Foot Health Practitioner
FREE WITH THIS COURSE: The price of our nationally recognised Foot Health courses now includes FREE student accommodation [for Bude venue only], saving you up to £125 on your total training costs! more about free accommodation
There is no greater satisfaction than to care for others, and our Foot Health Practitioner course gives you the opportunity to accomplish this in your own practice. The human foot is one of the most complex and neglected of body parts. Every step we take places 2.5 times our body weight on the 26 bones that make up each foot, and it has been estimated that we walk 3 times around the planet in a lifetime. The foot is highly sensitive, and like any machine part, suffers wear or damage when injured or stressed beyond its capability.
About our Foot Health Practitioner Course
This course is made up of twelve lessons of theory training, which you complete from the comfort of your own home, and one week’s practical training, which is completed at one of our state-of-the-art Foot Health Training Centres in either Bude, Cornwall or Edgbaston, Birmingham.
We believe that students benefit more from near personal tuition. That is why your class size will not exceed 6 students. This ensures that your tutor can “get to know you”, can give you individual attention and instruction, and is available to answer any questions you may have.
If you would prefer to study the theory element of the course plus two week’s practical training, please click here.
Photos of our students whilst they were training with us at the College’s dedicated
Foot Health Campus in Bude.
What could I do with this FHP Qualification?
Start your own business
Stonebridge’s Foot Health Practitioner course not only gives you a complete
grounding in foot anatomy, care and diagnosis, but provides the information and
support you need to establish a successful practice. You could set up your own
clinic, work from home, or build a mobile practice visiting patients in their own or
There are several options for setting up in practice. You may elect to establish a
Domiciliary Practice, visiting clients in the comfort of their own homes. Alternatively,
you might arrange to visit supermarkets and factories to look after their staff, or
Nursing Homes to care for their residents.
Many choose to establish a Practice and work at home (subject to planning
permission) or in rented premises, perhaps on the High Street. These options may
be mixed in any combination to suit your personality, budget or local geography.
As a professional you choose the hours you wish to work and make your
appointments accordingly. Full-time or Part-time, you are in control and you decide
how much, or how little, you wish to work.
Become a chiropodist/podiatrist
If you wish to increase your responsibilities and build your career, you could
continue your education and training to become a chiropodist/podiatrist, earning
up to £39,000+*/year.
*Source: Payscale.com, Sept. 2012.
Foot Health Practitioner Practical Diploma
The 12 lesson distance learning theory element of the programme can be
completed entirely from the comfort of your own home without the need for you
to attend the College. During this period all students are assigned a personal tutor
who can be contacted via phone, e-mail or in writing.
The 5 day practical part of the course requires your attendance at a Stonebridge
Clinical training Centre in either Bude, Cornwall or Edgbaston, Birmingham.
Syllabus - Theory
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Intro/ organisation/ tissues/ cartilage/ ligament/ tendon/ bone/ fractures/ skeletal development/ the human skeleton/ leg skeleton/ foot skeleton/ anatomical planes/ terms of reference/ foot arches
Normal stance and posture/ pes planus/ articulations/ tendons/ retinaculae/ movement/ pes plano-valgus
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Muscle tissues/ structure/ groups/ muscles of the leg and foot, HAV limitus/ rigidus/ metatarsalgia/
arthritis/ gout/ sprains/ treatment of pes plano-valgus
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Blood structure/ heart/ vessels/ circulation/ arteries/veins/ capillaries/ respiration/ circulatory
disorders/ atherosclerosis/ stenosis/thrombosis/ ulceration/ varicosity/ pulses/ blood borne disease/
pathogens/ fungi/ viruses/ bacteria/ exercise and the cardiovascular system/ disinfection and
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Integumentary system/ skin hair and nails/ normal function and growth mechanisms/ homeostasis/
instruments / skin pathologies-corns, callus, etc/ nail dystrophies/ peripheral perfusion/ tissue viability/
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Materia medica/ antiseptics/ styptics/ varnishes/ creams/ pre and post ops/ cleanliness and personal
hygiene/ self-presentation/ diagnosis/ prognosis/ records and book-keeping/ styles of practise
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Lymphatic circulation/ relationship to blood circulation/ lymphoedema/ path of infection/ route of
metastasis/ when and how to refer
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CNS/ ANS/ nerve supply to foot sensation and pain/ areas served by individual nerves/ peripheral
circulation examination/ Raynauds syndrome/ neuropathy/ neurological examination
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Endocrine system and hormones/ diabetes mellitus and its significance/ neuropathy/ paddings and
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External respiration/ gaseous exchange in the lungs/ internal respiration/ measurement of blood
pressure/ the ankle brachial pressure index/ varicose veins/ skin disorders and conditions/ differential
diagnosis/ fungal infections/ yeast infections/ sweating disorders/ instruments/
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Pathology/ organ changes/ factors causing hypertrophy and hyperplasia/ factors causing atrophy/
neoplasms/ elements of nutrition/ setting up a practice
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Lecture 1: Instruments: their use and care, general cleaning and autoclaves.
