Undergraduate BSc (Hons)

Prosthetics and Orthotics

School of Health and Society




Three year

Next enrolment

September 2020

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In a nutshell

Prosthetists and orthotists deal with the assessment, diagnosis and management of the whole of the body. Prosthetists provide artificial limbs (prostheses) to people who have all or part of a natural limb missing. Orthotists provide supportive braces and splints (orthoses) to people with various conditions of the limbs or spine. Prosthetists and orthotists work with people of all ages and with different requirements.

This course achieved a 97% overall student satisfaction rate in 2019 (University of Salford analysis of unpublished NSS 2019 data)

We are one of the only two universities in the UK offering this course. 

You will:
  • Learn how to assess, diagnose and treat people requiring prosthetic and orthotic care
  • Gradually require a greater depth of learning and increased competency in deadline with people, meeting their needs and deciding on the most effective treatment to offer
  • Spend time in clinical placements where you will get the chance to see real patients wearing their prostheses and orthoses

options available


students accepted

This is for you if...


You want to improve the lives of others


You can be both practical and imaginative


You want a rewarding and exciting career


You have excellent communication skills


You enjoy solving problems and helping people


You want to work with people from all kinds of backgrounds

Course details

All about the course

This course includes a wide variety of clinical, practical and theoretical learning. You will spend most of your time at the University but you will also spend time in clinical placements where you will get the chance to see real patients wearing their prostheses and orthoses. You will also get the chance to see patients at the University, within our purpose built facilities, and work with the latest technologies and equipment that are used for today's prosthetic and orthotic devices.

This course offers the opportunity to learn through placements in prosthetic and orthotic clinics across the country. As you move through the course, you will gradually require a greater depth of learning and increased competency in dealing with people, meeting their needs and deciding on the most effective treatment to offer.

The NHS Constitution is at the heart of our recruitment and selection process for students applying to become health care professionals. 

Year one

Anatomy and Physiology

In this module you will learn about the basic structure of the human body, with particular reference to the foot, ankle and lower leg. You will also learn about the workings of the human body, with a focus on those functions that are particularly important to prosthetists and orthotists.

Materials and Design

This module helps you learn about the design of prostheses and orthoses, how they are made and the different materials that are commonly used to make them.

Introduction to Prosthetic and Orthotics Practice

This module introduces you to clinical and workshop practice. You will be able to see professional patients and make and fit prosthetic and orthotic components for them, under careful supervision. This module focuses on the common lower limb prosthetic and orthotic conditions, introducing you to concepts that will be important not only here but later on in the course. You will spend two weeks within a prosthetic or orthotic clinical facility within this module, to help you relate the work you have undertaken at University with actual clinical practice.

General Prosthetic and Orthotic Practice

Prosthetists and orthotists provide a valuable service in health care, both nationally and internationally. This module builds on what you will have learned in the introduction to prosthetics and orthotics but focuses more on the importance of the service and your role as a prosthetist or orthotists. You will also see patients, but with different prosthetic and orthotic requirements and levels of limb absence, building on your experiences within earlier modules.

Introduction to Collaborative Professional Practice

You will study this module alongside students from other health care courses, engage in discussions on professionalism, codes of conduct, ethical issues, personal and social influences contributing to inequalities in health care. You will learn effective communication skills, ethical issues, professionalism and codes of conduct and relate these to health care practice within this module.

Introduction to Motion Analysis

The Motion Analysis modules will foster your skills in the calculation of forces applied during prosthetic and orthotic management and the effect if they are altered. This module introduces and then develops your knowledge and skills in human movement analysis through the use of the human movement laboratory and classroom sessions.

Year two

Core Prosthetic Practice

This module will introduce you to new levels of prosthetic management for lower limb prostheses and enable you to build upon the common threads that run through the prosthetic clinical practice introduced in year one. You will gain a greater appreciation of key skills associated with patient assessment and develop your clinical skills including casting, cast modification and prosthetic fitting.

Core Orthotic Practice

This module will introduce you to new areas of orthotic clinical practice as well as consolidating and expanding your orthotic knowledge from previous modules. You will also gain a greater appreciation of the effect of functional loss to the orthotic user.

Anatomy, Physiology and Pathologies

As a prosthetist or orthotist you will require a good understanding of human anatomy, how the body functions and related diseases. This module will provide you with a basic understanding of the anatomy of the thigh, hip and spine and its relevance to prosthetic and orthotic practice. It will also provide you with a basic understanding of the endocrine and immune systems of human body, and their relevance to prosthetic and orthotic practice.

