Podiatry BSc (Hons)

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Overview

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Degree

UCAS code: B330 120 UCAS points
  • BSc (Hons) Podiatry, home applicant, full time

    • This course is in Clearing

    • Home Applicant
    • Full time, 3 years
    • Pound 9250 per year
  • BSc (Hons) Podiatry, international applicant, full time

    • International Applicant
    • Full time, 3 years
    • Pound 14820 per year

What makes this course different

£5,000 training grant available now

Degree-level Nursing and Allied Health students will receive at least £5,000.

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Student-led clinics

A biomechanics lab, orthotics manufacturing room and nail surgery suite.

The only podiatry degree in London

We're the only university in London offering a BSc in Podiatry.

Accreditation

Accredited by the Royal College of Podiatry

After graduating, you can apply for full membership of the Royal College of Podiatry and registration with the Health and Care Professions Council.

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Course modules

Your first year concentrates on the normal working of the body and the core skills of podiatry.

In year two you'll gain an understanding of the common pathologies affecting the foot and lower limb and how to manage them.

In year three, you will look at complex cases and the decision-making that underlies management planning.

NOTE: Modules are subject to change. For those studying part time courses the modules may vary.

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Your future career

We offer dedicated careers support, and further opportunities to thrive, such as volunteering and industry networking. Our courses are created in collaboration with employers and industry to ensure they accurately reflect the real-life practices of your future career and provide you with the essential skills needed. You can focus on building interpersonal skills through group work and benefit from our investment in the latest cutting-edge technologies and facilities.

Industry links

Central to this course are placements with local healthcare providers who work closely with the University. Through our placement links, we have close connections with several NHS and independent providers. These include Barts Health NHS Trust, Barking Havering & Redbridge University Hospitals Trust, North East London NHS Foundation Trust, and East London NHS Foundation Trust.

Graduate employers

Close links with our healthcare partners ensure employment in the future for learners who complete their courses and are registered with the HCPC. Many of our graduates secure jobs within the trusts that have supported the students during their course or one of our local NHS partners across North East London. Upon completion, our graduates have an opportunity to work in acute hospitals, private hospitals and the independent sector.

Job roles

This role equips you to become a podiatrist and provide foot care in a variety of medical settings.

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal.

Further study

You might decide to study for a further degree in a related subject, either an MSc or PhD in the School of Health, Sport and Bioscience.

Podiatry Students
The podiatry course enabled me to get my dream job before graduating! Treating NHS patients in UEL's equipped clinic allowed me to gain an insight into podiatry in the real world."
Daud Abdirahman

BSc (Hons) Podiatry

How we support your career ambitions

This course prepares you for a podiatry career. It empowers you to make clinical decisions confidently. It has been designed to match employment trends so it will enhance your job market prospects. Many of our graduates have got positions where they completed clinical placements. Podiatry offers many pathways, with NHS roles ranging from entry-level to specialist or leadership positions. You could go into retail or private practice.  You could even go into niche fields like forensic podiatry, multidisciplinary collaborations, or research and teaching. You could explore roles in criminal investigation footprints or work with other healthcare professionals. With few UK universities offering undergraduate podiatry courses, you will be amongst a select group of practitioners, ensuring good employment prospects.

Career Zone

This digital platform provides you with careers and employability resources, including: 

  • Jobs board for internships, placements, graduate opportunities, flexible part-time work 
  • Mentoring programmes for insight with industry experts 
  • 1-2-1 career coaching services 
  • Careers workshops and employer events 
  • Learning pathways to gain new skills and industry insight

Mental Wealth programme

Our Professional Fitness and Mental Wealth programme issues you with a Careers Passport to track the skills you've mastered. Some of these are externally validated by corporations like Amazon and Microsoft.

Our Mental Wealth programme

We are careers first

Our teaching methods and geographical location put us right up top:

  • Work-based projects
  • Networking and visits to leading organisations
  • Support in starting a new business
  • London on our doorstep

How you'll learn

When not attending timetabled lectures or workshops, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. This will typically involve skills development through online study, reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects and preparing coursework assignments and presentations. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities including online resources, specialist facilities, such as game labs, the library, the full Microsoft Office software, including MS Teams, and Moodle: our Virtual Learning Environment.

