Pedorthics is about keeping people mobile and getting the best performance from their feet, footwear or orthoses. The Bachelor of Pedorthics provides the knowledge and skills required for graduates to become a professional pedorthist.
Pedorthists work in private practice or allied health practices, and may receive patient referrals from medical professionals.
Pedorthics is a growing industry and Southern Cross University is the first to offer a Bachelor qualification in this area.
Major areas of study
The course develops comprehensive knowledge and associated skills in this new allied health profession. Students are introduced to foot care as a requirement for living independently and being mobile. Studies include learning about health problems associated with feet and footwear design and production.
Course Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a course. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes.
|Graduate Attribute||Course Learning Outcome|
Apply critical analysis, prudent judgement and the use of research/evidence to inform clinical/professional practice.
Develop an entrepreneurial and sustainable approach to clinical/professional practice utilising appropriate leadership and management skills.
Demonstrate knowledge, skill and empathy as ethical, innovative and creative professional eligible to enter clinical/professional practice.
Establish clinical/professional practice based on ethical decision-making and evidence-based practice.
Demonstrate accountability and responsibility within clinical/professional practice.
|Knowledge of a discipline|
Function in accordance with all relevant legislation, registration requirements, guidelines and standards affecting clinical/professional practice.
Assess, plan, provide and evaluate safe and effective clinical practice with a range of client groups across the lifespan.
Identify and reflect on the generalist and specialist skills of practice required for continuing professional development and professional practice.
|Communication and social skills|
Work collaboratively in a range of health care teams with an understanding of best practice and the evidence base that supports it.
Communicate and collaborate effectively with clients, families, significant others and professional colleagues in ways that are appropriate to the scholarly, professional and/or social setting.
Demonstrate cultural safety in clinical/professional practice and leadership
Demonstrate an understanding of health inequalities and indigenous health (worldwide)
A variety of assessment methods is used in this course including multiple choice examinations, short answer examinations, essay examinations, case studies, tutorial and workshop presentations, debates, written assignments, simulations and clinical skills testing.
In the clinical settings, clinical e-portfolios, reflective exercises and clinical competency appraisal are required.
For each unit there are usually two to three assessment items.
On-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including lectures, tutorials, online activities and video-linked or podcast virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.
Our online study option is highly interactive and strives to promote collaboration and a sense of community. Students may receive a combination of podcast or video-linked lectures, electronic study materials, workshops, online discussion forums and virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.
As a pedorthist – a health care professional who specialises in the improvement of human movement, in particular gait and better foot function. A pedorthist conducts a comprehensive assessment that may lead to them manufacturing corrective footwear, orthoses or other supportive devices. Pedorthists work with adults, children, people with disabilities and athletes. They can also use their skills to make comfortable fashion footwear.
Typical career examples include:
Working with adults – addressing associated pain from foot, knee and back issues to improve the quality of life.
Diabetes care – where the correction and management of the feet through footwear and orthoses can prevent limb loss.
Disability health services – where the correct footwear, orthoses and support is vital to ensure the best outcomes and to minimise deterioration of function and improve comfort.
Footwear design and manufacture – for those with an interest in footwear fashion, use your pedorthic know-how to make fashion footwear unique yet comfortable.
Paediatrics – giving toddlers and children assistance with correct footwear and orthoses.
Sporting industry – where the interaction of footwear and orthoses can assist athletes to perform at their best. Many serious and professional athletes have their orthoses and footwear fine-tuned to their needs.
International – studying pedorthics may open employment opportunities overseas as students will be exposed to a range of international contacts.
During the course, students gain workplace experience to apply their skills and knowledge. They will complete approximately 1,000 hours of professional placement in various settings throughout the three years of study.
Professional experience placements require students to fulfil certain prerequisites prior to attending placement. Before applying for this course, please consider the important information regarding these requirements at www.scu.edu.au/healthplacements.
This course has provisional accreditation with the Pedorthic Association of Australia pending completion of the first graduate cycle in 2019. Once fully accredited, the degree will enable graduates to practise as professional pedorthists, become members of the Association, and appear on the Australian Register of Pedorthists.
|Duration||3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
3.5 years for students commencing in Session 2
|Indicative ATAR/OP||68 / 13|
|Fees|| Commonwealth supported
|Duration||3 years full-time; 6 years part-time|
|English language IELTS||
Academic scores by country
MySCU is a student's point of entry to a range of online services and resources that support study and student life. The portal includes unit learning sites and information sites where students can access resources, communication tools and useful links that are integral to their studies.