Lecture 2: Personal Presentation: hair/jewellery etc.
Lecture 3: Record Keeping: acceptable abbreviations.
Practical Session 1: Use of Burs, Nail nippers, Foot dressers & Blacks files.
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Practical Session 2: Materia medica, Padding & strapping, Sterile dressing techniques, Modern
alternatives e.g. Silicon gel.
Practical Session 3: Scalpel techniques, Practice on wax etc.
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Practical Sessions 12, 13: Real clients
Lecture 4: Review of the week: Assess what has been learnt. Direct further study. General discussion.
Award Ceremony with Principal -
Foot Health Practitioner Practical Diploma
N.B. With this qualification you will be able to secure professional indemnity insurance to practice
competently as a fully registered Foot Health Practitioner.
Accommodation in Bude
At Stonebridge Colleges we realise that
the cost of training to become a Foot
Health Practitioner can be high, with the
costs of training, equipment, travel and
accommodation to consider.
We are pleased to offer all of our
students, studying at the Bude campus,
FREE accommodation in one of our selfcatering
residential properties. Please
note this applies to the Bude venue only.
Both properties are newly renovated
with either a private garden area or a
balcony overlooking the beach. They are
located on quiet roads and only a few
minutes walk from the town centre and both are no more than 5-10 minutes away
from the College’s foot health campus in Bude.
There is plenty of parking (including off-road parking) in and around the properties so
students can choose to drive to the college where there is also ample parking outside.
Just a 5 minute walk to the town’s popular beaches, and easy walking distance to the
many amenities, our accommodation is the perfect place for those students who may
be travelling down alone, or with friends and family as they can keep themselves easily
occupied while students are in classes.
Bude’s surrounding landscapes are diverse and stunning in every aspect. There are
miles of golden, sandy , beaches. The compact and bijou town centre, with so many
different things on offer and the locally owned shops and restaurants, combine with a
friendly and welcoming atmosphere - all of these contribute to Bude being so special.
For more information on the wide range of activities available in Bude , please go to:
We have a wide range of different types of rooms available ranging from single, shared
or family occupancy with en-suite or shared facilities.
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Bedroom 1 - 2 single beds
Bedroom 2 - 2 single beds
Bedroom 3 - 2 single beds
Bedroom 4 - Double room
Bedroom 5 - Double room (en-suite)Bedroom 6 - Double room
Kitchen, Dining room, 4 x showers, 3 Baths, 5 x toilets, Lounge, Garden, Laundry room & off road parking.
Please note: If you are attending with your family, rooms 3 and 4 in Property one can be sealed off to form a family apartment comprising: 2 bunk beds, I double room, 2 toilets, 1 bath and 1 shower. If you are interested, please contact the college to discuss this.
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Bedroom 1 - Double room (en-suite)Bedroom 2 - Double room
Bedroom 3 - Double room
Bedroom 4 - 1 bunk bed (sleeps 2)
Kitchen/Diner, 3 x showers, 1 Baths, 3 x toilets, Lounge, Balcony & off road parking.
