BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography

Accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and approved by the Society and College of Radiographers (SCoR). Over 90% overall course satisfaction in the 2016 National Student Survey*.

Course details

UCAS Course code B821

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If you want to study Diagnostic Radiography, our state-of-the-art imaging equipment and contemporary curriculum make us your perfect choice! We have specialist clinical skills labs (replicating a hospital X-ray department) that simulate the working conditions perfectly so that you have the necessary experience to stand out from your competitors in the job market. *Our programmes also scored 95% (Fusehill Street campus, Carlisle) and 91% (Lancaster campus) for overall course satisfaction in the 2016 National Student Survey (NSS).

We provide a friendly and informal yet highly professional environment in which to learn. About half of your studies will be undertaken in a partner clinical centre, giving you real life experience to enhance your education. Our reputation for high-level engagement is well-founded in the support we give our students, so you can be sure of getting the skills you need to move into the medical imaging field.

Your first year will introduce you to the basics of Diagnostic Radiography, providing a broad foundation of knowledge on which to build in subsequent years.

Upon further progression in the course, you will be encouraged to seek an elective placement for up to three weeks to broaden your experience of radiography. There is the option to take these abroad. You will spend most of your time in one clinical department with full access to the facilities, developing your competence by applying your learning to a real-world environment.

Clinical placements occur throughout the course, with a total of 53 weeks spent in a hospital in the North of England. Your placement preferences are taken into account when allocation is made.


Year one

  • Fundamentals of Professional Practice
  • Developing Professional Graduate Skills for Health and Social Care Practitioners
  • Body Systems and Disease Processes 1
  • Understanding Radiation and Radiation Protection
  • Principles of Medical Imaging
  • Clinical Radiography 1
  • Qualificatory Practice Unit

Year two

  • Using Evidence to Support Practice
  • Body Systems and Disease Processes 2
  • Body Systems and Disease Processes 3
  • Radiographic Technology and Digital Imaging
  • Applied Human Sciences for Medical Imaging
  • Clinical Radiography 2
  • Qualificatory Practice Unit

Year three

  • Professional Practice in Context
  • Evaluating and Interpreting Medical Images
  • Integrating Technology with Clinical Practice
  • Clinical Radiography 3
  • Dissertation
  • Qualificatory Practice Unit

Programme specification

For detailed summary of all course content please read our programme specification for this course.

Download the programme specification (PDF)

2016 entry (and deferred entry to 2017)

300 tariff points from maximum of 3 A Levels, to include A-Level in Science at grade B or above. Also to include GCSE in English Language, Mathematics and Science (Physics, Biology, Chemistry or Combined Science) at grade C or above.

Find out more about qualification options from the UCAS tariff table.

Please check selection criteria for any additional entry requirements.

2017 entry

The UCAS Tariff is changing for 2017, you can find out more about the new tariff and qualification options from the new UCAS tariff table

120 tariff points from maximum of 3 A Levels, to include A-Level in Science at grade B or above. Also to include GCSE in English Language, Mathematics and Science (Physics, Biology, Chemistry or Combined Science) at grade C or above.

Please check selection criteria for any additional entry requirements.

Selection criteria

A central part of the admission process is to attract candidates whose values and behaviours are aligned with those enshrined in the NHS constitution. This will be assessed through the University selection process. Student selection is based on: academic qualifications; the quality of your personal statement; the outcome of your clinical visit and your performance on the interview day.
In addition to a minimum of 5 GCSEs (A*- C) to include English Language, Mathematics and Science (Physics, Biology, Chemistry or Combined Science) you will need to meet one of the following:
  • 300 tariff points from maximum of 3 A Levels, to include A-Level in Science at grade B or above
  • Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Science/Applied Science DDM
  • Level 3 BTEC Diploma in Applied Science DD in consideration with other subjects
  • Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health & Social Care DDM - very specific units required to meet Science requirement.
  • OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended Diplomas in Health and Social Care DDM - very specific units required to meet Science requirement.
  • Pass Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits overall. Minimum 45 credits at Level 3 to include 21 credits at level 3 in Science. Achieve Distinctions in all Level 3 units.
  • 300 tariff points from maximum of 4 Scottish Highers. To include grade B1 in a Science
  • 300 tariff points from maximum of 4 Irish Leaving Certificate Highers. To include B in a Science subject.
You are required to visit an NHS radiography department and submit the evaluation forms (available to download below), preferably before you are invited for interview.
Both forms must be completed (one by the applicant regarding their visit and one to be completed by the hospital visited). An offer of a place is conditional on a successful clinical visit.

All places are offered subject to successful interview, as well as Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (DBS formerly CRB), medical fitness to practise and proof of qualifications.

Fitness to practise and health requirements

All offers of a place are subject to satisfactory health screening.   Further information will be provided following the offer of a place.

