Qualifying as a Podiatrist


In order to be able to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and therefore practice as a Podiatrist in the UK, you have to complete a recognised Podiatry degree. Recognised means that the degree course has been approved by the HCPC which is the governing body for Podiatry.


There are 13 Podiatry programmes across the UK offering recognised full time Bachelor of Science honours degrees in Podiatry/Podiatric Medicine. The courses take 3 or 4 years to complete depending on where you chose to study.
As the courses are delivered by so many different institutions, the structure of delivery and content of each course varies but all of them are modular. You are required to pass all of the course in order to qualify and practice as a Podiatrist.
All of the courses involve a significant amount of hands on clinical work with patients, both in academic and placement environments. This equates to approximately 1,000 clinical hours.

Work shadowing is a great way of finding out about Podiatry first hand. It is an important part of your career decision making process. Spending time with a Podiatrist gives you the opportunity to see the work they do and experience their working environment first hand. It also gives you the opportunity to ask all of your questions and get the answers directly from someone who has been through the training and is now working in the profession.

Podiatry degree admission tutors are also keen to see that you have undertaken some form of work shadowing and in many cases undertaking this work shadowing is a requirement of application.

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements vary for each university so we recommend that you contact your preferred university directly to check what qualifications they will require.

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CASE STUDIES

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Dan Aston

Podiatry Student

Virginia Moore

Podiatry Student

Sam Alexander

Podiatry Student

Dan Aston

Dan Aston

Podiatry Student

I had my own glassblowing business for 11 years, where I made my own coloured ranges of glass from paperweights, bowls, vases and wine glasses to trophies for awards and glass jewellery. I also did demonstrations for schools, special needs groups and women institute groups and I taught people to glass blow on one day glassblowing courses.

However recently I had to sell the business and decide on a new career path. I chose a career where I could use my hand skills and people skills and Podiatry was perfect as it contained these attributes. I am a people person and like to help people in all situations. I really enjoy the course and I am finding it fascinating, as well as making new friends.

Virginia Moore

Virginia Moore

Podiatry Student

As a mature student and a mother of two I never thought it would be possible to attend university to study Podiatry. Before I started the course I was working in a clinic alongside a Podiatrist where I became interested in the profession. I realised it was a career for me as I enjoy interacting with people and learning about anatomy and physiology.

Previous to starting the course I had to do an Access to Higher Education Diploma in Science as I did not have the qualifications to go to university. I found the Access course extremely helpful as it provided me with the foundations I needed for the degree. The Podiatry course is academically challenging which I enjoy, and working alongside Podiatrists and other healthcare professionals on clinical placements allows me to put theory into practice.

Sam Alexander

Sam Alexander

Podiatry Student

Coming from a family of runners I have stood cheering at many marathons. Watching the runners cramping up and the painful limp to reach the finish definitely sparked my interest in how our legs and feet function and what can go wrong. This interest is what led me to train for a career in Podiatry.

I am really enjoying my time at university and the course has highlighted so many other aspects of Podiatry that I had not considered before. It has been really exciting taking on all of this new knowledge and even though there is a lot of it, the course is well structured and is broken down into manageable chunks. Clinic can be a challenge but it is my favourite aspect of the course. I am looking forward to the future and all of the opportunities that this career will provide.