FDSc Radiation Protection

90% overall course satisfaction in the 2016 National Student Survey (NSS).

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Course details

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October - Workington

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If you work in the radiation protection sector and wish to enhance your current skills to the next level, then our course in Radiation Protection is perfect for you. We offer a great range of strong academic content supported by practical work, so that you can develop all the skills you need to excel in a practical or technical role in this field. 

We work closely with nuclear and non-nuclear sectors to ensure that the training we provide is totally relevant to the real world practice of radiation protection. You'll build a broad-based grounding in the subject, linking the experience you've gained from your job to the extra knowledge we have to offer. Our part-time course allows you to study alongside your current work, letting you earn while you learn to advance your qualifications and open up new opportunities for your career.

2017 Entry

You may have seen that some changes to the funding and financial support of students accessing Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professionals (AHP) programmes such as Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy & Diagnostic and Therapeutic Radiography, were announced in the Spending Review in November 2015. This information is to offer you clarification on what this currently means.

This information is based on the understanding provided by The Council of Deans for Health and may be subject to change as further details are released by the government but the current situation is as follows:

What is changing?

From 2017/18, new students studying nursing, midwifery and AHP pre-registration courses (which lead to qualification with one of the health professional regulators) will take out loans like other students, rather than getting an NHS bursary.

Our course is constructed to give you a good understanding of the basic fundamentals of radiation protection. Delivered by a combination of university staff and experts from the sector, you'll be given help every step of the way to ensure you get the most from your studies. You'll take on assignments and project titles that are developed with you and your employer to ensure that what you learn is relevant to your role.

Taking this course covers the academic requirements for legal recognition by UK regulators as a Radiation Protection Adviser (RPA) or a Radioactive Waste Adviser (RWA). This qualification is recognised by the Society for Radiological Protection (SRP) for TechRP membership status with FdSc.



Year one

  • Introduction to Radiation Protection
  • Maths, Physics and Computing for Radiation Protection -1
  • Health and Safety at Work
  • Biological Effects of Radiation

Year two

  • Maths, Physics and Computing for Radiation Protection - 2
  • Environmental Radiation Protection
  • Ionising Radiations Legislation
  • Radiation Protection for Employees

Year three

  • Control of Radiation Exposure
  • Communicating Radiation Risk
  • Detection and Monitoring of Radiation
  • Research Project
  • 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)

See course specific entry requirements listed below.

Selection criteria

  • One science A-level at grade C or above
  • A minimum of five GCSEs grade A*-C (including English, Maths and Science)
  • You will already be employed or have secured employment in work with a strong radiation protection component.
  • Equivalent academic qualifications in appropriate subjects will be acceptable. We recognise that many people who are interested in developing their career will have significant work-based experience and that some may not fully meet the academic entry requirements. All applicants will be considered on their individual merits.
  • Credit can be given for prior and experiential learning. If you have the evidence to indicate that you can meet the learning outcomes for up to two modules, you will be considered for exemption from them and automatically awarded the credits.

Making your application

Part-time courses

Applications should be made online directly to the university; visit our website or contact enquirycentre@cumbria.ac.uk 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

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: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/studyingintheuk

Upon completing the course, you will be able to progress to the frist year of the BSc (Hons) Radiation Protection Course, covering a further six modules over 18 months.

Our fantastic team of lecturers are very enthusiastic about helping you with your studies, sharing their extensive knowledge to build your own radiation protection expertise. You'll work in small groups to ensure you get the attention you deserve, as well as allowing you to work closely with your classmates to inspire each other further.

Our facilities are based at the Energus Academy in West Cumbria, a centre of excellent in skills training and education supported with a host of state-of-the-art facilities. It provides even further opportunities for study and learning, with access to free laptop loans with wireless internet to accommodate your education. Each module is supported by sessions in our radiation science laboratory facilities, shared with other study groups and thus broadening the range of equipment available.


Some of our degrees in Radiation Protection (BSc Hons and Foundation) won a Nuclear Training Award in 2014. The award, made by Nuclear Engineering International Magazine, recognises the best training and education courses in the nuclear industry.

This course also achieved a 90% overall satisfaction rate in the 2016 National Student Survey (NSS).