Please note that Professional Bodies such as the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) have certain requirements regarding health and character status of applicants and their ability to meet the required core professional competencies and to practise safely without direct supervision. Please read the NMC and HCPC information to find out more. Please ask us for advice and/or support as early as possible in the application process if you have any questions about this requirement.

For more information about core competencies and medical fitness to train please click here. There are fitness standards provided here for most programmes of study: health professions, social work and teaching.

In some instances, an applicant may be invited to attend a professional practice panel to discuss any recommended reasonable adjustments, and whether or not core professional competencies are achievable.

In order to be admitted and continue on the course, students must be deemed as medically fit for both practice and theory by the Occupational Health Department. If you have any concerns about a health condition/issue and its impact on your ability to undertake the course please contact the Occupational Health Department as early as possible in the application process.

Disclosure and Barring Service check
If you are offered a place we require you to comply with an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) background clearance check.  Details on the policy can be found here.

Value Based Recruitment

* From 1 April 2015, all Higher Education Institutions delivering NHS funded training programmes will be required to assess students for their values using the core requirements set out in the Value Based Recruitment (VBR) framework. This assessment will take place as part of our recruitment process.

Making your application

Full-time courses

Apply online through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), between September and January; they will send your application on to us. Applications submitted after this date will be considered late and the course you have applied for might be full by this time; however, we will consider you for alternative suitable courses.

Their website provides all the information you need about universities, courses, locations, entry requirements and financial support. You are allowed to select up to five course choices. You need to use the correct UCAS campus and course codes as not all courses are offered at every campus. You will be asked for the following information when you apply online:

Institution code name: UoC

Institution code: C99

Campus location:

  • A Ambleside
  • B Brampton Road, Carlisle
  • E University of Cumbria at Energus, Workington
  • F Fusehill Street, Carlisle
  • L Lancaster
  • T University of Cumbria in London
  • Y University of Cumbria at Furness College, Barrow-in-Furness

Part-time courses

Applications should be made online directly to the university; visit our website or contact for details and guidance. There is no official closing date but we would encourage you to apply as early as possible, as many courses are competitive.

What makes a good application?

We consider all aspects of your application, not simply your qualifications and grades. We look at your academic background and performance, relevant experience (particularly for professional courses where some voluntary or paid experience is required) and your reference. Above all, we look for motivation, commitment and potential-evidence that you can benefit from study at higher education level.

Make sure you include:

  • Relevant qualifications/evidence of ability: check our website for the specific entry requirements required for each course. Tell us your previous academic results and your projected grades.
  • A supportive reference, from an employer or your school or college.
  • A good personal statement.
  • Explain clearly what attracts you to the course and tell us about your wider interests and experience. If you are applying for a course that incorporates professional training and placements, you should include any relevant experience or visits you have made in the workplace. Highlight your individual strengths and qualities, personal skills, capacity for teamwork, contribution to the community and your enterprise, originality and determination. Select some activities which bring out these qualities.

What next?

When we receive your application, we will send you an acknowledgement and if you are successful at this stage you will get either an offer (with an invitation to visit the campus to which you have applied), or an invitation to interview on a particular date. If we are not able to offer you a place on your chosen course we will usually try to offer you a place on a similar course and will contact you to discuss this. Alternatively, if we think you are suitable, but cannot offer you a place on your preferred campus because of the level of competition, we will offer you a place at another campus if one is available.

And if I accept?

The admissions team will contact you and send further information from February onwards about accommodation, and from May/June onwards about preparing to join the university. If you have any other queries, please telephone the admissions offices for information and advice on 0845 6061144.

Deferred entry

We welcome applications for deferred entry on some courses. If you have specific plans during your year out, indicate these on your personal statement as they may be relevant to your course and could enhance your application.

International students

Applications for full-time undergraduate study are made through UCAS. Please see the international pages of our website for full details of our entry requirements (including English-language skills) as well as contacts for advice and support.

From 2009 the UK Border Agency introduced a Points-Based Immigration System (PBS) for students coming to the UK from outside the European Economic Area (EEA). Students entering higher education will need to obtain a Confirmation of Acceptance (CAS) plus finance confirmation to obtain a Tier 4 student visa. UK education providers are licensed by the UK Border Agency. When students apply for their visa (or entry clearance) they will need a valid Certificate of Acceptance of Studies from the university. Please note that a CAS is not a guarantee that a visa will be issued.

See the following websites for further details:

After finishing the course, you will be eligible to register as a fully qualified radiographer with the Health and Care Professions Council, and join the Society and College of Radiographers. You'll have all the knowledge and skills you need to move onto a career in the medical profession in the UK or abroad. This would also make you eligible to do postgraduate studies at a later date.


We have exceptional university-based clinical facilities on each of our campuses, designed to provide students with a range of clinical skills. One of our labs is actually situated in a hospital close to the university, providing you access to a patient-centred environment early in your course.