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Master of Podiatric Surgery (Advanced Clinical Practice Apprenticeship)

2022-23 (also available for 2023-24)

Start date

26 September 2022


3 years part-time

Places available (subject to change)


About the course

Advanced Clinical Practitioners (ACPs) are a relatively new career pathway in heath provision. Trainee ACPs can be from a variety of multi-professional backgrounds bringing with them a wealth of clinical experience. ACPs are part of Government plans to modernise and transform the health service and will help to meet ongoing changes and challenges of the NHS, including increasing service provision to meet the needs of patients in a variety of clinical settings. Advanced practice in all fields requires expert clinical, leadership and education skills underpinned by high quality research and evidence base to support practice developments. The course challenges the depth and breadth of your knowledge and supports you to demonstrate a high level of practice so you can function at the leading edge of advanced practice. Podiatric surgery is a specialist area of advanced clinical practice for podiatrists.

The Master of Podiatry Surgery (ACP) apprenticeship course provides the opportunity for experienced registered Podiatrists to gain 180 FHEQ level 7 credits while undertaking their podiatric surgery training. It is designed to provide those who are working as ACP apprentices, with an opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills, behaviours and values required to meet the Institute for Apprenticeships Advanced Clinical Practice Standard and for an Advanced Clinical Practitioner role as part of the health and social care workforce.

  • This course is the first in England to lead to eligibility to apply for annotation by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a podiatrist practising podiatric surgery.
  • It offers those who have already studied the Theory of Podiatric Surgery MSc an opportunity to enhance their skills and knowledge allowing them to practise in this specialist area.
  • The course incorporates the College of Podiatry fellowship training programme.
  • It is supported by tutors from the College of Podiatry faculty of podiatric surgery.
  • It contains a large placement element consisting of 600 hours per year, providing you with an opportunity to experience real-world scenarios prior to qualifying.
  • You will be taught by academics who are all practising clinicians within podiatric practice.

Through utilising up-to date research evidence, policy documents and a wide range of clinical experience, you will be assisted to further update and develop your clinical practice.

If you’re thinking of studying an apprenticeship course or are an employer looking for an apprenticeship for your employees, you’ll also find useful information on our Degree Apprenticeship webpages.

Course detail

Podiatric Surgical Assessment and Diagnosis

This module will focus on pre-operative care in podiatric surgery and will incorporate theoretical principles of podiatric surgical assessment and diagnosis into your clinical practice. It will explore the links between systemic disease processes and possible perioperative complications focusing on the optimisation of these conditions prior to considering surgical intervention.

Podiatric Surgical Treatment Planning

Your understanding of the principles of podiatric surgical techniques will be expanded. You will explore the importance of early recognition of post-operative complications and appropriate first line management. Your knowledge of surgical procedures, techniques and underlying surgical principles will also be developed. Learning will take place primarily through work-based reflective practice but also via a series of key lectures and practical demonstrations.

Year two

Communication and Consent in Podiatric Surgery

You will develop your existing knowledge and skills in communication related to the challenges of podiatric surgery. You will broaden your knowledge of the theoretical and practical aspects of effective communication in your practice. You will explore service user views and needs about podiatric surgery and the impact of your practice has on service users.

Evaluating Podiatric Surgical Practice

You will focus on evaluating your practice in podiatric surgery through design and implementation of a project. In this module you will be supported to develop your understanding of evidence-based practice. You will study the critical appraisal of a variety of aspects of published research in practice settings and will consider the utilisation of outcome measures to evaluate surgical practice.

Year three

Developing Podiatric Surgical Practice (Advanced Clinical Practitioner Apprenticeship)

You will demonstrate that you adhere to the principles that underpin safe surgical practice. This module allows you to focus on the progress you have made in your surgical training post by exploring your surgical activity and focusing on the new procedures you have performed, as well as your management of post-operative complications. You will critically reflect on your surgical practice and learning. Learning will take place via reflective-work based learning activities, lectures and practical workshops.

Podiatric Surgery in Practice (Advanced Clinical Practitioner Apprenticeship)

You will demonstrate that you have met the required standard to work as a podiatrist practising podiatric surgery. This module will ensure that you are a safe, competent, reflective and effective practitioner who meets the HCPC standards of proficiency for podiatric surgery. You will show that you can manage surgical cases through all stages of surgery including, pre-, peri -and post- operative. You will display an ability to critically evaluate your own practice and establish that you have sound clinical judgement, as well as problem solving skills.

Advanced Podiatric Surgery End Point Assessment

This module will focus on the End Point Assessment (EPA) of the Advanced Clinical Practice apprenticeship. The module is designed to provide independent synoptic assessment of the knowledge, skills and behaviours of the apprenticeship standard. Apprentices will explore their own knowledge, skills and behaviours across the Advanced Clinical Practitioner apprenticeship standard.

Entry requirements

You must:

  • have an MSc in Theory of Podiatric Surgery or an equivalent qualification.
  • be registered as a Podiatrist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and annotated in Prescription only Medicines – Sale/supply (POMS-S) and Prescription only Medicines – Administration (POMS-A).

The University also requires applicants to have achieved GCSE English Language or English Literature and Maths at grade 4 or above, or grade C or above if awarded under the previous GCSE grading scheme, or Level 2 Functional Skills in Maths and English.

You also need satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and Occupational Health Clearances prior to registration on the course. These will be provided by your employer and checked by our admissions team.

If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum for IELTS is 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5, or equivalent will be considered acceptable. Read more about the University’s entry requirements for students outside of the UK on our Where are you from information pages.


The course contains a large work-based learning element consisting of 600 hours per year. The College of Podiatry faculty of podiatric surgery will help to facilitate this work-based learning. The work-based learning will take place in your place of work as a surgical ACP apprentice on a podiatric surgery unit, though you would also do a series of rotations in other departments and in other podiatric surgery units

Student support

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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 and loan of MP3 recorders.

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.

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.

Changes to a course you have applied for

If we propose to make a major change to a course that you are holding an offer for, then we will tell you as soon as possible so that you can decide whether to withdraw your application prior to enrolment.

Changes to your course after you enrol as a student

We will always try to deliver your course and other services as described. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below:

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

We will only make major changes to the core curriculum of a course or to our services if it is necessary for us to do so and provided such changes are reasonable. A major change in this context is a change that materially changes the services available to you; or the outcomes, or a significant part, of your course, such as the nature of the award or a substantial change to module content, teaching days (part time provision), classes, type of delivery or assessment of the core curriculum.

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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The Office for Students (OfS) is the principal regulator for the University.

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