We use cookies on this website – more information

Cookies are small text files which are downloaded to your computer or mobile device when you visit a website.

BSc(Hons)

Diagnostic Radiography

Location:
Carlisle - Fusehill Street, Lancaster
Duration:
3 year/s
Mode of study:
Full-time
Start date:
September 2015, 2016
Faculty URL:
Finance:
Contact:

Over 90% student satisfaction
* Based on results from course - Diagnostic Radiography, National Student Survey 2014

Why study with us?

At the University of Cumbria you can study Diagnostic Radiography at either Carlisle or Lancaster. You will be on a three-year, full-time course of study utilising state-of-the-art imaging equipment and a contemporary curriculum which, in combination, are the envy of many other Radiography centres in the UK.

We have created clinical skills labs which replicate a hospital X-ray department (one of our labs is actually situated in a hospital close to the University giving access for students to a patient centred environment early in their course) and this set-up is focussed towards giving you the edge over other job applicants when you enter the clinical workplace.

You will study in a friendly, informal, yet professional environment and as approximately 50% of the course is undertaken in a partner clinical centre, your professionalism and interpersonal approach will need to excel. We also offer many postgraduate options for further study in the medical imaging field and have a reputation for high-level engagement in a specialist international research environment.

What can this course lead to?

On completion of the course you are eligible to apply for registration as a fully qualified radiographer with the Health and Care Professions Council and the Society and College of Radiographers. Our graduates have a reputation for clinical excellence, and many find jobs in this region. After a period of post-qualifying experience, some students choose to work abroad, in Australia and New Zealand, for example.

Resources and facilities

We have exceptional university-based clinical facilities on each of our campuses which are designed to provide students with a range of clinical skills. Take a look at our learning resources pages.

Modules

Year One

This year provides you with the foundations to be able to complete the degree to a high standard. Although you will be competent in your chosen areas of study, we are aware that you will not have studied radiography as a subject before and we therefore use this year to ensure that you are in a good position to start the degree course proper in the second year. First year subjects will include:

  • The Fundamentals of Professional Practice: developing an understanding of professional identity and the need for excellent communication skills
  • Developing Professional Graduate Skills: enabling you to develop the skills required to become an independent lifelong learner and to prepare you for learning alongside other professionals in clinical practice
  • Body Systems and Disease Processes: introducing you to a range of subject areas that underpin subsequent teaching of anatomy, pathophysiology and applied imaging including the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular and respiratory systems.
  • Understanding Radiation & Radiation Protection: covering the physical scientific concepts related to medical imaging which will prepare you to study the range of digital imaging systems later in the course.
  • Principles of Medical Imaging: providing you with the knowledge and skills required to underpin the science of digital imaging.
  • Clinical Radiography: providing you with the knowledge and skills required to undertake basic radiographic techniques in a safe and proficient manner.

Year Two

  • Using Evidence to Support Practice: developing your ability to critically analyse published research and other types of evidence and relate it to practice
  • Working with Others: developing professional value base and your understanding of collaborative practices needed when working with service users, carers and others
  • Body Systems & Disease Processes 2: encouraging you to develop a clear understanding of disease as a disruption of normal function. The relevance of structure, function and disease processes to the practice of medical imaging will also be emphasised.
  • Radiographic Technology and Digital Imaging: developing an understanding of the range of medical imaging technologies such as: Computed Tomography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Ultrasound
  • Applied Human Sciences for Medical Imaging: focusing primarily on the specific needs of patients attending for radiological procedures & considering a range of patient groups and circumstances encountered in clinical practice.
  • Clinical Radiography 2: developing the knowledge and skills you require to become a safe and proficient practitioner in general radiography and have an sound understanding of the clinical application of the imaging modalities.

