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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.

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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.

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A Skype interview led me from Southampton University directly to Ontario, Canada, where I worked in a private Podiatric practice for my first year as a newly qualified Podiatrist.
Helen Rees, BSc (Hons) Podiatry
Podiatry

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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.

Health Sciences are committed to the active involvement of patients and carers across our provision. Learn more about how this important perspective feeds into your education.

View the programme specification for this course for 2019/20 entrants

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 eligibility to register in practice.

Key Facts

  • 100% of Podiatry students agreed that they have been able to contact staff when they needed to (NSS 2018)
  • 95% of Podiatry students agreed that they have received sufficient and guidance in relation to their course (NSS 2018)
  • 91% of Podiatry students agreed that they were allocated placements suitable for their course (NSS 2018)
  • 91% of Podiatry students agreed that the criteria used in marking have been clear in advance (NSS 2018)
  • 96% of students are in work and/or study six months after graduation (DLHE, 2016/17)
  • 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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Typical entry requirements

For 2020 entry

View 2019 entry requirements

QualificationGrade
GCSE  Applicants must hold GCSE English language (or GCSE English) (minimum grade 4/C), Mathematics (minimum grade 4/C) and Science (minimum grade 4/C) if not offered at a level 3 qualification.
GCE A-Level  BBB including one science or social science subject
GCE A-Level with Contextual offer We are committed to ensuring that all students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data allows us to recognise a student’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Podiatry applicants are not just applying for a degree but a professional qualification. This is a very demanding programme and we need to be confident that students can cope with the expectations of academic achievement and placement experience. Our values based interview techniques have been developed with clinicians and service users to ensure we recruit the best applicants. We use contextual information when reviewing an application understanding that perhaps the individual has had less support writing a personal statement compared to others, however we will continue to be mindful of all our applicants from all backgrounds that apply through difficult circumstances, whatever that might be.
A- level additional information Offers typically exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking.
Welsh Baccalaureate offer BB from 2 A levels including a science or social science subject and Grade B from the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate.
International Baccalaureate Diploma
offer
Pass with 30 points overall with 16 points at Higher Level including a science or social science subject.

Applications where Higher Level subjects have been studied without the full Diploma, will also be considered on a case by case basis.
International Baccalaureate Career Programme (IBCP)
offer
Offers will be made on the individual Diploma Course subject(s) and the career-related study qualification. The CP core will not form part of the offer. Where there is a subject pre-requisite(s), applicants will be required to study the subject(s) at Higher Level in the Diploma course subject and/or take a specified unit in the career-related study qualification. Applicants may also be asked to achieve a specific grade in those elements. Please see the University of Southampton International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme (IBCP) Statement for further information. Applicants are advised to contact their Faculty Admissions Office for more information.
Access to HE Diploma offer 60 credits with a minimum of 45 credits at Level 3, of which 27 must be at Distinction and 12 credits at Merit. Access course must be science based.
Irish Leaving Certificate offer (first awarded 2017) H2 H2 H3 H3 H3 H3 including a science or social science Plus English and Maths Ordinary Level O4 or higher.
Irish Leaving Certificate offer (last awarded 2016) AABBBB including a science or social science. Plus English and Maths Ordinary Level O4 or higher
Scottish Qualification offers Offers will be based on exams being taken at the end of S6. Subjects taken and qualifications achieved in S5 will be reviewed. Careful consideration will be given to an individual’s academic achievement, taking in to account the context and circumstances of their pre-university education. Please see the University of Southampton’s Curriculum for Excellence Scotland Statement for further information. Applicants are advised to contact the Admissions Office for more information.
Cambridge Pre-U offer M2 M2 M2 in three Principal subjects including a science or social science subject.
Level 3 BTEC (QCF) offer (unreformed) DDD in the BTEC Extended Diploma or DD in BTEC Diploma plus B in A-Level subject or D in the BTEC Subsidary Diploma plus BB in two A-level subjects
Level 3 BTEC (RQF) offer (reformed) DDM in the BTEC National Extended Diploma or DD in BTEC National Diploma plus B in A-Level subject or D in the BTEC Extended Certificate plus BB in two A-level subjects. We accept BTEC health studies or science.
European Baccalaureate offer 75% overall to include a science or social science subject
International qualifications Find a list of accepted international qualifications listed by country. This is a list of the international qualifications that are recognised by the University of Southampton. If you are not sure that your qualifications meet the requirements of this course please contact our Admissions Teams.
Non-academic entry requirements You will be required to attend a selection day. Satisfactory Occupational Health and Police Checks. Recent relevant study within 3 years
English language requirements All applicants must demonstrate they possess at least a minimum standard of English language proficiency. Applicants requiring a visa to study in the UK who do not offer GCSE English language (or GCSE English) at the required level will need to meet the following English language proficiency requirement. Find out more about the University’s English Language requirements. Band G IELTS 7.0 overall, with a minimum of 6.5 in all components

For 2019 entry

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 (RQF): DDM BTEC (QCF): DDD
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”.

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.

Year 1

Core [?]
A core module is a module which must be taken and passed.
HSGM1001Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
PODY1024Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
PODY1025Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
PODY1026Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
PODY1027Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
PODY1028Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
PODY1029Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

Year 2

Core [?]
A core module is a module which must be taken and passed.
HSGM2001Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
HSGM2002Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
PODY2032Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
PODY2033Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
PODY2034Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
PODY2035Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30

Year 3

Core [?]
A core module is a module which must be taken and passed.
PODY3010Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
PODY3011Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
PODY3012Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
PODY3013Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
PODY3014Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
PODY3015Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

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).

Tuition fees

List of tuition fees for this course and it's variations
Course TitleAwardYear of entryMode of studyUK/EUInternational
PodiatryBSc (Hons)2018Full-time£9,250£19,105
PodiatryBSc (Hons)2019Full-time£9,250£22,655
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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:

List of tuition fees for this course and it's variations
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.

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 BonhamBSc 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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