BSc (Hons) Podiatry

Start date(s):
13 Sep 2021
3 years
Level 6
Credit Value:
Course Code:
Study Mode:
Full Time
Attendance Type:
Campus, Work Based
Attendance Pattern:
Accredited by:
Health and Care Professions Council and The College of Podiatry
Framwellgate Moor Campus
Course costs:
£9250 per year
This programme is validated by Open University


Course details may be subject to change

Put your best foot forward and study for a career in this specialist healthcare sector. This programme will help you understand how to assess, diagnose and treat people with problems of the feet, ankles and lower limbs. You will get hands-on, practical experience in our excellent clinical facilities in Bishop Auckland and Durham and you will also work on placement in an NHS Trust to put your theoretical study into practice.

Funding available for all Podiatry students
All Podiatry students starting or continuing their course from September 2020 are eligible for an NHS learning Support Fund. This includes:
  • An annual training grant of £5000 which is non-means-tested
  • An additional regional training grant of £1000
  • Parental Support of £2,000, if you have at least one dependent child under 15 years, or under 17 years if registered with special educational needs
  • Reimbursement of excess costs incurred on practice placement for travel and temporary accommodation costs (Travel and Dual Accommodation Expenses)
  • Students experiencing financial hardship (Exceptional Support Fund).

This funding does not need to be paid back. For full details visit the NHSBSA website.


Experience Higher Education

We offer a wide range of degrees, higher apprenticeships and professional qualifications.  Find out how our flexible higher education programmes have progressed the career of our ex-students!

Podiatry apprenticeship 2015

Take a tour around our Podiatry Clinic

Our podiatry students have access to two excellent clinical facilities located in Durham and Bishop Auckland.


HE Podiatry 3

Helping the homeless this Christmas

Our Podiatry Society held a bake sale in aid of the society and the College of Podiatry’s nominated charity, Crisis.

Podiatry at Crisis PR - Dec 2016

Podiatry students put best foot forward to help the homeless

Podiatry lecturers and students volunteered to step out and help the homeless.

HE Podiatry Clinic

Podiatrists in prison

Podiatry students visited Frankland Prison to participate in a health and wellbeing day for prison staff.

Podiatry event

Health Promotion Day

Staff and students marked the 40th anniversary of The Durham School of Podiatric Medicine.

Danish podiatry visit

College welcomes Danish podiatry students

Our podiatry department hosted a group of Danish podiatry students from Tradium College, Denmark.

RVI visit

Podiatry students visit the RVI

Our Podiatry and Health & Social Care students visited the Anatomy department at the Faculty of Medical Sciences.

Podiatry students

Students take steps to launch foot care campaign

Podiatry students from New College Durham launched a campaign to educate the public about well-fitting footwear.

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Local MPs visit New College Durham

Two high profile MPs visited New College Durham to inspire Public Services students.


The aim of the programme is to enable students to develop the necessary skills to become an autonomous practitioner who is able to:
Reflect on and enhance their practice using a contemporary evidence base. These skills are introduced in the first year and developed and employed throughout the programme, ensuring the prospective registrant is aware of the fundamental necessity for continued professional development.
The teaching and learning in the School of Business, Management and Professional is underpinned by a teaching philosophy that encourages you to develop the knowledge and skills required to practice as a Podiatrist in the current health environment.

The programme aims to enable you to:
  • Demonstrate fitness for practice, in line with recognised professional standards, through the application of heightened intellectual, analytical, and problem solving skills.
  • Produce autonomous practitioners with a focus upon evidence based practice.
  • Enhance the employability and career prospects of learners, equipping graduates to meet the employment demands of inter-professional working within the NHS, and as practitioners in the private sector.
  • Develop critically reflective practitioners, who, advocating the philosophy of continual professional development, will continue to meet the requirements of the skill base of the local, regional, and national economy.


Level 4:
  • Clinical Practice
  • Human Physiology
  • Dermatology
  • Functional Anatomy
  • Research.

Level 5:
  • Clinical Practice
  • Podiatric Medicine
  • Prescriptions only Medicine
  • Musculoskeletal Pathology & Management
  • Research.

