In order to become a podiatrist you must have a BSc (Hons) in Podiatry and be registered with the HCPC.
The podiatry degree course equips students with the skills required to register with HCPC and:
- work within the NHS or establish their own private practice;
- teach on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes at universities;
- work to push the boundaries of practice by becoming a researcher; or
- helping solve crimes by working in forensics.
Students on the degree programme will study a range of modules each year and attend placements in podiatry clinics where they will be involved in the treatment of patients.
In Scotland, the following universities offer undergraduate degrees along with MSc and PhD level courses for those wishing to further study at postgraduate level
Studying podiatry requires considerable dedication because each student is required to take part in clinical practice before they can graduate.
Applicants are generally required to hold Highers or A-level qualifications (BBBC or CCC respectively) which should include one science-based subject, preferably biology or chemistry, however, applicants should contact each University providing a podiatry degree course to find out the current entry requirements.
Universities offering podiatry also welcome applications from mature students with other relevant qualifications in sciences and/or experience.
Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme
You will require a satisfactory (PVG) check to show that you are suitable to work as a podiatrist. This scheme is managed by Disclosure Scotland.