Motion Analysis and Research Methods

As a clinician you will naturally wish to examine the validity of how current treatment plans are progressed or perhaps you may wish to explore new and different orthotic and prosthetic solutions. This module is designed to acquaint you with research methods and analysis which may be applied to professional practice and the planning of their own research. It will help develop your critical awareness of research design, particularly when reading other research reports. This module will also enable you to apply the theory from the previous 'Introduction to Motion Analysis' module to pathological gait. It will provide you with hands on experience of techniques used in biomechanical assessment. You will be introduced to methods of assessing gait in both clinical and research settings.

Intermediate Placement (16 weeks)

The placement period is shared equally between prosthetics and orthotics and is designed to introduce students to the more common clinical presentations requiring prosthetic and orthotic intervention. You will be exposed to clinical situations relevant to your prior learning and will actively engage in patient care. The placement will enable you to further develop their patient assessment and communication skills. The placement is located at end of the second semester in year two and extends into the summer period.

Year three

Final Placement (16 weeks)

This placement is carried out at the start of year three. It encompasses the whole of the first semester and extends over the Christmas period. Once again the placement period is split equally between prosthetics and orthotics. During the final placement you are expected to be able to consolidate your learning from the previous placements, particularly the recent intermediate placement. You will be exposed to an ever expanding variety of case studies where you will continue to further develop your clinical skills. You will develop a greater understanding of the rehabilitation process and in particular develop your skills in presenting viable management plans including problem solving and prescription ideas. You will also be able to demonstrate your ability to competently execute the key clinical skills (casting, measurement, cast modification, prosthetic/orthotic fitting) necessary to fulfil the agreed prescription.

Broad Scope Prosthetic and Orthotic Practice

You will be introduced to rare sites of amputation surgery and unusual orthotic clinical case studies. You will also be exposed to new developments within prosthetics and orthotics and encouraged to extend your knowledge in these emerging technologies.

Into Employment

Initially this module will enable you to reflect on the broader issues affecting health and social care, with a particular focus on prosthetics and orthotics. The content of the module will continue to develop your appreciation of the importance of evidence based practice within the clinical environment. The module will then focus more exclusively on your chosen profession. You will receive assistance and advice in regard to preparing for and engaging in interviews. You will examine and analyse the role of professional organisations and client organisations. You will also learn how to deal with difficult clinical situations and how to interface most effectively with a wide spectrum of clients, and you will be introduced to different service models pertaining to prosthetic and orthotic clinical practice.

Methods of Inquiry

For this module you will conduct an in-depth evidence-based study on a topic of your choice. This will give you the opportunity to plan and execute your own work and explore the links between research and practice. In so doing you will be better equipped to enter into a clinical setting and investigate areas of interest in a clear and objective manner.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What will I be doing?


  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Practical sessions
  • Problem-based learning
  • Clinical placements
  • Group discussion
  • Self directed study


  • Practical work 17%
  • Essays 22%
  • Projects 4%
  • Written and Viva exams 35%
  • Clinical assessments and portfolios 22%

School of Health and Society

In the School of Health and Soceity, we are focused on enhancing the health and wellbeing of patients, service users and athletes, and our commitment to public involvement helps us retain our strong focus on real-world issues.


As this is a highly specialised profession, we aim to provide you with the latest tools and facilities that will enhance your personal development.

Students of prosthetics and orthotics are taught hands-on clinical practice while dealing with patients in our custom-designed clinic rooms.

Further practice is undertaken in our workshops which boast a well-equipped machine room with CAD/CAM facilities and the plaster room where impressions of patients' anatomy can be modified for the subsequent manufacture of custom-made prostheses or orthoses.

Whilst on this course, you also have the opportunity to conduct motion analysis in one of three movement laboratories.

Employment and stats

What about after uni?

As a graduate, you can expect to be employed within a hospital or clinical facility within a junior position to begin, but with opportunities to become senior clinicians or perhaps enter into clinical management or specialism.

You will be able to work within the NHS either for commercial orthotics and prosthetics companies contracted to the NHS or directly for the NHS. Other graduates have gone onto work abroad, in research or in private practice. Jobs are predominantly advertised through the British Association of Prosthetists and Orthotists (BAPO).

Students who have studied this course with us have gone on to a variety of roles within the field of health including medical and dental technicians and health professionals.

