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Graduates from this course have gained employment with a wide range of organisations

  • Belfast Health and Social Care Trust
  • Isle of Man Health Trust
  • NHS - Harrogate Hospital
  • NORTHERN HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE TRUST
  • Southern Health & Social Care Trust
  • Western Health & Social Care Trust
  • South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust

Overview

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Podiatry at Ulster - the sole provider of injectible cortisone therapy training in an undergraduate programme across the UK and Ireland.

Summary

Ulster University offers this course to people who wish to gain a professional qualification in Podiatry together with a good foundation for postgraduate study and continuing professional development. The BSc Hons Podiatry course is a full-time, three year programme of study. Graduates of the course obtain the academic award of a BSc (Hons) degree, eligibility to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), and eligibility to apply for membership to the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists (SCP), which allows them to practise as podiatrists in the UK Health and Social Services and also in private practice.

The University regularly ‘refreshes’ courses to make sure they are as up-to-date as possible. The University calls this process 'academic revalidation’. This course is currently being ‘refreshed’, with changes being put in place for students entering from September 2018 onwards. For the most up-to-date course/ module information, please contact the Course Director, Mrs Jan Connolly

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About this course

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About

Podiatry is a science based healthcare profession that places emphasis on the promotion, maintenance, and restoration of foot health. The responsibilities of the professional podiatrist are to detect and diagnose problems concerning the feet, and to implement an effective management strategy. Students are trained to appreciate all aspects of health and disease and to work alongside other healthcare professionals to provide the most appropriate care for their patients. Extensive practical experience equips graduates with the knowledge and skills essential for clinical practice.
The Podiatry programme is delivered within an environment where students are regarded as adult learners, potential employees and developing practitioners. A supportive and encouraging environment facilitates students in meeting the challenges of the course with confidence and security. Within both the academic and practice placement modules, students are viewed as potential future colleagues with a culture of multi-professional respect emphasised early on that is interwoven throughout the programme.

Podiatry is a profession of subspecialties: sports medicine, paediatrics, rheumatology, musculo-skeletal, diabetes, general practice, dermatology, medico legal and podiatric surgery all offer potential avenues for employment and extended scope of practice. This degree programme seeks to increase student awareness of these roles and the broad base of training prepares graduates for entry level into any of these sub specialties of Podiatry.

In addition, Ulster University is the first programme across the UK and Ireland that embeds injectible cortisone therapy into the undergraduate curriculum.

Attendance

Three years full time

Start dates

  • September 2019
How to apply

Modules

Here is a guide to the subjects studied on this course.

Courses are continually reviewed to take advantage of new teaching approaches and developments in research, industry and the professions. Please be aware that modules may change for your year of entry. The exact modules available and their order may vary depending on course updates, staff availability, timetabling and student demand. Please contact the course team for the most up to date module list.

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Year one

Anatomy & Physiology

Year: 1

This module involves the systematic study of the functional anatomy and physiology of human body systems. The role of these of systems in the maintenance of homeostatic balance in the overall function of the body is considered.

Podiatric Practice 1

Year: 1

This module introduces students to the structure and function of the human skin and its appendages and foundation knowledge in podiatric soft tissue pathology and therapeutics including the clinical use and application of mechanical, chemical and physical therapies in practice.
It serves as an introduction to the clinical environment, infection control and basic skills acquisition necessary for Podiatric treatment. It also provides students with an orientation placement in the health and social care trust environment.

Musculoskeletal Podiatry 1

Year: 1

This module will provide students with a comprehensive knowledge of anatomy of the lower limb and its effect on musculoskeletal function and gait. Theory gained in this module is essential for study of patient assessment and musculoskeletal studies throughout second and final year. The theory of anatomy is extended into clinical practice throughout all practice-based modules.

Patient Assessment

Year: 1

This module will reinforce the importance of good history taking and the selection of appropriate patient assessments. Teaching will focus on current approaches to interpretation of clinical signs and symptoms to aid diagnosis, including the role of the multidisciplinary healthcare team in the holistic approach to patient management. The teaching programme will develop students' clinical reasoning skills and their awareness of evidence based practice.

