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Who Are We?

Training4Feet is part of The Smae Institute, the longest established (since 1919) and foremost UK training provider in this field. Based in Berkshire; we are the original Foot Health Institute.

The SMAE Institute was founded by W. Dixon Child after the end of World War 1. With its sheer expansion over the years, its head office moved to Leatherhead, Surrey, and then finally on to Maidenhead, Berkshire in 1949 where it still resides today.

Progressive and forward-looking, The SMAE Institute pioneered the Open Study method of training (home study with supporting lecturers). This method allows students flexibility and helps them to study and cope with the demands of a modern lifestyle. Our students come from all over the world and the majority come on personal recommendation. Our courses are written to allow access to a broad range of people with different life experiences and academic back-grounds, and we have no age barriers.

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.

Though you study via distance learning, you are never alone as The Smae Institute offers full support both online and in person.

Come and visit us! The Smae Institute holds Open Days several times each month (both weekdays and weekends) to allow anyone interested in studying our Diploma to come along and view our unbeatable facilities, meet the staff and tutors, view our modern Clinic where students undertake their Clinical Training, and meet current students on their Clinical Training. The Open Day also includes an in-depth discussion of the FHP course, allows one to view sample modules and ask any questions one may have.


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.

"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