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BSc (Hons)

School - School of Health and Society

Subject area - Prosthetics and Orthotics and Podiatry

UCAS Code: B985

Start Date(s): September


Three years full-time


UK - £9,250 per year

International - £15,960 per year

In Brief:

  • 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
  • Overall student satisfaction with this course is 94% (NSS 2018)
  • An interview will be required for admission onto this course
  • Work/industrial placement opportunity
  • Clinical placement opportunity
  • International students can apply

Course Summary

This course is available with a Health Care Foundation Year

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.

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                    

These modules have recently changed their name and were previously known as 'Pathomechanics and Locomotion Therapies 1 & 2'. The new module name is for September 2018 onwards. 

These interrelated modules focus on the development and refinement of the student’s skills in the management of a range of MSK conditions in the lower limb. Students will explore, apply and evaluate a range of management strategies for the management of MSK conditions. Specifically students will gain knowledge and skills required for the prescription, modification and fitting of foot orthoses. They 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 MSK conditions. In MSK 2 students  will have the opportunity to explore contemporary research and appreciate the principles of different methods when designing a research project. The students learning is through lectures, online resources, interactive workshops and laboratory session with application of knowledge and skills in a clinical  environment with patients.The assessment for the two modules is via a blend of OSCE’s, Portfolio’s and research proposal.                                        

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 focuses on developing the ability of the student to acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to critically evaluate their diagnostic skills in the management of lower limb pathology related to the complications of systemic disease. It facilitates the development of the students’ patient centred consultation skills, working towards diagnosis/ses and appropriate management strategies across a wide range of patient groups. They will have the opportunity to apply these skills in clinical practice through university NHS and industry based placements, thus enabling the student 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. The students 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 the students’ clinical placements. The students in past year 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.                  
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.                  
This module focuses on the development and refinement of the student’s skills in the holistic management of patients with complex and long term conditions. Specifically students will gain knowledge of the theories of health behaviour change, health psychology, patient education strategies and mechanisms for health promotion. They 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 the student 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. The students learning is through lectures, online resources and interactive workshops with application of knowledge and skills on clinical placements. The assessment for the module is an assignment where the student reflects on a personal health bahviour change. The students in past year have achieved well with a near 100% pass rate and many have achieved poitive health behaviour change themselves such as loosing 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.

Entry Requirements

Qualification Entry requirements
You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.
Three 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 Grade B in Biology preferred. Applicants with lower grades or other Science based subjects (Chemistry, Physics, Sport Science, P.E., etc.) will be considered on an individual basis
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
International Baccalaureate 27
Access to HE 120 UCAS Tariff Points. 60 credits overall with 45 credits at level 3. Science preferred but Health Studies will be considered.

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

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.

Interview process

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.

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.

Fees and Funding


Fees 2019-20

Type of Study Fee
Full-time £9,250 per year
Full-time International £15,960 per year

Fees 2018-19

Type of Study Fee
Full-time £9,250 per year
Part-time Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.
Full-time International £15,480 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.

For international students who undertake a placement, there will be an additional placement fee in the region of £2,000.


  • 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


“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

Career Prospects

"As healthcare specialists, podiatrists – use their knowledge and skills to help patients live the fullest lives possible.

They’re members of the allied health professionals family – and they’re in short supply.

Allied health professionals work directly with patients, so they can see the difference they make every day."

Find out more at

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. We offer a range of placement experiences, including a new relationship with the Manchester Urban Village, offering foot care to the city's homeless population

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

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:

  • Biomechanical function of the foot and knee during walking, running and various sports,    
  • How foot and knee structure and function are affected by disease (e.g. diabetes, obesity, osteoarthritis), injury (e.g. ACL tears, patellofemoral pain, lateral ankle sprain) and aging.    
  • Clinical and user (patient) research to investigate the real world consequences of poor foot and knee health for patients and athletes.    
  • Investigation of a wide range of physical therapy (e.g. exercise), device (e.g. orthoses) and health behaviour (e.g. compliance with devices or education programmes) interventions.    

Watch our video        

Our research: Knee, Ankle and Foot.


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.

Clinical Gait

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.


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