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Students will be allocated accommodation for the duration of their stay. If you are booked onto the 5 day practical training course then your accommodation will be for 12 nights, Students can arrive at the property from any time after 3pm on the Sunday rior to the training week commencing and must vacate their property by no later than 10am on the final Friday of their training week.
If a student wishes to bring a friend or family member to stay in the same room, an additional charge will be applied. For guests aged 16 and over the charge will be an additional £100 per week and for guests aged 15 and under the charge will be an additional £75 per week. This represents a significant saving over the cost of booking accommodation through a n ordinary B & B. The same charge structure will apply for those guests (who are not students) who wish to have their own bedroom. However preference for bedrooms will be given to students who
are studying at the college. Students are advised to contact the college to discuss their accommodation needs as soon as possible.
• Free accommodation is only available to fully paid up students studying either our 5-day or 11-day practical training course at our Bude venue (family and friends may also use the accommodatiuon subject to paying the appropriate additional charge).
•• The average price of a bed and breakfast room in Bude is £25 per person per night.
••• There is no cash alternative available for this offer.
• All study materials
• Study Guide
• Full Tutor and Admin support
• One Week’s Practical Training
• The price of our Nationally Recognised Foot Health courses now includes FREE* student accommodation [for Bude venue only], saving you up to £125* on your total training costs! For more information, please click here!
• The course fee includes the awarding body registration and certification fee (valued at up to £30.00)
• Business start up advice and excellent discount rates from the College’s approved supplier of Foot Health equipment
• FREE Patient diagnosis pocket handbook worth £15.99
• FREE Practitioner’s Toolkit worth £100.00
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work, increase your ability to remember facts and concepts, and get the most out of your chosen course.
Improving Learning Skills Course
Studying is more than gathering information and reproducing it in assessment tasks such as essays and examinations. Studying involves knowing
how to approach a problem, analysing the problem, identifying what you already know, deciding how to gather more information, and much more.
This section will help you gain and improve your skills in studying.
Studying is an active process. Open learning materials enable adult learners to take responsibility for their own learning. This course has been
prepared as an open learning resource for people who wish to undertake a learning programme that involves them preparing for a period of
studying. It is designed either to form part of any course of study or may be used as a free-standing guide by students.
You can use this course, as an active learner, to identify:
• what you know already
• what you need to know
• what interests you
• how to use your knowledge to enhance your critical awareness.
This course will enable you to improve your study skills and it is designed for students, practitioners and other people involved in learning and/or being assessed.
• Introduction and Objectives
• Learning to Learn
• Setting Aside Time for Study
• Effective Reading
• Effective Note-taking
• Preparing to Write
• Planning and Writing the Assignment
• Basic Research
• Introduction to Computers
• Spreadsheets and Excel
• Using Databases and Access
• Word Processing with MS Word
Cost of course: FREE to Elearnuk students
Cost to non-Elearnuk students: £125.00
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The Effective Learner Course
This course will consider the importance of study skills and how we can identify and enhance our current skill set. We will then take a closer look at
different learning styles and how knowledge of our own preferences in this area can make our learning more effective. Finally we will look at some
basic time management techniques to enable you to plan and organise your studies and stay motivated.
As we impose no time limits on you to complete your course, we also provide unlimited tutor support throughout the duration of your course. Our
team of dedicated, professional tutors have a wide variety of experience and expertise, are highly knowledgeable in their respective fields, and are
trained to provide high-quality distance learning support.
Once enrolled, you will be assigned a named tutor who will offer help and guidance through your assignments, whenever needed. Your tutor will
mark your submissions and assess your progress, providing you constructive and supportive feedback, and is on hand to answer any questions you
may have throughout your course. Your tutor is part of a team of specialist tutors, so you can be sure you will always receive support whenever you
need it. Our tutors mark assignments within 3-4 working days and finals within 10 working days.
