Assured Pathway entry to Podiatric Medicine
This page is for domestic school-leaver applicants to the Assured Pathway to Podiatric Medicine. If you are not a domestic school leaver, view other application requirements.
School leavers may be eligible to apply for an Assured Pathway to Podiatric Medicine. Entry is on a competitive basis, with places being offered to the highest-ranking applicants. To be considered for a place, applicants must meet minimum eligibility requirements and must not have commenced any tertiary studies, including university degree studies or vocational training at diploma level or above.
Successful applicants who gain a place in an Assured Pathway will commence UWA undergraduate studies and, on completion, progress to their postgraduate degree. The Assured Pathway place in the Doctor of Podiatric Medicine is conditional on successful completion of a UWA bachelor’s degree with a minimum HMS Grade Point Average (HMS GPA) of 5.0.
Assured Pathway students may complete a UWA Bachelor of Arts, Biomedical Science, Commerce or Science. Students who wish to undertake a Assured Pathway via the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) (BPhil) must include this as an additional preference in their application (further information is below).
Assured Pathway students who undertake the Podiatric Health & Medical Sciences extended major within their UWA bachelor’s degree will commence the DPM in the second year, reducing the overall study period by one year. Refer to further information below under the heading Course Structure and Curriculum.
An Assured pathway is specific to a place in a particular postgraduate course. Applicants should therefore ensure their application preferences reflect their true career aspirations. An Assured Pathway to the DPM cannot be transferred to a different postgraduate course. Assured Pathway students may apply for graduate entry into a different postgraduate course should their career aspirations change.
- Minimum ATAR of 94 or equivalent
- English language competency
Refer to details below regarding quotas and entry requirements.
- Application process and timelines
- Assured Pathway applications are via TISC and will close late September according to TISC deadlines.
- Rural eligibility form must be submitted to the HMS Admissions team by the Assured Pathway TISC deadline.
- Refer to the TISC guide for current course codes and application deadlines.
- Interview dates to be advised.
- Course offers will be as per TISC timelines.
- Eligibility criteria
High academic achievers
This quota is for high-achieving high school students with a minimum ATAR of 94 (or equivalent).
The Rural program is part of a Federal Government initiative to address rural and remote areas of workforce shortage in medical, dental and allied healthcare.
To be eligible, an applicant’s principal home address must have been in an Australian Standard Geographical Remoteness Area ASGC-RA 2-5 (2016) for any five years consecutively or at least 10 years cumulatively. A search engine for towns in areas can be found on the DoctorConnect website by clicking the link under Search the Maps for ASGS-RA (2016).
School-leaver applicants to the Rural Assured Pathway who believe they fit the rural definition must submit the Eligibility form to HMS Admissions before the TISC closing date for first round offers. Refer to the TISC website for updated information on application timelines. Note that this form is in addition to applying via TISC by the deadline. TISC applications open early to mid-August each year. Contact the HMS Admissions team for further information.
Broadway UWA is designed to ensure access to UWA courses is available to the broadest range of students with the potential to succeed at university. The program aims to promote equity in the selection of students and increase diversity in the student cohort.
Specified schools are invited to participate in this program. The full list of schools can be viewed here. To be eligible, the applicant must have undertaken their entire Year 12 studies, including WACE, at a UWA Broadway school.
Broadway school-leaver applicants will indicate their school as part of their TISC application. Refer to the TISC website for updated information on application timelines. Contact the HMS Admissions team for further information.
Applicants who identify as an Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander and are accepted as such by the community in which they live, or have lived, are eligible for consideration as an Indigenous Assured Pathway applicant. Applicants must provide a person or organisation who can verify their Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander status. Applicants should contact the Faculty Admissions team or the School of Indigenous Studies for information regarding this pathway.
- English language competency requirement
All Assured Pathway applicants are required to meet the standard English language competency level for The University of Western Australia.
- Prerequisite and recommended subjects
Assured Pathway students must complete a UWA bachelor’s degree before commencing the DPM. In addition to English language competency requirements, there may be other prerequisites depending on the chosen major. In most cases, students who have not undertaken prerequisite subjects may undertake bridging units as part of their bachelor’s degree studies.
The following ATAR or equivalent subjects are recommended, or may be taken as Level 1 university units:
- Maths Applications or above
- Biology or Human Biology
- TISC applicants who can meet the eligibility requirements and prerequisites will be shortlisted for an interview based on their ATAR or equivalent.