Level 6:
  • Clinical Practice
  • Issues of Ageing
  • Enhanced Practice
  • Applied Podiatric Biomechanics
  • Research.

Time commitment

Average number of hours per week

Work Placement
Assignment Feedback
Independent Learning


*Days and times of study are subject to change. Timetables are confirmed at the start of term.

Teaching & assessment

This is a full-time programme that requires you to undertake self-directed study, and work experience in our podiatry clinics. Times and days of delivery are subject to change.

The following units will be assessed using the methods detailed below:
Clinical Practice (Level 4 and 5)
  • Examination (35%)
  • OSPE (35%)
  • Portfolio (30%).

Human Physiology
  • Examination 1 (40%)
  • Examination 2 (60%).

  • Presentation (30%)
  • Examination (70%).

Functional Anatomy
  • Examination 1 (40%)
  • Examination 2 (60%).

Research (Level 4)
  • Presentation (30%)
  • Assignment (70%)

Clinical Practice (Level 5)
  • (Examination 35%
  • OSCE 35%
  • Portfolio 30%)

Podiatric Medicine
  • Presentation (30%)
  • Examination (70%).

Prescriptions only Medicine -Sale & Supply/Administration
  • Examination 1 (40%)
  • Examination 2 (40%)
  • Portfolio (20%).

Musculoskeletal Pathology & Management
  • Assignment 1 (20%)
  • Assignment 2 (80%).

Research (Level 5)
  • Assignment 1 (40%)
  • Assignment 2 (60%).

Clinical Practice (Level 6)
  • Examination (35%)
  • Viva Voce (35%)
  • Portfolio (30%).

Issues of Ageing
  • Leaflet (100%).

Enhanced Practice
  • Journal Article (100%).

Applied Podiatric Biomechanics
  • Assignment 1 (20%)
  • Assignment 2 (80%).

Research (Level 6)
  • Report (80%)
  • Presentation (20%).

You will have access to one-to-one academic support from our New College Durham Academic Support Team.

Maths and English

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Maths & English

Maths and English skills are essential for the workplace and university.

Industry links:

The programme has been designed with the needs of the local NHS Podiatry Service in mind, to ensure the programme continues to meet the requirements of a modern NHS workforce.

Guest speakers deliver sessions to further your knowledge of modules, such as applied podiatric biomechanics and clinical practice. We find this is a great way to keep content up-to-date and applicable to practice. Content typically includes a general practitioner or company representative sharing their knowledge on new and innovative products that can be used in practice.

Professional body registration:

On completion of the undergratuate programme graduates will be eligible to register with The Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) and The College of Podiatry.


At Level 4, you will visit your 'home' trust for an observational five day placement. The first visit is to the Podiatry department where you will be introduced to all aspects of working in a busy NHS Podiatry department, including the booking of appointments and the interface of admin and clinical staff.

At Level 5, you will visit your home trust for six single days. This placement will give you the opportunity to treat patients within the NHS settings. You will be supervised by an NHS clinical educator for the duration of your placement. You will also have a block week placement in your home trust at the end of the academic year.

At Level 6, you will undertake a one week block placement. During this time, you will experience specialist placements which will include nail surgery, biomechanics, wound care, domiciliary and ward visits. You will carry out patient treatments at the end of your clinical studies. You will treat band 5 patients whilst being supervised by NHS clinical educators. You will be supervised by an NHS clinical educator for the duration of your placement. You will also have a block week placement in your home trust at the end of the academic year.

You will also have a one day placement with a podiatric surgeon where you will experience a patient pre-op assessment, surgery and patient discharge.



HE Information

Regulations for validated awards of The Open University.


Podiatry clinic

BSc (Hons) Podiatry course handbook

Prepare yourself for September.


This programme will prepare you to enter straight into employment as a Podiatrist, with excellent career opportunities. You may also decide to continue studying with a masters degree.

Meet our students

Chris Scullion - Podiatry

Chris Scullion

Chris took a leap of faith to study something he was passionate about and now he is Director of his own business.

Kate Mottershead

Kate Mottershead

Kate liked the idea of getting involved in a real-working clinic. She developed the skills needed to pursue her dream career.

Hannah Dunn

Hannah Dunn

Hannah was delighted to find a podiatry course close to home. She fell in love with the facilities at our clinics.

