Undergraduate BSc (Hons)

Prosthetics and Orthotics with Foundation Year

School of Health and Society




Four year

Next enrolment

September 2022


In a nutshell

Please note that the programme is now full for the 2021/22 academic year. The next available start date will be September 2022. 

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 Prosthetics and Orthotics programme. 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) Prosthetics and Orthotics.

Foundation year

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.

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.

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.

Introduction to Examining Evidence

Introduction to Exploring Evidence will build on the knowledge and understanding acquired in trimester one and will prepare you for your Level 4 studies and beyond. You will consider what is meant by scientific evidence, exploring the many different types and effective methods of searching for evidence. You will be introduced to the concept of appraising evidence and handling data.

Through small group work, tutorials and peer feedback you will apply your learning to a clinical or practical scenario that you observe in your chosen discipline.

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.

Year one

Anatomy and Physiology

In this module you will learn about the basic structure of the human body, with particular reference to the foot, ankle and lower leg. You will also learn about the workings of the human body, with a focus on those functions that are particularly important to prosthetists and orthotists.

Materials, Manufacturing and Design

This module helps you learn about the design of prostheses and orthoses, how they are made and the different materials that are commonly used to make them.

Introduction to Prosthetic and Orthotics Practice

This module introduces you to clinical and workshop practice. You will be able to see professional patients and make and fit prosthetic and orthotic components for them, under careful supervision. This module focuses on the common lower limb prosthetic and orthotic conditions, introducing you to concepts that will be important not only here but later on in the course. You will spend two weeks within a prosthetic or orthotic clinical facility within this module, to help you relate the work you have undertaken at University with actual clinical practice.

General Prosthetic and Orthotic Practice

Prosthetists and orthotists provide a valuable service in health care, both nationally and internationally. This module builds on what you will have learned in the introduction to prosthetics and orthotics but focuses more on the importance of the service and your role as a prosthetist or orthotists. You will also see patients, but with different prosthetic and orthotic requirements and levels of limb absence, building on your experiences within earlier modules. You will also have the opportunity to gain experience via a placement in semester 2.

Introduction to Professional Practice

This module aims to introduce the concept of being a health and social care professional. You will start to explore factors that influence practitioner and service user interactions and become familiar with issues such as moving and handling, infection control and safeguarding.


This Biomechanics module will foster your skills in the calculation of forces applied during prosthetic and orthotic management and the effect if they are altered. This module introduces and then develops your knowledge and skills in human movement analysis through the use of the human movement laboratory and classroom sessions.

Year two

Further Prosthetic and Orthotic Practice 1

This is a clinical module where you will further your knowledge and clinical skills. This module will focus on the specific areas of transfemoral prosthetics, spinal orthotics and bespoke footwear.

Further Prosthetic and Orthotic Practice 2

This is a clinical module which includes the development of underpinning knowledge and clinical skills required for upper limb prosthetics, and orthotic rehabilitation around the ankle, knee and hip.

Clinical Pathologies and Presentations

This module will help you understand and appreciate the different pathologies that present in patients requiring a Prosthetic and Orthotic device and how to take into consideration comorbidities that may influence the decision making process.

Motion Analysis and Research Methods

As a clinician you will naturally wish to examine the validity of how current treatment plans are progressed or perhaps you may wish to explore new and different orthotic and prosthetic solutions. This module is designed to acquaint you with research methods and analysis which may be applied to professional practice and the planning of their own research. It will help develop your critical awareness of research design, particularly when reading other research reports. This module will also enable you to apply the theory from the previous 'Introduction to Motion Analysis' module to pathological gait. It will provide you with hands on experience of techniques used in biomechanical assessment. You will be introduced to methods of assessing gait in both clinical and research settings.

Assessment and Management of Complex Cases

 This module will further develop your clinical and academic skills, enabling you to meet the challenges and requirements of service users with more complex needs.

Year three

Final Placements

Each student will complete a 13 week placement in each discipline in year three. The placement period is split equally between prosthetics and orthotics. During these final placements you are expected to be able to consolidate your learning from all of your previous learning. You will be exposed to an ever expanding variety of case studies where you will continue to further develop your clinical skills. You will develop a greater understanding of the rehabilitation process and in particular develop your skills in presenting viable management plans including problem solving and prescription ideas. You will also be able to demonstrate your ability to competently execute the key clinical skills (casting, measurement, cast modification, prosthetic/orthotic fitting) necessary to fulfil the agreed prescription.

Prosthetic Clinical Placement (40 credits)

You will gain an expert knowledge of current clinical theory and technical aspects within Prosthetics. This placement will build upon and further complement the patient interactions that take place within University clinical modules where you will have been introduced to clinical assessment skills with our volunteer patients.  

Orthotic Clinical Placement (40 credits)

Y​ou will gain an expert knowledge of current clinical theory and technical aspects within orthotic practice.  This placement will build upon and further compliment the patient interactions that have taken place within University clinical modules where you will have been introduced to clinical assessment skills with our 'expert' patients and placement activities at level 4 and 5.


Broad Scope Prosthetic and Orthotic Practice

You will be introduced to rare sites of amputation surgery and unusual orthotic clinical case studies. You will also be exposed to new developments within prosthetics and orthotics and encouraged to extend your knowledge in these emerging technologies.

Into Employment

Initially, this module will enable you to reflect on the broader issues affecting health and social care, with a particular focus on prosthetics and orthotics. The content of the module will continue to develop your appreciation of the importance of evidence-based practice within the clinical environment. The module will then focus more exclusively on your chosen profession. You will receive assistance and advice in regard to preparing for and engaging in interviews. You will examine and analyse the role of professional organisations and client organisations. You will also learn how to deal with difficult clinical situations and how to interface most effectively with a wide spectrum of clients, and you will be introduced to different service models pertaining to prosthetic and orthotic clinical practice.


For this module you will conduct an in-depth evidence-based study on a topic of your choice. This will give you the opportunity to plan and execute your own work and explore the links between research and practice. In so doing you will be better equipped to enter into a clinical setting and investigate areas of interest in a clear and objective manner.

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

School of Health and Society

In the School of Health and Soceity, we are focused on enhancing the health and wellbeing of patients, service users and athletes, and our commitment to public involvement helps us retain our strong focus on real-world issues.

Prosthetics and Orthotics Laboratory

As 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 boasts a well-equipped machine room with CADCAM 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.


What you need to know

Please note that the programme is now full for the 2021/22 academic year. The next available start date will be September 2022. 

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

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 

If applying for entry in 2022, our entry requirements will be 80 tariff points. 

A Level

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

If applying for entry in 2022, our entry requirements will be 80 tariff points from a minimum of two A2 subjects. 

BTEC National Extended Diploma


If applying for entry in 2022, our entry requirements will be MMP

Scottish Highers

64 - 80 points 

If applying for entry in 2022, our entry requirements will be 80 tariff points. 

Irish Leaving Certificate

64 - 80 points

If applying for entry in 2022, our entry requirements will be 80 tariff points. To include specific grades: 
English – Higher H6 (D3), Ordinary O5(C3)
Maths – Higher H6 (D3), Ordinary O5(C3)
Science - Higher H6 (D3), Ordinary O5(C3)

Access to HE

64 - 80 points

If applying for entry in 2022, our entry requirements will be 80 tariff points. Health and Social Care related courses preferred. 

Alternative entry requirements

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We welcome applications from those 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.

There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home 2021/22 £8,250 for Foundation Year and £9,250 for subsequent years.
Full-time home 2022/23 £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 2022

September 2023

UCAS information

Course ID B983

Institution S03