A taste of what you could become

A prosthetist

An orthotist

A medical technician

And more...

Career Links

Most of our placements will involve working with both private companies and the NHS. Some companies offer the chance of specialist trips, accompanying other students and health care professionals to parts of Europe and gaining excellent experience and work skills in varying environments.

As a student, you can become an associate member of the British Association of Prosthetists and Orthotists (BAPO). On successful completion of the course, you will be eligible to apply for registration with the Health Professions Council. You may also become a student member of the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO) and become involved in professional issues on a global scale.


The prosthetics and orthotics division at the University of Salford (UNIPOD) focuses on assistive devices for limb absence and limbs.

Funded by the NHS Strategic Health Authority it is the only prosthetics and orthotics higher education provider in England, providing undergraduate education for England, Northern Ireland, Wales, and international students. It is responsible for the highest number of prosthetics and orthotics graduates per year in the UK.

By studying prosthetics and orthotics at Salford, you will directly benefit from UNIPOD's expertise due to the vast clinical, research and teaching experience of all staff involved in undergraduate programme delivery. With diverse backgrounds, including biomechanics, management, orthotics, prosthetics and psychology, the staff at UNIPOD will help you to learn about all aspects of care for the treatment of patients in need of prostheses and/or orthoses. Following an intensive and rewarding educational programme, our graduates are well equipped to find employment as prosthetists and/or orthotists, and many receive a job offer even whilst still at University.


what you need to know


As part of the application process, you may be invited to an interview. Have a look at our top ten tips for preparing for your interview. If you are offered an interview following your application, you will be sent further information about what to expect and what you need to bring with you on the day.

We are looking for bright, communicative, practical people who enjoy the prospect of clinical practical work and also the chance to help improve the lives of others within a rewarding and exciting career. All applicants are required to attend a Prosthetic and/or Orthotic Clinic and provide a summary of your experience. You will receive further information about this when you have applied, or you can contact the admissions tutor on: G.A.Banwell1@salford.ac.uk 


International applicants will be required to show proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.5, with no element below 6.0, is proof of this. If you need to improve your written and spoken English, you might be interested in our English Langauge courses


Please note: The entry criteria below are related to entry onto this course in the 2020/2021 academic year. If you’re interested in a future intake year, please check the course entry on UCAS.


Standard entry requirements


Minimum of three  GCSE's at Grade 4/C including English Language, Maths and a Science  (or equivalent) You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below

UCAS tariff points

120 points including Maths , Physics or Engineering

A level

120 points including Maths, Physics or Engineering at grade B or above

A level double award

120 points to include Health and Social Care plus A Level grade B in Maths or Physics 

BTEC National Diploma

DDM in a science related subject

Access to HE

120 points and must include level 3 Maths, Physics or  Engineering 

Scottish Highers

120 points Maths or Physics essential at grade B or above plus one other Science at grade B or above

Irish Leaving Certificate

120 points Maths or Physics essential at grade B or above plus one other Science at grade B or above

International Baccalaureate

28 points to include Maths, Physics or Engineering at grade B

European Baccalaureate

Pass in Diploma of at least 75% to include  at least one of the following: Maths, Physics or Engineering at Grade B or above

Alternative entry requirements

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.

There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.

How much?

Students will be expected to pay approximately £30 for health clearance from their GP. Please note, the charge for health clearance is at the discretion of your GP and can range from £0 to £120. In addition, students may incur other expenses during placements. Costs are approximated based on the current academic year. 

For international students who undertake a placement, there will be an additional placement fee in the region of £2,000.


As you may have seen in the media, in late 2019 the government announced additional funding for students on certain healthcare programmes. We are currently awaiting full details about the bursary, including what form this funding will take, and how students can apply. We understand it will be available to students studying the following courses:

  • Diagnostic Radiography
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Podiatry
  • Prosthetics and Orthotics
  • Midwifery
  • Nursing (adult, child, mental health, learning disability, joint nursing/social work)

As soon as we have further information, we’ll let all eligible students know. In the meantime, visit the gov.uk website for the latest information. 

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home/EU 2020/21 £9,250per year
Full-time international 2020/21 £16,380per year
Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

Scholarships for international students 2020/21

If you are a high-achieving international student, you may be eligible for one of our international scholarships worth up to £5,000. Our international scholarships include the Salford International Excellence Scholarship.

For more information go to International Scholarships.

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Enrolment dates

September 2020

UCAS information

Course ID B984

Institution S03