University of Brighton


  • Course summary and entry requirements

    Course duration Help

    Full-time: 3 years

    UCAS code B985

    Professional accreditation

    Graduates are eligible for statutory -body registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) which entitles graduates to administer local anaesthetics and supply medication.

    The course is approved by the professional body; the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists and graduates are eligible for membership.

    About the course

    Podiatry is the medical discipline which deals with health and disease of the foot and lower limb; the word podiatry largely replaces chiropody in professional terms.

    The University of Brighton developed and awarded the first podiatry degrees in the UK and has an outstanding record in the undergraduate, postgraduate and research fields.

    This course attracts funding via an NHS bursary which includes a means-tested grant.

    Typical entry requirements Help

    The entry requirements listed here are for students starting their course in 2014.

    Applicants whose predicted grades fall below these requirements, but who can demonstrate a high commitment to the subject discipline or have relevant work experience, are still encouraged to apply and will be considered on an individual basis.

    BBB. Must include a science, preferably human biology.


    International Baccalaureate:
    32 points, specified subjects.

    Access to HE Diploma
    pass (at least 45 credits at level 3) in science or health studies, with 24 credits at merit or distinction. Must include level 3 units in biology.

    GCSE (minimum grade C) or Access Equivalent
    at least five subjects including English language, mathematics and a science.

    For non-native speakers of English:
    IELTS 7.0 overall, no element below 6.5.

    Mature students assessed on previous work experience, recent and other significant academic study.

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  • Course content

    Course structure

    Our podiatry 3 year honours degree utilises a modular design and innovative learning, teaching and assessment strategies. There are a range of clinical placements and the course maintains a core research element.
    Clinical modules run concurrently with academic subjects, and in support of the School of Health Profession's philosophy of inter-professional education, some modules are shared with students on physiotherapy, occupational therapy and pharmacy courses. Practical skills are developed by demonstration and supervised practice on a wide range of patient cases of graded complexity at our in-house clinical facility the Leaf Hospital. Critically, theoretical and practical training are closely related and students undertake case studies and project work in areas of particular individual interest to help prepare for specialisation post-qualification.

    The final year includes experience in a variety of multidisciplinary settings, involving specialist hospital ward rounds, outpatient clinics, orthopaedic operating sessions and NHS work-based placements.

    Areas of study

    Core clinical sciences, clinical and theoretical podiatry, health psychology, medicine, pharmacology, surgery, orthopaedics, research methods and health promotion.


    Year 1
    Clinical Practice (x2)
    Podiatrist as a professional -fundamentals of practice
    Musculoskeletal Podiatry 1
    Skin and Its Appendages
    Introduction to Academic Skills for Healthcare Professionals
    Musculoskeletal Podiatry 2
    Neurology & Endocrine Physiology
    Cardiovascular physiology
    Introduction to Health Psychology and Health-Related Behaviour

    Year 2
    Clinical Practice (x2)
    Musculoskeletal Podiatry 3
    Local Anaesthetic & Surgery, Clinical Sciences
    Research Design & Ethics
    Health Psychosocial & Communication
    Podiatrist as a Professional - the Social Context

    Year 3
    Clinical Practice (x2)
    Podiatrist as a Professional - Preparation for Work
    Medicine & Pharmacology applied to the at risk foot
    BSc Module Learning by Objectives
    BSc Module Learning by Objectives (Enhanced)
    Conducting Research
    Promotion of Health & Wellbeing
    Critical Reflection - Readiness for Practice

    You can view the programme specification for this course as a PDF file by clicking on the link below:

    Programme Specification

  • Fees and costs

    Tuition fees for this course for UK/EU students are paid by the NHS. Students meeting residency requirements are also eligible to apply for a means-tested bursary and a non-means-tested loan.
    Further information can be found on the NHS student bursaries website

    BSc Hons Podiatry  [L2EG002]
    UK/EU (Full Time)For advice on fees for this course please contact, +44/0 1273 642449.
    Island Students (Full Time)For advice on fees for this course please contact, +44/0 1273 642449.
    International (Full Time)13,220 GBP

  • Location

    Location Help Eastbourne

    Eastbourne is a thriving town which offers traditional seaside attractions, modern nightlife, good shopping and a wide range of sporting activities. It’s one of the sunniest places in the UK.

