Birmingham City University Radiotherapy

By | 24th April 2017

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Birmingham City University Radiotherapy

You will develop specialist skills through clinical placements within hospital cancer centres, and will consolidate those skills at the university by accessing our Virtual Environment for Radiotherapy Training (VERT) and advanced treatment planning facilities.

What’s covered in the course?

Your academic studies include subjects which form the scientific basis of radiotherapy practice and include an in-depth study of human anatomy and physiology, radiation physics and radiobiology. You will also study the social and psychological aspects of cancer care and the needs of patients.

As you advance your knowledge of radiotherapy practice and the science of oncology, you will develop analytical skills and will explore the research evidence that forms the basis of current and emergent practices.

In your final year you will develop your skills of applying research strategies to health and care practice, and will consolidate your clinical skills and knowledge that are necessary for your transition to registered practitioner status. At least 50% of your time will be spent in clinical practice where you will develop the necessary practical skills and expertise that enable you to administer radiotherapy in a safe and competent manner.

Why Choose Us?

  • We are the only training centre for radiotherapy and radiography in the Midlands region
  • Established links with NHS Trusts  with whom we work in partnership
  • We focus on the student, and pride ourselves on a friendly, supportive environment so all our students get the most out of their time here.

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Entry Requirements

Height statement: Most patients are treated at a height of 120-130cm above the ground. You should be able to comfortably and safely manipulate a patient lying at this height.

If not, please contact the Radiotherapy Programme Director before you start the course so the team can ensure that the necessary risk assessments and adjustments can be in place in a timely manner, to ensure your safe practice. Any disclosure will not prejudice your application.

Qualifications

A minimum of 120 UCAS tariff points:

Level 2 qualifications which must be achieved PRIOR to application:
GCSE at Grade 4 or above in five subjects, which must include English Language, Mathematics and either Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Double Science. (GCSE equivalents are not accepted, e. g. Key Skills Level 2, Adult Numeracy, Adult Literacy) or
Irish Leaving Certificate, – see level 3 requirements
Scottish qualifications, a minimum of five Intermediate Standard 2 or above, must include English, Mathematics and a Science subject.
A particularly high standard of spoken and written English is necessary to cope with the clinical work on the Diagnostic Radiography and Radiotherapy courses. However, there is a great need for Radiography students who are fluent in more than one language and graduates with such skills would be a valuable addition to the profession; such candidates are therefore encouraged to apply.
Applicants who have not received their secondary school education in English will require an overall IELTS score of 7, with no subtest below 6.5
Plus one of the following Level 3 qualifications which you may be working towards:
GCE A/A2 level 120 UCAS tariff points from a maximum of three A/A2 Level passes, which must include one science subject from Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Human Biology and Applied Science. Psychology and Sociology are only accepted in conjunction with one of the former. A typical offer would be BBB. General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted.
GCE AS/A1 level Two subjects accepted with two GCE A/A2 levels, which must include one science subject from Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Human Biology and Applied Science, at Grade B or above. Psychology and Sociology are only accepted in conjunction with one of the former. Must achieve a minimum of 120 tariff points. General Studies and Critical Thinking not accepted.
BTEC National Diploma in Science Minimum Grade DDM required.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Minimum Grade 30 required.
Access to HE Diploma in Radiography or Science
Full award (60 credits) of which a minimum of 45 are Level 3 graded credits, including 30 at Merit or Distinction with a minimum of 18 in a Science subject with 6 credits at Level 3 in Physics and 15 ungraded credits at either Level 2 or 3. Must possess GCSE Mathematics and English at Grade 4 (C) or above.
The Open University Minimum of 30 Credits at OU Level 1 or above passed in subjects that include Chemistry, Human Biology, Biology or Physics such as SK143 Topics in Health Sciences, S142 Topics in Science, or SK277 Human Biology. Candidates must already hold Level 3 qualifications or above, such as A-Levels or a Degree. Typical candidates will be considered on the basis that their prior education is non science related or has fallen outside the 5 year recent study requirement.
Irish Leaving Certificate Maximum of five Highers at Grade H3 or above to achieve 120 UCAS tariff points, which must include either Human Biology, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Applied science or Science. In addition Maths and English are essential at Grade O4 minimum Unless already achieved at the higher Level.
Scottish Qualifications A maximum of 5 Advanced Highers at Grade C or above to achieve 120 UCAS tariff points, which must include one of Human Biology, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Applied Science or Science.

Other qualifications:

Applicants’ qualifications that are not listed will be considered on an individual basis.

In addition:
  • Applicants must have evidence of study within the last five years.
  • Applicants are required to undertake a face-to-face engagement, normally in the format of an interview.
  • A satisfactory experience visit to a clinical department is MANDATORY and a condition of a place being offered. Clinical visit evidence forms are required as part of this process.

Download a Clinical Visit Evidence Form

A second reference for Access/BTEC students from the original referee is to be provided to the institution by the end of June of the enrolment year.

Places are subject to a satisfactory Occupational Heath Check and Disclosure and Barring service report.

Applicants should be aware that qualifications, personal statement, interview, and references all form part of the selection criteria for this course.

Applications from mature candidates offering alternative qualifications will be considered.

The UCAS tariff is changing

If you’re considering applying for this course to start in September 2017 onwards, it’s important to know that the UCAS tariff system is changing.

UCAS tariff points – the points system most universities use to compare different qualifications – will be introducing a new system on how points are calculated.