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B985 BSc (Hons) Podiatry

Make a positive impact to the lives of people living with the varied conditions that can affect the lower limbs and feet. As the only Russell Group podiatry course available, your research led training will help you to stand out as a future leader in podiatric medicine.

Introducing your degree

On this three year full time degree you will gain both practical skills and theoretical knowledge. 100 per cent of your placements take place in an external clinical setting, either with the NHS or private practice, giving you invaluable hands-on experience and the opportunity to work in a multi-professional team.

Once graduated you will be eligible to apply to register as a podiatrist with the Health and Care Professions Council and your qualification will be recognised by the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists.

Podiatry

Overview

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Programme overview

This BSc honours degree in Podiatry teaches you a range of treatments for foot and lower limb complaints, including skin and nail treatments, the mechanical correction of gait and posture, and some surgical techniques. You will learn to address all sorts of different problems, from prescribing or making corrective devices to aid mobility, to helping a sprinter improve their 100m time, for example.

You will also get first class learning facilities and quality time with internationally recognised experts in podiatry. Plus you will benefit from the findings of our cutting edge research projects, giving you the most up-to-date knowledge. As with all our courses BSc Podiatry is a values based programme. This means you will be expected to evidence emotional skills like empathy and compassion.

View the programme specification document for this course

To Apply

All undergraduate applications should be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Visit our How to Apply page for information on the application process and further details about UCAS' website, phone and contact details. Specific application deadlines are available on the UCAS website.

Accreditation

Health and Care Professions Council Accreditation Logo

This programme is accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and approved by the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists, and gives you eligibilty to register in practice.

Key Facts

  • 95 per cent of BSc Podiatry students agreed that staff value their views and opinions about the course, NSS 2017
  • 100 per cent of students are in work and/or study six months after graduation (DLHE, 2015/16)
  • Values-based programme fostering empathy and compassion for clients
  • As the only Russell Group podiatry course available, your research led training will help you to stand out as a future leader
  • Approved by the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists; graduates are entitled to apply for registration as a podiatrist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

Life as a Podiatry Student

Find out more about the typical day of a Podiatry student at the University of Southampton

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Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

Please note these may be subject to change
QualificationGrade
GCSE 5 GCSEs at grades A*-C or 4-9 including Maths, Science and English Language (or IELTS at 7.0 with no component below 7).
GCE A-level BBB, including science or social science subject.
International Baccalaureate 30 points, 16 at higher level.
Access to HE Diploma Science based Access to HE Diploma with a minimum of 27 Distinctions and 12 Merits
BTEC BTEC Extended Diploma in health studies or science (D*DD).
Irish Leaving Certificate 5 Higher Level subjects. At least 4 subjects at H2 including science or social science.
Plus English and Maths ILC Ordinary Level O4 or higher. If pure science not offered at Higher level, require minimum of Ordinary Level Science at O4.
Other Other qualifications may also be considered. Please contact healthsciences@southampton.ac.uk  or 023 8059 5500 to find out more.
Selection process:

To enrol on this course, you must meet our entry criteria. You must also have undertaken some relevant formal academic study within the past three years.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Application process

Applications should be submitted through UCAS. Once you have submitted your application, the Admissions Team will review it to check that you either already meet or are on target to meet our academic entry criteria for this course. If so, your application will be passed to the Programme Admissions Tutor who will review your personal statement and reference and assess these against fixed criteria.

What will the Admissions Tutors look for in my Personal Statement?

The Admissions Tutor looks for evidence that you offer a caring and compassionate approach; that your personal values and attitudes align with those of the NHS Constitution and the University; that you have realistic insight to the area you plan to study; and that you are committed to both study and practice parts of the course.

  • Why do you want to be a Podiatrist? What is it about ‘your’ attitudes, values and character that makes this profession so appropriate for you?
  • What do you understand about the role? To further strengthen your application, it is important that you demonstrate a clear insight into your chosen profession and scope of the role. This should hopefully be achieved by reflecting on relevant work experience, volunteering or shadowing you may have undertaken.
  • Discuss your relevant academic preparation. What have you particularly enjoyed during your studies and how do you feel this has prepared you for this degree. Discuss any particularly relevant projects/coursework you may have undertaken.
  • Personal interestssports / music / drama / ‘team’ / job / responsibilities / relaxing / etc. Identify transferable skills that will be useful in your chosen profession

The Admissions Tutor will then decide whether to shortlist your application and invite you to attend a selection session or reject your application. You will normally be notified of this decision within 3 weeks of submitting your application, however at peak times this can be longer.

