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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.
At Salford we have our own on-campus professionally equipped podiatry clinic and human movement laboratory where you will regularly put your learning into practice. The course has strong links to NHS clinics across the north west of England, enabling you to experience real working conditions during your extensive placements.
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.
Our academics are all experts in the field of podiatry, two of which have recently gained national recognition for contribution to the profession. Find out more.
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.
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.
Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.
|Access to HE||60 Credits, 45 at level 3, 30 at Distinctions level 3, the other 15 will be at level 2 and will not be graded|
|GCSE||Five GCSE subjects at grade C or above including English Language, Mathematics and a Science. If you are in England and are taking GCSEs that are awarded from 2017 onwards, grade 4 will be required.|
|UCAS tariff points||120 points|
|GCE A level||At least one Science preferably Biology, B in Biology required|
|BTEC National Diploma||DDM - Science, Sports and exercise science, sports therapy and beauty therapy.|
|BTEC Higher National Diploma||Contact Admissions tutor|
|Foundation Degree||Contact Admissions tutor|
|Scottish Highers||120 points to include Biology|
|Irish Leaving Certificate||120 points to include B in Biology|
|Access to HE||60 credits overall with 45 at level 3 with 33 at distinction, 3 at merit and 9 at pass|
We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.
The University offers two routes for entry under the scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. As this course is part of the School of Health Sciences you will only be considered under Entry Route 1.
Find out more about the scheme here.
As part of the application process, you may be invited to an interview. Have a look at our top ten tips for preparing for your interview. If you are offered an interview following your application, you will be sent further information about what to expect and what you need to bring with you on the day.
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.
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.
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.
94% of students were employed within six months of their course according to DLHE Survey Data 2012/13.
“I chose Salford University because of its strong reputation as one of the leading schools in the country for Podiatry. It also stood out due to its modern facilities and clinic on campus. Prior to starting the course I went in to shadow different clinics and I enjoyed observing the practical aspects of the course. An additional bonus was that the university was easily accessible and within a commutable distance from home.
I was given the opportunity to complete a variety of different placements during the course, which provided me with great experiences over the three years. However my passion has always been to specialise within the MSK/ Biomechanics side of Podiatry. The University recognised my career aspirations and I was fortunate enough to be provided with the opportunity to gain more experience within this area during my final year placement”
Lucy Fletcher, BSc (Hons) Podiatry graduate, 2015
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.
Some students choose to pursue their area of interest through research opportunities at the University. The Centre for Health Sciences Research is a thriving, truly multidisciplinary group, focused on improving health outcomes through innovation and research.
The Foot and Knee research group is focused on 4 keys areas:
|Type of Study||Fee|
|Full-time||£9250 per year|
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.
Please note: For applications for entry in September 2017 or later, there have been changes to the funding of fees and a bursary will no longer be available. Please see more information on the changes here.
A range of scholarships and bursaries are available to Home/EU and International students.
Further information is available at:
Our podiatry clinic adds a cutting-edge to your training, as well as providing a valuable asset to the local community.
The clinic includes:
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:
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:
Start Dates: September
Three years full-time
Extra application information: