Podiatry (Degree Apprenticeship) BSc(Hons)


Start date

21 September 2020


3 years full-time
4½ years part-time

Entry requirements

A Level - BBB


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About the course

This apprenticeship course has been designed to provide the opportunity to study Podiatry BSc(Hons) whilst being employed within a Podiatry team. During the apprenticeship you’ll have the opportunity to build the knowledge and skills you need whilst learning in specialist clinical facilities. We aim to provide you with the skills to improve the mobility and quality of life of your patients.

In line with the apprenticeship model, whilst undertaking the course you’ll remain employed by your host organisation and during term time you’ll spend 40% of the time in your current workplace and the remaining 60% at the University undertaking theoretical and practical skills development. The course culminates in an End Point Assessment (EPA) which is independently assessed outside of the Higher Education Institution. The course is designed to be progressively demanding and once qualified you’ll will be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

If you’re an employer looking for an apprenticeship for your employees, you’ll also find useful information on our Degree Apprenticeship webpages.

Course detail

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.

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. You’ll complete practical classes to develop your neurological and vascular assessment skills, whilst orthotic sessions give you an opportunity to practically explore the prescription and manufacture of custom orthoses.

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.

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'll 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’ll encounter throughout your podiatric careers. During the teaching program you'll also have the opportunity to develop your practical skills by applying all areas of this module in a simulated clinical environment.

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.

Medicine 1

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.

Medicine 2

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.

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 College of Podiatry requirements for qualification as a podiatry assistant.

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.

Podiatry in Contemporary Practice and End Point Assessment

This module facilitates your exploration and learning about contemporary podiatric practice. Modern podiatric practice encompasses many areas of specialist work which you'll continue to develop throughout your professional career following registration. This will include the core elements of practice that underpin your work such as theories of evidence based practice and healthcare ethics.

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.

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.

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.

Entry requirements

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 to include modules in Biological Science.

  • Pass Access to Higher Education Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits, 30 at Distinction, to include 15 credits in Biological Science or Psychology, and 15 Level 3 credits at Merit.

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.
  • Candidates for whom English is not the first language are required to have International English Language Testing System (IELTS) at a score of 6.5 with no lower than 6.0 in any single component.
  • 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.


Placements are a compulsory element of the course and are currently undertaken in a range of different NHS settings. You'll undertake 120 hours on placement in both Years 1 and 3, and 195 hours on placement in Year 4. Each placement experience is currently 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 3

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

Year 4

  • 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.

Teaching excellence

  1. 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).
  2. 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).
  3. Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. The University is joint first in England for the proportion of staff with teaching qualifications (HESA 2020).
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

*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.

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

A wide range of resources are also offered within the School of Human and Health Sciences, which provides you with support in a variety of areas. These include:

Student Hub: a one stop shop for students, studying within the School. Their services include offering advice on extenuating circumstances, extension requests, attendance and welfare support, organising appointments with academic staff, signposting to other support networks, loan of Dictaphones and uniform fitting.

Academic Skills Development Team: provides guidance about how students can develop their academic skills in order to improve their grades. The team provide support with general academic skills including essay writing, time management, presentations and group work skills; information technology and numeracy; research skills, as well as personal development for example confidence building and assertiveness.

Learning Technology Support Unit: helps students with any problems they experience with the University’s Brightspace System, including logging on or difficulties experienced when accessing modules.

Support services will also be available from your employer.

Important information

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Changes to option modules

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

Major changes

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For example, it may be necessary to make a major change to reflect changes in the law or the requirements of the University’s regulators; to meet the latest requirements of a commissioning or accrediting body; to improve the quality of educational provision; in response to student, examiners’ or other course evaluators’ feedback; and/or to reflect academic or professional changes within subject areas. Major changes may also be necessary because of circumstances outside our reasonable control, such as a key member of staff leaving the University or being unable to teach, where they have a particular specialism that can’t be adequately covered by other members of staff; or due to damage or interruption to buildings, facilities or equipment.

Major changes would usually be made with effect from the next academic year, but this may not always be the case. We will notify you as soon as possible should we need to make a major change and will carry out suitable consultation with affected students. If you reasonably believe that the proposed change will cause you detriment or hardship we will, if appropriate, work with you to try to reduce the adverse effect on you or find an appropriate solution. Where an appropriate solution cannot be found and you contact us in writing before the change takes effect you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the University without liability to the University for future tuition fees. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

Termination of course

In exceptional circumstances, we may, for reasons outside of our control, be forced to discontinue or suspend your course. Where this is the case, a formal exit strategy will be followed and we will notify you as soon as possible about what your options are, which may include transferring to a suitable replacement course for which you are qualified, being provided with individual teaching to complete the award for which you were registered, or claiming an interim award and exiting the University. If you do not wish to take up any of the options that are made available to you, then you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the course without liability to the University for future tuition fees and you will be entitled to a refund of all course fees paid to date. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

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