Access to Podiatry

To become a registered podiatrist you will need to study and achieve a BSc (Hons) Podiatry Degree. Whilst there are only 13 university degree programmes for podiatry across the UK you should be able to find one that is accessible to you as there is a wide geographical spread. Below is the current list:


Universities offering podiatry degrees

Birmingham East London
Brighton Northampton
Cardiff Plymouth
Durham Salford
Edinburgh Southampton (this is the only Russell Group University in the UK to offer a BSc (hons) Podiatry degree) 
Huddersfield Ulster 



What are the university entry requirements for a podiatry degree?

To apply to universities for midwifery, you should have, or be working towards achieving a relevant Access to HE Diploma in Health Science. Or alternatively, 3 A Levels with at least one in a science area. Universities can advise on their particular entry requirements and they also publish these on the UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) web site.

With the A Level route you may also be expected to have a minimum of 5 GCSEs. With the Access to HE Diploma route you are normally only required to have 2 GCSEs in English and Maths at Grade C or above.  Access to HE Diplomas are normally aimed towards adults 18+ returning to education or wishing to change to a new career. There are no upper age limits. The Diploma qualification is viewed as being equivalent to 3 A Levels.  Access to HE can be studied from home via distance-online learning or at a local college/academy. 

There are other issues to consider whilst studying for your level 3 qualification. For example, by gaining relevant knowledge of the profession through shadowing a podiatrist. This will give you first-hand experience and enable you to find out more about the role from someone who is qualified in this expert field of work. 


Is there a difference between a podiatrist and a chiropodist?

The simple answer is no especially in the UK as both titles mean that you are a fully trained professional in the diagnosis and treatments that come under the same specialism. The title of chiropody has been replaced, for the most part, by the title podiatry.  Many people might believe podiatry or chiropody is just about treating foot problems like in-growing toenails but, in fact, these professionals diagnose and treat far wider symptoms, from painful (but often embarrassing) bunions to a variety of lower limb pain somethimes associated with diabetes, arthritis or sports injuries. It is a specialist area of medicine for the diagnosis and treatments of conditions affecting the foot, ankle, and structures of the leg. Unlike other areas of health, podiatry covers all age ranges from young children to the elderly.

The main aim of podiatry is to give the best possible chance of improving mobility, help people live independently and improve their quality of life - which all in all shows how important and rewarding this specialism is.


What career progression opportunities are available?

If you decide to train as a podiatric you will undergo a 3 year programme of study which will include a balance between theory and clinical practice. The practical element can be undertaken in both NHS and Private clinics. Once qualified you can register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Your qualification could also be recognised by the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists. There are opportunities to work in the NHS, private sector, establish your own private practice or take your skills further afield to assist those in less developed countries. You can also undertake further training and become a podiatric surgeon.


What are the pay and working condition like?

As a general guide, once you are qualified and registered the salary currently starts at nearly £22,000 per year. On top of this you can earn more through overtime and other payments. There are incremental pay increases as you progress through continual professional development and further training. You can also choose to work full or part-time.


What annual leave are podiatrists entitled to?

Within the NHS annual leave is quite generous, up to 27 days per year, which on average exceeds the amount of paid holidays in private sector companies. On top of this, you’ll get 8 general and public holidays.


How is the course funded?

As this is a pre-registration course you can apply for the standard student support package in the form of a student loan. Scholarships, bursaries or grants may also be available through the university or your place of work.


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This gives you an opportunity to shine when you are invited for an interview at the university. You will research the university and look at the syllabus and the combination of academic and practical experience and delivery. You will address your own transferable skills and put them to use when writing your UCAS application. You can produce a practice UCAS form prior to submitting your application to UCAS. All the research relating to this unit needs to be contained in a portfolio. You can take this with you to demonstrate that you have carried out detailed research of the course that you have applied for.

There are many diseases and consequently many causes of diseases. Identifying the prevalence of diseases comes with the notion of patterns in society where disease is prevalent. You will be looking at the nature of diseases and the changing patterns across society over time. By identifying diseases and causes, steps can be taken to reduce a disease. Public Health Agencies play a clear role in this; you will be given the opportunity to discover how effective these agencies are in promoting health.

There are many different methods involved in research and you will be introduced to some of these, for example; Correlations, Experiments, Observations, Case Studies Questionnaires and Surveys. You will be given the opportunity to develop your own piece of research in a standard report format.

This can be awarded against a level 3 essay. In essay preparation, you will be expected to research a topical area and present an argument, analysis or evaluation, demonstrating that you can use the evidence you have researched to present ideas and empirical evidence to support the claims that you are making.. The set of writing conventions relating to an essay can vary depending on the subject area. You will be asked to read the question carefully so that you know what the question is asking. In identifying the key words you will be able to see what the main idea is behind the title. You will be able to demonstrate your ability to select relevant material.

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The total course price is £1212 (if you pay monthly from £101 per month) or £1162 if paid in full at the start!

Prices are per month for the number of months specified, except for courses paid in full.

Choose this for any Access to Higher Education Diploma, such as Access to Nursing, Access to Midwifery, etc. You will choose your pathway when you complete the enrolment form. If you are unsure of which pathway to follow for your chosen university course, we will help you at the start of your Access Diploma course.

If you choose monthly instalments, your course will need to be fully paid by your target moderation date. These events are held in June and November each year. You should aim to complete one month prior to these dates. For example, if you start your diploma studies in October and aim to complete by the following June, you would need to select the 8 month option. If you are starting in October and plan to complete the course by the following November, you can select the 12 month option. 



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