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BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography

UCAS Code: B821 BSc/Drad

Duration: 4 years

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A diagnostic radiographer undertakes imaging to enable clinicians to make diagnosis of trauma and disease. Imaging covers all areas of the human anatomy and utilises a wide range of imaging modalities.

This course will equip you with the necessary skills to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council, to enable you to work in the healthcare sector as a diagnostic radiographer.

As a diagnostic radiographer, you would be working largely with imaging technology, however there are many personal skills that you require for the profession. Working with patients and their families and with other healthcare professionals, you will require good interpersonal skills and you need to be caring and sympathetic towards individuals' circumstances. Great attention to detail is required and you need to be able to think quickly and make decisions independently, reacting to an ever-changing work environment. You must be able to work within a team, but also individually, and you should be prepared to be flexible in your work patterns as the service is provided on a 24 hour basis. You will study a range of modules each year.

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 Honours degree course. You will complete a range of modules (University-based and practice-based), as outlined.

  • Clinical placements provide the opportunity to integrate practice with theory by working directly with patients and qualified staff. Diagnostic placements are undertaken in hospitals across central Scotland to ensure you gain a variety of experience.

  • Year One is designed as a foundation to introduce you to the concepts of healthcare and science-based technologies. The content is mostly classroom-based, but you will also carry out a short clinical practice placement. In Years Two, In Years Three and Four, you will take increasing responsibility for your own learning. You will study further modules and go on more clinical placements. You will spend 17 weeks within the University and the other 13 weeks in the clinical environment in each year.

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

  • Placement: Placements take place each year.

    Professional Registration: Successful completion enables application for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council as a diagnostic radiographer which is essential for employment in the UK.

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

    Year Two: Introduction to Research/ Radiodiagnostic Physics and Equipment/ Diagnostic Practice 2/ Introduction to Clinical Practice/ Clinical Practice 2

    Year Three: Research Principles/ Diagnostic Practice 3/ Clinical Practice 3/ Professional Practice3/ Interprofessional Education 3

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

  • We expect applicants to have visited an appropriate diagnostic radiology 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 diagnostic radiography for example, ultrasound, computerised tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), radionuclide imaging and mammography.

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