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BSc (Hons) Podiatry

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Course overview

Start date

September 2018

Subject area

Healthcare

Attendance

Full-time

Learning

On campus

Course summary

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

On graduating, you’ll be a qualified healthcare professional making your own clinical decisions. You’ll 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’ll be taught about anatomy, physiology and pathology, and how the body reacts to illness and injury –with a special focus on feet 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 after Christmas of your first year in our on-site Clinical Education Centre. You’ll also undertake clinical placements within National Health Service clinics across London and the east of England.

Our annual course intake is restricted to just 45 students, so you’ll benefit from an excellent staff-to-student ratio.

UCAS points

120

Course options

Degree

UCAS code

B330

Contact us

If you have any questions, talk to a member of our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0) 20 8223 3333 or email study@uel.ac.uk.

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100%

Overall student satisfaction

reported in the 2017 National Students Survey (NSS)

90%

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

Unique

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

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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.

To apply visit gov.uk/student-finance

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 £12,382.

To apply visit gov.uk/student-finance

Supplementary Grants

The government also offer the following additional support:

-          Parent’s Learning Allowance

-          Adult Dependants' Grant

-          Childcare Grant

-          Disabled Students’ Allowance

For further information visit gov.uk/student-finance

We appreciate that finance is one of the key considerations when you're applying to university. That's why alongside your Government loan, you can apply for scholarships to help towards your finances. We've invested over £2 million worth of scholarships to financially assist new students, starting in September 2018. If you're awarded a scholarship you don't need to pay it back.

All students will receive:

 Ebooks

Bursaries Schemes for which you can apply

Care Leaver and Foyer Bursary - up to £1,500

Progression Bursary - up to £2,000

Engagement Bursary - up to £2,000

Hardship Bursary - up to £2,000

Helena Kennedy Foundation - £1,500

Going Global – awards range from £300 - £700

Scholarships Schemes for which you can apply

Vice Chancellor Scholarship - up to £27,750 over three years

Dean Scholarship - up to £13,500 over three years

Civic Engagement Scholarship - £1,000

EU Scholarship (EU Only) - £1,000

ELSEF Scholarsip - £1,000

UTC Scholarship - £1,500

Sports Scholarships - up to £6,000

Team UEL Scholarship - £1,000


From 1st August 2017, new students in England on nursing, midwifery and most allied health professional (AHP) pre-registration courses (courses which lead on to registration with the NMC or HCPC) will have access to the standard student support package of tuition fee loans and support for living costs, rather than getting a NHS bursary.

This change affects a wide range of courses that lead to professional registration such as:

  • Nursing (all four pre-registration fields: adult, child, mental health, learning disability)
  • Physiotherapy
  • Podiatry

Please note that these courses can attract second set of loans even if you have have completed a first degree.

For more information, visit gov.uk/student finance

Healthcare students who start one of the following pre-registration courses in England on or after 1st August 2017 may be entitled to apply for the New NHS Learning Support Fund.

BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy
BSc (Hons) Podiatry
BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult)

This Learning Support Fund contains 3 elements of support for:

•    Students with at least one dependent child (Child Dependants Allowance)
•    Travel and Dual Accommodation Expenses for a placement
•    Students experiencing extreme financial hardship (Exceptional Support Fund)

Applications will be open November 2018

To apply please visit the Learning Support Fund

There are a number of external organisations that offer financial help to
students. Please see the 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.

Bank Of England Scholarship Programme

European Funding Guide

The Student Disability Association Fund

Sir John Cass’s Foundation

The Leverhulme Trade Charities Trust

The Newby Trust

Walcot Foundation

Scholarships Search

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate your finances while you're 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.

Email: study@uel.ac.uk

Phone: 020 8223 4444

Tuition fees
UK
£9,250
You don't need to pay this up front
Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

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.

To apply visit gov.uk/student-finance

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 £12,382.

To apply visit gov.uk/student-finance

Supplementary Grants

The government also offer the following additional support:

-          Parent’s Learning Allowance

-          Adult Dependants' Grant

-          Childcare Grant

-          Disabled Students’ Allowance

For further information visit gov.uk/student-finance

We appreciate that finance is one of the key considerations when you're applying to university. That's why alongside your Government loan, you can apply for scholarships to help towards your finances. We've invested over £2 million worth of scholarships to financially assist new students, starting in September 2018. If you're awarded a scholarship you don't need to pay it back.

