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B985 BSc (Hons) Podiatry

Here at Health Sciences our BSc Podiatry degree is the only Russell Group podiatry degree available. As a result, you can stand out as a junior podiatrist because of your research led education.

This three year programme focuses on learning to help people with painful lower limbs and feet restore or maintain mobility; therefore giving them more comfort and independence.

On graduation you may apply to register as a podiatrist with the Health and Care Professions Council. Your qualification will also be recognised by the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists.

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Introducing your degree

The University of Southampton is the only Russell Group University in the UK to offer a BSc (Hons) podiatry degree. As a result, studying here provides a unique student-centred, research- led learning environment. This three year full time programme is focussed on the recognition and management of disorders in the lower limb and foot to enable restoration of patient mobility and independence. You will spend 100 per cent of your work placements in an external clinical setting, either with the NHS or private practice. On graduation you will be eligible to apply to register as a podiatrist with the Health and Care Professions Council. Your qualification will also be recognised by the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists.

Podiatry

Overview

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Level: 6

Duration: 3 years 

 

This BSc 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

Apply through UCAS. Applicants may be required to attend an interview.

Accreditation

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Programme Structure

You will find yourself learning in a mixture of clinical and academic settings to give you the right balance of practical and theoretical preparation.

Importantly, all of your practice placements take place in hospitals, clinics and also out in the community, which is often not the case with other podiatry degrees.

Being in a clinical setting will give you the invaluable hands-on experience that employers prefer. You will also gain experience of working in a multiprofessional team.

 

Key Facts

To work as a registered podiatrist in the NHS and other healthcare environments, you must be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). To register, you must hold a recognised university degree in podiatry, such as the one offered at the University of Southampton.

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

GCSEs:
QualificationGrade
GCSE5 GCSEs at grades A*-C or 4-9 including Maths, Science and English Language (or IELTS at 7.0 with no component below 7)
A Levels:
QualificationGrade
GCE A-level

BBB, including science or social science subject

Applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) will also be made an alternative offer one grade below the standard offer, conditional on achieving an A grade in the EPQ.

IB:
QualificationGrade
International Baccalaureate30 points, 16 at higher level
Access to HE Diploma:

Science based Access to HE Diploma (118 UCAS Tariff Points including 27 distinctions at level 3)

BTEC:

BTEC Extended Diploma in health studies or science (D*DD)

Other qualifications

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 critieria. You must also have undertaken some relevant formal academic study within the past three years.

Applications should be submitted through UCAS (www.ucas.com). 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”.

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

Modules

Typical course content

Course Structure

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

Course fees for 2016/17 full-time UK and EU undergraduate students are typically £9,000 per year. Tuition fees for international students differ between each course. Most part-time courses cost 50% of the full-time fee.

View the full list of course fees

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.

Explore funding opportunities

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]. http://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 http://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 http://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 http://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 http://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

 

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.

After graduation it is likely that you will work in the NHS. But a qualified podiatrist may also find work in the commercial sector, as well as in education and research.

Mostly our graduates have worked as clinical practitioners and progressed through to managerial posts. However, some have chosen to gain further qualifications in specialist areas like sport, surgery and paediatrics.

In 2013 an incredible 95% of our students went into work or further study within six months of graduating. That is the perceived calibre of our podiatry degree graduates.

 

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

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.

 

Study Locations

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