In order to become a registered practitioner you have to undertake and pass a full time honours degree (BSc Hons) in podiatry.
Universities may vary slightly in their entry requirements. However you will usually need one of the following:
Alternatives would usually include:
Academic qualifications are essential but you will also need the following qualities:
This is a very practical profession and manual skills are taken into account but physical disability is not automatically a barrier to you training in this profession.
Applicants who left full-time education some time ago are encouraged to apply, but will usually need to have evidence of recent study at an appropriate level and hold some formal qualification focused around biology, usually to A level with a minimum of grade C or equivalent grade in a similar level, such as an appropriate access course.
To practice as a chiropodist/podiatrist, you must be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). In order to register with the HCPC, you first need to have successfully completed an approved degree programme. These are usually offered on a 3 year full-time basis or 4.5 years on a part-time basis.
You can get a list of approved programmes in chiropody/podiatry by using our coursefinder.
Students who successfully complete programmes which are approved by the HCPC, are then eligible to apply for registration with the HCPC. Once registered, practitioners are required to retain their names on the register, by paying an annual retention fee
You should demonstrate good communication skills and show you have an understanding of chiropody/podiatry and the scope of practice.
You are advised to spend some time with a registered chiropodist to gain more understanding of the work - chiropody managers are usually willing to arrange this for you.
Applications for degree programmes are administered by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).