Podiatric Practice 2

Year: 1

This module provides students with an understanding of the clinical recognition of various soft tissue pathological states affecting the foot as well as an introduction to clinical skills to enable complete assessment and treatment of patients. Throughout, students will be able to integrate podiatric theory into clinical practice.

Medicine & Pathology

Year: 1

This module introduces and develops key concepts in relation to common medical conditions. It provides the student with the necessary underpinning knowledge in pathophysiology for effective practice and enables them to explore the relationship between aetiology, pathological changes, and signs and symptoms of a range of acute and chronic systemic diseases. This enables the student to develop an understanding of medical management as a means to consolidate their holistic approach to patient care.

Knowledge and Skills for Personal & Professional Development

Year: 1

This module provides opportunities to learn in an interprofessional context. Students will acquire skills for both academic and practice based learning. It will provide them with an opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills on issues relating to professional practice and personal development within a supportive environment.

Year two

Health Science Research

Year: 2

The module develops research knowledge and skills for using published evidence to inform practice and for designing and conducting research and clinical audit post-registration. The focus is on research design and qualitative and quantitative methods appropriate for healthcare research. A series of lectures and seminars will develop research knowledge and its application in using and producing research evidence. Workshops will provide practical experience of research activities including data analysis. In addition, course specific seminars will provide guidance on the development of a research idea and presentation of an outline research proposal.

Pharmacology

Year: 2

This module will enable the student to develop the knowledge into understanding drug action, pharmacology and clinical use of drugs in disease management and those specifically on the approved list of medicines for use by Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered podiatrists. The student will gain knowledge required to safely and competently access, supply and administer further medicines that may be added to the approved list.

Musculoskeletal Podiatry 2

Year: 2

This module will provide students with a comprehensive knowledge of musculoskeletal anatomy of the lower limb and gait analysis. Theory gained in this module is essential for study of patient assessment and musculoskeletal studies throughout second and final year. The theory of anatomy is extended into clinical practice throughout. the HSCT placement component of this module will further enable students to put theory into practice and develop their practical skills.

Podiatric Practice 3

Year: 2

This module will enable the student to gain competency in the theory and clinical application of local anaesthesia and the practical skills required to complete nail surgery procedures. This module also provides the students with four weeks of professional practice placement experience in the health and social care setting to further integrate and consolidate theory into practice.

Musculoskeletal Podiatry 3

Year: 2

This module is designed to extend the student's knowledge of biomechanics to more complex clinical situations requiring a higher level of understanding of pathological biomechanical processes and strategies to overcome them. This will involve a problem solving approach and practical classes to reinforce theoretical components. The module will introduce the student to the mechanical assessment of more complex patient groups including children, athletes and those with rheumatological conditions.

Year three

Research Project

Year: 3

In this module students will develop research skills by undertaking a research study on a topic related to practice. Each student, with support, will have an opportunity to undertake one of the following types of research project: (i) a systematic critical review to inform practice;(ii) a research protocol involving the design of a research study or health promotion activity or (iii) a research report involving the collection and/or analysis of data to produce evidence to inform practice. Lectures and clinics, supplemented by online material, will provide the theoretical knowledge and guidance required to undertake the research task. Workshops will provide support for practical skills such as systematic searching for literature, using critical appraisal tools and data management and analysis.

Prescription Only Medicines

Year: 3

This module will prepare the student to undertake an active role in medicines management within their specified area and scope of practice. The legislative framework and professional and ethical principles which underpin prescribing practice are explored. The student will assimilate pre-existing knowledge and understanding in Pharmacology with legislative requirements, leading to safe and competent access, supply and administration of medicines available on the approved list of medicines for Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered podiatrists.

Podiatric Practice 4

Year: 3

This module builds on the student's clinical skills and provides them with the opportunity to further integrate theory into practice, with a greater emphasis on management of the 'at risk' patient.
Clinical reasoning will underpin clinical decision-making whilst developing critical reflection for lifelong practice. Students will explore specialist roles and diversity within podiatry and gain a better understanding of the scope of practice and the graduate challenges they may encounter as part of their professional lives.

