Career Pathway: Podiatrist

What are the entry requirements to train as a Podiatrist/ Podiatrist Advanced Practitioner (AP)?

To get onto a podiatry degree course you usually need:

  • three A levels, including a biological science, along with five GCSEs (grades A-C), including English language, maths and science
  • or alternative qualifications, including
    • BTEC, HND or HNC which includes biological science
    • relevant NVQ
    • science-based access course
    • equivalent Scottish or Irish qualifications
    • a previous degree or a full practising qualification in a related area.

To become a Podiatrist Advanced Practitioner (AP) you will need a relevant degree to be able to get onto a Masters (MSc) programme (approved by the College of Podiatry.) You will also need to be working at Band 7 as an experienced autonomous clinical practitioner in line with the national multi-professional framework for Advanced Clinical Practice in England framework.

HEE primary care FCP training must be completed as the minimum threshold for entry to primary care and be supported by appropriate governance and indemnity. This can begin 3-5 years post graduate.

Is there an Apprenticeship route towards becoming a Podiatrist/ Podiatrist Advanced Practitioner?

A degree apprenticeship standard in podiatry has been approved by the HCPC. To get onto a degree apprenticeship, you will need to apply for an apprentice position with a health care provider. You can search for vacancies on the NHS Jobs website and Find an Apprenticeship website.

There is also an apprenticeship route for Advanced Clinical Practice; this is a part-time integrated 3-year degree apprenticeship Masters programme. ACP apprentices are employed by their organisation for a minimum of 30 hours per week to undertake a job with training to recognised industry standards. To find out more please contact us

What courses are available in Yorkshire & Humber?

What support is available for Podiatrists working in General Practice in South Yorkshire & Bassetlaw?

Please visit the Initiatives/Support Available link at the bottom of this page to find out more.

Where can the Podiatrist role lead

Prospects for career development for Podiatrists in primary care are increasing, with opportunities to develop knowledge and a range of clinical, educational or managerial skills. There are well-established Advanced Clinical Practice pathways in South Yorkshire & Bassetlaw and a Faculty of Advanced Clinical Practice which works closely with HEE to support training. 

There may be opportunities to take on education roles (e.g. secondment to university Podiatry programmes/Training Hub preceptorship programmes and some Podiatrists may become partners in their practice.

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