There is no greater satisfaction than to care for others, and our Foot Health Care Course gives you the opportunity to do just that in your own practice. The human foot is one of the most complex and neglected of body parts. Every step we take places two and a half 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. However, the foot is highly sensitive and like any machine part suffers wear or damage when injured or stressed beyond its capability.
Here's where you come in. Though there may be little wrong with their feet, circumstances may prevent people looking after them. Arthritis, painful hip joints or stiff knees may put their feet out of reach or prevent use of scissors or nippers. However, others do have problems with their feet, from corns, calluses, verrucas, flat-foot and bunions to nail conditions and structural defects, many of which can be treated without surgery or medical intervention. Some just enjoy being pampered or are concerned to maintain their bodies in optimum condition. All of these people need the help of a Foot Health Practitioner, a professional trained to deliver care and advice either in a private surgery or in the home.
Stonebridge's Foot Health Care 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. Completion of the course gains you the SAC Dip. (Foot Health Care), the qualification that says that you are trained to a good working standard.
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 our state-of-the-art Foot Health Training Centre..
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
Muscle tissues/ structure/ groups/ muscles of the leg and foot, HAV limitus/ rigidus/ metatarsalgia/ arthritis/ gout/ sprains/ treatment of pes plano-valgus
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 sterilisation
Integumentary system/ skin hair and nails/ normal function and growth mechanisms/ homeostasis/ instruments / skin pathologies-corns, callus, etc/ nail dystrophies/ peripheral perfusion/ tissue viability/ gangrene/ malignancies
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
Lymphatic circulation/ relationship to blood circulation/ lymphoedema/ path of infection/ route of metastasis/ when and how to refer
CNS/ ANS/ nerve supply to foot sensation and pain/ areas served by individual nerves/ peripheral circulation examination/ Raynauds syndrome/ neuropathy/ neurological examination
Endocrine system and hormones/ diabetes mellitus and its significance/ neuropathy/ paddings and dressings
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/
Pathology/ organ changes/ factors causing hypertrophy and hyperplasia/ factors causing atrophy/ neoplasms/ elements of nutrition/ setting up a practice
Starting Your Own Business
Marketing Your Business
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 ABC Awards: 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.
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.
With this course you will have unlimited access to your own personal tutor who specialises in their field of study. It is your personal tutor's role to ensure that you receive constructive feedback and to deal with any queries you may have. You are more than welcome to telephone, fax or email your personal tutor.
You will also have access to a dedicated and friendly team of administrators and course advisors who offer sound and professional guidance and advice when you need it. This ensures that you will never feel neglected and that you will always succeed!
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.
This is only an approximate figure and is dependant upon how much time you can dedicate to your studies and how well you grasp the learning concepts in the course material. Furthermore, at the end of each lesson there is a question paper that needs to be completed and returned to your tutor. You should allow at least 1 - 2 hours of study to complete each question paper.
The approximate amount of time required to complete the course is: 180 hrs.
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 our state-of-the-art Foot Health Training Centre.
After each lesson there will be a question paper, which needs to be completed and submitted to your personal tutor for marking. This method of continual assessment ensures that your personal tutor can consistently monitor your progress and provide you with assistance throughout the duration of the course.
* All study materials
* Study Guide
* Full Tutor and Admin support
* One Week's Practical Training
* 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
This qualification has been fully accredited by the R.F.H.P for Full Membership.
On successful completion of the course, students may join the Register for Foot Health Professional (RFHP). The RFHP is a non-profit 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.