Undergraduate BSc (Hons)

Podiatry with Foundation Year

School of Health and Society




Four year

Next enrolment

September 2020


In a nutshell

The Health Care Foundation Year aims to provide you with an understanding of the basic concepts of health care and the allied health professions. The course also develops your skills and knowledge to prepare you for successful progression onto a degree course.

You will:
  • Develop the skills and knowledge to successfully study at Level 4
  • Learn about the basic theories and concepts relating to allied health professions
  • Be taught by a multi-disciplinary programme team with experience in a range of professional health care settings
Course details

All about the course

This Foundation Year will provide a solid foundation and pathway into our BSc Podiatry course. The key areas of study will be effective communication and study skills and you will be introduced to basic theories and concepts within disciplines. 

On this course, you will develop: 

  • An understanding of fundamental theories that will be developed further within the associated degree programme
  • The necessary skills and knowledge to study successfully at level 4
  • An awareness of the importance of communication and collaboration within health care professions, and develop these skills over the duration of the programme 
  • Numeracy skills and competencies required for your subject area

There are five modules, four have 20 credits and one has 40 credits, as detailed below.

Details of the modules on the degree programme can be found here:

BSc (Hons) Podiatry

Foundation year

University Life

This module has been designed to promote a positive and supportive transition from further to higher education, focusing initially on the importance of wellbeing to successful study.  The module will provide a firm grounding in the key skills required to be able to read, write and present in the academic world.  You will embed your learning through a series of large and small group activities using a problem-based approach.  Small group work will allow for regular, tailored feedback specific to small group tasks and group dynamics with a focus on your future chosen vocation. Following the completion of the module, you should feel very prepared for your journey at level 4 and beyond.

Foundations of Mental and Physical Health

This module will introduce you to the concepts that underpin physical and mental health.  It will ask the questions of ‘What is mental health?’ and ‘What is physical health?’.  By looking at different models of mental health and how the body functions physically the  module will focus on examining the relationship between maintaining good mental and physical health, the impact of this on health and wellbeing and how to promote this in your own life and when working with others.  Mental and physical health are closely linked and by studying both areas together you will learn to appreciate the relationship between the two.  This is a 40 credit module which runs across two trimesters and assessments for the module will build on each other, creating a theme throughout the year.

Introduction to Applied Sciences

This module will provide a firm grounding in the key applied sciences needed to study for a degree in a range of professions. You will be provided with a focused review of key biological, biomechanical and anatomical principles, allied to key applications in the vocational setting. A grounding in these applied sciences will ensure you are able to cope with the transition to level 4 studies. The assessment for this module will be a two-hour multiple choice exam.


This module will help you become aware of the need to consider numeracy as an important skill in your chosen profession. You will be provided with many opportunities to hone your numeracy skills, using evidence-based strategies, recognized in healthcare, sports science, exercise and nutrition as providing the best resources for the job. Your assessment is a one-hour numeracy examination which will focus on working out calculations. 

Working in Healthcare Settings (20 credits)

This module introduces you to the world of health care and its policies and guidelines necessary for people wanting to work in any health care setting. You will have the opportunity to work and learn with health care staff in class and be invited to visit a local hospital. The module assessment is a 1,500-word reflective essay, looking at your own experience of health services. This allows you to reflect on one of the important themes in health care today; the subject of user empowerment and choice.

Year one

Introduction to Collaborative Professional Practice

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.

Integrated Life Science 1

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.

Integrated Life Science 2

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.

Professional Studies

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.

Professional Studies Practice 1 DA

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.

An Introduction to Gait

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 two

Musculoskeletal Conditions 1

This module will focus on the development and refinement of your skills in the management of a range of musculoskeletal conditions in the lower limb. You will explore, apply and evaluate a range of management strategies for the management of musculoskeletal conditions. Specifically, you will gain knowledge and skills required for the prescription, modification and fitting of foot orthoses. You will undertake workshops and tutorials to enable them to appreciate the impact of contemporary developments in research and data collection methods in the context of musculoskeletal conditions. The assessment for this module is via a blend of OSCEs, portfolios and research proposal.

Applied Clinical Medicine

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.

Prescription Only Medicine

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.

Local Anaesthesia

This module teaches the theory, the application and the practice of local anaesthetics. It underpins the teaching of minor surgery in year three.

