How to become a podiatry assistant

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • applying directly
  • specialist courses run by private training organisations


You could do a college course to get into this job. Relevant subjects include:

  • Level 2 Certificate in Work Preparation for Health and Social Care
  • Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care
  • Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care

Most health and social care courses include work placements and this can be a good way of getting experience.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course

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You'll need to do an advanced apprenticeship as a senior healthcare support worker, which has a training option for podiatry assistants.

When recruiting, employers may select apprentices who have experience as a support worker.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship

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You could start as a healthcare assistant and learn on the job. You could move into podiatry work through further training and promotion.


You'll find it useful to get some paid or unpaid voluntary experience in a healthcare setting or or a caring role with older people, or people with physical disabilities, or learning difficulties.

You could contact the voluntary services co-ordinator at your local NHS trust for further advice.

Direct Application

You can apply directly for jobs if you've got relevant skills and experience from work like care or health-related roles.

Employers may ask for a qualification in a health-related subject, and experience of working with people.

Other Routes

You could be self-employed and provide routine foot care to the general public, rather than in the NHS.

You'll need to take a Diploma in Foot Health Practice. You would then register with The Alliance of Private Sector Practitioners and work as a foot health practitioner.

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Further information

You can find out more about becoming a podiatry assistant from The Alliance of Private Sector Practitioners and Health Careers.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • knowledge of medicine and dentistry
  • customer service skills
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • the ability to read English
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

Restrictions and Requirements

You may need a driving licence and access to your own transport for jobs that involve visiting clients in their own home.

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

As part of your day-to-day duties, you could:

  • prepare patients for treatment by a podiatrist
  • support a podiatrist during a procedure
  • treat patients who have already been assessed by a podiatrist
  • cut toe nails and applying dressings
  • carry out general clerical tasks and make appointments
  • provide advice on foot and nail care, particularly for patients with diabetes

Working environment

You could work at a health centre, at a client's home, in an NHS or private hospital or at a GP practice.

You may need to wear a uniform.

Career path and progression

With experience you could move up to an assistant practitioner post. You could then apply to train as a podiatrist.

If you're self-employed, you could set up your own business.

Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Apprentice Senior Health Care Support Worker

  • Wage: £146.25 Weekly
  • Location: Hull

Courses In England

Diploma in H&SC and C&YP services Level 5

  • Start date: 01 December 2020
  • Location:

Health and Social Care Diploma Level 1

  • Provider: LTE GROUP
  • Start date: 08 February 2021
  • Location: Manchester

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