    Our Eastbourne campus is located at the foot of the South Downs National Park, about ten minutes walk from the seafront and 20 minutes from the pier and Eastbourne town centre. Almost 3,000 students are based here.

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    Living in Eastbourne

    Eastbourne’s buzzing university community and compact town gives it a laid back and friendly feel. The town combines the traditional seaside attractions with modern nightlife, a wide range of sporting activities and an exciting arts scene.

    Social scene

    The student community in Eastbourne ensures it has a thriving social scene, with dedicated student nights at many of the town’s pubs and clubs. Eastbourne’s expanding nightlife includes trendy cocktail bars, laid-back country pubs and modern nightclubs.

    Fireworks over the pier


    The striking Towner contemporary art museum in Eastbourne features international exhibitions as well as a permanent art collection. Eastbourne's six theatres give you a chance to see West End musicals, touring shows, live music and comedy.

    The Towner contemporary art museum


    Eastbourne has long been the home of pre-Wimbledon tennis tournaments at Devonshire Park. Eastbourne also hosts an extreme sports festival and the Beachy Head Marathon that takes place across the South Downs National Park.

    Eastbourne Extreme sports festival
  • Staff profiles


    Maria Young, course leader

    I became an RGN in 1988 specialising in theatre nursing, children’s’ nursing then general nursing. In 1995 I gained a first class honours degree in Podiatry at the University of Brighton and subsequently I was employed by the University of Brighton as a graduate clinical tutor, then academic lecturer, and in 2000 was promoted to a senior lecturer. I obtained a Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education in 1999, an MSc Podiatry in September 2001 and I am working towards applying for a PhD in Clinical Anatomy. 

    Currently, I am the course leader for the BSc (Hons) Podiatry. My academic teaching commitments include lower limb anatomy, minor skin and nail surgery for podiatrists, and clinical podiatry. My research interests are anatomy, reflective practice, action learning and independent/autonomous learning.

  • Student views


    Lara Doheny, Podiatry BSc(Hons), Graduated 2012

    The best thing about the University of Brighton is that I have a whole new family. As an EU student I found it difficult at first to settle in to England, but I have met some fantastic people over the past three years and studying the degree in podiatry has given me a new family and also a new profession.

    My course is very challenging, there is a large requirement for independent studying which you must be self motivated to do, and as we are learning a profession the expectations are higher as there is a duty of care towards the patient.

    Over the past year I have also been a student rep, this has given me a greater insight into a side of university life that students rarely take notice of, the work that goes on to improve the student experience.

    One of the best parts of the podiatry course is the strong support network, I really think that it is so important to use this to your advantage, not only to make new friends but also in learning.


    Rashid Kakozza, Podiatry BSc(Hons), 1st Year Student

    I am a first year podiatry student at the University of Brighton having previously studied a BND in Applied Medical Science at sixth-form.  The University awarded me a sports scholarship as I am also a highly trained athlete competing in the 100 and 200 metres.

    Being a first year has been a very exciting time for me because the podiatry course is very broad and offers a lot of opportunities.  I have found it easy to meet and talk with new people because in podiatry you learn by communicating and exchanging ideas with fellow students.  I have also found that it is getting easier to manage my athletics alongside my studying as all I have to do is organise my time well.

    I am learning all about the structure and function of muscle so studying podiatry and training as an athlete work very well together.

    I look forward to a future in sport and podiatry, and I am hoping to take part in the 2016 Olympics.  


    Serena Naidoo, Podiatrist, Podiatry BSc (Hons)

    The course was thoroughly enjoyable. We had a range of tutors delivering information in a variety of ways.  The dissection in the anatomy lab was one of the most fascinating parts of the course and the Leaf Hospital was the perfect setting to initiate clinical experience from day one.

    I graduated with a 1st class honours Bachelor of Science degree in Podiatry from the University of Brighton in 2010 and was awarded the Arthritis Research UK funded graduate internship for podiatrists that same year before working as a specialist podiatrist in the NHS.

    Since graduating, I have presented at the annual European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) conference and was awarded the ‘Recently Qualified Health Professional Prize’ at the British Society of Rheumatology Conference. My first paper was published in 2011 in the Journal of Foot and Ankle Research and I am considered an expert reviewer of patient information for Arthritis Research UK.

