Bachelor of Pedorthics

2020 course information for Domestic Students
2020 course information for International Students

updated 3:27 PM on Wed, 21 April

Domestic snapshot

International snapshot

IELTS
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ATAR/OP
N/A
Duration
3 years full-time; 6 years part-time

3.5 years for students commencing in Session 2

3 years full-time
Location
Gold Coast
Gold Coast
Start date
March, July, November
February
Course code
3007307
Course abbreviation
BPed
Credit points
288
Equivalent units
24
CRICOS
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Fees
Commonwealth supported
Fees
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Please note, some locations may not have all intake periods available. See the full availability details for further information.

Course overview

Put your best foot forward in a degree that is the basis of an exciting professional future.

With a focus on biomechanics, foot function and improved mobility, our Bachelor of Pedorthics is the most advanced pedorthic education and training program in the country, and the only one of its kind offered by an Australian university. 

Pedorthics is a person-centred field of allied health focused on creative design solutions for commercial and orthopaedic footwear and orthotic appliances; to improve body function, prevent injury and reduce the impact of disease and disability.

You'll learn about health conditions that impact the feet, the mechanics of gait, footwear design and production and even entrepreneurship. You'll develop your practical skills in our advanced on-campus laboratories and gain invaluable work experience through substantial placements. Our teaching team includes world leading certified pedorthists and multidisciplinary experts.

As a graduate, you will have the opportunity to work in a range of sectors, including health practices, disability services and the sporting and fashion footwear industries. You'll draw on your knowledge to perform comprehensive evidence-based assessments to diagnose conditions of the lower limb and be able to prescribe, design, and fabricate creative solutions by making orthotic appliances modifying footwear or custom-making orthopaedic footwear.

Put your best foot forward in a degree that is the basis of an exciting professional future.

With a focus on biomechanics, foot function and improved mobility, our Bachelor of Pedorthics is the most advanced pedorthic education and training program in the country, and the only one of its kind offered by an Australian university. 

Pedorthics is a person-centred field of allied health focused on creative design solutions for commercial and orthopaedic footwear and orthotic appliances; to improve body function, prevent injury and reduce the impact of disease and disability.

You'll learn about health conditions that impact the feet, the mechanics of gait, footwear design and production and even entrepreneurship. You'll develop your practical skills in our advanced on-campus laboratories and gain invaluable work experience through substantial placements. Our teaching team includes world leading certified pedorthists and multidisciplinary experts.

As a graduate, you will have the opportunity to work in a range of sectors, including health practices, disability services and the sporting and fashion footwear industries. You'll draw on your knowledge to perform comprehensive evidence-based assessments to diagnose conditions of the lower limb and be able to prescribe, design, and fabricate creative solutions by making orthotic appliances modifying footwear or custom-making orthopaedic footwear.

Current Southern Cross students – to access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook.

Entry requirements

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

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.

Credit for prior learning

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.

CountryScore
Austria AMC3.4
Bangladesh HSC3.6
Brazil SSLC8.2
Chile PSU6.4, overall 600-649
China Gao Kao449
Colombia CB (NAT)81, overall 300-349
Denmark USSLE6.2
France FB11
German Abitur3
Hong Kong HKDSE14
India CBSE (best 4)8.5 external exam
India CISCE71
India Higher Secondary School Certificate (best 4)78 academic
Indonesia SMA8.2
International Baccalaureate24
Japan USSLC4
Korea, Republic of, CSAT298
Malaysia ICSSUEC71
Malaysia STPM5, best 3 A levels
Nepal Higher Secondary Education Certificate73
Nepal Proficiency Certificate82
Pakistan HSSC Humanities and Science streams77
Pakistan HSSC Pre-Eng and Pre-Med streams31
Papua New Guinea HSC (best 5)2.5, pass Math & Eng
Peru OCSE17
Phillipines NSAT89
Russia FCCSE4.3
Saudi Arabia MESSLC83
Singapore Cambridge GCE A Level 15.5
Spain SSSD8.2
Spain STBPU7.5
Sri Lanka GCE4.5
Sweden SSLC13
Taiwan GSAT54
Taiwan Senior High School Certificate87
Thailand CSE(Matayom 6) 1.9
Turkey HSD4
UK Board GCE A Levels13 (4 subjects)
USA SAT & ACTSAT 1410, ACT 20
Vietnam (in 4 subjects)7.5 academic

Language requirements

English language requirements apply to International applicants and other applicants whose previous study was undertaken in a language other than English. The minimum English language requirements for such applicants for entry to this course are as follows

CategoryScore
Overall Score7.0
Reading6.5
Writing6.5
Listening6.5
Speaking6.5

About the course

The course prepares graduates to work as members of the allied healthcare team, and includes a wide range of interprofessional experiences. 