Year three

Enterprise in Podiatry

‘Enterprise in Podiatry’ is a final year module designed to equip the you with basic enterprise knowledge and skills in preparation for a diverse range of career paths related to health care. This module allows you to develop contemporary entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial knowledge and skills in preparation for employment in private practice and industry. The content looks at a wide range of career opportunities open to podiatry students and examines the enterprise skills, traits and attributes required for these. It assists with curriculum vitae building, digital profiling and personal branding to meet job specifications. Information on business skills, business planning, finance and accounting, marketing and podiatry specific requirements in enterprise are included.

Diagnosis and Management

This module focuses on developing your ability to acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to critically evaluate your diagnostic skills in the management of lower limb pathology related to the complications of systemic disease. It facilitates the development of your patient centred consultation skills, working towards diagnosis/ses and appropriate management strategies across a wide range of patient groups. You will have the opportunity to apply these skills in clinical practice through University, NHS and industry based placements, thus enabling you to have the knowledge and skills aligned with those required for practice at Band 5 within the NHS/or commensurate with graduate practitioner clinical knowledge and skills for private practice. Your learning is through lectures, online resources and interactive workshops with application of knowledge and skills on clinical placements. The assessment for the module is via a mid-semester OSCE to ensure preparation for clinical placement, a written exam (MCQ/Case studies) and through clinical logbook assessments that will take place throughout your clinical placements. Previous students on this module have achieved well with a near 100% pass rate and have provided feedback that states how well the module prepares the students through consolidation of their clinical practice skills and knowledge.

Into Employment

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.

Methods of Enquiry (Project)

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.

Patient Management in Practice DA

This module focuses on the development and refinement of your skills in the holistic management of patients with complex and long-term conditions. Specifically, you will gain knowledge of the theories of health behaviour change, health psychology, patient education strategies and mechanisms for health promotion. You will have the opportunity to apply these in practice through the use of motivational interviewing techniques with the aim of achieving behaviour change that positively influences both lower limb and general health.

This will enable you to have the knowledge and skills to meet with the Department of Health focus of enabling positive health behaviour which supports and enhances traditional health interventions. Your leaning is through lectures, online resources and interactive workshops with the application of knowledge and skills on clinical placements. The assessment for the module is an assignment where you reflect on a personal health behaviour change. Many previous students have achieved positive health behaviour change themselves such as losing weight, stopping smoking and increasing levels of activity. 

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.

What will I be doing?


A wide range of teaching methods is used according to the nature of the module e.g. lectures, seminars, reflective practice, guided study, teamwork, and oral presentations. A number of alternative learning technologies are applied throughout the programme including podcasts, VLE, Facebook, YouTube and student response system to provide an interactive experience for you.


You will be assessed during the foundation year through the methods below:

  • Written essays x 3
  • Written portfolio
  • Written exam x 2
  • Coursework presentation


The School of Health and Society is a forward-thinking, dynamic school with a commitment to lifelong learning and real-world impact.

Our courses are informed by the latest research and we work closely with organisations from both the public and private sector to ensure our teaching is at the forefront of practice.

Podiatry clinic

Under the supervision of fully trained academic staff our students use state-of-the-art equipment and techniques to provide a wide range of treatments. Our podiatry clinic can help with foot problems in children, nail surgery for an ingrowing toe nail, biomechanical issues, foot-related sports injuries and can even modify or create bespoke orthoses.


What you need to know

This course isn’t suitable for international students. If you are an international student and interested in studying a foundation year, please visit our International Foundation Year course page.


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.

This foundation year pathway is designed for students who do not have the standard entry requirements to enter university at degree level.

You can read about the entry requirements for individual allied health profession degree programmes here:

BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy

BSc (Hons) Podiatry

BSc (Hons) Prosthetics and Orthotics 


Please note: The entry criteria below are related to entry onto this course in the 2020/2021 academic year. If you’re interested in a future intake year, please check the course entry on UCAS.


Standard entry requirements


English Language and Maths at grade 4/C or above (or equivalent). You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below

UCAS tariff points

64 - 80 points 

A Level

64 - 80 UCAS points, from a minimum of two A Levels or equivalent.

BTEC National Extended Diploma


Scottish Highers

64 - 80 points

Irish Leaving Certificate

64 - 80 points 

European Baccalaureate

Pass of at least 75%

Access to HE

64 - 80 points

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home 2020/21 £8,250 for Foundation Year and £9,250 for subsequent years.
Full-time home 2021/22 £8,250 for Foundation Year and £9,250 for subsequent years.
Additional costs

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

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Enrolment dates

September 2020

UCAS information

Course ID B989

Institution S03