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BSc (Hons) Podiatry

Course overview

Start date

September 2021

Subject area





On campus, dual delivery

Course summary

Podiatrists study the structure and function of the whole body and specialise in the foot, ankle and lower limb.

On graduating, you will be a qualified healthcare professional making your own clinical decisions. You will be ready to work alone or as part of a multi-disciplinary team to deliver preventative care, diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of problems affecting the lower limb.

You will be taught about anatomy, physiology and pathology, and how the body reacts to illness and injury but always with a special focus on foot and lower limb problems.

One of the distinctive features of this course is the vast amount of practical experience it gives you. Under supervision, you’ll start seeing patients at the start of the second term of your first year in our on-site Clinical Education Centre. You will also undertake clinical placements within National Health Service clinics across London and the east of England, beginning towards the end of your first year. 

And what can you do with a Podiatry degree? Read 'I See The Difference' and the College of Podiatry for more information.

Applicants are required to complete an enhanced occupational health assessment to ensure that you are occupationally fit to work in the health and social care setting and complete an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Services check. 

Please see entry requirements below for more details.

UCAS points


Course options


UCAS code


£5,000 training grant available now

£5,000 training grant available - All degree-level Nursing and Allied Health students on courses starting in September 2020 will receive a payment of at least £5,000 a year from the government, provided they are normally eligible for a Student Loan. For further information visit the website or contact Student Finance England.

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Foundation Year

Find out more about our flexible Bioscience and Health Foundation pathways.


in London

Top modern university in London for teaching on my course (Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology, NSS, 2018)


of graduates in work or further study. (UNISTATS, 2017)


We’re the only university in the capital that offers an undergraduate BSc Honours course in Podiatry.


Daud Abdirahman

Podiatry, BSc (Hons)

The Podiatry course at UEL enabled me to get my dream job before graduating! Treating NHS patients in UEL's equipped clinic allowed me to gain an insight of podiatry in the real world. My clinical skills and NHS values were further enhanced during various block placements undertaken in London as part of podiatry teams. UEL is the perfect place to start a career in podiatry, it opens a world of opportunities for you.

Fees and funding

Tuition Fee Loan

You can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees, which will be paid directly to UEL. There are no up-front fees required. Repayment only starts after you finish your course and are earning over £25,000. If you haven’t finished repaying your loan after 30 years it will be automatically cancelled.

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Maintenance Loan

You can apply for a loan to help with living costs such as food, travel and accommodation. How much you can borrow depends on where you live and study, and whether you are currently on welfare benefits. The maximum loan you can apply for is £12,729.

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Supplementary Grants

The government also offer the following additional support:

-          Parents' Learning Allowance

-          Adult Dependants' Grant

-          Childcare Grant

-          Disabled Students’ Allowance

-          All nursing and many allied health students on courses from September 2020 will receive a payment of at least £5,000 a year from the government.

For further information visit or contact Student Finance England.

We appreciate that finance is one of the key considerations when you are applying to university. That's why alongside your Government loan, you can apply for scholarships to help towards your finances. We have invested over £2 million worth of scholarships to financially assist new students, starting in September 2019. If you are awarded a scholarship you don't need to pay it back.

All students will receive:


Bursaries Schemes for which you can apply

Scholarships Schemes for which you can apply


There are a number of external organisations that offer financial help to
students. Please see the list below list to view additional support options.
Alternatively, you can visit the Scholarship Search website.

Please note that the University of East London is not responsible for
the content of these external sites and is not associated in any way
with the funding schemes and their application processes.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate your finances while you are a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.


Phone: 020 8223 4444


Tuition fees

You don't need to pay this up front.

EU, EEA and Swiss Nationals starting a course in September 2021, will no longer be eligible for Home fees. However, such nationals benefitting from Settled Status or Citizens' Rights may become eligible for Home fees as and when the UK Government confirms any new fees regulations.  Further information can be found at UKCISA.

Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

At UEL, we understand that studying in another country is a big financial commitment. If you apply early for an undergraduate, you may be entitled to a scholarship of up to £3,000.You can find out more about the international scholarships here.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) also run an Emergency International Fund to assist international students in hardship.