Guided independent study

Our innovative Technology Enhanced Active Learning (TEAL) approach enhances face-to-face learning by providing students with scheduled on-campus contact hours and additional learning opportunities. Through our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), students can access course materials and resources beyond their scheduled hours. We offer access to industry-standard technology and specialised spaces to prepare students for their future careers. Dedicated time for activities and development, along with a holistic approach to learning, fosters academic, personal, and professional growth. Students benefit from career support through on-campus and virtual Career Zones, personalised support services, and a dedicated online portal, Track My Future (TMF).

Academic support

Students are supported with academic or subject-related queries by a programme director, module leaders, academic advisers (you’ll have an academic adviser from the teaching team as soon as you arrive with us), and university central support services.

Dedicated personal tutor

If you need a bit of extra help with certain skills such as academic writing, English, maths, or statistics, academic tutors offer workshops, drop-in sessions, and one-to-one appointments to help you achieve your potential.

You can receive advice and guidance on all aspects of the IT systems provided by the university from our IT Service Desks located on all three campuses. Our Student Support hubs feature centralised helpdesks.

UEL provides support and advice for disabled students and those with specific learning difficulties (SPDs).

Workload

The 1000 hours of clinical practice you will get by working at our in-house clinic and at outside placements will make you highly employable on graduation. 

In fact, 90 per cent of our graduates end up in a clinical position within six months of graduating. The approximate amount of hours for this course is as follows: 

  • Year 1: scheduled teaching - 445 hours; guided independent study - 650 hours; clinical placement - 105 hours 
  • Year 2: scheduled teaching - 352 hours; guided independent study - 514 hours; clinical placement - 350 hours 
  • Year 3: scheduled teaching - 186 hours; guided independent study - 666 hours; clinical placement - 420 hours

Your timetable

We're known for our 'learning by doing' approach rather than teaching you by lectures and seminars alone. That means you'll have access to practical experience from early on in your course, giving you the chance to learn first-hand from NHS clinicians. You will have opportunities to visit London hospitals specialising in related areas such as diabetes, podopaediatrics and vascular disease. 

You'll enjoy superb facilities at our Stratford campus. Our on-site clinic is purpose-built and has its own nail surgery suite. There's a gait analysis and human motor performance lab and an orthotics manufacturing lab, making external devices such as insoles.

All our staff offer fantastic support and we will facilitate the placements needed to complete your 1000 hours of clinical practice. You will work hard while on this course. You can expect to work a nine-to-five day, five days a week during placements. That's exactly why our graduates are so highly sought after. After graduating, you can apply for full membership of the Royal College of Podiatry and registration with the Health and Care Professions Council.

Class sizes

The size of classes can vary depending on the nature of the course, module and activity. This can range from large groups in a lecture theatre setting, to smaller groups taking part in seminars and collaborative work.

How you'll be assessed

The module assessments have been designed to be inclusive and enable you to demonstrate the learning outcomes for each module and cumulatively the overall programme learning outcomes. A wide variety of assessment strategies will be used in order to promote your learning, including practical OSCEs, vivas, coursework, online assessments and presentations. As this is a professional clinical course, the emphasis is on face-to-face assessments.

 Year 1: Coursework 67%; Practical/oral exam 33%.
 Year 2: Clinical Placement 17%; Coursework 33%; Written exam 28%; Practical/oral exam 22%.
 Year 3: Clinical Placement 33%; Coursework 30%; Practical/oral exam 37%.

You'll always receive detailed feedback outlining your strengths and how you can improve. We aim to provide feedback on assessments within 15 working days.

Campus and facilities

Water Lane, Stratford

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What our students and academics say

Patricia Smith, Senior Lecturer in Professional Health Science
I am always inspired as an educator when students have that light bulb moment and say “ Ahh, now I get it, now I understand!”. It motivates me to continue the work of helping students achieve their academic and career goals."

Dr Patricia Smith

Senior lecturer in Allied and Public Health

Two podiatry students examining a plastic leg
My clinical skills and NHS values were further enhanced during various block placements undertaken in London as part of podiatry teams. UEL is the perfect place to start a career in podiatry, it opens a world of opportunities for you."

Daud Abdirahman

Podiatry, BSc (Hons)