Cardiff University Radiography

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Cardiff University Radiography

The BSc Radiotherapy and Oncology course aims to deliver advanced knowledge and skills in radiotherapeutic practice. It is taught in academic and clinical settings and incorporates radiation science, anatomy, physiology, oncology and cancer management and radiotherapy.

Therapeutic radiography involves the use of ionising radiations to treat patients with cancer. You will learn about the role of the radiographer and elements of radiotherapy treatment planning, on-treatment review, radiotherapy imaging, teamwork and management. You will spend much of the course on clinical placements throughout Wales, applying skills alongside practising professionals.

Our balanced combination of theory and practice aims to develop you into a competent researcher, giving you a diverse skill set highly attractive to potential employers.

Graduates will be eligible to apply for registration as a therapy radiographer with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), and for membership of the Society and College of Radiographers (SCoR).

During your application to the course you will be required to demonstrate that you meet the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) good health and character, fitness to practise requirements. This will be achieved by providing a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate. All applicants will be required to have a satisfactory health screening prior to enrolment on this course which is conducted independently by the University’s Occupational Health Department. There will be a need to adhere to any immunisation requirements identified. Full guidance on this will be provided at application stage.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: We regret that this course is unable to accept applications from international fee-status applicants because of its association with the National Health Service (NHS) and the restrictions on funding and clinical placements.

Distinctive features

The distinctive features of the course include:

  • the course is validated by the Health and Care Professions Council and the Society and College of Radiographers;
  • you will spend much of the course – around 1,400 hours – on clinical placements throughout Wales, applying your skills alongside practising professionals;
  • as part of the clinical elective placement in the final year, you will have the opportunity to organise a clinical placement in a radiotherapy department, perhaps overseas;
  • the School provides pre-registration courses recognised by the UK Health & Care Professions Council in radiotherapy and oncology, occupational therapy, operating department practice, physiotherapy and diagnostic radiography and imaging. It also provides pre-registration courses in nursing and midwifery. This contributes to a vibrant interdisciplinary environment, with opportunities for shared learning and inter-professional education not available at many institutions.

During the taught element of the course, you will complete the following compulsory, certified courses:

  • All Wales Manual Handling Passport
  • Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation

Key facts

UCAS CodeB822
Next intakeSeptember 2017
Duration3 years
ModeFull time
AccreditationsSociety and College of Radiographers (SCoR)
“Health and Care Professions Council, the (HCPC)”
Typical places availableThe course typically has approximately 20 places available.
Typical applications receivedThe course typically receives approximately 170 applications.
Admissions tutor(s)

Entry requirements

For detailed entry requirements see the School of Healthcare Sciences admissions criteria pages.

Typical A level offerBBB from three GCE A-levels achieved in one sitting, to include a science subject. General Studies, Critical Thinking and Citizenship are not acceptable at GCE AS or A-level.
Typical Welsh Baccalaureate offerWBQ core will be accepted in lieu of one A-level (at the grades specified above) excluding a Science A-level.
Typical International Baccalaureate offerObtain Diploma with an overall score of 28 points. English Language, Mathematics and a Physical Science must be offered at Subsidiary or GCSE level, if not at higher level.
Other requirements