The web-based study environment Blackboard Learn delivers an advanced online learning environment for students and lecturers to communicate and collaborate through virtual meeting spaces, classrooms, and discussion boards. They can share files, presentations and applications. If a tutorial or lecture is recorded, students can view it afterwards.
Learning materials include the provision of unit information guides, study guides and readings. Students may need to purchase or access prescribed text books.
The SCU Library provides a wide range of services that include face-to-face and online help, and access to print and electronic resources.
The Academic Skills team supports student learning by offering online and on-campus academic skills workshops, assignment reviews and small group or one-on-one face-to-face, phone or Skype consultations during business hours 9am to 4.30pm. Appointments can be made via the MySCU Hub 'Connect Now' button or on the Academic Skills home page. Students can also book appointments online in Career Hub.
The Studiosity service provides online after-hours study support for SCU students. This service is available from 4pm to midnight Sunday to Friday via the 'Connect Now' button on MySCU Hub or from a link in nominated unit learning sites. The Studiosity service offers generic writing feedback and live online chat assistance for foundational concepts and study skills.
Equipment and facilities
Students have access to state-of-the-art facilities, teaching areas and teaching and learning resources including simulation equipment, clinical learning spaces within on-campus clinics, laboratories for anatomy and physiology, movement and biomechanics, orthoses and bracing, and a footwear and orthoses manufacturing facility suitable for footwear science.
See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.
Table of contents
Applicants who do not meet Rule 2 English Language Proficiency Requirements must demonstrate English language proficiency by achieving an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 7.0 with a score of no less than 6.5 across each of the bands of reading, writing, speaking and listening.
An applicant who has completed a Certificate III qualification will not be admitted solely on the basis of this qualification.
To be eligible for the award of Bachelor of Pedorthics a candidate shall successfully complete the equivalent of twenty four (24) units (288 credit points) comprising all units listed in the Schedule of Units.
A candidate who, while enrolled in the Bachelor of Pedorthics, has successfully completed sixteen (16) units (192 credit points) comprising any 16 units from the units listed in the Schedule attached to these Rules may elect to be awarded the Associate Degree of Health and Human Sciences following withdrawal from the Bachelor of Pedorthics.
A candidate who, while enrolled in the Bachelor of Pedorthics, has successfully completed eight (8) units (96 credit points) comprising any 8 units from the units listed in the Schedule attached to these Rules may elect to be awarded the Diploma of Health and Human Sciences following withdrawal from the Bachelor of Pedorthics.
Professional Experience Learning
This course includes professional experience learning. Pre-requisites to meet national and state-based regulatory requirements, as detailed on School of Health and Human Sciences Professional Experience page must be met prior to attending professional experience placement. All professional experience learning hours must be completed and professional behaviour and conduct must be demonstrated.
Candidates are not permitted to have an extended period of more than 18 months between study of any two (2) units with professional experience learning.
Candidates are not permitted to have an extended period of more than 18 months between study of a theory unit that relates specifically to a particular unit with professional experience learning.
Subsequent to the above, candidates who have an interrupted study sequence of more than 18 months will be assessed on a case-by-case basis and may be required to undertake a specified supported professional experience placement to ensure professional experience currency prior to continuation of the course.
Inherent Requirements apply to this course as defined on the Student Access & Inclusion website. If you have a disability or health condition which may impact on your ability to meet these requirements please refer to the Student Access & Inclusion website for further information and contact details.
Candidates who have completed the Bachelor of Podiatry and Podiatrists registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency may be granted advanced standing for up to seventeen (17) units towards the Bachelor of Pedorthics.
Schedule of units
Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment
Session 1 Commencement - Full time
Session 1 Commencement - Part time
Session 2 Commencement
|Title||Level of learning||Note|
|Students commencing the BPed mid-year will take 3.5 years, not 3 years, full-time study to complete the course.|
|Year 1, Session 2|
|BIO00307 - Human Physiology||Introductory||Note 2|
|Year 1, Session 3|
|BIO01302 - Human Anatomy||Introductory|
|From Year 2, following the Session 1 Admission structure (excluding the above two units)|
Session 3 Commencement
|Note 1:||Double-weighted unit|
|Note 2:||2018 is the last time this unit will be offered. See information on the School of Health and Human Science website (https://www.scu.edu.au/school-of-health-and-human-sciences/pages/human-physiology-2019/#d.en.205492) for more information regarding changes from 2019|
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