One of the only two universities in the UK offering this course
Combines the study of the body with engineering principles
A rewarding and practical career with development opportunities
Prosthetists and orthotists deal with the assessment, diagnosis and management of the whole of the body. Prosthetists provide artificial limbs (prostheses) to people who have all or part of a natural limb missing. Orthotists provide supportive braces and splints (orthoses) to people with various conditions of the limbs or spine. Prosthetists and orthotists work with people of all ages and with different requirements.
On the course you will learn how to assess, diagnose and treat people requiring prosthetic and orthotic care. The strong practical emphasis will be taught in conjunction with relevant theory and background information.
This course offers the opportunity to learn through placements in prosthetic and orthotic clinics across the country. As you move through the course, you will gradually require a greater depth of learning and increased competency in dealing with people, meeting their needs and deciding on the most effective treatment to offer.
The NHS Constitution is at the heart of our recruitment and selection process for students applying to become health care professionals.
“It’s not like a normal university course where you sit in large lecture theatres with loads of students – it’s relaxed, classes are small, and your lecturers are friends. Each year gets more in-depth, but we basically spend a few days a week learning anatomy, pathologies and biomechanics that we apply to ‘clinic and workshop’ days where we go from casting a real patient to making a full leg across a few weeks. It is very hands on right from day one.
In second and third year we go on placements for each discipline, and I’ve enjoyed that the most. I got the opportunity to help a service user who had lost a lot of weight because their current leg socket was too big – by hand-casting a more modern design. I later heard that the user said it was the most comfortable leg they had ever worn. It was amazing to know how something I had done had affected someone else’s life for the better!” Lydia Bowers, current BSc (Hons) Prosthetics and Orthotics student.
You can read more about Lydia's story in an article she contributed to on the Institute of Engineering and Technology's website.
This course takes three years to complete and includes a wide variety of clinical, practical and theoretical learning. You will spend most of your time at the University but you will also spend time in clinical placements where you will get the chance to see real patients wearing their prostheses and orthoses. You will also get the chance to see patients at the University, within our purpose built facilities, and work with the latest technologies and equipment that are used for today's prosthetic and orthotic devices.
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 Distinction, the remaining 15 credits will be at level 2 and will not be graded|
|GCSE||Five GCSE subjects at grade C or above including English Language and Mathematics. If you are in England and are taking GCSEs that are awarded from 2017 onwards, grade 4 will be required.|
|UCAS tariff points||128 points|
|GCE A level||ABB - Maths or Physics or Engineering essential at grade B or above, plus one other science subject at grade B or above.|
|GCE A level double award||128 (ABB) to include Health and Social Care plus A2 maths or physics|
|BTEC National Diploma||DDM|
|Scottish Highers||128 points, maths or physics essential at grade B or above plus one other science at grade B or above|
|Irish Leaving Certificate||128 points maths or physics essential at grade B or above plus one other science at grade B or above|
|International Baccalaureate||28 points to include maths or physics and one other science subject|
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 there 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 (with 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.
We are looking for bright, communicative, practical people who enjoy the prospect of clinical practical work and also the chance to help improve the lives of others within a rewarding and exciting career.
As a graduate, you can expect to be employed within a hospital or clinical facility within a junior position to begin, but with opportunities to become senior clinicians or perhaps enter into clinical management or specialism.
You will be able to work within the NHS either for commercial orthotics and prosthetics companies contracted to the NHS or directly for the NHS. Other graduates have gone onto work abroad, in research or in private practice. Jobs are predominantly advertised through the British Association of Prosthetists and Orthotists (BAPO).
Students who have studied this course with us have gone on to a variety of roles within the field of health including Medical and Dental Technicians and Health Professionals.
“I chose Salford because of its reputation in the field of prosthetics and orthotics and also its close proximity to Manchester. I loved the course, the best thing I've ever done. I would definitely recommend the course to anyone looking to study this field.”
George Coles, BSc (Hons) Prosthetics and Orthotics graduate, 2015
Most of our placements will involve working with both private companies and the NHS. Some companies offer the chance of specialist trips, accompanying other students and health care professionals to parts of Europe and gaining excellent experience and work skills in varying environments.
As a student you can become an associate member of the British Association of Prosthetists and Orthotists (BAPO). On successful completion of the course, you will be eligible to apply for registration with the Health Professions Council. You may also become a student member of the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO) and become involved in professional issues on a global scale.
Fees for entry in 2017-18 will be published as soon as possible.
|Type of Study||Fee|
|Full-time||If 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|
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.
As a UK/EU student you could be entitled to:
As an International student you could be entitled to:
As this is a highly specialised profession, we aim to provide you with the latest tools and facilities that will enhance your personal development.
Students of prosthetics and orthotics are taught hands-on clinical practice while dealing with patients in our custom-designed clinic rooms.
Further practice is undertaken in our workshops which boast a well-equipped machine room with CAD/CAM facilities and the plaster room where impressions of patients' anatomy can be modified for the subsequent manufacture of custom-made prostheses or orthoses.
Undergraduate students have the opportunity to conduct motion analysis in one of three movement laboratories. Postgraduate students also carry out work on research towards their Master or Doctorate degrees.
Start Dates: September
Three years full-time
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