- The interview is a structured process allowing applicants to display some of the personal qualities considered desirable in Allied Health practitioners, and increase their competitiveness for a place.
- The Faculty interviews approximately two to three candidates for each available place.
- Shortlisted applicants are notified one to two weeks prior to the interview by email.
- Applicants who accept their interview will be provided with detailed information and preparation material prior to the interview.
- Interviews for Domestic Assured Pathway applicants are held in Perth late November and early December.
- Candidates should allow up to two-and-a-half hours for registration, pre-reading and the actual interview process.
- Applicants must attend their interview in person within their given interview period and are responsible for their own travel and accommodation arrangements.
The interview process
The usual process on the day is as follows:
- 1. Registration including statement of confidentiality.
- 2. Interview pre-reading.
- 3. Preparation for the Explaining Skills Exercise. This is a short verbal presentation on a topic provided on the day.
- 4. Undertake the interview.
Allied Health Assured Pathway applicants who qualify for an interview, and are also eligible to be interviewed in the same admissions year for an Assured Pathway to Medicine and/or Dentistry will be interviewed based on their highest preference.
What to bring and wear
- Photographic ID – passport/driver’s licence/school card
- Mobile phones and other personal effects cannot be carried throughout the interview and will be placed in a secure location. Interviewees may prefer to leave such items at home.
- Interviewees may carry bottled water and a jacket or cardigan throughout the interview.
- Dress as if attending a job interview – clothes that feel comfortable and look smart. Layers are advisable in case the venue is cool or warm.
- Interviewees should not wear any uniform, accessories or badge that identifies membership of a particular organisation. This is to avoid the perception that bias has entered the selection process.
Interviewees will be asked to sign a statement of confidentiality as part of the registration process, indicating their agreement not to disclose information about the interview.
UWA staff, student helpers and interviewers will not disclose information regarding an applicant’s interview, responses or performance, including to other UWA staff or the applicant’s family. Information from the interview is not placed on an applicant’s student file whether or not they accept an offer to study at UWA.
Interviewers may be representatives from the community or from the University. Interviewers receive regular training to ensure consistency in the way questions are asked and responses assessed.
The assessment is evidence based. The interviewers can only rate interviewees on their responses to interview questions, whether written or verbal. The interviewers will take notes throughout the interview; however, this is to note what the interviewee has said.
Interviewers have a comprehensive set of evidence-based measures with which to rate an interviewee’s responses and formulate a score. For domestic applicants, the final score is aggregated from results across the written component (where applicable), the Explaining Skills Exercise and the interview. For international applicants, the final score is aggregated from panel interview results.
Domestic applicants: One interviewer will assess applicants, who may be a representative from the community or from the University. A second interviewer may be present in a station room to observe or for training purposes. They do not have a formal role in the assessment of the applicant. The written component where applicable will be assessed and marked by relevant University staff.
International applicants: A panel comprising two University representatives will interview each applicant. A third interviewer may be present in a station room to observe or for training purposes. They do not have a formal role in the assessment of the applicant.
There are seven criteria used in the interview each year; three of which are constant:
- Communication skills
- Presentation skills
- Motivation/commitment to a career in Pharmacy or Podiatric Medicine (based on candidate's higher preference).
Each year the remaining criteria are selected from:
- Awareness of social diversity
- Provision of assistance
- Trust and trustworthiness
- Values and ethics
- Working with others
The criteria chosen may not be the same for domestic and international applicants. For domestic applicants, some of the questions may be addressed via a written response, with the remainder during the face-to-face interview. International applicants will be asked questions and provide verbal responses during the panel interview.
Interview questions will not be based on clinical or scientific scenarios which would require specific industry or scientific knowledge. The questions are designed to encourage interviewees to think and to explain their reasoning. The questions may be scenario based, awareness based, or experientially based, but the assessment is evidence based. The interviewer can only rate interviewees on what they say. It is therefore important to give more than one-sentence answers; interviewees should draw on their own experiences and knowledge to address a topic, and to provide appropriate examples.
Applicants will need to respond to the specific questions asked. There are no generic questions or opportunities for applicants to list their achievements and skills outside the scope of the questions.