All students will receive:

 Ebooks

Bursaries Schemes for which you can apply

Care Leaver and Foyer Bursary - up to £1,500

Progression Bursary - up to £2,000

Engagement Bursary - up to £2,000

Hardship Bursary - up to £2,000

Helena Kennedy Foundation - £1,500

Going Global – awards range from £300 - £700

Scholarships Schemes for which you can apply

Vice Chancellor Scholarship - up to £27,750 over three years

Dean Scholarship - up to £13,500 over three years

Civic Engagement Scholarship - £1,000

EU Scholarship (EU Only) - £1,000

ELSEF Scholarsip - £1,000

UTC Scholarship - £1,500

Sports Scholarships - up to £6,000

Team UEL Scholarship - £1,000


From 1st August 2017, new students in England on nursing, midwifery and most allied health professional (AHP) pre-registration courses (courses which lead on to registration with the NMC or HCPC) will have access to the standard student support package of tuition fee loans and support for living costs, rather than getting a NHS bursary.

This change affects a wide range of courses that lead to professional registration such as:

  • Nursing (all four pre-registration fields: adult, child, mental health, learning disability)
  • Physiotherapy
  • Podiatry

Please note that these courses can attract second set of loans even if you have have completed a first degree.

For more information, visit gov.uk/student finance

Healthcare students who start one of the following pre-registration courses in England on or after 1st August 2017 may be entitled to apply for the New NHS Learning Support Fund.

BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy
BSc (Hons) Podiatry
BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult)

This Learning Support Fund contains 3 elements of support for:

•    Students with at least one dependent child (Child Dependants Allowance)
•    Travel and Dual Accommodation Expenses for a placement
•    Students experiencing extreme financial hardship (Exceptional Support Fund)

Applications will be open November 2018

To apply please visit the Learning Support Fund

There are a number of external organisations that offer financial help to
students. Please see the 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.

Bank Of England Scholarship Programme

European Funding Guide

The Student Disability Association Fund

Sir John Cass’s Foundation

The Leverhulme Trade Charities Trust

The Newby Trust

Walcot Foundation

Scholarships Search

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate your finances while you're 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.

Email: study@uel.ac.uk

Phone: 020 8223 4444

Tuition fees
EU
£9,250
You don't need to pay this up front
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 £4,000.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 study@uel.ac.uk

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.

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 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 (www.uel.ac.uk/isa) for more information at the time of preparing your visa application.

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

Email: international@uel.ac.uk

Tuition fees
International
£11,880
Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

Entry requirements

120

New UCAS Points

From
A Level
 Including passes at A2 in at least three subjects. Must include one subject in Maths/PE/Biology/Chemistry/Physics with minimum Grade B
From
Btec
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (Science) or Health and Social Care (DDM)
From
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.

INTERNATIONAL

(Including European Union)

We accept a range of qualifications from across the world. Please see our country pages for information on specific entry requirements for your country.

If you don’t quite meet the academic requirements for this course, you can apply with an additional foundation year. Read more about the International Foundation Programme.

SEE YOUR COUNTRY

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

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. Please click here for details.

What you'll learn

This three-year course gives you the scientific knowledge you’ll need to qualify as a podiatrist as well as showing you how taking the appropriate action can prevent 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’ll concentrate on complex cases and the decision-making that underlies management planning.

You’ll 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 such as Kings College Diabetic Unit and the Royal Free vascular clinic, which will allow you to put your learning into context.

We’ll teach you how to undertake nail surgery using local anesthetic 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’ll achieve through working at our in-house clinic and at outside placements will make you highly employable on graduation.

In fact, 80 per cent of our graduates end up in a clinical position within six months of graduating. 

What you'll study and when

Applied Healthcare Science (core)
Clinical Podiatry Practice 1 (core)
Foundations to Practice (core)
Human Body – Locomotor 1 (core)
Human Gait Studies  (core)

Applied Musculoskeletal Podiatry (core)
Clinical Podiatry Practice 2 (core)
Health Sciences and Pharmacology (core) 
Practice-based Learning 1 (core)
Research Methods (core)


High Risk and Musculoskeletal practice (core)
Clinical Podiatry Practice 3 (core)
Practice-based Learning 3 (core)
Process and Conduct of Research (core)
Social Enterprise and Professional Practice (core)

How you'll be assessed

We’ll assess you with a mixture of coursework and exams. Coursework includes essays, 
research reports, group and seminar presentations and a final-year project. Most of the assessment in your first year is by coursework and we’ll give you as much feedback as possible.


The balance of coursework and exams in year two will depend on your optional choices. 
In your third year, half of your assessment will be based on research coursework and a work 
placement.

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’ll also visit London hospitals specialising in related areas such as diabetes, podopaedeatrics, vascular disease and rheumatology.

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 and ankle supports.

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


With such a small, intimate annual intake, you’ll receive fantastic support from all our staff. We’ll also help with the placements needed to complete your 1,000 hours of clinical practice.

We’ll work you hard. 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 Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists and registration with the Health and Care Professions Council.

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’d 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. You could even become a forensic podiatrist, examining footprints in criminal investigations.  

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

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