What happens if my application is shortlisted?

If the Admissions Tutor decides to invite you to a selection session you will receive an invitation via email. You will be offered a range of dates to choose from and further information on how to confirm your attendance. You will also receive a link to a website with important information informing you how to prepare and what to expect during your selection session.

Podiatry Selection sessions normally last approximately 4 hours and include a short interview. This interview will last approximately 20minutes and be between you and two interviewers. During this interview you will have the opportunity to demonstrate your understanding of the role of a podiatrist and reflect on your work experience.

Your performance at interview will be considered in conjunction with details from your application to determine whether to make you an offer or reject your application. You will normally be notified of this decision within 2 weeks of attending the selection session.

During the selection session you are likely to meet academic members of staff, current students and clinicians. Their thoughts and observations support the evidence you have provided on the day but be assured that all final decisions are made by the admissions tutor, who will review your whole application to enable a final decision to be made.

As part of the selection session, you will also have the opportunity to pose yours questions to Admissions Tutors and current students in order to discover more about the course and studying at Southampton. We get a lot of information from you in this session so it’s important that you ask all your questions too.

Understanding your offer

If you receive an offer of a place to study on our course, this will be a “Conditional” offer. This means to secure your place on this course you need to meet certain conditions such as attaining certain academic grades/qualifications. Any conditions attached to your offer will be shown on UCAS Track.

All offers are also made on the condition that you pass an Occupational Health check and Disclosure and Barring Service (criminal record) check. Further information on these processes will be provided to you before you start the course.

You will only be able to enrol on the course when you have met all these conditions and your offer becomes “Unconditional”.

Modules

Typical course content

This programme, which combines campus-based study (usually three days a week) with blocks of clinical placement, is unique in Podiatry.

To work effectively as a podiatrist you not only need the professional and technical skills of the profession but also the ability to educate other people, to evaluate your clinical practice and to manage your own workload. These four aspects of a therapists role - skilled practitioner (Clinician), educator, evaluator and manager form the core themes around with the course is based.

The scope of practice for a podiatrist is often much wider than many people realise. There are many specialist areas but categories on the BSc (Hons) Podiatry course include general clinics, orthopaedic triage, high risk patient management, surgery and paediatrics (children)

Placements

National and International placements in a variety of setting within the NHS, private and commercial sectors. The five placement blocks, each a minimum of four weeks, take place throughout the programme, with one in Year 1 and two in each of the following years.

Placements offer the opportunity to undertake patient treatments under close supervision. Students particularly benefit from the one-to-one experience and the individual feedback they obtain concerning their clinical practice.

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

NameYear of entryMode of studyUK/EUInternationalChannel Islands
BSc (Hons) Podiatry2018Full-time£9,250£18,805£9,250
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Funding