Podiatric Practice 5

Year: 3

This module seeks to integrate theory and clinical practice, applying diagnostic and therapeutic techniques to pathways of care for service users. The student will manage caseloads whilst developing clinical autonomy in accordance with their progress. Students will also gain experience of specialist health and social care services and the private practice environments.

High Risk Foot

Year: 3

This module is designed to explore the relationship between systemic disease and high risk status of the lower limb. Critical evaluation of treatment techniques, clinical reasoning and podiatric risk management across a broad range of client/patient groups will prepare the student for autonomous and multi-disciplinary podiatric practice.

Professional Development and Employability

Year: 3

This module explores the health and social care policies relevant to the delivery and organisation of podiatry and other services. The emphasis is on equipping the student with the knowledge and skills to make a successful transition into the workplace.

Diagnostic Imaging and Surgery

Year: 3

This module is designed to explore the various diagnostic modalities used to image the foot and lower limb and the surgical produces used to manage many of the conditions which present in the foot. Critical evaluation of treatment techniques, clinical reasoning and podiatric risk management will prepare the student for autonomous and multi-disciplinary podiatric practice.

Entry conditions

We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.

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A level

The A Level requirement for this course is BBB to include a grade B from one of the following: Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Double Award Life & Health Sciences (grade BB) or Double Award Applied Science (grade BB).

Applied General Qualifications

Overall BTEC award profile DDM (to include a unit grade profile of 9 distinctions) in a relevant science based BTEC.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Overall Irish Leaving Certificate profile H3,H3,H3,H3,H3 at Higher level. Specific subjects required include two H3 Highers in the following: Maths, Physics, Biology or Chemistry. Plus English and Mathematics Grade H6 at Higher level or Grade O4 at Ordinary level.

Access to Higher Education (HE)

Overall Access profile pass with an overall mark of 70%, including 70% in each level 3 module to include two level 3 modules from the following: Maths, Biology, Physics or Chemistry, NICATS maths (25 credits) or maths 1 & 2 or GCSE grade C Maths.

GCSE

GCSE Profile to include English Language and Mathematics at grade C/4.

Essential/Key Skills in Application of Number is not regarded as an acceptable alternative to GCSE Mathematics.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 7.0 with no band score less than 6.5.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Additional Entry Requirements

Applicants should note that, as they will be engaged in 'regulated activity' involving children or vulnerable adults as part of their course, there is a compulsory, legal requirement to obtain an Enhanced Disclosure from AccessNI. The cost for this is payable by the applicant and is currently £33. More information on Enhanced Disclosures may be accessed by www.accessni.gov.uk (http://www.accessni.gov.uk).

You will also be required to demonstrate good health prior to commencing the course. You will therefore complete a health declaration form which will be screened by Occupational Health who will confirm your medical fitness to undertake the course. Following the screening, you may be required to undertake a vaccination programme. You will be liable for the cost of both the health screening and vaccinations. Costs will be confirmed.

HND (science related) entry requirement:

Pass HND with overall Merit to include 60 distinctions in level 5 credits/units.

HNC (science related) entry requirement:

Pass HNC with overall Distinction to include 90 distinctions in level 4/5 credits/units.

You may also meet the course entry requirements with combinations of the different qualifications to the same standard as recognised by the University (provided subject requirements as noted above are met). Examples of acceptable combinations include:

2 A Levels and BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/BTEC National Extended Certificate

OCR National Diploma and BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/BTEC National Extended Certificate

2 A Levels and Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma

A Level and BTEC National Diploma

For further information regarding combination offer requirements, please contact Faculty Office staff on T: +44 (0)28 9036 6309 or E: admissions@ulster.ac.uk.

Teaching and learning assessment

A wide variety of teaching, learning and assessment approaches are employed across the various modules within the curriculum that have been designed to enhance the student experience and promote student engagement.

Exemptions and transferability

It is important to note that all students admitted through transfer from other programmes are required to have undertaken HPAT-ULSTER within two years of the year of admission and achieved a score that would have resulted in an offer for the programme.

