Patients who have problems with their feet or lower limbs need expert care and attention. Podiatrists are independent highly skilled professionals, able to both diagnose and treat problems affecting the feet and lower limbs. We aim to develop creative, innovative and skilled podiatric practitioners with a communicative and caring attitude towards patients. You will gain practical experience in the clinical environment, observing and working alongside skilled and experienced and world-renowned researchers. This course is approved by the UK College of Podiatry and the UK Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). It is the only podiatry course in the UK to offer an HCPC-approved international academic exchange. This is with La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia. YOUR CAREER As well as working within the NHS, you could make a career in the private sector - from high street retailers to sports medicine centres or running your own business. GCU graduates have also gone on to pursue research activities, entered the world of health-related commerce or further developed their skills to become podiatric surgeons. WHAT YOU WILL STUDY Year 1 Anatomy and Function, Introduction to Podiatric Pathology and Assessment Skills, Fundamentals of Human Physiology, Preparation for Professional Practice, Introduction to Podiatric Practice including a three week summer placement. Year 2 Individuals, Teams and Communities, Medicine and Pathophysiology for Podiatrists, Methodology and Research for Effective Practice, Musculoskeletal Structure and Pathology, Podiatric Practice 2, Surgery and Medicines for Administration Year 3 Evidence Based Musculoskeletal Injury and Rehabilitation, High Risk Foot and Limb, Podiatric Pharmacology and POM-S, Podiatric Practice 3, Understanding Professional Teams and Leadership Year 4 Contemporary Podiatric Practice, Into Employment, Podiatric Practice 4, Honours Project TEACHING METHODS The learning and teaching methods we use ensure that our programme is both vocationally relevant and academically challenging. Our approach is student-centred, practical, participative and relevant to the needs of employers. We've moved away from the traditional teacher-centric learning to a more independent learning approach, where you are encouraged to develop critical thinking skills. Professional accreditation This programme is approved by the UK College of Podiatry and the UK Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC).
We use a wide range of learning and teaching methods to ensure that you have both the necessary knowledge and understanding of business and management and a portfolio of intellectual and personal skills. Each module on the programme uses its own learning, teaching and assessment strategy to achieve learning objectives. Assessment methods vary between modules and may include unseen examinations, class tests, essays, management reports, case studies, presentations, and group work.
Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.
- Health and Care Professions Council
How to apply
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
Standard Qualification Requirements
Additional Applicants should demonstrate an understanding of the course and have relevant work/shadowing experience.
Minimum Qualification Requirements
Additional entry requirements
Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)
To be arranged by the University
All Applicants must be 17 by 31st December 2023 All admission offers are subject to an applicant successfully undergoing screening in relation to Occupational Health and Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG), and all students will require liability insurance and that this can be gained, at no cost, through student membership of the College of Podiatry If in doubt, applicants are advised to consult with the admissions tutor for advice. Students are advised to obtain Hepatitis B, BCG and MMR vaccinations. The school immunisation policy is advised by Health Protection Scotland, and students who refuse vaccinations may be deemed fit for practice with restrictions, and may not be able to undertake certain placements. Restrictions applied to practice will be documented in the students' practice placement passport.
English language requirements
|IELTS (Academic)||7||IELTS of overall 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each element|
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Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250||Year 1|
|Republic of Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
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