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BSc (Hons) Podiatry

UCAS Code: B985 BSc/Pod

Duration: 4 years

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A podiatrist will diagnose and treat a vast range of problems relating to the health and wellbeing of the foot and the lower limb. A podiatrist must be able to recognise and diagnose a broad range of mobility and medical conditions that have a direct effect on foot health which include diabetes, arthritis, heart and blood disorders, and disorders of the nervous system.

This course will equip you with all the skills that you will require to register as a Health and Care Professions Council podiatrist and to practise as a registered podiatrist in the NHS or private sector. You will study a range of modules each year and attend weekly placements in podiatry clinics where you will be involved in the treatment of podiatry patients. Clinical placements will begin in the very first semester when, with the support of QMU podiatry staff, you will be directly involved in caring for patients. QMU staff and NHS clinical staff will work with you as a student during your four years of clinical placements, to prepare you for working.

In Year Four you will study additional modules relevant for practice and you will also have external NHS placements. During Year Four, you will also carry out research group projects, a clinical practice audit and experience working in clinical specialisms. In your optional modules you will study alongside postgraduate students and this will provide you with a head start for your requirement for continuing professional development (CPD).

We have implemented an interprofessional education (IPE) focus within all of our undergraduate healthcare courses to help produce graduates who are confident in their own professional identity but with additional skills that will allow them to work as effective team members. The IPE component will develop your mutual understanding of roles, expertise and values of other team members; skills and strategies in working in teams; problem solving, team decision making skills; and role flexibility; and ability to learn from others.

This is an honours degree delivered over four years. You will complete a range of modules, as outlined, each year.

Special Information for EU Applicants

The Scottish Government has confirmed that undergraduate EU students enrolling in the 2017/8 and 2018/9 academic years will be entitled to free tuition fees in Scotland for the duration of their course. Those assessed as eligible will remain so for the duration of their course. You must apply to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for funding. For guidance on eligibility and funding please visit the SAAS website.

  • The only UK podiatry course that offers four years of clinical practice.
  • The Podiatry degree at QMU achieved 100% in the National Student Survey ranking the degree top in Scotland and joint top in the UK for student satisfaction.
  • The BSc (Hons) Podiatry is recognised internationally.
  • In Year One, you will spend 22 hours per week in a classroom setting and less so in ater years where there is more independent learning.
  • This course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council.

    Placement: Placements take place each Year. See course text for more information.

    Professional Registration: You must register with the Health and Care Professions Council to work as a podiatrist.

  • Year One: Cell Biology and Physiology
    Communicating and Facilitating Change
    Clinical Studies 1
    Disorders and Management 1
    Foundation Skills for Health Professionals
    Evidence Based Healthcare (EBHC) 1:
    Making Online Resources Work for You
    Locomotory Science 1
  • Anatomy Locomotory Science 1- Principles of Gait
    Manual Handling

    Year Two: Human Physiology and Pharmacology
    Locomotory Science 2
  • Anatomy
    Locomotory Science 2
  • Normal Gait
    EBHC2: Informing Practice Through Evidence
    Clinical Studies 2
    Disorders and Management 2
    Professional Roles and Interprofessional
    Teamwork (IPE2)

    Year Three: Clinical Studies 3
    Dermatology of the Lower Limb
    Disorders and Management 3
    EBHC3: Appraising the Evidence
    Interprofessional working and Person Centred
    Care (IPE3)
    Locomotory Science 3
  • Anatomy
    Locomotory Science 3
  • Pathological Gait
    Professional Issues - Professionalism

    Year Four: Clinical Studies 4
    Developing Resources for Patient Education
    Disorders and Management 4
  • Tissue Viability
    EBHC4: Clinical Audit
    Political and Social Context (IPE4)
    Professional Issues
  • Preparation for
    Registration and PracticeDeveloping Resources for Patient Education
    Plus one module from the following:
    Podiatric Mechanics
    Medicine and pathology

    The modules listed are correct at time of posting (Mar 2017) but may differ slightly to those offered in 2018. Please check the website for any updates.

  • Scottish Higher: BBBC

    A Level: CCC

    Irish Leaving Certificate: H2, H3, H3, H3

    International Baccalaureate: 28 points

    Required Subjects: Preferably English and one science at Higher/A Level or equivalent, and Eng and Maths at S/ Int2/N5/GCSE.

    Mature/Access: SWAP Access to Health Related Studies or Science. We welcome applications from mature students with other relevant qualifications in sciences and/or experience.

    Advanced Entry: Not available. Relevant HN qualifications are considered for entry to Year One.

    Health Requirements: Agreement to be immunised against Hepatitis B

    Other: A satisfactory criminal records check is required.

