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.
- Podiatric Medicine 1
- Musculoskeletal Studies 1
- Professional Development 1
- Research and Governance 1
- Clinical Practice 1
- Podiatric Medicine 2
- Musculoskeletal Studies 2
- Professional Development 2
- Research and Governance 2
- Clinical Practice 2
- 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 assessment 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
Please note: The following entry requirements relate to September 2017 entry and use the new UCAS tariff. Please refer to our
Entry Requirements for further information on the new tariff, or contact Admissions if you have any questions.
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 check, Hepatitis B and tetanus vaccinations, and one of the following:
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.
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.
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 www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/dbs
d) Satisfactory occupational clearance and compliance with occupational health requirements (including immunisation against Hepatitis B). Further information can be found at www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/ohq
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.
Interviews dates to be confirmed. Early applications are encouraged in order that interview invitations can be processed effectively.
Before making an application, international students (those outside of the EU), should contact the International Office at Cardiff Met to discuss the necessary procedures in relation to studying with us. For further information visit
How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made online to UCAS at www.ucas.com. For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/howtoapply.
NHS Bursary & Financial Support
Tuition Fees, Financial Support and NHS Bursary Scheme
Tuition Fees are currently fully paid via an NHS bursary for those who successfully gain a place on this course.
Our intake numbers are decided by the NHS in Wales. Allocation is made on the basis of the information in the UCAS form. We use a points system based on academic achievement, the personal statement and the academic reference.
We also look for evidence of clinical observation with a HCPC registered podiatrist, to show commitment to the programme and an awareness of what is expected as a Podiatrist. Unfortunately, due to the limited numbers of bursaries available, applicants who choose us as Insurance cannot always be guaranteed a place.
For more information on the NHS Bursary scheme and how to apply please click here.