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BSc (Hons) Therapeutic Radiography

UCAS Code: B822 BSc/Trad

Duration: 4 years

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Therapeutic radiography is a rewarding and caring profession which also calls for considerable technological expertise. It is the skilled application of controlled amounts of radiation as a treatment and it has a crucial role to play in the management of cancer. The therapeutic radiographer has shared responsibility for the planning and accurate delivery of radiation treatment.

This course will equip you with the knowledge and skills required to apply for Health and Care Professions Council registration and to practise as a registered therapeutic radiographer in the NHS and the private sector. You will also be eligible to apply for membership of the Society of Radiographers.

As caring professionals, it is essential for radiographers to have good interpersonal skills to enable vital communication with patients, their families and other healthcare professionals. With the advance in treatment and techniques, radiographers are constantly learning new skills and their work is very varied. You should have an interest in people, an aptitude for science, good communication skills and enjoy working in a team.

One of the main benefits of this course is the variety of clinical placements that will take place throughout the four years. These provide the opportunity to integrate practice with theory by working directly with patients and qualified staff.

We have implemented an interprofessional education (IPE) focus within all of our undergraduate healthcare courses to help produce graduates who are confident in their own professional identity but with additional skills that will allow them to work as effective team members. The IPE component will develop your mutual understanding of roles, expertise and values of other team members; skills and strategies in working in teams; problem solving, team decision-making skills; role flexibility; and ability to learn from others.

This is a four year, full time course. You will complete a range of modules (University-based and practice-based), as outlined, and complete a project in Year Four.

  • Students are part of a small cohort with every student having a dedicated personal tutor to offer guidance throughout the four years of the course.

  • A variety of clinical placements ensures adaptable practitioners with many transferable skills.

  • Year One of the course has been designed as a foundation to introduce students to the concepts of healthcare and science-based technologies. The content is mostly classroom-based and provides an introduction to clinical practice. You will also carry out a short clinical practice placement. Years Two, Three and Four develop this theme and integrate clinical practice with academic theory. You will spend 17 weeks within the university and 13 weeks in clinical practice.

  • This course is accredited by the Society and College of Radiographers.

  • This course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council.

  • Placement: Placements are undertaken in oncology centres in Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Inverness and Dundee and students are required to cover any associated costs. Elective placements throughout the UK are an option. It may be possible to undertake a single elective practice based placement outside the UK

    Professional Registration: Successful completion enables application for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council as a therapeutic radiographer, which is essential for employment within
    the NHS.

    Year One: Introduction to the Human Body / Science and Technology/ Professional Practice 1/ Radiotherapy Practice 1 / Interprofessional Education 1

    Year Two: Introduction to Research / Radiotherapy Physics and Equipment / Radiotherapy Practice 2 / Clinical Practice in Radiotherapy Block A/ Clinical Practice in Radiotherapy Blocks B and C

    Year Three: Research Principles/ Radiotherapy Practice 3 / Clinical Practice in Radiotherapy 3 / Professional Practice 3/ Interprofessional Education 3

    Year Four: Research Project / Clinical Practice in Radiotherapy 4 / Interprofessional Education 4/ Professional Practice 4

    Scottish Higher: BBBC - 245 UCAS tariff points

    A Level: CCC - 240 UCAS Tariff points

    Irish Leaving Certificate: BBBC 245 - UCAS Tariff points

    International Baccalaureate: 28 points

    Required Subjects: One science at Higher/ A Level or equivalent. Eng plus
    two sciences at S/Int2/N5/GCSE.

    Mature/Access: SWAP Access to Health Related Studies or Science. We welcome applications from mature students with other relevant qualifications and /or experience

    Advanced Entry: Not available. Relevant HN qualifications are considered for entry to Year One.

    Other: We expect applicants to have visited an appropriate Radiotherapy Department. Minimum age 17 years. A satisfactory criminal records check is also required. You will also be required to attend an interview as part of the application process.

    International: IELTS 6.0 with no element lower than 6.

    Most graduates begin working as general radiographers. However, with experience, opportunities exist for specialisation in varied aspects of therapeutic radiography, for example, treatment planning, treatment review and counselling.

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