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 programme is approved by the UK Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists and the UK Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC). 

It is the only Podiatry programme 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

Podiatric Studies 1, Podiatric Clinical Studies 1, Podiatric Anatomy, Fundamentals of Human Physiology, Foundations of Interprofessional Practice, plus a three week summer placement.

Year 2

Podiatric Studies 2, Podiatric Clinical Studies 2, Podiatric Medicine, Surgery and Radiology, Fundamental Pathophysiology, Working in Interprofessional Teams, plus a one week elective summer placement.

Year 3

Podiatric Studies 3, Podiatric Clinical Studies 3, Podiatric Pharmacology and Local Anaesthesia, Teams in Interprofessional Practice, Methodology and Research for Effective Practice, plus a two week summer placement.

Year 4

Podiatric Studies 4, Podiatric Clinical Studies 4, Honours Project, Leadership in Interprofessional Teams.

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

  • 2019/20


Mode of study


Start date




BSc (Hons)
Full Time
4 Years
16 Sep 2019
GCU Glasgow
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location UCAS  
BSc (Hons) Full Time 4 Years 16 Sep 2019 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply

Study Options

  • 2020/21


Mode of study


Start date




BSc (Hons)
Full Time
4 Years
14 Sep 2020
GCU Glasgow
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location UCAS  
BSc (Hons) Full Time 4 Years 14 Sep 2020 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply

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.

We're in UCAS Clearing!

Clearing spaces are available on this course for students from England, Wales or Northern Ireland.

To enquire about a Clearing place at GCU, speak to our helpful Clearing team on 0800 027 9171.

Standard entry requirements

Year 1

SQA Higher: BBBC to include English or equivalent and one science plus two further sciences, Maths and English at Nat 5 C

A level: CCC including one science plus GCSE English, Maths and two sciences at C/4 or double science at CC

ILC Higher: H3 H3 H3 H3 to include English plus one science and Ordinary level Maths at 02

IB Diploma: 24 points must include two sciences.

BTEC: Extended Diploma In Science/Applied Science MMM plus GCSE English and Maths at C/4 and a science at C/4 or Double Science at CC.

College HNC/D: Health or Biological/Biomedical Science-related university access courses considered. Biological/ Biomedical Science, Sports Science/Therapy, including literacy and numeracy equivalent to National 5 level. Applicants should demonstrate an understanding of the course and have relevant work/shadowing experience.

Foundation Apprenticeship

Accepted as equivalent to one Higher as part of the overall grade profile of Highers required for entry. Any essential subjects at Higher should still be achieved in addition to the Foundation Apprenticeship.

Additional requirements

All admission offers are subject to an applicant successfully undergoing screening in relation to Occupational Health and Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG).

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.

Additional information

Other academic and vocational qualifications

Each application to GCU is considered on an individual basis. If you do not have the typical academic entry qualifications, but can demonstrate relevant work experience and/or credits from recognised professional bodies, you may be eligible to enter this course via the University's Recognition of Prior Learning scheme.

English language

Applicants whose first language is not English will normally be required to hold IELTS of overall 7.0 with 6.5 in each element or equivalent.

International pathways

If you do not meet the English language requirements, you may be eligible for our pre-sessional English programme which is taught at our Glasgow campus.

This programme is approved by the UK Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists and the UK Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC).

For new international students, particular care is taken around our induction events which begin on 13 September 2019 to welcome you to the UK and GCU prior to the start of teaching. There will be a whole host of fun and informative activities taking place during this period, including campus tours, city tours and social events where you can meet other international students. Where possible, we encourage you to arrange travel to allow you to arrive in time to enjoy these.

Find out more about international life at GCU.

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

Tuition fees 2019/20

Home: £1820** 
RUK: £9250*
EU: £1820** 
International: £11,845 

*Total tuition fees for RUK students completing a three or four year degree are capped at £27,750.

**Specific fees are subject to confirmation by the Scottish Government and may change once confirmed.

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

Additional costs for fee paying students

Self-funded students are required to cover the cost of the following:

  • Uniforms, approximately £15 each. The number of uniforms you require depends on duration of your course and can range from two to four.
  • Occupational health checks and vaccination, approximately £200.
  • Membership of Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme.  New applications cost £59. Updates to existing scheme record costs £18.

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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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 £2.5 million per year.

View our Undergraduate scholarships.

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.