    International: IELTS of 6.0 with no element lower than 5.5.

    Excellent clinical opportunities in the National Health Service, private practice fo those wishing to run their own business, and postgraduate research. Recent graduates have chosen to work in the following areas: community clinics; sports medicine; foot surgery; paediatrics; disease-specific areas (eg diabetes; mellitus, health promotion; research; and clinical audit) and have taken up employment opportunities in Canada, Australia, Singapore and Bermuda.

    Dale Ross
    BSc (Hons) Podiatry
    "On leaving school, I worked in the local pharmacy while I contemplated my career options. I wanted a ‘hands-on’ job in healthcare, but wasn’t quite sure what. A "lucky" foot injury introduced me to the world of Podiatry which I hadn’t considered - and I was amazed by how varied the job and decided to follow that path.
    I was instantly impressed with the course at QMU. I received constant encouragement and reassurance from lecturers throughout and I particularly enjoyed the highly practical element. I enjoyed how clinical practice and seminar-based learning coincided topically with clinical learning - for example, when I learned about vascular assessment, I was then guided in carrying out a vascular assessment on real patients.

    Evidence-based learning and self-directed study are key learning methods on the course and this benefits you in practice: you don’t always have someone on hand to ask, but with a deep understanding of evidence-based learning and self-directed study, you are able to work something out for yourself and be confident in your clinical decision.
    Since graduating, I am now self-employed and work as an associate podiatrist between two private practices. I regularly work in areas such as general podiatry practice, nail surgery, biomechanics, and diabetes. I also visit nursing homes, which in itself encompasses gerontology, medicine and working with mental health and dementia. I also have a license to administer local anaesthetic and I can supply antibiotics, pain killers, and topical creams to name a few.

    Aside from my "real" job, I am part of a volunteer group who deals with foot issues at charity events such as ultra-walks and marathons. I also work as a first aider with an events charity alongside other health professionals at large events. A career in Podiatry is not a simple, clinic-based 9am-5pm job (unless you want it to be) but it is well worth it - no two days are ever the same and I really love my job!"

    Rachel Hannigan
    BSc (Hons) Podiatry
    "Following several experiences as a patient in my teens, I realised that there was more to podiatry than nail care and I soon considered a career as a poditrist. I looked at several universities but after attending an open day, I knew that QMU was the place for me. I was really impressed with the podiatry department and the approachable staff. I liked the campus size: students were all in the same building, creating a real sense of community. You also got to know your peers and lecturers very well on a personal level.

    In Year One of the course, I hit the ground running, gaining podiatric experience through weekly placements which continued into Year Three. During this time, I learned appropriate psychomotor skills and learned how to examine and evaluate the structure and function of the foot. As the course progressed, I had successfully achieved skills in musculoskeletal practice, nail surgery procedures, tissue viability as well as diagnosing and managing conditions relating to the high risk lower limb. I was also given the opportunity to shadow within the diabetes units at the Royal Infirmary and Western General hospitals in Edinburgh as well as carrying out nail surgery in NHS nail surgery
    clinics. This gave me the chance to learn alternative techniques from specialist clinicians. By Year Four, I had been responsible for a case load of NHS patients independently under minimal supervision and devising appropriate treatment plans. I also got to carry out a clinical audit and a group research project which was a great achievement.

    My four years as a undergraduate student at QMU was very enjoayble. Aside from the course and its opportunities, I also felt very supported by the approachable and helpful lecturers. When I decided to embark on further study recently, I saw no better place to study again than QMU. Diabetes is a huge aspect of podiatry, and after developing an interest at UG level, I am now doing the MSc Diabetes."

    Chris Kelly
    BSc (Hons) Podiatry
    "After leaving school I studied Health Sciences at the North West Regional College in Northern Ireland. I knew I wanted a rewarding and worthwhile job therefore a career in healthcare seemed ideal, however I was unsure of which health care profession to choose. I had read about podiatry and shadowed a podiatrist for my work experience at college and discovered that it was an interesting and varied career.

    I attended QMU’s open day and was very impressed with the campus, the podiatry staff and the good graduate employment rate. At this, I decided that podiatry and QMU was for me. As expected, the course got more challenging as I progressed, however it was well-structured and I appreciated the small class size. The lecturers were supportive and approachable - which is very important in a learning environment. I really enjoyed the weekly clinical placements: from Year One I got to treat patients and over the four years the complexity of the patients increased along with my clinical knowledge, skills and confidence.

    Immediately after graduation I began working in the NHS and I have also recently started working in private practice. Working as a podiatrist is exactly as I hoped it to be: I enjoy working with a variety of patients and providing them with care in a range of areas such as diabetes, wound care, biomechanics, health education and promoting self-care."

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