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; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.
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