Level 4 Diploma In Foot Health Care

The College of Foot Health is the only UK Foot Health Practitioner course taught exclusively by registered podiatry professionals –  HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council), and fully supported by a UK professional body (The Institute of Podiatrists).

Our long established history of serving this profession sets a bench mark for clinical knowledge and expert practical training. This combined with the experience of our administration team ensures all students of the College of Foot Health are fully supported throughout their training, post training and Foot Health Practitioner careers.

We provide a foot health community that supports your entire journey and ensures the highest standards for the foot health community!

The Institute of Chiropodists and Podiatrists, alongside the College of Foot Health and other professional bodies and stake-holders, were actively involved in the Foot Health Consortium that developed and formed Health Educations England’s Foot Health Standards. Our course has been modelled against these standards and as a result is deemed a Level 4 course. https://www.hee.nhs.uk/sites/default/files/HEE_Foot_Health_Standards_2021.pdfStandards for the Foot Health Workforce (hee.nhs.uk)

The Level 4 Diploma in Foot Health Care course combines both distance learning – so you can study and your own pace. With practical assessments taught at our state-of-the-art training facilities located in Southport.

The course consists of two parts: Theoretical and Practical


Part One – Theoretical

Consisting of 8 units via distance learning, fully supported by bi-weekly online tutor support meetings, conducted via Zoom. Each unit has an end of unit assessment consisting of multiple-choice questions. Students must obtain the required pass mark to progress to the next unit/assessment.

You may be asked to obtain a recommended text book to assist you with your studies and you will be given website addresses where you can research your work and assist in your understanding of the course.

The eight units are as follows:

  • Unit 1 – Anatomy & Physiology (Whole Body)
  • Unit 2 – Anatomy & Physiology (Lower Limb in detail)
  • Unit 3 – Dermatology (Anatomy & Physiology of the Skin and Nails)
  • Unit 4 – Clinical Conditions
  • Unit 5 – Pharmaceuticals and Treatment Agents
  • Unit 6 – Bacteriology and Sterilisation
  • Unit 7 – Pathology
  • Unit 8 – Clinical Emergencies and Practice Management

Part Two – Practical training

Practical training with the College of Foot Health is provided exclusively by HCPC registered Chiropodists and Podiatrists at our state-of-the-art Podiatry Clinic in Southport. You will be required to complete 2 weeks of hands-on practical training under the instruction, guidance and full support of the course tutors.

During your practical training you will be shown how to carry out the following:

  • Routine maintenance of equipment
  • Record keeping
  • Clinical assessment
  • Scalpel techniques
  • Practice management
  • How to use and maintain surgical drills
  • Diagnosis of foot problems
  • High risk patients
  • Care of the elderly foot
  • Referral of patients
  • Septic conditions
  • Disorders of the nail
  • Treatment of verrucae
  • Padding techniques
  • Reflective practice

You will be given dates, whilst studying the theoretical element, for practical training to commence as soon as possible after you have successfully completed and passed all of the theoretical units.

You will be fully insured whilst undertaking your practical training at our clinic.

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