BSc (Hons) Podiatry

Patients who have problems with their feet or lower limbs need expert care and attention. Podiatrists are independent highly skilled professionals, able to both diagnose and treat problems affecting the feet and lower limbs.

We aim to develop creative, innovative and skilled podiatric practitioners with a communicative and caring attitude towards patients. You will gain practical experience in the clinical environment, observing and working alongside skilled and experienced and world-renowned researchers.

This course is approved by the UK College of Podiatry and the UK Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). 

It is the only podiatry course in the UK to offer an HCPC-approved international academic exchange. This is with La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia.

Your career

As well as working within the NHS, you could make a career in the private sector - from high street retailers to sports medicine centres or running your own business.

GCU graduates have also gone on to pursue research activities, entered the world of health-related commerce or further developed their skills to become podiatric surgeons.

Year 1

Anatomy and Function, Introduction to Podiatric Pathology and Assessment Skills, Fundamentals of Human Physiology, Preparation for Professional Practice, Introduction to Podiatric Practice including a three week summer placement.

Year 2

Individuals, Teams and Communities, Medicine and Pathophysiology for Podiatrists, Methodology and Research for Effective Practice, Musculoskeletal Structure and Pathology, Podiatric Practice 2, Surgery and Medicines for Administration

Year 3

Evidence Based Musculoskeletal Injury and Rehabilitation, High Risk Foot and Limb, Podiatric Pharmacology and POM-S, Podiatric Practice 3, Understanding Professional Teams and Leadership

Year 4

Contemporary Podiatric Practice, Into Employment, Podiatric Practice 4, Honours Project

Download the Programme Specification for a detailed breakdown of its structure, what you will learn and other useful information.

"GCU has a fantastic reputation for a hands-on clinical experience. The tutors are widely known and I thought it would be a great opportunity to learn from them."

Louise Moore,
Podiatry Student.

Study Options

  • 2022/23


Mode of study


Start date



BSc (Hons)
Full Time
4 Years
Sep 2022
GCU Glasgow
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Year 1
Scottish Higher: Standard entry requirement: BBBC (incl English/essay-based subject and one Science) Nat 5: C (Maths, English and two further Sciences)
Minimum entry requirement: BCCC (incl English/essay-based subject and one Science) Nat 5: C (Maths, English and two further Sciences)

Minimum entry requirements are for widening access students only. If you are from a group that is not currently well-represented in higher education you may qualify as a widening access student. This includes living in a target postcode area, attending a target school or college, attending SWAP, are care-experienced or provide care for someone else, have refugee status or are an asylum seeker.

A level: CCC (incl one Science) GCSE: C/4 (English, Maths and two Sciences) or GCSE: CC/44 (Double Science)
ILC Higher: H3 H3 H3 H3 (incl English and one Science) O2: (Maths)
IB Diploma: 28 points (incl two Sciences)
BTEC: MMM Ext Dip In Science/Applied Science GCSE: C/4 (English, Maths and a Science) or GCSE: CC/44 (Double Science)
SWAP: Health or Biological/Biomedical Science - BBB (related university Access courses considered) College HNC/D: Biological/Biomedical Science/Sports Science/Therapy (incl Nat 5 level Literacy and Numeracy)

English language IELTS score of 7.0 with no element below 6.5 (or equivalent)

Applicants should demonstrate an understanding of the course and have relevant work/shadowing experience.

All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.

Additional requirements

All admission offers are subject to an applicant successfully undergoing screening in relation to Occupational Health and Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG), and all students will require liability insurance and this can be gained, at no cost, through student membership of the College of Podiatry.

If in doubt, applicants are advised to consult with the admissions tutor for advice. Students are advised to obtain Hepatitis B, BCG and MMR vaccinations. The school immunisation policy is advised by Health Protection Scotland, and students who refuse vaccinations may be deemed fit for practice with restrictions, and may not be able to undertake certain placements. Restrictions applied to practice will be documented in the students' practice placement passport.

This programme is approved by the UK College of Podiatry and the UK Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC).

The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?

Annual full-time tuition fees

Home: £1,820*
RUK: £9,250**
International: £13,000

*Scottish student tuition fees are subject to confirmation by the Scottish Government and may change once confirmed.
**Students from the Rest of the UK (RUK) will pay no more than £27,750 towards the total fees of a three or four-year degree.

Fees are subject to change and published here for guidance only.

Additional costs

As a student at the University, there are additional fees and costs which may or may not apply to you, but that you should be aware of.

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Additional costs for Scottish domiciled students

If you are a Scottish domiciled student, you will not need to pay for PVG checks, occupational health checks or uniforms. Check out the SAAS Nursing and Midwifery student placement expenses claim and Allied Health Professions student placement expenses claim forms. 

Additional costs for all other students (rest of UK, EU and International)

During this course, you will be required to cover the cost of:
- Uniforms: approximately £16 each. The number of uniforms you require depends on the duration of your course and can range from two to four.
- Occupational health checks and vaccination set fee of £325
- Membership of Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme. New applications cost £59. Updates to the existing scheme record cost £18.  

Invoices will be issued by the University for payment of all of the above additional costs in Trimester B (March/April) of the first year of your programme.

- Potential accommodation and additional travel costs during practice education placements


We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of over £2 million per year.

View undergraduate scholarships at GCU.

We use a wide range of learning and teaching methods to ensure that you have both the necessary knowledge and understanding of business and management and a portfolio of intellectual and personal skills.

Each module on the programme uses its own learning, teaching and assessment strategy to achieve learning objectives. Assessment methods vary between modules and may include unseen examinations, class tests, essays, management reports, case studies, presentations, and group work.

The learning and teaching methods we use ensure that our programme is both vocationally relevant and academically challenging. Our approach is student-centred, practical, participative and relevant to the needs of employers.

We've moved away from the traditional teacher-centric learning to a more independent learning approach, where you are encouraged to develop critical thinking skills.