Should you need assistance from your tutor at any point throughout your course, the best way to reach her/him is by e-mail and your query will
promptly be answered within 72 hours. Our tutorial department can also be reached by post, or by phone during normal working hours.
Our friendly tutors are ready to help with any queries you may have. You need never feel stranded or cut off from help!
A collection of games to sharpen your concentration or just take time out from studying.
A collection of reference materials, links to e-journals, and reading lists compiled by our tutors.
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The British Learning Association
BLA, the British Learning Association, exists to promote quality
and best practice in open, flexible and distance forms of
learning throughout the education and training sectors of the
UK. It is the national cross sector association for open learning
drawing its membership from the key areas of open and
The British Learning Association is recognised as one of the
leading organisations promoting quality and best practice in
open learning in the UK.
Register for Foot Health Professional (RFHP)
Affiliation of Ethical & Professional Therapists (AEPT)
The Register for Foot Health Professional (RFHP) is a nonprofit
professional association for Foot Health Practitioners,
who places practitioners on a register, making the public
aware that the practitioner is trained to a high standard.
The RFHP campaigns for, promotes and supports those who
work and practice in the Foot Health Practitioner Industry.
It reaches out to people who act as advocates for the Foot
Health Profession and it anticipates and exceeds stakeholder
expectations. Members are of all ages and come from a broad
range of professional and personal backgrounds.
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On completion of your course, you will receive two certificates:
Certificate 1 is issued by Stonebridge Associated Colleges:
Foot Health Practitioner Diploma
Foot Health Practitioner Diploma issued by Stonebridge Associated Colleges,
to view a sample of the college’s award, please click here.
Certificate 2 is issued by our Awarding Body:
Level 4 Foot Health Practitioner Certificate of Achievement
At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of
Achievement by ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details
of all the units you have completed as part of your course).
The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme. This
means that Stonebridge Associated Colleges have undergone an external quality
check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality
criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated
qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards
regulated qualifications in the future. The unit summary can be used as evidence
towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this
sector. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at
Level 4 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study
and level of difficulty involved in successful completion by the learner.
The course itself has been designed by Stonebridge Associated Colleges to
meet specific learners’ or employers’ requirements. ABC Awards’ endorsement
involves a robust and rigorous quality audit by external inspectors to ensure
quality is consistently met. A regular review of courses is carried out as part of
the endorsement process.
To view a sample of the ABC Certificate of Achievement, please click here.
To view a sample of the ABC Learner Unit Summary, please click here.
Who are ABC?
ABC Awards is a leading national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual,
and the Welsh Government. They have a comprehensive portfolio of
over 650 Ofqual regulated qualifications on the national Qualifications and
Credit framework (QCF). It has a long-established reputation for developing
and awarding high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range
of industries. As a registered charity, ABC Awards combines 180 years of
examination and assessment expertise but also implements a responsive,
flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers.
Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards
also offers over 600 Ofqual regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities
post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure
that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.
For more info on our awarding body, ABC awards, click here
Requirements for Entry
There is no experience or previous qualifications required for enrolment on
this course. It is available to all students, of all academic backgrounds.
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Paper Based Study - Start your course today from £150.00
With paper based study we post out the course materials to you. You can then review them in your own time and complete the assignments which you are required to submit to your personal tutor for marking and feedback.
*Cashback will be paid to you once you have finished paying for your course in full. For more information, please see our cash back terms and conditions. The total amount payable over the term’s period, is no more than the total cash price of the course. (APR = 0%). Written quotations are available on request.
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When you study online you can quickly access your course material online and submit all of your question papers to your tutor online, using your unique student account. You have access to all of your course material immediately, and when you
submit question papers, your tutor sends you an email containing your results and feedback.
*Cashback will be paid to you once you have finished paying for your course in full. For more information, please see our cashback terms and conditions. The total amount payable over the term’s period, is no more than the total cash price of the
course. (APR = 0%). Written quotations are available on request.