You can contact our SMART team on 02082233333 or

As part of the Tier 4 student visa requirements, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) estimate that you will need £1,265* per month to cover your living costs. It includes expenses for accommodation, food and drink, travel within London, text books, entertainment, clothing, toiletries and laundry. Most Tier 4 students are required to show they have sufficient funds to cover the first nine months of the course before they start- a total of £11,385- in addition to the tuition fees. You can find more information about the specific requirements of the Tier 4 student visa here. The amount that you will spend can vary depending on your lifestyle. The UKCISA International Student Calculator can help you plan and manage your money. Please make sure you also factor in the fees for the visa application and immigration health surcharge when budgeting.

* Please note the Immigration Rules are subject to change and this figure is likely to be increased by UKVI year on year. Please therefore check our ISA pages for more information at the time of preparing your visa application.

Deposits and paying by instalments

International students are required to pay a deposit prior to being issued a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).

Your remaining balance will be paid in five monthly instalments over your first term. The first of these instalments must be paid when completing your enrolment on arrival at UEL. Please follow the payment instructions here

After the required payment has been made, you will be asked to complete the online International Student Reply Form to confirm your acceptance of our offer and of our terms of admittance and fees policy.

Our International team at UEL are available for advice and guidance on studying in London, fees, scholarships and visa requirements.


Tuition fees

EU, EEA and Swiss Nationals starting a course in September 2021, will no longer be eligible for Home fees. However, such nationals benefitting from Settled Status or Citizens' Rights may become eligible for Home fees as and when the UK Government confirms any new fees regulations.  Further information can be found at UKCISA.

Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

Entry requirements


New UCAS Points

A Level
 Including passes at A2 in at least three subjects. Must include one subject in Biology/Chemistry/Physics/PE/Psychology with minimum Grade B
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (Science) or Health and Social Care (DDM)
International Baccalaureate
Diploma with 28 points including a minimum of 15 points at Higher Level, must include Biology and Chemistry at Higher Level
We would normally expect you to have Grade C in GCSE English and Maths. All suitable applicants are required to attend an interview and will be required to pass a literacy and numeracy test.


(Including European Union)


Access to HE Diploma (QAA approved) with 60 credits overall and 45 credits at Level 3 - all Distinctions and must include Biology or Chemistry at Level 3

Students who have applied to study healthcare programmes are required to obtain Occupational Health clearance. This is to ensure that you are fit for all aspects of the course, and also to protect the public who may be affected by your placement activities. As a healthcare student, you must comply with Department of Health guidelines on immunisations, vaccinations and screening required to protect you and your patients during the course of your work. In order to undertake placement activities you will be required to be vaccinated for some infectious diseases if you do not already have immunity to them. During your course you will be given the opportunity to be screened and given any relevant vaccinations at no cost to you the student. Without appropriate immunity or vaccinations your place on the course may be at risk.

Applicants are required to complete an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check for Regulated Activity.

As you will have close contact with children and/or vulnerable adults on the this course, you will be required to have a satisfactory Disclosure & Barring Service Enhanced Disclosure certificate.

You need to complete this process prior to starting the course. Failure to complete this process will impact you going on placement as part of the course.

Further information is available here


Overall IELTS 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in Writing, Speaking, Reading and Listening (or recognised equivalent).

If you do not meet the academic English language requirements for your course, you may be eligible to enrol onto a pre-sessional English programme. The length of the course will depend on your current level of English and the requirements for your degree programme. We offer a 5-week and an 11-week pre-sessional course. Find out more here.

Level 2 equivalences such as Level 2 Functional Skills in English / Maths, Level 2 Key Skills in Communication / Application of Number and Level 2 Adult Literacy / Adult Numeracy

You can speak to a member of our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0)20 8223 3333, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. Alternatively, you can visit our Information, Advice and Guidance centre.

What you'll learn

This three year course gives you the scientific knowledge you will need to qualify as a podiatrist as well as showing you how taking the appropriate action can prevent foot-related disease and disability.

Your first year concentrates on the normal working of the body and the main core skills of podiatry. In year two you’ll gain an understanding of the common pathologies affecting the foot and lower limb and how to manage them. In year three, you will concentrate on complex cases and the decision-making that underlies management planning.

You will learn about the important diseases that can affect the foot, such as diabetes mellitus and rheumatoid arthritis. You’ll have the chance to engage with specialist clinics via your placement experiences, which will allow you to put your learning into context.

We will teach you how to undertake nail surgery using local anaesthetic so you can competently carry out these procedures upon graduation and also give you the chance to observe podiatric surgeons at work. Many of our students’ study for postgraduate qualifications to become podiatric surgeons.

The 1,000 hours of clinical practice you will achieve through working at our in-house clinic and at outside placements will make you highly employable on graduation.

