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Training Foot Health Professional’s To Excellence For Over 100 Years

The Only University Approved FHP Course in the UK

Training4Feet, which is part of The SMAE Institute, has been setting the standard for foot health training for over a century, with their qualified practitioners continuing to go on and establish successful private practices. What sets The SMAE Institute apart is their University Credit Rated Foot Health Diploma Course – the only one of its kind in the UK. The program is Credit Rated by Queen Margaret University, carrying 60 Higher Education (HE) credits at Level 4, affirming its exceptional quality. 

Don't settle for anything less than excellence in your training - choose The SMAE Institute.

Why choose the SMAE Institute?

With a legacy dating back to 1919, The SMAE Institute is the original Foot Health Institute and has been at the forefront of training Foot Health Professionals for over a century. What sets them apart is their singular position as the only establishment in the UK to offer a University Credit Rated Foot Health Course. Students receive exceptional support throughout their studies, with access to a dedicated Tutor Chat 7 days a week, including bank holidays, to discuss any queries they have. The program encompasses all aspects of foot care, and equips students with the practical skills necessary to establish their private practices, and continues to support successful students once they become Members and start practicing.

At The SMAE Institute, quality education is the cornerstone of our legacy, and we continue to provide unparalleled training to individuals (students and members alike) seeking to pursue a career in foot health. 

Proud past, exciting future

Over the last 105 years, The SMAE Institute has continued to expand and evolve, benefitting both our students and members, and we don’t intend to stop!

Most recently, our second brand new, state-of-the-art Clinic and Lecture Theatre was finished, and we announced our exciting collaboration with Queen Margaret University which has seen the implementation of the BSc (Hons) Podiatry Degree Programme. Our Students qualifying as FHP's are eligible to go on to study this degree course should they wish, and more information can be found in the Prospectus.

Theory Course

The Theory element of the Foot Health course consists of 12 Modules each with a module assessment (consisting of 25 multiple choice questions) and a Portfolio Task (a short essay based on each module).

You can work at your own pace, but we do not recommend completion of more than 1 Module per fortnight. The Module assessments completed online give you immediate feedback.

Clinical Course

Upon successful completion of the Theory element you are then welcomed to The SMAE Institute for 2 weeks Clinical Training. We run our clinical training every 2 weeks throughout the year meaning you can choose the dates you would like to attend so you can fit it in and around personal commitments.

You will gain hands-on experience, reinforcing your theory and giving you the core skills with which to work in the world of Foot Health and meet people from all walks of life.

Save money online & instore with an NUS Extra Card!

Working in Partnership with NUS (National Union of Students) means all of our students are eligible for an NUS extra card, saving you money in some of the UK’s biggest high street shops.

"Great course and really pleased I chose the SMAE Institute! Really pleased with the quality of the books we were sent to study from, and the speed at which everything arrived!"


"Even though it is distance learning I feel that you are not far away for help or even a chat. I like the fact that you have photos on the site as it feels like you are talking to real people, which is reassuring!"

– J. Cole

"The Clinical practice has been an amazing experience and the Tutors were fabulous. So, so helpful and everyone wants to see you succeed so it is extremely motivating and uplifting. You will all enjoy!"

– L. Woodward

"I am completely happy with the content and structure of the course and find it fits in well with work as I do shift work so can't always study at a regular time. I feel the support is there when you need it and the feedback you get is excellent."

– Mrs Bee

"I had to make some phone calls and they could not have been nicer or more helpful. The person who answered my queries was very professional and knowledgeable without having to be passed to a different department or person."

– J. Kenna

"When contacting the Institute, I always received excellent support."

– T. Wright

"Online tutor chat is very, very helpful and great due to quick response times."

– L. Hockey

"Really enjoyed the clinical training, everything was very absorbing and interesting. I like the way we were taught because it was organised, comprehensive and easy to follow."

– I. Rowlands

"I attended an open day and enrolled on the same day... I was very impressed with the organisation, all staff were extremely helpful."

– C. Victor

Call our friendly team to book your open day visit 01628 621100