Studies include:

  • evidence-based practice
  • the Australian health care system
  • psychology and sociology for health science practitioners
  • biological, physical and medical sciences, including anatomy, physiology and systemic and lower limb medicine
  • lower limb biomechanical assessments and the use of orthotic appliances and bracings, applied through a range of simulated and practical experiences
  • hands-on manufacturing of custom-made orthopaedic footwear and the modification of pre-fabricated medical grade footwear 
  • knowledge in textiles including pattern making, materials and design
  • skills on an array of machinery including grinding machines, vacuum presses and sewing machines located on-campus in our manufacturing lab that houses world class, top range technology and machinery.

Domestic students

LocationSession
Gold Coast1, 2, 3

International students

LocationSessionAnnual FeesCRICOS
Gold Coast1$27,600 ($3,450 per unit)086343K
 Notice

Tuition fees are in Australian dollars, and are subject to change, including annual increases over the duration of a course. Annual tuition fee is based on completing 8 units per year. In addition students are required to pay OSHC for the duration of their visa in advance. Non-tuition fee covers textbooks, stationery and excursions.

How to apply

Where and when do you want to study?

Applications for this course are made directly to Southern Cross University via our online application service.

Applications are not available for 2020. Please select a different year above or see Course Options for courses currently offered.

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Why choose SCU?

Excellence in research

Outstanding ratings of 'at world standard' or above in 23 research fields.

Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) 2018

Top 200 Young Universities

Only 25 years young and ranked in the top 200 universities in the world.

Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2020

Outstanding student support

5-Star Student Support across undergraduate and postgraduate studies

Good Universities Guide 2021

Learning outcomes

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.

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.

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.

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)


Assessment methods

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.

Teaching methods

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.

Career opportunities

A pedorthist is a rare and valued health professional. As a graduate you can work in your own practice, in lower limb clinics, for orthopaedic footwear companies, or in high risk foot clinics within a multidisciplinary team.

Some typical career paths in pedorthics include pain management of issues related to the foot, knee and back, diabetes foot management to prevent limb loss, disability health services, footwear design and manufacture, fashion footwear, paediatric corrective footwear and orthoses and in the sporting industry for elite performance or orthotic support.

 

 

 

Professional placement

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.

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by the Pedorthic Association of Australia. Suitably qualified members of the Association are registered with the Australian Pedorthists Registration Board and appear on the Board's website.

Ask a question

Domestic future
students

Call 1800 626 481 during business hours.

International future
students

Call +61 2 6620 3876 during business hours.

Current
students

Email: enquiry@scu.edu.au
Call 1800 005 687 during business hours.


Course requirements

To be eligible to receive the Bachelor of Pedorthics, students must complete 288 credit points, comprising all core units.

Exit Awards

Students may be eligible to exit with an Associate Degree of Health and Human Sciences after completing 192 credit points, comprising any 16 core units.

Students may be eligible to exit with a Diploma of Health and Human Sciences after completing 96 credit points, comprising any 8 core units.

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.

Progression

Students are not permitted to have an extended period of more than 18 months between study of any two (2) units with professional experience learning.

Students 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.

Students 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

Inherent Requirements apply to this course as defined on the Student Access & Inclusion website. Students who have a disability or health condition which may impact on their ability to meet these requirements are encouraged to visit the Student Access & Inclusion website for further information and contact details.


Course structure




Course progressions

Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment

TitleLevel of learningNote
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
BIO71002 -  Human Physiology IIntroductory
CMM10580 -  The Australian Health Care SystemIntroductory
Year 1, Session 3
BIO71003 -  Human Physiology IIIntroductory
BIO01302 -  Human AnatomyIntroductory
From Year 2, following the Session 1 Admission structure (excluding the above units)

TitleLevel of learningNote
Complete one or both of the units under Session 3 below and then follow the Course Progression for Session 1 Commencement excluding the completed unit/s.
Session 3
BIO01302 -  Human AnatomyIntroductory
CMM10580 -  The Australian Health Care SystemIntroductory


Notes

Note 1: Double-weighted unit

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