University of Buckingham

Degree level: Undergraduate

Podiatric Medicine

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Course summary

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  • Our award-winning small class tutorials ensure every student is known by name and supported throughout their studies, including by dedicated personal tutors.
Our BSc in Podiatric Medicine is the only accelerated two-year full-time undergraduate programme leading to a professional and academic qualification in podiatric medicine.. As a podiatrist, our graduates will work as independent clinicians who will identify and analyse complex health problems linked to the foot and lower limbs and develop preventive and corrective solutions to these problems. The course has wide-ranging career opportunities which include addressing biomechanical and developmental issues in children, aiding and facilitating elderly mobility, treating chronic conditions such as diabetes and arthritis that directly impact the foot and lower limbs and treating and managing lower extremity sports and fitness injuries. The course introduces, in a defined manner, inter-professional learning in both academic and clinical modules. It has, as its central focus, the integration of theory with clinical practice with opportunities for inter-professional learning with other health care professionals to provide a comprehensive, excellent, academic and clinical teaching programme with integration of theory into the clinical practice setting. The clinical placements will span the spectrum of podiatric medicine with experience with patients from various medical / surgical disciplines to ensure a high level of quality practice education for students. The University of Buckingham BSc (Hons) Podiatric Medicine programme is accredited by The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Key benefits
  • Our programme introduces its students through clinical skills, patient contact and theoretical training to be adaptable and prepared for an ever changing healthcare, industrial or commercial environment.
  • Our teaching strategy promotes student centred learning with a focus on small tutorials and workshops rather than large lecture based programmes.
  • It costs the same in tuition fees as other 3 year BSc. Programmes. In fact on average there is a saving of around £12000 living costs when studying an accelerated programme.
  • On average 96% of graduates are in employment within 6 months of obtaining their degree.
  • Academic and NHS clinicians work side by side in our state of the art clinical facility to deliver a comprehensive clinical programme that mirrors the requirements of the modern healthcare environment.
  • Our programme provides over 1000 hours of high-quality clinical placements alongside our NHS partners that span the spectrum of podiatric medicine within the public and private sectors.
  • The clinical teaching programme involves experience with patients from various medical/ surgical disciplines; this ensures a high level of quality practice education for students.
  • The course offers wide-ranging specialist opportunities which include addressing biomechanical and developmental issues in children, aiding and facilitating elderly mobility, treating chronic conditions such as diabetes, peripheral arterial disease and arthritis that directly impact the foot and lower limbs and treating and managing lower extremity sports and fitness injuries.
  • We believe our graduates are better prepared for further study. Students who can complete a 3 year course in just 2 years have already demonstrated the ability to work under pressure and complete tasks to a high standard within a set timeframe.
  • When in employment, employees do not get a long summer break and neither do our students. This informs prospective employers that our graduates are already accustomed to the demands of the workplace which enables our graduates to stand out from the crowd.

Course details


Level 4 (September – March) Podiatric Dermatology Podiatric Medicine 1 (Introduction and orientation to clinical placements) Applied anatomy and physiology Lower Limb Kinetics and Kinematics Podiatric Medicine 2 (In house block placement) Level 5 (April – December) Musculoskeletal assessment Medicine and pathophysiology Health and Behaviour Pharmacology (POM-S) Musculoskeletal diagnosis & management Podiatric Medicine 3 (Assessment and diagnosis of the complex patient in practice) Podiatric Medicine 3 (Block placement) Level 6 (January – September) Evidence based practice Local Anaesthesia and Surgery (POM-A) Research Methods and Design Leadership and innovation in practice Research dissertation Podiatric Medicine 4 (Management of the complex patient in practice) Podiatric Medicine 4 (Block placement)

Assessment method

The assessment strategy utilises a range of methods designed to meet both the programme and modular learning outcomes. ‘Assessment for learning’ (rather than ‘examination of learning’) is the core concept for teaching and learning at all levels in our programme level. This 2 year accelerated podiatry programme introduces synoptic assessment for learning as the primary summative outcome assessment strategy, which encourages each student to better understand the connections between the interrelated modules and subject areas within each academic level (across one or more terms). Assessment Types Synoptic assessments Written examinations Clinical focused examinations: Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) Objective Structured Practical Examination (OSPE) Personal Development Portfolio Clinical assessment Individual/ group presentations Viva Non-synoptic assessments Written Assignments Essay Individual Project Pre-Clinical OSCE/ OSPE

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Health and Care Professions Council

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

How to apply

You can no longer submit a new application for courses starting in 2022.

If you already have a 2022 application and are in Clearing, you can add this course as a Clearing choice – contact the university or college first to check they have places.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

If English is not your first language we will ask you to obtain a recognised qualification. The required IELTS level for this course is 7.0 (with a minimum of 6.5 in each category). The required CAE average score is 191, with a minimum of 185 in each paper.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £45541 Whole course
EU £45541 Whole course
England £30361 Whole course
Northern Ireland £30361 Whole course
Scotland £30361 Whole course
Wales £30361 Whole course
Channel Islands £45541 Whole course
International £45541 Whole course

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Podiatric Medicine at University of Buckingham - UCAS