BSc (Hons)

Clinical Placement
NHS Funding available
Part-time study available
Work placement opportunity
International Students can apply

3 good reasons to study Podiatry at Salford:

  • Exciting placements in evidence-based NHS clinics
  • Learn from academics internationally renowned for their clinical expertise and research profile
  • State-of-the-art, purpose-built clinical research facilities

Key Information

Course Code: B985 (full-time), B985P (part-time)
Start Dates: September

Three years full-time
Four and a half years part-time with February start date - This starts on 26 January 2015 (Induction).

Course Summary

Podiatry is the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of foot and lower limb disorders, many of which are caused by general health disorders.

You will use comprehensive assessment and diagnostic skills to develop patient care pathways for conditions which impact on people's quality of life.

You will work with children with gait abnormalities, people with high-risk conditions such as diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis and people who need specialist footwear to accommodate foot deformities. You will also provide gait analysis and treatment for athletes with biomechanical problems or sports injuries.

After graduating, you will be equipped to work in the NHS or to run your own private practice

The NHS Constitution is at the heart of our recruitment and selection process for students applying to become health care professionals


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Course Details

When you first arrive, you will learn the basic practical skills and knowledge to enable you to treat patients safely. You will also acquire the reflective, critical thinking, reasoning and problem-solving skills that are essential to professional practice.

You will start your clinical practice within six weeks of starting the course within our own in-house clinic. Your practice will develop, throughout your time with us, one day per week in NHS clinics and then during longer periods of work placements in your final year. The podiatry theory and practice taught within this modular course is designed to respond to and reflect the current health environment. It is current and evidenced based.

Year 1

Initially you will study this module alongside students from other health care courses, engage in discussions on professionalism, codes of conduct, ethical issues, personal and social influences contributing to inequalities in health care.Then in the professional element, you will start to learn how to be a Podiatrist. You will treat your first patient after approximately six weeks. You will understand the importance of infection control, be able to prep your clinical environment, use a wide range of instruments, provide basic podiatry care and develop a simple management plan for your patient. 
This is the module that underpins all Podiatry modules. You will learn to identify bones, major joints and muscles of the lower limb and learn about their function.
This module follows on from ILS1 and teaches you about body systems:- the anatomy and physiology of the heart, distribution of blood vessels, anatomy and physiology of the lymphatic system within the lower limb.
You will learn to manage simple foot problems, including problems with the skin and nails, the importance of the body's inflammatory process, principles of wound management and relate these to current evidence based criteria.
This module teaches the etiology, pathogenesis, clinical features and management of fungal, viral and bacterial infections of the skin and nails. You will learn basic management of wounds, apply dressings following required protocols, undertake basic neurological and vascular examination of the lower limb and collect samples of skin, nail, exudate for laboratory investigation.
This module explains the concepts involved in lower limb motion, you will learn about normal gait and the axes about which motion occurs. The practical sessions will demonstrate the principles of joint examination and relate these to the lower limb joints.

Year 2

This module explores abnormal gait or "pathomechanics." You will learn to recognise, describe the clinical features and manage the major foot/lower limb types whilst applying the principles of gait analysis to the recognition of foot/lower limb abnormalities.

In practical sessions you will undertake a range of clinical examination techniques to enable you to cast, modify the cast, mould and machine an othotics. You will learn about materials, different casting methods and the suitability of footwear for orthoses.

This module discusses the pathogenesis of lower limb sports injuries; developmental problems seen in children and the changes occurring in the elderly foot. It will give you an appreciation of the role of the multidisciplinary team in the management of these areas. You will learn to evaluate training methods and footwear choice across a range of sporting activities. You will apply the priciples and skills learnt in PLT1 to patients with gait problems. This will include orthotic prescription, manufacture and/or modification.
This module introduces the etiology and clinical features of commonly occurring systemic disease and links its significance to clinical practice. You will learn to appraise the role of risk factors in the manifestation of chronic diseases. This knowledge will be applied in your clinical practice whilst on placement within the NHS.
This module explains the way medicines work in relation to the disease process. You will learn to develop and document a clinical care plan; monitor responses to medicines and modify treatment or refer the patient; and understand the legal and professional framework for accountability in relation to access, supply and administration of medicines. You will learn life support techniques including use of adrenaline and defibrillation.
This module teaches the theory, the application and the practice of local anaesthetics. It underpins the teaching of minor surgery in Year 3.

Year 3

This module will enable you to distinguish those pathologies of the lower limb which may require surgical intervention. You will learn to interpret the radiological appearance of pathologies in the lower limb and appraise radiological reports. You will be able to critically evaluate management strategies, critically appraise independent podiatric diagnoses and critically evaluate the role of short and long term prevention in the management of patients with systemic disease which impacts on the lower limb.
This module will equip you with the skills to recognise, and provide support, guidance and motivation for patients who need to make lifestyle changes for health reasons. You will be challenged to make a change in your own life while documenting your journey.
You will, by this time, be aware of the serious conditions that affect the foot such as diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and vascular insufficiency. This module deals with the management of those conditions. You will also learn how these conditions are sometimes managed by podiatric surgery.
You will continue with your clinical work throughout the final year, comprising of rotational placements in a variety of interesting clinics such as sports clinics, children's clinics, and high risk patients' clinics, and you will complete a five-week placement working with an experienced clinical educator to enable you to complete your required clinical practice. This module underpins the clinical preparation for future employment, either with the public sector or private practice.
This assignment is commonly known as your dissertation, it is a critical review of a selection of literature which might form the future basis of a small scale research project. It will have relevance and value for podiatrists.