Year Three

  • Using Evidence to Evaluate Practice: consolidating your knowledge in relation to evidence based clinical and research-based practice, including your ability to critique this concept.
  • Professional Practice in Context: preparing you for work as a professional within an organisation, enabling you to work autonomously and collaboratively within a rapidly changing clinical environment
  • Evaluating and Interpreting Medical Images: providing you with an awareness of the perceptual and cognitive factors important in medical image interpretation and the role of medical imaging in patient management and care pathways.
  • Integrating Technology with Clinical Practice: introducing you to a range of subject areas that underpin the management of imaging systems. Some advanced image processing applications will be incorporated as examples of how modern technology will change and or expand radiographer’s roles.
  • Preparation for Practice: developing skilled practitioners who are able to critically discuss and review education and mentorship perspectives and to prepare you for professional practice.
  • Clinical Radiography 3: ensuring that you have all the knowledge, skills and abilities to allow you to apply for registration with the HCPC as a Radiographer and work as an effective practitioner in a variety of clinical settings.

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

Course summary

The first year has been designed to enable you to succeed, even if your previous knowledge of a particular subject area is limited (for example, physical science). It gives you a broad foundation of knowledge on which to build in subsequent years. In year one, the course is practical in focus and fully utilises the university digital imaging skills labs to help you to make the links between theoretical and clinical aspects of medical imaging.

Clinical placements occur throughout the course. In total, about 53 weeks are spent in clinical departments of hospitals in Barrow-in-Furness, Blackburn, Lancaster, Kendal, Preston, Blackpool, Burnley, South Shields, Sunderland, North Tyneside, Wansbeck, Carlisle and elsewhere in the North of England. Your preferences are taken into account when allocation is made.

In your second and third years you are encouraged to seek an elective placement for up to four weeks. This allows you to broaden your experience of radiography. Students often use this opportunity to study abroad, with Australia and New Zealand being popular options. All our placements offer the full range of clinical facilities, including general radiography, ultrasound, computerised tomography, radionuclide (gamma camera) imaging and magnetic resonance imaging. You spend most of your time in one clinical department to encourage you to develop your competence rather than constantly learning a new set of hospital procedures. A high percentage of the course assessment is directly related to practical experience.

Entry requirements

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.

Credit and UCAS requirements

Credit: Not Applicable
UCAS code: B821
UCAS points: 300

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.

Download visit form for students

Download visit form for co-ordinators

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.

Essential information pack for applicants

Costs

Click to view information on your study type and home location.

Home students

At the moment, this course is funded by the NHS, so you won't have to pay a penny. In addition to having your tuition fees paid in full, you may also be eligible for a £1,000 grant, a means-tested bursary and a non-means-tested student loan. This is subject to confirmation by the NHS.

Find out how much you're eligible for using the NHS bursary calculator.

For more information about NHS funding and how to apply, visit our student finance page.

Practice placement expenses

The cost of journeys between term time residence and placement can be reimbursed where appropriate, providing the cost is in excess of your normal daily travel.

If you incur additional accommodation costs whilst on placement, either because you have to retain accommodation on campus or because you have to pay for accommodation in your placement, then you may be able to claim the excess costs. This support is means-tested. For more information, visit the health student finance page.

More financial support

Access to financial support doesn’t end at registration. We have several support funds available to our current students, including:


EU students

This course is currently funded by the NHS, so you won't have to pay a penny. 

For more information about NHS funding and how to apply, visit our student finance page.

Practice placement expenses

The cost of journeys between term time residence and placement can be reimbursed where appropriate, providing the cost is in excess of your normal daily travel.

If you incur additional accommodation costs whilst on placement, either because you have to retain accommodation on campus or because you have to pay for accommodation in your placement, then you may be able to claim the excess costs. This support is means-tested. For more information, visit the health student finance page.


International students

The tuition fee for the 2015/16 academic year is £15,500.

Fees are billed annually and may be paid by the student or a sponsor. 75 percent of the annual tuition fees must be paid before or at registration. For students requiring a Tier 4 Student Visa, a deposit of £3,500 is expected as a minimum before a CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies) will be issued. For more information, visit our international student finance page.

Early payment discount

If you are paying your own fees, you may be eligible for an early payment discount of £1,000. This discount is awarded to students who pay in full before registration.

Additional financial support

Our money doctors will be on hand throughout the year to help you manage your money while you’re in the UK. However, if you do happen to run into financial difficulty during your time here, you may be able to access a small emergency support fund.

UCAS Link

Visit UCAS

Next steps