HE Cert Mammography

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A Higher Education Certificate qualification in mammography is essential for Assistant Practitioners working within the National Breast Screening Programmes. This modular, practice-based course will enable you to follow a pathway within mammography leading to mammography clinical skills.

The course is run in partnership with the Scottish Academy of Breast Imaging based at the West of Scotland Breast Screening Centre in Glasgow. It is delivered part-time over one year.

Why QMU?

  • Collaboration provides optimum learning experience: The collaboration between QMU and Scottish Academy of Breast Imaging (SABI) allows you to benefit from input from practice-based NHS clinical experts and professional higher education academics. This collaborative approach has allowed SABI and QMU to work together for over 20 years in delivering Breast Imaging courses both in Scotland and further afield to the wider UK and Ireland. 
  • Flexible study route: Delivered part-time, this course fits ideally around your work commitments.
  • Staff expertise: You will be taught by the SABI Clinical Training Team and NHS Radiologists, Consultant Radiographers, Breast Surgeons, Advanced Practice Mammographers, Breast Care Nurses, and other NHS professionals working with Breast Care Services.
  • Accreditation: The course is accredited by the Society and College of Radiographers.
  • Support: You will have a named clinical trainer throughout your time studying on the HE Cert Mammography who will support you both clinically and academically while you study with us.  

Who is this course for?

This course is for individuals who are currently working in a clinical environment within mammography services and who want to develop clinical skills, critical skills, and reflective thinking in practice.

More about the HE Cert Mammography and what you will achieve

This course will give you the skills needed to become a safe and competent Mammographer (Assistant Practitioner). It puts great importance on the link between theory and practical skills, with the practice-based learning element structured to promote the development of clinical skills and critical and reflective thinking in clinical practice. These skills will strengthen your ability to work as part of the multidisciplinary team.

Cutting-edge issues of theory and research in mammography will be examined to enable you to focus, extend, develop and strengthen skills in mammography and in writing academic papers.

There is a work-based learning element, which is structured to promote the development of clinical skills and critical and reflective thinking in practice.

Exit awards

HE Cert (120 credits)


You can opt to study for the full HE Cert or you can also register as an associate student to complete a single module for continuing professional development (CPD). On completion of a single module, you may wish to complete further modules and progress your studies to a named award.

Teaching, learning and assessment

As this course places the student at the heart of the learning process, you will be expected to take overall responsibility for your learning. You will attend classes online or at SABI in Glasgow and then carry out further independent work.

This course 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 in your workplace. ‘The Hub’ virtual learning environment is used as an interactive learning resource throughout the modules.

A variety of assessment methods are used including essays, portfolios, practice-based assessments and case studies.

Teaching hours and attendance

For the five modules required for completion of the HECert in Mammography, students will attend online teaching blocks and attend either the West of Scotland Breast Screening Centre or South East of Scotland Breast Screening Centre for one week of clinical training with a SABI Clinical Trainer.

Industry link/accreditation/professional registration

The HECert in Mammography is accredited by the Society and College of Radiographers.


To obtain a HE Cert Mammography, you will complete the following modules:

  • Production of the X-Ray Image (20 credits)
  • Breast Anatomy and Disease (20 credits)
  • Mammography Practice for Assistant Practitioners (40 credits)
  • Mammography Practice for Assistant Practitioners (20 credits)
  • Person-Centredness in the Breast Care Service (20 credits)

The modules listed are correct at time of posting (Nov 22) but are subject to change. In the event that modules change, QMU will seek to use reasonable endeavours to ensure that there is no detrimental impact on students.

Single modules for CPD

Register as an associate student to study single modules in areas of interest.

If you have any queries regards the HE Cert Mammography, please contact Maureen McAuley for further information.


There is no formal placement on this course, but there is a work-based learning elements that you will carry out with your current employer.


This course is part of CPD and is designed to improve the delivery of the breast care service. Gaining this qualification may enhance your career prospects within the profession of radiography.

Class sizes

Class sizes are variable and can range from approximately 2-10.

Entry requirements

Current employment in a clinical environment offering mammography experience.

International: You will be required to provide evidence of English language competence at no less than IELTS 6.5 and no individual component score below 6.0.

Some modules may require individuals to be working in the specific area of practice and have the support of a line manager and work place mentor.

Accreditation of prior learning: You may be granted exemption from studying a module or modules up to a maximum of 60 credit points, provided you can demonstrate successful achievement of all the learning outcomes.


Applications should be made directly to Maureen McAuley (Programme Co-ordinator, Scottish Academy of Breast Imaging).

Application deadline


More information and contacts


  • Maureen McAuley (Education and Training Administrator at the Scottish Academy of Breast Imaging)
  • Claire Crawford (Programme Co-ordinator at at the Scottish Academy of Breast Imaging or
  • Simon Holmes (Academic link at QMU) 


Please note:

  • The modules listed here are correct at time of posting (Feb 2022) but may differ slightly to those offered in 2023. Please check back here for any updates.
  • The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2023/24 Entry Terms and Conditions (Undergraduate).
  • Teaching staff may be subject to change.

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Course Overview

At the Scottish Academy of Breast Imaging (SABI), Glasgow or online learning
1 year full-time
Start Date
January 2023
Study Abroad
Fees & Funding
SCQF Level

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