Interview preparation courses
- There are many ways to address a question; interviewers are not looking for one specific ‘correct’ answer. Be prepared to articulate your motivation and commitment to working as a health professional in your higher preferenced field. Have some background information about your preferred career and the course.
- Familiarise yourself with the interview topics. Consider how your own life experiences may reflect aspects of these topics. Find opportunities to discuss the topics with your family, peers and different people in your community.
- The University of Western Australia does not recommend or endorse third party interview preparation courses, including those held on University premises. The Faculty does not release any information relating to UWA interview questions to any third party, and interview questions within the topics will be different each year. Furthermore, interviewers and interviewees are required to sign confidentiality agreements regarding the interview process. Therefore, third party preparation course providers do not have access to any information which is not already freely available to all applicants.
- Applicants may benefit more from generic interview preparation rather than interview preparation which purports to aim specifically at UWA courses.
- Applicants who rehearse detailed answers to specific questions risk not addressing the question they are actually asked on the day, as well as providing similar responses to other candidates who may have attended similar preparation courses.
- Final ranking and availability of places
- Final ranking will be based on ATAR or equivalent, and interview score.
- Up to 21 places across the various domestic quotas will be offered for the Assured Pathway to Podiatric Medicine. Up to 10 per cent of available places will be offered to eligible rural applicants, and up to 10 per cent of available places will be offered to eligible Indigenous applicants.
- Course structure and curriculum
Assured Pathway students will undertake a UWA bachelor’s degree of their choice before progressing to the DPM. The most popular option is to undertake the Bachelor of Biomedical Science with the Podiatric Health & Medical Sciences extended major. Assured Pathway students who complete their bachelor’s degree with this extended major with a minimum GPA of 5.0 proceed to the second year of the Doctor of Podiatric Medicine. The minimum period to complete both degrees is five years, or six years for students who do not undertake the Podiatric Health & Medical Sciences major.
While the default option is the Bachelor of Biomedical Science with the Podiatric Health & Medical Sciences major, students on an Assured Pathway may choose to undertake any UWA bachelor’s degree. This provides our students with the opportunity to build a unique skill set that will suit their interests and support their long-term career goals. Students who have an interest in research may like to undertake an honours year before proceeding to their postgraduate professional studies. Students who undertake an honours year, including those enrolled in the Bachelor of Philosophy, will take a minimum of six years to complete both degrees, or seven years for students who do not undertake the Medical Sciences major.
Students choose a major from the degree-specific majors and may choose to add a second major from any field. This allows students to combine diverse interests for a unique degree. A student who has an interest in athletic performance, fitness and injury rehabilitation may choose the extended major Sport Science and Exercise and Health. Students with an interest in promoting community awareness of how foot and ankle health can impact on general health may combine a Biomedical Science major with Science Communication or Communication and Media Studies. Students who aspire to run their own podiatry practice may like to incorporate a major from the Bachelor of Commerce to build their business skills.
Students on an Assured Pathway to the DPM must ensure their chosen course of study for their bachelor’s degree will fulfil the DPM prerequisites. These units may be incorporated into any UWA bachelor’s degree as major, elective or broadening units. Note these are recommendations and it is not a requirement to undertake the specific listed units. Units with similar content may be taken instead. Some units have prerequisites, so refer to the linked unit details.
At least one university unit from two of the below listed fields:
- Anatomy, for example Human Structure and Development ANHB2212
- Immunology, for example Introduction to Infectious Diseases and Immunology MICR2209
- Genetics, for example Molecular Genetics GENE2230
- Human Biology, for example Human Biology 1: Becoming Human ANHB1101
- Microbiology, for example Introductory Microbiology MICR2208
- Pharmacology, for example Foundations of Pharmacology PHAR2210
- Physiology, for example Physiology of Human Body Systems PHYL2001
- Biological Chemistry, for example Biological Chemistry CHEM1004
- Registration upon completion
On completion of the DPM, graduates will have both an undergraduate and a postgraduate degree, ensuring they have a well-rounded skill set as well as the specialist skills needed in their professional career.
Registration for podiatrists
Graduates will be eligible to apply for registration as a podiatrist in Australia or New Zealand. The DPM has a strong clinical component and graduates are not required to undertake a pre-registration internship period.
Graduates who did not complete the majority of their education in English in a recognised country may be subject to additional English language requirements for registration.