Holly Scarth

Holly Scarth

Holly was eager to start a career in podiatry. She has secured a job with Newcastle Foot Clinic as a MSK Podiatrist.

Claire Giplin CS

Claire Gilpin

Claire always wanted to be a doctor but left school without A-Levels. Studying the podiatry degree at New College Durham has given her a stepping stone into medical school and a source of income to pay her medical degree tuition fees.

Elizabeth Fenwick-Donaldson Case Study

Elizabeth Fenwick-Donaldson

Elizabeth said she would recommend New College Durham to anyone wanting to study podiatry

Julia Turner CS

Julia Turner

Julia said she would recommend New College Durham as it does everything you need it to and more.  She is now a Podiatrist at The Sunderland Foot Clinic

Danielle Moore CS

Danielle Moore

Danielle returned to education following a break and is now working as a podiatrist for the NHS.

Linizi Passmore CS

Linzi Passmore

Linzi is currently working as a beauty therapist whilst training to become a podiatry assistant through her apprenticeship.  She is employed by Podology, a chiropody and beauty clinic in Saltburn.

Ruth Moralee CS

Ruth Moralee

Former podiatry student Ruth came to New College Durham as she wanted a change of career due to family life.  She liked the high standards of facilities such as the LRC and the off-site clinics specific to podiatry.

Darren Kennier CS

Darren Kennier

Darren qualified from New College Durham in 1994 and has worked extensively in the NHS for over 18 years, 15 of which have been in the field of Podiatric Biomechanics. 

Sarah Reel CS

Sarah Reel

BSc (Hons) Podiatry student, Sarah Reel, has found that her degree in Podiatry has taken her in some surprising directions.

Meet the lecturers

What else?

We are one of only 13 institutions in the country to offer this degree.

The College of Podiatry
The Health & Care Professions Council


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Fees and funding

Find out more about course fees and financial support for UK, EU and non-EU students, plus how to pay your fees.

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Additional Costs

You will be supplied with all clinical instruments, clinical tunics and clinical scrubs, however, you will be required to purchase smart black trousers and plain black shoes (suitable for the clinical environment).

Our Durham School of Podiatric Medicine clinics are located in Bishop Auckland - this may incur additional travel costs.
NHS placements take place in a variety of clinical sites which may incur travel costs and parking fees.

You will be invited to attend external conferences, such as the College of Podiatry annual conference - this comes with a small fee.

Interview Instructions

If your application is successful, you will be required to attend a selection event where you must:
  • Complete a piece of written work (value based).
  • Participate in a group discussion activity.
  • Attend presentations provided by the College, an NHS manager and a current podiatry student.
  • Embark on a campus tour led by Level 6 students.
  • Undertake an individual panel interview which includes either two podiatry lecturers or one podiatry lecturer and one NHS manager.

If an applicant is unable to attend the first interview date, a second date is then offered. In some circumstances a Skype interview is possible. In order to standardise this process, the panel interview is extended from 15 minutes to 45 minutes. You will also be provided with the same value-based piece of written work sent via email the week before the interview.
Further Education

Getting ready for your college interview

Find out more information about your college interview.

European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System Credits:


Entry Criteria

UCAS tariff points:
You are required to hold a minimum of the following criteria to be eligible for interview. If you do not meet the criteria, you will receive written feedback:
  • Five GCSEs (grade A-C) including English Language, maths and two science subjects.
  • Two A-Levels, or equivalent, with a minimum of 64 UCAS tariff points. Ideally, one of these qualifications will be in a science subject.
  • If no formal study at Level 3 has been achieved, within the past five years, an appropriate Access to HE qualification is required - with on overall pass rate that equates to 64 UCAS tariff points.
  • Evidence of English Language and maths at Key Skills Level 2 or above.

If you are unable to meet the above criteria, successful completion of the advanced apprenticeship in clinical healthcare support (Podiatry) at Level 3, or other similar apprenticeship routes, would be considered.

If you are an overseas student, where English in not your first language, you will be required to hold an IELTS score of 7, with no element below 6.5 in all components: Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing is required. A formative piece of written work may be requested during the application process.