Frequently Asked Questions 

The answers to some frequently asked questions.

What are the entry requirements:

Q. What qualifications do I need to apply for the course?
A. The entry for our course is 280 points which should include a grade B and C at 'A' level, preferably in science related subject areas. Applicants would be required to meet this with equivalent scores in Scottish Highers, Irish Leaving Certificate, AGNVQ or other qualifications.

Q. Should I have watched a podiatrist at work before I embark on the course.
A. It is a good idea to have observed the work involved in Podiatry. This will mean that you gain insight into the job. The Centre offers short visits for people who are unable to find a place to visit. There are also, open days which you may attend.

Q. Will I be considered for entry if I have experience in a parallel profession?
A. All applications are dealt with on an individual basis. Where commonalities exist between professions i.e. nursing we do request evidence of recent training or a period of recent study to support entry to the course.

Q. Will I be considered for entry if I already have a degree?
A. Yes, career change is a part of life long learning and mature entry often approximates 40% of each cohort. (Mature defined as 21+ years).

Q. Will I be considered if I have a learning disability?
A. Yes, UWIC operates an equal opportunities policy. Learning disabilities must be professionally assessed and reported to the programme leader, provision will then be made to facilitate optimum learning opportunities for the level of that disability as well as additional time allocation for examinations.

Q. I am applying as an International student, who should I speak to?
A. International Office at UWIC will be able to deal with your enquiries. You may be required to apply through UCAS, undertake a telephone interview or demonstrate / evidence a proficiency in the use of the English language (to the level of IELTS 7.0). International Office will also be able to provide information and advice on fees and accommodation.

Q. As an international student ‘how much will it cost’?
A. The tuition fees for International students may be found at:    
http://www.uwic.ac.uk/international

Are additional provisions made for International Students?

Overseas students are welcomed separately by International Office and an airport welcome can be arranged. The international office will be able to help and advise you.

Q. I am from a European, how will I be viewed in terms of funding?
A. If you are from an EC country you will be viewed on the same basis as a home student, if you are from a non-member country you will be viewed as an international student

Q. I have a family to consider, what is the average weekly commitment for the course?
A. We generally advise that you make 9:00-5:00 provision for course attendance. The timetable will vary throughout the year and study blocks are factored in. This time might be used for home study or to take advantage of the university library resources.

Q. Will I be able to continue working whilst I am on the course?
A. This is not advisable, the private study required for assignment purposes will be time-consuming and demanding.

Q. How many students do you take each year?
A. We currently have an allocation of 28 means tested bursary funded places from the Wales Assembly Government (2009-10). This is subject to review and variation annually. Our annual intake normally exceeds this due to overseas applicants and self funding home students, the average intake is normally around 30 students.

Q. Will I qualify for a bursary?
A. All applications for bursary funding and entitlements should be directed to the Student Awards Unit of the National Assembly for Wales. There are additional entitlements for mature students and those with dependants.

Q. Will I be considered for a bursary if I have previously received an LEA grant for another course?
A. Yes

Prior to Joining the course:

Q. Will I be required to have a medical?
A. You will be assessed, prior to enrolment on the course, by our Occupational Health team who will advise you on the mandatory requirement of the programme in respect of Hepatitis B, Tuberculosis and Tetanus vaccinations.

Q. Will I need a criminal record check?
A. Yes, the nature of your work will involve contact with vulnerable adults and children therefore, you will be required to initiate an enhanced disclosure through the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB). International and EU students are required to obtain this information, from their country of origin, prior to enrolment.

Q. Will I need to bring my qualification certificates with me to enrol on the course?
A. Yes, we will need to see those certificates in support of meeting the conditions of your offer, prior to enrolment.

About the course:

Q. Who is the validating body for the degree?
A. The B.Sc (Hons) Podiatry is awarded by the University of Wales, a well recognized awarding body.

Q. What is the duration of the course?
A. The course is a 3 year full time modular programme.

Q. If I fail a module will I be able to trail the failed module into the next year of study?
A. No, each year must be passed in its entirety for progression.

Q. Is the course offered on a part-time basis?
A. Currently ‘no’ however, we are considering designing a part time route, details of which will be posted as this develops.

Q. How much patient contact will I have during the course?
A. You are required to complete 1,000 hours of patient contact throughout the 3 years of the course. The patient based clinical contact starts in the 2nd term of year 1 and is designed to develop your expertise with different patient types as you proceed to the final level.

Q. Where will the practical component take place?
A. We have a large on-site facility which is supplemented in years 2 and 3 by placements within the NHS. These are one day placements over a specified number of weeks and take place in a variety of approved NHS and private practice settings.

Q. How do I find out about accommodation?
A. You can find out the cost and terms and conditions of accommodation by contacting - accomm@uwic.ac.uk

Q. Is it possible to gain exemptions or accelerated entry to the course?
A. No, all students must complete all components. We may allow the transfer of students between centres in years 1 and 2. However, this would be subject to sufficient similarities between courses and a favourable report.

Q. Will the course incur additional costs?
A. Yes, you will be required to purchase clinical garments and some small items: scissors, tractograph and of course recommended books.

Q. What if my question still has not been answered?
A. You may contact Jeff Evans on e-mail at jevans@uwic.ac.uk  or  telephone number 029 2041 6859

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