Careers & opportunities

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Graduate employers

Graduates from this course have gained employment with a wide range of organisations. Here are some examples:

  • Belfast Health and Social Care Trust
  • Isle of Man Health Trust
  • NHS - Harrogate Hospital
  • NORTHERN HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE TRUST
  • Southern Health & Social Care Trust
  • Western Health & Social Care Trust
  • South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust

Career options

Podiatry offers a rewarding career for those looking for a caring profession with flexibility of working, coupled with a challenging scope of practice and range of patients. Working as a podiatrist can be exciting and rewarding because it involves working in a variety of environments with a number of other health care professionals and many different groups of patients who have a wide range of podiatric problems. Over time, Podiatrists may find areas of clinical practice they want to focus on for their future career development and may undertake further training across a number of areas eg high risk foot management, biomechanics, podopaediatrics, surgery etc. There are employment opportunities for Podiatry graduates within both the National Health Service and private practice, where the locations you work in will depend on the scope of your practice. This could include: hospitals, community clinics, patients' homes, private clinics, sports clubs or fitness centres. Companies in industry and retail often employ podiatrists as part of the occupational health team. Opportunities also exist within the Education sector. There are opportunities for full and part time postgraduate study. Opportunities exist throughout the UK, Ireland and other parts of the world. Graduates seeking employment outside of the UK may have to meet specific requirements for professional recognition/registration in other countries and may require some experience within the UK first.

Work placement / study abroad

It is a requirement of The Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists that as part of undergraduate training, all students must complete a minimum of 1000 hours of practice education. To achieve this, students attend weekly clinics on campus but they also attend placements within one of the five HSC Trusts in Northern Ireland. These HSCT placements consist of 19 weeks in total, spread across all three years of study.

Professional recognition

College of Podiatry, the

Graduates of accredited programmes in Podiatry or Podiatric Medicine are deemed to be fit for the profession of podiatry. They may join the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists and, upon acceptance, will have the right to use the post-nominal letters: MChS.

Health and Care Professions Council, the (HCPC)

Approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) for the purpose of providing eligibility to apply for registration with the HCPC as a chiropodist/podiatrist.

Apply

How to apply Request a prospectus

Applications to full-time undergraduate degrees at Ulster are made through UCAS.

Unfortunately, Ulster University is not it in a position to accept applications from students from England, Scotland or Wales due to regulations issued by the Department of Health Northern Ireland. For more info click here.

Start dates

  • September 2019

Fees and funding

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Fees (per year)

Important notice - fees information Fees illustrated are based on 18/19 entry and are subject to an annual increase. Correct at the time of publishing. Terms and conditions apply. Additional mandatory costs are highlighted where they are known in advance. There are other costs associated with university study.
Visit our Fees pages for full details of fees

To find out more about fees related to this course please visit
https://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/fees-and-finance/undergraduate/funded-courses

Scholarships, awards and prizes

The Northern Ireland Branch of the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists sponsor annual monetary prizes for each of the year groups.

Additional mandatory costs

Additional costs include - AccessNI Check, Health Screening, Indemnity, Placement Expenses, Uniforms.

Uniforms

As part of entry to your course, you will be required to purchase a uniform during the first week of the semester. 2017-18 costs were approx. £100.

Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists

Student membership of the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists is free however you will be required to access indemnity from the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists to enable you to practice clinically as a student. The cost will be approximately £125 for the three years.

Placement Expenses

Students may incur expenses during periods of placement. Some placements may be outside Northern Ireland and will incur additional costs. Travel expenses will not be reimbursed however if a student is required to take a third address for the duration of their placement, the University will contribute towards this cost however will not be liable for the total amount.

Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel (including car parking charges), and normal living are a part of university life.

Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.

We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.

There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course.

Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees.

Please contact the course team for more information.

Contact

Faculty Contact (for advice regarding the admissions/application process):
T: +44 (0)28 9036 6029
E: j.edgeworth@ulster.ac.uk

Course Director: (for advice regarding course content):

Mrs Jan Connolly

T: +44 (0)28 9036 8441
E: j.connolly@ulster.ac.uk

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Faculty of Life and Health Sciences

School of Health Sciences