Podiatry BSc(Hons)

2018-19 (also available for 2017-18)

Gain the skills and knowledge to become a successful podiatrist featuring specialist facilities and clinical placements.

Start date

24 September 2018


4 ½ years part-time
3 years full-time

Entry requirements

A Level - BBB


See full entry requirements

Places available (subject to change)


Phone contact: +44 (0)1484 472561

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, with the aim 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 learned 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 inter-professional 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 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.”

Placement Provider for Podiatry BSc(Hons)

Jeremy Walker, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Placement provider


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.

“The placements provide an invaluable experience. They enabled me to put the skills I’d learnt into practice, as well as work with supportive podiatrists who understood my level of competence and pushed me in order to develop as a clinician.”

Pamela Ritucci, graduated Podiatry BSc(Hons)

Pamela Ritucci, Graduated Podiatry BSc(Hons) in 2016

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 or Physical Education, or a Distinction in BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Sports Studies.

DDM in BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma to include modules in biological science.

  • Pass Access to Higher Education Diploma with 30 Level 3 credits 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 and Maths at grade 4 or above, or grade C or above if awarded under the previous GCSE grading scheme.

  • 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.

Study Podiatry at Huddersfield

Watch this video to find out about the profession of Podiatry, the areas of podiatry you can specialise in, careers opportunities, as well as information about what the course involves and why you should study this Huddersfield.

Course Detail

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'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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

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.

22% 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.

Further information

Once you’ve submitted your application form to UCAS you may be invited to attend an interview. We’ve put together some information for you about what to expect at an interview, but don’t worry, when you're invited you'll be given full details of what will happen. The teaching year normally starts in September with breaks at Christmas and Easter, finishing with a main examination/assessment period around May/June. Timetables are normally available one month before registration.

Your course is made up of modules and each module is worth a number of credits. Each year you study modules, adding up to 360 credits in total for a bachelor’s qualification. These credits can come from a combination of core, compulsory and optional modules but please note that optional modules may not run if we do not have enough students interested.

If you achieve 120 credits for the current stage you are at, you may progress to the next stage of your course, subject to any professional, statutory or regulatory body guidelines.

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 number one in England for the proportion of staff with teaching qualifications (HEFCE, 2016).
  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.

Podiatry facilities

These images showcase some of the facilities which are used by our Podiatry students on the course.

Your career

We know you’re coming to university to undertake your course, meet new people and broaden your horizons. However, we also help you to focus on life after you have graduated to ensure that your hard work pays off and you achieve your ambition.

So while you’re here (and even after you graduate) the Careers and Employability Service offer professional help, support and guidance, including industry-supported workshops, careers fairs and one-to-one guidance sessions. Find out more about the Service.

*Percentage of graduates from this course who go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating (Destinations of Leavers Survey)

90%Graduates employed*

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 and extension requests, organising appointments with academic staff, signposting to other support networks, welfare support, as well as binding, loan of MP3 recorders and print credit.

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.

Student Support Officer: provides confidential and impartial advice on welfare and course related issues.

Royal Literary Fund Fellow: a professional writer who helps students improve their essay writing. They provide assistance with structuring essays, developing an argument and improving the style and use of language.

Learning Technology Support Unit: helps students with any problems they experience with the University’s Unilearn 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.

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.

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