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.
- 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).
Download the programme specification
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.
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