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Course summary

(Subject to approval) FdSc Podiatry and Lower Limb Orthotics has been developed in collaboration with local healthcare providers in response to the report by Health Education England on the future workforce for Podiatry. This Podiatry and Lower Limb Orthotics course will enable you to develop the skills and knowledge to provide a range of interventions for foot and lower limb complaints, including skin, soft tissue and nail treatments, the mechanical correction of gait and posture. You will develop diagnostic and clinical management skills which will enable you to effectively address lower limb and foot pathologies such as wound care in the high-risk foot. The programme is based on the premise that students will need to develop sound clinical judgment and informed interpretation from contemporary and robust evidence. During the foundation degree students will learn how to assess and treat people requiring podiatric care. The strong practical elements of this course will be taught in conjunction with relevant theory and background information.  Students will gradually acquire a greater depth of learning and increased competency in deadline with people, meeting their needs and deciding on the most effective treatment to offer.


Each module is worth a specified number of credits: you take a combination of compulsory (and if available optional modules) enabling you to cover key subject knowledge while developing your own interests. For full time students a total of 120 credits will be studied in each academic year. In the majority of cases this will consist of 6 modules. For part time students it will depend on the intensity of your studies. Year 1 Introduction to Professional Practice (20 credits) Clinical Practice 1 (20 credits) Foundations of Podiatric Practice (20 credits) Clinical Foundations in Orthotics (20 credits) Anatomy, Physiology and Biomechanics of the Lower Limb and Trunk (20 credits) Person Centred Approaches to Care (20 credits) Year 2 Clinical Practice 2 (40 credits) Research Based Practice in Public Health (20 credits) Podiatric Studies (20 credits) Clinical Orthotics (20 credits) Orthotic Clinical Tools (Optional - 20 credits) Podiatric Pathology (Optional - 20 credits)

Assessment method

There are two formal or summative assessed pieces of work for each module. Assessment methods can include written examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations and projects. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark. In addition to formal assessments throughout modules of study there will be developmental (formative) assessments to support you with developing greater understanding of your progress.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1

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Podiatry and Lower limb Orthotics at University Centre South Devon – South Devon College - UCAS