Podiatry - BSc (Hons) 

Course Overview

This is a programme of integrated theoretical and clinical studies, which is dependant on the completion of 1,000 clinical hours across levels 4, 5 and 6 of the programme. This requirement enables the new graduate to demonstrate that they have met the Standards of Proficiency necessary for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) – the UK regulator for the Health Professions.

Due to this programme being NHS funded, unfortunately deferred applications cannot be considered.

Course Content

This is a course of integrated theoretical and clinical studies through which you will, upon graduation, become eligible for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) - the UK regulator for the Health Professions.

Year One:

  • Podiatric Medicine 1
  • Musculoskeletal Studies 1
  • Medical Sciences 1
  • Professional Development 1
  • Pre-clinical Practice
  • Clinical Practice 1

Year Two:

  • Podiatric Medicine 2
  • Musculoskeletal Studies 2
  • Medical Sciences 2
  • Professional Development 2
  • Clinical Practice 2
  • Placement Practice 1
  • Podiatric Surgery 1

Year Three:

  • Podiatric Medicine 3
  • Professional Development 3
  • Clinical Practice 3
  • Podiatric Surgery 2
  • Pharmacology
  • Placement Practice 2
  • Research Project

Learning & Teaching

The programme is offered in such a way that clinical practice is developed alongside the academic delivery. This ensures that theory is always integrated with practice.

The Centre offers a wide range of learning opportunities that enabe  students to experience most of the therapeutic modalities available in podiatric practice.  The Llandaff Campus has a large clinical facility with a  gait laboratory, orthosis manufacturing laboratories and a recently established Simulation Suite where a variety of pre-clinical diagnostic and treatment skills can be developed. At the commencement of studies there is a mandatory requirement for all new students to undertake and complete an occupational health and vaccination screening programme.

The practice of podiatry is delivered both within the NHS and in the independent sector and a significant number of practitioners are either fully or partly enhaged within Private Practice. The Programme therefore aims to expose students to both areas of practice within their clinical learning experiences. Private practitioners, NHS staff  and podiatry academic staff all work within the clinical environment with students. In addition the Centre hosts NHS clinics in which NHS patients are treated by podiatry students under the supervision of  of NHS podiatrists.

Students also visit clinics within the NHS and the independent sector thus the best opportunity to integrate theory with practice and come into contact with an extensive range of patients.  The Centre is also involved in various enterprise activities and research projects.  The experience and knowledge derived from such activity is disseminated into the student experience and augments the educational provision.


Coursework assessment is used at all stages of the degree. This, together with examinations and a major project, contribute towards the end of the year results. The combined assessment of years two and three provide the degree classification.

Employability & Careers

Graduates are able to gain work in the public (NHS) and private sector (practice, industry, commerce). Currently newly qualified podiatrists have ample opportunities to gain employment with little or no delay following graduation.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have 5 GCSE passes at grades A-C to include English Language and preferably two Science subjects, a recent Enhanced DBS Disclosure check, Hepatitis B and tetanus vaccinations, and one of the following:

  • 280 points from at least 2 A Levels / Scottish Advanced Highers to include grades CC, one to be in a Science subject
  • QCF BTEC Diploma / Extended Diploma 280 points within a Science subject
  • 280 points from the Irish Leaving Certificate at Highers to include a Science subject (C2 minimum grade considered)
  • 280 points from the Welsh Baccalaureate to include grades CC at A Level or equivalent within a Science subject at grade C, Core considered as 3rd subject
  • Pass Access with 45 credits at Level 3 within a Science subject to include 15 Merits, preferably in Biology
  • Successful completion of Foundation with 65% at level 3 within a Science area
  • Qualifications equivalent to the above

Or ‘Foundation leading to BSc Health Sciences’ with a pass mark of 65% and above.

Applicants undertaking the IELTS qualification need to achieve with a score of 7.0

If your qualification isn't listed above, please refer to the UCAS website.

Entry onto this course is also subject to a satisfactory criminal records check.  More details about criminal records procedures can be found at www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/dbs.

If you do not meet the above entry requirements, the ‘Foundation leading to BSc Health Sciences’ is available one year full-time and will provide you with a relevant qualification that can be considered for progression to the degree upon successful completion. Consideration would be given to any applicant who had achieved at least 65% from their final grade. For further information about the Foundation course, please click here.

Selection Procedure:
Selection for this course is normally on the basis of an application form and, where required, a satisfactory meeting with the admissions’ tutor.

You will be expected:
a) To have observed podiatrists/chiropodists at work.
b) To agree to be immunised against Hepatitis B.

Key Facts

Approved by:
Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

UCAS Code(s): B985

Place of Study:
Cardiff School of Health Sciences
Llandaff Campus

Course Length: Three years full-time

How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made online to UCAS at www.ucas.com. For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/howtoapply.
International Applicants:
Before making an application, international students (those outside of the EU), should contact the International Office at Cardiff Met to discuss the necessary procedures in relation to studying with us. For further information visit www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/international.

Tuition Fees and Financial Support:
Tuition fees are paid by the NHS bursary scheme. For further information please visit: http://www.wales.nhs.uk/sitesplus/955/page/66809.

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Student Recruitment Team on 029 2041 6044 or email courses@cardiffmet.ac.uk

For course specific enquiries, please contact the programme leader, Glynis Brown:
Email: gpbrown@cardiffmet.ac.uk
Tel: 029 20241 6865

Come and see us
If you’d like to find out more, then why not come and see us at one of our undergraduate Open Days. To book a place, click here.

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