Undergraduate BSc (Hons)

Prosthetics and Orthotics with Foundation Year

School of Health and Society




Four year

Next enrolment

September 2019

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In a nutshell

The Health Care Foundation Year aims to provide you with an understanding of the basic concepts of health care and the allied health professions. The course also develops your skills and knowledge to prepare you for successful progression onto a degree course.

You will:
  • Develop the skills and knowledge to successfully study at Level 4
  • Learn about the basic theories and concepts relating to allied health professions
  • Be taught by a multi-disciplinary programme team with experience in a range of professional health care settings
Course details

All about the course

This Foundation Year will provide a solid foundation and pathway into one of our nursing programmes. The key areas of study will be effective communication and study skills and you will be introduced to basic theories and concepts within disciplines. 

On this course, you will develop: 

  • An understanding of fundamental theories that will be developed further within the associated degree programme
  • The necessary skills and knowledge to study successfully at level 4
  • An awareness of the importance of communication and collaboration within health care professions, and develop these skills over the duration of the programme 
  • Numeracy skills and competencies required for your subject area

There are six modules of 20 credits each on this course, as detailed below.

There is a requirement to achieve 60% in the following modules as relevant to your pathway, in addition to the 40% pass mark in all other modules: 

Communication in Healthcare Settings, Working in Healthcare Settings, Foundation of Physical Health, Foundation of Mental Health

If you do not achieve the required marks, you will be offered the opportunity to progress on to a course with lower entry requirements. 

Details of the modules on the degree programme can be found here:

BSc (Hons) Prosthetics and Orthotics.

Foundation year

Communication in Healthcare Settings (20 credits)

This module introduces skills and knowledge around communicating with service users and colleagues in a health care setting. You will explore different methods of communication and be given opportunities to practice newly acquired skills and knowledge. The module assessment is in the form of a 20 minute observed scenario with an actor playing a service user.

Study Skills (20 credits)

Studying health care at university necessitates the development and completion of essays and presentations, measured against the academic rigours of degree level studies. This module helps you to develop skills in writing, referencing, and presenting information, all of which will be assessed via an essay at the end of the module.

Allied Health Professions

The module is designed to act as an introduction to the health care professions and the required skills and competencies to undertake specific roles. This will include a comparison of a specified profession alongside other associated professions to identify areas of similarity and overlap whilst also identifying distinctive elements of the profession. Core skills and competencies will be highlighted to provide an outline key working practices to ensure you are confident in their choice of this professional area as a future career. The assessment for this module will be a 1,500-word skills analysis essay.

Foundation of Physical Health

In this module, you will be introduced to how we function physically. You will look at what happens when our bodies' systems breakdown and how we try to influence people’s lifestyle choices to give them the best chance of a long and healthy life.The assessment is looking at providing a session (usually a powerpoint presentation) which will aim to look at one lifestyle issue, how it contributes to poor health, and provision of a health promotion strategy which can be used with service users. 


This module will help you become aware of the need to consider numeracy as an important skill in many professions pertinent to healthcare. You will get many opportunities to hone your numeracy skills, using evidence based strategies, recognized in healthcare education as providing the best resources for the job. Your assessment is a one-hour numeracy assessment where you are given 20 calculations to work out in class.

Introduction to Applied Sciences

This module will provide a firm grounding in the key applied sciences needed to study for a degree in a range of professions. You will be provided with a focused review of key biological, biomechanical and anatomical principles, allied to key applications in the vocational setting. A grounding in these applied sciences will ensure you are able to cope with the transition to level 4 studies. The assessment for this module will be a two-hour multiple choice exam.

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

This module aims to introduce the concept of being a health and social care professional. You will start to explore factors that influence practitioner and service user interactions and become familiar with issues such as moving and handling, infection control and safeguarding.

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.


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.

Prosthetics and Orthotics Laboratory

As 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 boasts a well-equipped machine room with CADCAM facilities and the plaster room where impressions of patients' anatomy can be modified for the subsequent manufacture of custom-made prostheses or orthoses.

Undergraduate students have the opportunity to conduct motion analysis in one of three movement laboratories.


What you need to know

This course isn’t suitable for international students. If you are an international student and interested in studying a foundation year, please visit our International Foundation Year course page.


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.This foundation year pathway is designed for students who do not have the standard entry requirements to enter university at degree level.

You can read about the entry requirements for individual allied health profession degree programmes here:

BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy

BSc (Hons) Podiatry

BSc (Hons) Prosthetics and Orthotics

Standard entry requirements


English Language and Maths at grade 4/C or above (or equivalent). You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below

UCAS tariff points

64 points 

A Level

64 UCAS points, from a minimum of two A Levels or equivalent

BTEC National Extended Diploma


Scottish Highers

64 points 

Irish Leaving Certificate

64 points

European Baccalaureate

Pass of at least 75%

Access to HE

64 points

Alternative entry requirements

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We welcome applications from those 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?

Please view the relevant degree programme information to the view the fees for the remaining years of your course. 

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

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home/EU 2019/20 £8,250 for Foundation Year and £9,250 for subsequent years.
Additional costs

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

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Enrolment dates

September 2019

September 2020

UCAS information

Course ID B983

Institution S03