Scholarships, bursaries or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

TypeDescription
StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationary items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc.). Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile. Calculators: Candidates may use calculators in the examination room only as specified by the University and as permitted by the rubric of individual examination papers. The University approved models are Casio FX-570 and Casio FX-85GT Plus. These may be purchased from any source and no longer need to carry the University logo.
BooksWhere a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
EquipmentLaboratory Equipment and Materials: A number of essential items for use in the Centre for learning Anatomical Sciences will be provided to you e.g.: safety goggles; examination gloves; plastic aprons. Medical Equipment and Materials: A number of essential items for use in practical sessions will be provided to you e.g. examination gloves; plastic aprons.
ClothingLab Coats: You will need to provide yourselves with laboratory coat for use in the Centre for Learning Anatomical Sciences. These can be purchased from any source. Uniforms: Standard uniforms and footwear for pre-clinical teaching sessions and placement are provided.
Printing and copyingIn the majority of cases, coursework such as essays; projects; dissertations is likely to be submitted on line. However, there are some items where it is not possible to submit on line and students will be asked to provide a printed copy. A list of the University printing costs can be found here: [insert link to relevant page]. https://www.southampton.ac.uk/isolutions/services/copying_for_students_and_visitors/faq.php#594
PlacementsClinical Placement: Logistical Costs Accommodation: This programme involves mandatory placements in all years. The placements are organised by the University and will take place with regional healthcare providers; as such students will need to travel to placements/arrange accommodation. Costs incurred are reimbursed for students who are in receipt of a bursary (all Department of Health funded courses). Insurance for students on placement and the necessary immunisation/vaccination is provided by the University. For further information please see https://www.southampton.ac.uk/alps/ Insurance: This programme involves mandatory placements in all years. The placements are organised by the University and will take place with regional healthcare providers; as such students will need to travel to placements/arrange accommodation. Costs incurred are reimbursed for students who are in receipt of a bursary (all Department of Health funded courses). Insurance for students on placement and the necessary immunisation/vaccination is provided by the University. For further information please see https://www.southampton.ac.uk/alps/ Travel Costs: This programme involves mandatory placements in all years. The placements are organised by the University and will take place with regional healthcare providers; as such students will need to travel to placements/arrange accommodation. Costs incurred are reimbursed for students who are in receipt of a bursary (all Department of Health funded courses). Insurance for students on placement and the necessary immunisation/vaccination is provided by the University. For further information please see https://www.southampton.ac.uk/alps/ Immunisation/Vaccination Costs: This programme involves mandatory placements in all years. The placements are organised by the University and will take place with regional healthcare providers; as such students will need to travel to placements/arrange accommodation. Costs incurred are reimbursed for students who are in receipt of a bursary (all Department of Health funded courses). Insurance for students on placement and the necessary immunisation/vaccination is provided by the University. For further information please see https://www.southampton.ac.uk/alps/ Placements (including Study Abroad Programmes) Accommodation If you have been approved to participate in an Erasmus+ Study/Work Placement you will automatically qualify for an Erasmus+ grant and details of this will be sent to you as part of the application process. Students who participate in the Erasmus+ scheme can benefit from an EU-funded grant. It is not intended to be a maintenance grant but rather a contribution towards the extra costs associated with studying abroad. The International Office will calculate your grant for you once you have given them the dates of your placement. You will be sent an Erasmus Grant Agreement confirming the amount of your grant and conditions of participation.
Conference expenses Accommodation: Optional Conference attendance. If you decide to attend conferences then you will normally be expected to cover the cost of accommodation, travel and admission. Travel: Optional Conference attendance. If you decide to attend conferences then you will normally be expected to cover the cost of accommodation, travel and admission.
OtherOptional Visits: Some Podiatry modules may include optional visits to specialist healthcare facilities, etc. You will normally be expected to cover the cost of travel and admission, unless otherwise specified in the module profile.
OtherParking Costs: Parking costs are the responsibility of the student.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

Career Opportunities

Careers in Podiatry

Podiatrists treat people with lower limb disorders like limb length difference, Achilles tendonitis, or ankle sprains. What is more, they treat diverse groups of patients, some of whom have a wide range of systemic problems, including diabetes, poor circulation, rheumatoid arthritis, or skin disorders.

There are numerous career opportunities in podiatry: in the NHS and commercial sectors, in private practice, in your own premises and as an associate or visiting podiatrist. The leisure industry is increasingly using the services of podiatrists.

There are many sub categories within podiatry, such as: general practice, orthopaedic triage, high risk patient management and surgery. Some of our graduates have chosen to gain further qualifications in specialist areas like sport, surgery and paediatrics.

Many graduates work as clinical practitioners and have progressed through to managerial posts. A qualified podiatrist may also find work within education and research and some of our students go on to postgraduate study (MSc, MPhil/PhD, DClinP).

More information about podiatry careers can be found on the NHS Careers website.

 

Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Survey 2015/16

  • 100 per cent of students are in work six months after graduation
  • Typical average salary of £22,000
  • 100 per cent positive employment (percentage of individuals employed in graduate-level roles)

Podiatry Careers

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Learning & Assessment

You will be assessed at regular intervals throughout your BSc Podiatry course studies. These assessments include essays, written exams, practical exams and a research project.

Whilst on placement you will be continually assessed by your supervisor. All practice experience will count towards your final degree classification.

 

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“It’s been a rollercoaster of a ride, but absolutely fantastic. One of the highlights has been the privilege to study cadavers which helped me identify the different arteries and muscles in the body.”

Victoria Bonham - BSc Podiatry

Breakdown of study time and assessment

Proportion of time spent in scheduled learning, teaching and independent study
Learning, teaching and assessment stage123
Scheduled learning & teaching study34%16%13%
Independent study55%52%55%
Placement study11%32%32%
Proportion of assessment by method
Learning, teaching and assessment stage123
Written exam assessment31%33%0%
Practical exam assessment38%33%33%
Coursework assessment31%34%67%

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