Entry Requirements

Qualification Entry requirements
Access to HE 60 Credits, 45 at level 3, 30 at Distinctions level 3.
GCSE Five A-C grades including English, maths and science
UCAS tariff points 300 points
GCE A level At least 1 Science preferably Biology
BTEC National Diploma DDM
BTEC Higher National Diploma Contact Admissions tutor
Foundation Degree Contact Admissions tutor
Scottish Highers 300 points
Irish Leaving Certificate 300 points
International Baccalaureate 27

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We positively welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to successfully pursue a programme of study in higher education. Students who do not have the traditional entry requirements may be able to apply through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme. Support in preparing for the written assessment is available from the University. However they should first seek the advice of the Admissions tutor as this route may not be most suitable.

English Language Requirements

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.5 (no element below 6.0) is proof of this. If you need to improve your written and spoken English, you might be interested in our English language courses.

Applicant profile

A successful applicant will be hard-working, highly motivated, enjoy working as a part of a team and a problem solver.

You will be expected to have good communication and organisational skills, and you will be expected to demonstrate these skills in your personal statement.

You will be expected to shadow a podiatrist as part of the admissions process.


  • Lectures
  • Problem-based learning
  • Tutorials
  • Patient case study workshops
  • Clinical sessions, in-house and within the NHS


  • Written examinations
  • Written assignments
  • Objective structured examinations
  • Objective structured clinical examinations
  • Oral presentations


Career Prospects

Qualified podiatrists find employment in hospitals, GP clinics, in the community, or can set up in private practice. They can work alongside doctors, nurses, physiotherapists and other professionals and are seen as a vital part of the health care team.

Podiatrists can work alongside doctors, nurses, physiotherapists and other professionals as a vital part of the health care team. After graduating from this course you will be able to apply for jobs within the NHS, private practice, industry or commerce. You may wish to specialise in areas such as wound care, paediatrics, diabetology, musculoskeletal, rheumatology or sports-related problems. Recent graduates from this course went on to work within the NHS, set up their own private practices and applied for research opportunities. Some graduates have also gone onto work in Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore. You will also have the opportunity to study PhDs with our world renowned Centre for Health, Sport & Rehabilitation Sciences Research.

Links with Industry

We have links to all the NHS clinics within the Northwest enabling our students to experience real work conditions during their extensive placements.

Staff work with pharmaceutical companies specialising in wound care, and they also have links with orthoses laboratories. This ensures your learning incorporates the latest evidence-based practice throughout your study.

Further Study

Fees and Funding

Fees 2015-16

Type of StudyFee
Full-timeIf you are a UK or EU resident, and have home student status, you will have your tuition fees paid for you. You may also qualify for a means-tested bursary (http://www.advice.salford.ac.uk/page/otherfunding ) to help with living expenses
Full-time International£13,050

Students will be expected to pay approximately £30 for health clearance from their GP. Please note, the charge for health clearance is at the discretion of your GP and can range from £0 to £120. In addition, students may incur other expenses during placements. Costs are approximated based on the  current academic year. 

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

Financial support for this course



Podiatry clinic

Our podiatry clinic adds a cutting-edge to your training, as well as providing a valuable asset to the local community.

The clinic includes:

  • Private cubicles
  • Orthoses suite with workshops
  • Computer aided design and manufacturing facilities
  • Gait examination room
  • Seminar rooms
  • Gait laboratory
  • Anatomy room
  • Clinical skills rooms

Clinical gait analysis and research facility

This laboratory was part of a £1.5 million renovation of the podiatry clinical education and research spaces. The laboratory hosts the Salford Gait Analysis Service which provides quantitative gait analysis and consultation services for four National Health Service Trusts in the Manchester area.

The service supports the care of children with cerebral palsy by enabling assessment of their gait to input to their care pathways. We also offer gait and human movement assessment related to amputees, neuromuscular disorders (such as stroke) and a range of orthopaedics disorders.

The equipment includes:

  • 10 Qualisys OQUS motion analysis cameras
  • Four AMTI force plates embedded into the floor
  • Custom stairs that integrate with the force plates are available
  • Visual 3D real-time analysis software
  • Eight channel Noraxon Telemyo G2T wireless EMG system with associated foot switches and accelerometry
  • Tekscan pressure system.

Human movement laboratory

This is the original gait laboratory within the University, and is located adjacent to the prosthetics and orthotics clinical suite and technical workshops.

This lab is used for research, clinical and educational work and has:

  • 10 camera Vicon 612 motion analysis system
  • Two Kistler force plates (embedded into the floor)
  • Two Kistler force plates located in a purpose built portable walkway
  • 12 Xsens inertial measuring units
  • One eight-channel MIE telemetric electromyography system
  • Visual 3D real-time analysis software
  • ORLAU video vector generator.