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Foot Health Professional Theory Course

FHP Theory

The emphasis of our training is on a sound theoretical background, upon which we build with intensive clinical tuition. We provide students with real “hands-on” experience, treating patients with the conditions they are most likely to see in practice. Students have the benefit of personal tuition and are able to consult with a tutor on all aspects of the course and their future career.

Students study with us using a proven teaching method called “blended learning” consisting of specially written texts and videos and online resources, along with guidance from the Tutor’s and staff. The Smae Institute provides all the course material that you need, which includes a variety of printed textbooks, access to our FHP e-Learning website, theory modules (online or paper based), Portfolio Tasks, a number of Forums where you can interact with other students, live chat support 7 days a week, online Journals and a personal student document folder.

We are the only University approved Foot Health Course in the UK. Our course is Credit Rated by Queen Margaret University and carries 60 Higher Education Credits at Level 4. We are the only Institute to offer an FHP Diploma at this level. Our Diploma is equivalent to half of the first year of an undergraduate degree program.


Each module contains a variety of online activities to help you understand the content you are studying, and comprises of a Module Assessment which is your pathway to the next module. Below is a list of the Module’s; for a list of what is included in each module please see our Prospectus 

Unit 1: Research, study and critical appraisal skills
Unit 2: Anatomy & Physiology
Unit 3: Anatomy of Motion
Unit 4: Circulatory & Lymphatic Systems
Unit 5: The Nervous System
Unit 6: The Skin
Unit 7: The Structure & Function of the Foot
Unit 8: Digital Deformity & Nail Conditions
Unit 9: Microbiology
Unit 10: Medicaments & Therapies
Unit 11: High Risk Foot
Unit 12: Business Practice


Theory Modules

The Theory section of our Foot Health Professional course consists of the following:

  • 12 Theory Modules (Paper based or Online)
  • 12 Portfolio Tasks

This part of our course has always received great care and attention and we are proud of the way in which we teach the Foot Health Professional course by this home study method. The course deals with all subjects in a comprehensive manner and is written to make learning a pleasure. With no individual module deadlines it means students can study in the way they finds works best for them. For example, one student may choose to set aside a small number of hours each day to study, whilst another student may dedicate their evenings or weekends to their study. The theory element should be completed within 12 months, however it is possible to complete in less time. This 12 month period may be extended in special circumstances.

Students can access their 12 Theory Modules either online or paper based. Each Module consists of an online assessment (which contains 25 questions) and portfolio task, which is a short essay of between 450 and 550 words. Students are required to score 50% or more to pass each of the Module Assessments and portfolio tasks. 

What qualification will I be awarded?

Upon successful completion of the theory and practical element (Diploma) you will receive a Diploma in Foot Health (Dip FH), which is credit rated at 60 Higher Education Credits. Once qualified the initials you may use after your name are “Dip FH”.

Once qualified you are invited to join the British Association of Foot Health Professionals (BAFHP) where membership includes indemnity insurance to practise, and a number of extras, such as a copies of our Quarterly Journal and monthly Newsletters throughout the year. You also have the option of joining one of the 13 regional branches where members meet up quarterly.

You will have eligibility for Membership of the College of Foot Health Professionals (MCFHP) and Membership of the British Association of Foot Health Professionals (MAFHP) meaning upon qualified and insured the initials you may use after your name are “Dip FH, MCFHP MAFHP”.

Overseas students will need to ensure that they can obtain insurance to practice in their home countries after successful completion of their course. They may, however, apply for “Membership Only” which will enable them to use the following initials after their name “Dip FH, MCFHP MAFHP”. The “Membership Only” option is only available to individuals residing overseas and does not include insurance to practice. 

Theory Only

Was £592

Now just £492

Ready to enrol?

With our special offer of £100 off the theory course fee it means you can enrol online today for the Theory only at just £492, rather than £592 (UK). You can then pay for the Clinical Training (£1,319) when you have completed the theory element and are ready to attend.

If you would like to enrol now you can do so by clicking below, which includes the £100 discount.

"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

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