About the course
Podiatrists are allied healthcare professionals who assess and treat the lower limb and foot. On our Podiatry BSc(Hons) course you’ll have the opportunity to build the knowledge and hands-on skills you need whilst learning in specialist clinical facilities. We aim to give you the skills to improve the mobility and quality of life of your patients.
- You’ll have the opportunity to gain vital experience using our fully equipped on-site Podiatry Clinic, surgical theatre suite, biomechanics gait analysis equipment and orthotics laboratory.
- Clinical placements will be undertaken each year, where you can put what you’ve learnt to the test in the real world.
- The course helps to prepare you for working as part of a multidisciplinary team, as you’ll take part in interprofessional learning alongside physiotherapists, occupational therapists and pharmacy students.
- You’ll have the opportunity to hear the experiences and viewpoints from service users and carers, who are part of the Public Partnership Group.
- You’ll have the opportunity to qualify with a certificate in local anaesthesia and prescription only medicines (POMs) annotation.
As a qualified podiatrist, you could work in a number of specialist areas with people of all ages including musculoskeletal podiatry, sports injuries, biomechanics and gait assessment, orthotics and nail surgery. Your work could include the management of foot health, routine care, specialist wound care and minor operative procedures. You could also contribute to the wellbeing of patients with diabetes, rheumatism, vascular or neurological disorders. Many podiatrists undertake further training to become a Podiatric Surgeon, Forensic Podiatrist or Advanced Podiatrist. Whilst others set up their own consultancies, so if you’re looking for a career in healthcare working independently and developing your entrepreneurial skills, then podiatry could be a good choice for you.
As a registered practitioner, you can apply to work within the NHS, private practice and education.
Our graduates have gone on to work as podiatrists in the NHS hospitals, community health trusts and the private sector.
After further training you could specialise in musculoskeletal care, orthotics, diabetes and high risk patients, as well as podiatric surgery.