BSc (Hons) Podiatry

Podiatry - BSc (Hons) Degree


Key Facts

UCAS Code: B985

Place of Study: 
Llandaff Campus

Cardiff School of Sport & Health Sciences

Course Length:
Three years full-time.

Approved by:

Health and Care Profession Council

Accredited by:

Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists

Student Blog Post

A day in the life of a Cardiff Met Podiatry student.
By Natalie Pitman - BSc (Hons) Podiatry.

Course Overview

Professionally approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), our BSc (Hons) Podiatry degree programme offers 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 and therefore limited places being available which may fluctuate each year, unfortunately deferred applications cannot be considered.

Course information on this page relates to September 2019 entry.

Take a look around our Podiatry​ teaching facilities.

​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.

During the academic year 2015/16 the podiatry programme underwent periodic review, which resulted in a change in structure and delivery of course content for students joining the programme from September 2016 onwards. This new approach uses a case-led curricula and embeds technology and constructionism into applied learning.

Year One:

  • Podiatric Medicine 1
  • Musculoskeletal Studies 1
  • Professional Development 1
  • Research and Governance 1
  • Clinical Practice 1

Year Two:

  • Podiatric Medicine 2
  • Musculoskeletal Studies 2
  • Professional Development 2
  • Research and Governance 2
  • Clinical Practice 2

Year Three:

  • Podiatric Medicine 3
  • Musculoskeletal Studies 3
  • Professional Development 3
  • Research and Governance 3
  • Clinical Practice 3

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 enable 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 anatomy and physiology laboratory where technology is used to enhance the delivery of these subjects. There is also a 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 engaged 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 NHS podiatrists.

Students also visit clinics within the NHS and the independent sector thus providing the best opportunity to integrate theory with practice and come into contact with an extensive range of patients. The Centre is also involved in some new enterprise activities that involves the creation of two Associate Graduate posts for new graduates. We are also actively involved in several research projects from both a health and educational perspective. The experience and knowledge derived from such activity is disseminated into the student experience and augments the educational provision as well as future employability.


Coursework assessme​nt 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​ & How to Apply

Applicants must have five GCSEs including English Language, Mathematics* and Science at grade C or above / grade 4 or above (for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England), a recent Enhanced DBS Disclosure checkHepatitis B and tetanus vaccinations​, plus 112 points from at least 2 A levels (or equivalent).  Typical offers may include:

  • 112 points from at least 2 A levels to include grades CC, one to be in a Biological Science subject; Welsh Baccalaureate – Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate considered as a third subject

  • RQF BTEC National Extended Diploma / Cambridge Technical Extended DMM within a Biological Science subject.

  • 112 points from at least 2 Scottish Advanced Highers to include grades DD, one to be in a Biological Science subject
  • 112 points from the Irish Leaving Certificate at Highers to include 3 x H2 grades, one to be in a Biological Science subject.  Higher level subjects only considered with a minimum grade H4
  • 112 points from the Access to Higher Education Diploma within a Science subject covering sufficient Biology cont​ent 
  • Or Cardiff Metropolitan's ‘Foundation leading to BSc Health Sciences’ with a pass mark of 65% or above is obtained by the 31st August in the year of entry, and receipt of a new application through UCAS.

Applicants whose first language is not English and who have not obtained a C grade GCSE in English Language should pass IELTS with a minimum score of 6.5.

*For Welsh applicants sitting the reformed Mathematics GCSE, we will accept either GCSE Mathematics or Mathematics – Numeracy.

If you are studying combinations of the above or if your qualification isn't listed, please either contact Admissions or refer to the UCAS Course Search for entry requirements. Further information on our entry requirements, including qualifications from the EU can be found by clicking here.

You will be expected:  
a) To have arranged and undertaken your own observation of podiatrists/chiropodists at work in a clinical setting. 
b) To have a basic awareness of the scope of podiatry as a profession and of the everyday work of a podiatrist. 
c) To demonstrate enthusiasm for and commitment to podiatry as a career choice 
d) To have a basic awareness of the demands of podiatry training 

Successful applicants may be made a conditional offer of entry, which will include:  
a) Obtaining any outstanding academic requirements and/or providing proof of qualifications 
b) Eligibility and successful application for NHS Wales bursary funding for the course 
c) Satisfactory, evidenced and prompt DBS disclosure (any convictions or cautions must be approved by the course director). Further information can be found at 
d) Satisfactory occupational clearance and compliance with occupational health requirements (including immunisation against Hepatitis B). Further information can be found at

Selection Procedure and Interviews​

Admission to this programme is subject to applicants being successful at interview.

Selection for interview is based on the information submitted on the UCAS application form. Applicants who meet the entry requirements will be invited to undertake a structured interview, which is designed to assess the values of a future NHS employee. In addition, an assessment of applicants’ communication skills and their understanding of the profession will be made.

The first interview date for 2019 entry will be 26th January 2019. Early applications are encouraged in order that interview invitations can be processed effectively.​

International Applicants
Students whose first language is not English will need to provide evidence of fluency to at least an IELTS 6.5 standard or equivalent. For full details about how to apply and English Language qualifications please visit the International pages on the website.

How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made online to UCAS at For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at

Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer into year 2 & 3

If you are interested in transferring credit from another institution to study at Cardiff Met for a course which accepts entry for year 2 and/or 3, you can find further information on this and information on how to apply on the RPL page. Please contact Admissions for any queries that you have on RPL.

Mature students

A mature applicant is anyone over the age of 21 who didn't go to university after school or college. Cardiff Met welcomes applications from mature applicants and further advice and information can be found here.

NHS Bursary & Financial Support

For more information on the NHS Bursary scheme and how to apply please click here.

Contact Us

For Admissions enquiries please contact the Admissions Team on 029 2041 6044 or email:​

​For course specific enquiries, please contact the Admissions tutor, Craig Gwynne:
Tel: 029 2041 7036

Full terms and conditions in relation to accepting an offer to study at Cardiff Metropolitan University can be found by visiting