    I am currently working in private practice whilst studying for the MSc in Podiatry with Rheumatology at the University of Brighton.  

  • Career opportunities

    Graduates move into clinical practice in the NHS or private practice and a number choose careers in research, education and industry, both in the UK and overseas.

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    Excellent Facilities

    The School of Health Professions is located on the Eastbourne campus, facilities include Queenwood library, computer pool rooms, a learning and technology suite, restaurants and a Students’ Union Shop.  Welkin halls of residence provides accommodation for over 350 students.

    Eastbourne is a lively seaside town, close to the sea and South Downs.  Considered the sunniest place in the UK, Eastbourne is surrounded by beautiful countryside, making it a great place to study. Our campus is home to 3,000 students and located less than 10 minutes walk from the beach at the foot of the South Downs National Park.  The town boasts four theatres, four shopping centres, a wide variety of restaurants, cafés, traditional pubs, bars and nightclubs, and is home to the Towner contemporary art museum for South East England.  Eastbourne’s Sovereign Harbour, with its stylish cosmopolitan feel, is the largest composite marina complex in Northern Europe.  The harbour offers an array of waterside eateries and alfresco dining, whilst the independent boutiques and retail shops make the harbour a great alternative shopping venue.

    There are also many sporting and cultural activities on offer, all within a short walking distance of our campus. 

    Other student support services include the university’s careers centre, welfare service, a counselling service, chaplaincy and childcare provision.

    Students are eligible to join the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists, a podiatry resource solely dedicated to supporting you throughout your professional life as a podiatrist.

    Clinical Skills Facilities

    The school has an excellent reputation for teaching clinical skills with dedicated facilities including a human movement laboratory, specialist skills rooms and Leaf Hospital, offering exceptional clinical facilities where students learn practical skills and treat patients throughout their course.

    Human Movement Laboratory

    The high tech Human Movement Laboratory is used widely in teaching and research for students in the school of health professions studying physiotherapy, occupational therapy or podiatry, and is also used for commercial consultancy.  The latest technology measures and assesses all aspects of human movement, joints, muscles, soft tissue structure and nerves.  The laboratory has state-of-the-art equipment for conducting cardio-pulmonary investigations including Cosmed metabolic system and spirometry.

    Leaf Hospital

    The Leaf hospital is an exceptional fully-staffed clinical facility offering a comprehensive podiatry service and a private practice physiotherapy service situated close to the centre of Eastbourne and train station. The Leaf Hospital has two main clinics and three further consulting rooms allowing up to 28 patients to be seen at any one time. Clinical practice is supported by a comprehensive range of diagnostic and therapeutic equipment including gait analysis, imaging and more. There is an orthotics department where students produce high quality orthotics and insoles for patients.

    On the first floor there is a fully equipped operating theatre for minor surgical procedures, a human anatomy lab where students can study prosections and take part in lower limb dissection. For podiatry students this is the base for the practice placements and the school has a contract with the NHS locally to provide patient care.

    Clinical placements are integral to the podiatry course course and students will undertake around 1000 hours working with patients either in the clinic or in other practice settings elsewhere in the South East.

    Specialist Skills Rooms

    There are a range of practical  “skills” rooms, equipped so that students in the school of health professions can learn and practise practical skills with each other prior to working with patients and clients.  These rooms are equipped with treatment couches (for example manual skills and exercise therapy rooms). A variety of hands-on skills including those of palpation, massage and manipulation can be facilitated by practice with peers.

    Clinical Research Centre for Health Professions

    The clinical research centre for health professions is an integral part of the school. It forms a focus for staff and doctoral student research activity. .

    The Clinical Research Centre is a vibrant environment for staff and students who want to carry out research that results in positive changes to policy and practice.  Focusing on three groups:  applied clinical and laboratory based research, applied pedagogic research, and wellbeing, health and occupation research, the centre embraces the research activities of occupational therapists, physiotherapiest, podiatrists and osteopaths.

    As part of its commitment to research-led practice and a research-informed curriculum, staff from the centre regularly act as external speakers, advisors and experts to national and international bodies, as well as providing lectures and seminars internally. In addition, the centre's regular seminar series provides opportunity for staff and students to debate and critique progressive research and methodological positions.


NHS funded course with bursary

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