In fact, 90 per cent of our graduates end up in a clinical position within six months of graduating. 

The approximate amount of hours for this course are:

Year 1: scheduled teaching – 445 hours; guided independent study – 650 hours; clinical placement – 105 hours
Year 2: scheduled teaching – 352 hours; guided independent study – 514 hours; clinical placement – 350 hours
Year 3: scheduled teaching – 186 hours; guided independent study – 666 hours; clinical placement – 420 hours

What you'll study and when

We consistently review our courses to ensure we are up-to-date with industry changes and requirements from our graduates. As a result, our modules are subject to change.

  • Podiatric Practice 1 (core)
  • Podiatric Anatomy and Physiology 1 (core)
  • Podiatric Pathology (core)
  • Professional Practice - Mental Wealth (core)
  • Practice based learning 1 (core)
  • Podiatric Anatomy and Physiology 2 (core)
  • Podiatric practice 2(core)
  • Podiatric pathology 2(core)
  • Practice based learning 2 (core) 
  • Research Methods (core)
  • Podiatric pharmacology (core)
  • Musculoskeletal Podiatry (core)
  • Research governance and leadership   (core)
  • Podiatric Practice 3 (core)
  • Practice-based Learning 3 (core)
  • Complex Patients 1 (core)
  • Complex Patients 2 (core)
  • Practice based learning 4 (core)


How you'll be assessed

The module assessments have been designed to be inclusive and enable you to demonstrate the learning outcomes for each module and cumulatively the overall programme learning outcomes. A wide variety of assessment strategies will be used in order to promote your learning, including practical OSCEs, vivas, coursework, online assessments and presentations. As this is a professional clinical course, the emphasis is on face-face assessments.

Year 1: Coursework 67%; Practical / oral exam 33%
Year 2: Clinical Placement 17%; Coursework 33%; Written exam 28%; Practical / oral exam 22%
Year 3: Clinical Placement 33%; Coursework 30%; Practical / oral exam 37%

You’ll always receive detailed feedback outlining your strengths and how you can improve. We aim to provide feedback on assessments within 15 working days.

Course specification

How you'll learn

We’re known for our ‘learning by doing’ approach rather than teaching you by lectures and seminars alone. That means you’ll have access to practical experience from early on in your course, giving you the chance to learn at first hand from NHS clinicians. You will also have opportunities to visit London hospitals specialising in related areas such as diabetes, podopaediatrics and vascular disease.

You’ll enjoy superb facilities at our Stratford campus. Our on-site clinic is purpose-built and has its own nail surgery suite. There’s also a gait analysis and human motor performance lab and an orthotics manufacturing lab, making external devices such as insoles.

You will be encouraged to solve problems, reflect on the different treatment options open to you and to take responsibility for your own learning.

You will work closely with the podiatry teaching team, benefitting from an excellent staff-to-student ratio. All our staff will offer fantastic support and we will facilitate the placements needed to complete your 1,000 hours of clinical practice.

You will work hard while on this course. You can expect to work a nine-to-five day, five days a week during placements. That’s exactly why our graduates are so highly sought after.

After graduating, you can apply for full membership of the College of Podiatry and registration with the Health and Care Professions Council.

Who will teach on this course

Charlotte Vannet

The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.

Your future career

The ultimate aim of the course is to prepare you for a career in podiatry as a qualified healthcare professional making your own clinical decisions.

We’ve designed the course to reflect the employment opportunities open to qualified podiatrists and to make sure your degree gives you a head start in the job market. Many of our students have landed jobs in the same organisations where they undertook clinical placements.

One of the advantages of a degree in podiatry is the career choice available to you when you graduate. You could go on to work within the NHS or in private practice.

If you choose the NHS route, in a fairly typical career progression you would move from entry-level podiatrist to specialist podiatrist and then to team leader.

Alternatively, you might find yourself working in a retail outlet or private hospital or even abroad. Some of our graduates go on to pursue careers in research and lecturing. A podiatrist’s scope of practice is broad and there are many exciting career opportunities to investigate including some very specialist posts such as a forensic podiatrist, examining footprints in criminal investigations; working as part of multidisciplinary teams with vascular specialists or in joint clinics with other allied health professionals, such as physios or occupational therapists.

Whatever direction you choose, you will be in a great position to find employment. With relatively few UK universities offering undergraduate podiatry courses, you will find yourself among an elite group of practitioners.

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal

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