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Podiatry

Entry requirements


A level

B,C,C-B,B,B

Typical offer of 112 points to include a grade C from either Biology, Human Biology, PE, Sport, Psychology, Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, Health Sciences, Anatomy, Physiology, Nutrition, Applied Science, Foot Health. Excluding General Studies. Must also have 5 GCSEs at C/4 or above including Maths, English and Science.

Considered at confirmation

Pass 45 at Level 3 to include 33 at Merit/Distinction to include 15 Level 3 units in Biology. Will need GCSE Maths and English Language alongside with C/4 or above.

Considered at confirmation

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

28

to include 5 at HL Biology. Maths and English considered within as GCSE equivalent

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H2,H2,H2,H3,H3

To include either Biology, Human Biology, PE, Sport, Psychology, Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, Health Sciences, Anatomy, Physiology, Nutrition, Applied Science, Foot Health. English and Maths considered within as GCSE equivalent.

Considered in combination

Considered in combination

Considered in combination

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDM

To including Biology units. Must also have 5 GCSEs at C/4 or above including Maths, English and Science.

Considered in combination

112 to include CC at Advanced Highers to include Biology/Human Biology, Applied Science, Sports Science, PE. Maths, English and Science considered within as GCSE equivalent

T Level

M

Accepted – preference pathways would be Health and Science. Typical offer would be a Merit overall

UCAS Tariff

104-120

Typical offer of 112 points to include any of Biology, Human Biology, PE, Sport, Psychology, Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, Health Sciences, Anatomy, Physiology, Nutrition, Applied Science, Foot Health. Excluding General Studies. Must normally have 5 GCSEs grade C/4 or above to include Mathematics, English and Science. Preference is given to applicants who have obtained these grades on application. Please note the institution may consider equivalent numeracy and literacy qualifications.

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Podiatry

Podiatrists are experts in foot and ankle health keeping people of all ages active. Choosing to become a podiatrist will give you a broad scope of practice with a scientific approach to diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of people with foot problems. A podiatry degree can launch a dynamic career and is a springboard to specialising in other areas of the profession such as sports medicine, injection therapy, independent prescribing, clinical research and podiatric surgery.

As a podiatry graduate you will be a highly skilled health professional who can work confidently with a variety of different patients in a range of settings. Six months after finishing the course 95 per cent of our graduates were in work or further study with an average salary of £22,000 according to the 2019 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey (DLHE).

* Employability rates are high within the podiatry profession with potential to work in the NHS, but also as an independent practitioner. 95 per cent of our students go on to work or study, with an average starting salary of £22,000 a year (2019 Discover Uni).

* The course has been designed, and continues to be developed, by expert educationalists, service-users and carers.

* Work-based learning is an integral part of the course and you spend 1,000 hours in clinical practice during your three years.

* Opportunities to attend vascular ward rounds at Derriford Hospital.

* Observe an independent practitioner working in the private sector.

* A Ministry of Defence placement is available for high achievers.

* Practitioners with specialist roles are invited to lecture regularly in years 2 and 3.

We feel that our course strongly benefits from having the views of our service-users in the development of new strategies and module design. This is achieved through our school forum where our service-users are invited to contribute to curriculum development and decision-making.

**Please note:** In order to successfully complete your course and be eligible to apply for a professional registration you must complete a specified number of practice placement hours along with your theoretical study. This is a requirement of the HCPC. Therefore you will only be able to take personal holidays during the specified leave periods for your course. This includes induction week where it is vital you attend ALL sessions..

Modules

In your first year, you'll learn the key concepts and theories of podiatric practice including anatomy, biomechanics, physiology and podiatric medicine. Undertake essential shared learning with other healthcare students to give you a broad perspective of multidisciplinary work and gain practice skills through supervised placements in NHS-based training clinics.

In your second year, you'll increase your knowledge of podiatric practice for children and older people. You will build your confidence and the personal skills required to work as a podiatrist in a placement setting. Learn research skills to support practice with evidence-based learning. Develop your skills in the treatment of lower-limb disorders through the application of physical and mechanical therapies, pharmacology and surgery.

In your final year, you’ll undertake patient-focused clinical practice and theory addressing contemporary health issues and complex medical cases. You will also carry out a supervised project in an area that you’re interested in. Become an autonomous practitioner by practising your professional skills in the clinical, pharmacological and surgical management of patients.

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Assessment methods

39% of assessment is by exam, 37% by coursework and 25% practical assessment

Extra funding

The Government is issuing Health Professions students on courses from 2020 a payment of at least £5,000 a year, which they will not have to pay back. A further £3,000 of funding a year is available for eligible students. Find out more about the bursary at www.gov.uk/government/news/paramedic-students-will-get-5000-support-payment-each-year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Plymouth

Department:

School of Health Professions

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

92%
high
Podiatry

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Complementary and alternative medicine

Teaching and learning

83%
Staff make the subject interesting
92%
Staff are good at explaining things
88%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
96%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

75%
Library resources
75%
IT resources
75%
Course specific equipment and facilities
67%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

89%
UK students
11%
International students
29%
Male students
71%
Female students
24%
2:1 or above
11%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
D
E

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Anatomy, physiology & pathology

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£22,000
med
Average annual salary
94%
low
Employed or in further education
81%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

37%
Therapy professionals
16%
Health professionals
8%
Natural and social science professionals

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Allied health

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£22k

£22k

£25k

£25k

£27k

£27k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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