Undergraduate

Certificate of Higher Education in Mammography

This programme is intended for Assistant Practitioners (AP’s) working in the breast imaging service. Successful completion of the course gives the skills and knowledge required to contribute to the provision of a uniformly high quality of care to all clients.

Assistant Practitioners work to an agreed scope of practice under the supervision of a practitioner, this supervision may be either direct or indirect. The mammographic techniques covered on this programme are those required to produce routine radiographic images of the breast within a breast imaging service. 

Further education and training is required by those wishing to undertake imaging additional to the routine cranio-caudal and medio-lateral oblique projections.

 

 

About the course

The mammographic techniques covered on this programme are those required to produce routine radiographic images of the breast within a breast imaging service.  

Further education and training is required by those wishing to undertake imaging additional to the routine cranio-caudal and medio-lateral oblique projections.

This programme is delivered using a blended learning approach; Lectures introduce theoretical concepts; specialist talks give an insight on identified areas of Breast Imaging; tutorials explore some syllabus areas in more depth and practical learning takes place within the student’s workplace. Work-based learning is continuous throughout the programme. During this time students are encouraged to practice skills, which have been discussed during academic blocks, so that they will have ample opportunity for reflective practice.The virtual learning environment is utilised to ensure that support and resources are available for all students. 

Exit Award

Certificate of Higher Education in Mammography (120 credits at SCQF Level 7)

Teaching Learning & Assessment

This programme is delivered using a blended learning approach; Lectures introduce theoretical concepts; specialist talks give an insight on identified areas of Breast Imaging; tutorials explore some syllabus areas in more depth and practical learning takes place within the student’s workplace. Work-based learning is continuous throughout the programme. During this time students are encouraged to practice skills, which have been discussed during academic blocks, so that they will have ample opportunity for reflective practice.

The virtual learning environment is utilised to ensure that support and resources are available for all students.

Teaching Hours and Attendance

The programme combines practice and classroom based learning and runs for approx. 15months.

Students attend for 

  • Two blocks of classes·       
  • One week of practical training

Classes take place at the West of Scotland Breast Screening Centre, Glasgow. The practical training week will be allocated either to Glasgow or South East Scotland Breast Screening Centre, Edinburgh. The remainder of the training takes place in the students workplace.

Links with Industry / Professional Bodies

The programme is recognised by the Society of Radiographers and can be used as evidence for accreditation as an Assistant Practitioner

 

Modules

The programme consists of six modules at SCQF Level 7:-

·         Production of the X-Ray Image (20 credits)

·         Communication (20credits)

·         Client Care (20 credits)

·         Imaging Support (20 credits)

·         Mammography Practice (30 credits)

·         Health Issues in Breast Imaging (10 credits)

Imaging Support and Mammography Practice are work based modules that are supported by the remaining academic modules. All the modules reflect the link between theory and practice to form an integrated whole.

Entry requirements

Candidates must:

  • Have obtained 2 passes at SQA Higher level or equivalent;
  • Be employed in a clinical environment offering mammography experience;
  • Negotiate a contract with the manager of the clinical department to ensure that the required amount of time and patient load to complete the work-based element of the course will be made available.
  • Demonstrate recent personal development and a desire to further progress.

 

English language requirements:

Applicants must be able to communicate in English to the standard equivalent to level 6.5 of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), with no element below 6.5.

Careers

Students undertaking this course will be in employment within the breast imaging service. Successful completion of this course will allow them to be accredited as assistant practitioners.

Quick Facts

• The course is accredited by The Society & College of Radiographers
• For the duration of the course students continue practice in their workplace
Successful completion of the course allows students to apply for accreditation as an assistant practitioner.

Application

Applications should be made directly to Maureen McAuley (Education and Training Administrator at The Scottish Mammography Education Centre)

More information and contacts

QMU Admissions

Simon Holmes (Academic link at QMU )

Lorna Nimmo (Programme Co-ordinator at The Scottish Mammography Education Centre)

Maureen McAuley (Education and Training Administrator at The Scottish Mammography Education Centre)

Please Note:

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2019/20 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Undergraduate).

Teaching staff may be subject to change.

 Special Information for EU Applicants The Scottish Government has confirmed that undergraduate EU students enrolling in the 2019/20 academic year will be entitled to free tuition fees in Scotland for the duration of their course. Those assessed as eligible will remain so for the duration of their course. You must apply to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for funding. For guidance on eligibility and funding please visit the SAAS website

 

 

Course Overview

Delivery
At Scottish Mammography Education Centre, Glasgow and online learning (PgDip and MSc only)
Duration
1 year
Start Date
January 2019
Location
On campus
Study Abroad
No
School
School of Health Sciences
Division
Fees & Funding
UCAS Code
B210

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