University Of Cumbria Nuclear Medicine
Apart from the underpinning physical, biological, psychological and social sciences background that you will require, the programme will develop the generic and transferable skills expected for a career in health care. This will be achieved through a wide and varied delivery between academic and applied clinical working and through inter-professional co-operation. Through recognising the rapidly changing frameworks of the National Health Service, the programme aims to assure that you are both safe and proficient for your first post in a health care environment.
As a successful graduate you will possess the essential knowledge, skills, experience and attributes required of a newly qualified Radiotherapy Practitioner, Radiation Physics Practitioner or Nuclear Medicine Practitioner.
You will gain academic and practical skills from working within a clinical department in order for you to be an effective member of a team providing diagnostic or therapy services within the healthcare sector.
By the end of this course, you will be able to:
- Practise competently according to the standards described in the Practitioner Training Programme;
- Critically evaluate the quality of the evidence-base and articulate difficulties related to its implementation in complex clinical situations;
- Demonstrate clear supervision, leadership and management abilities through appropriate decision-making, resource allocation and team working
- Undertake research, development and innovation in practice
- To understand and apply the values enshrined within the NHS Constitution in all aspects of their professional practice
You can find out more about the new tariff and qualification options from the UCAS tariff table.
120 tariff points from maximum of 3 A-levels, to include A-level in a Science subject or Psychology with minimum of 40 points. Evidence of study at GCSE level, achieving Grade C and above in English Language, Mathematics and Science.
Please check selection criteria for any additional entry requirements.
Entry requirements are as flexible as possible in line with Equal Opportunities legislation and the underpinning philosophy to achieve inclusivity and diversity, and as stipulated by University of Cumbria regulations.
Applicants should as a minimum
- Provide evidence of study at GCSE level, achieving a minimum of five Grade Cs and above, including English Language, Mathematics and Science.
- Have within the last 5 years achieved Level 3 (A-level or equivalent) qualifications as outlined below:
o Typically 120 tariff points from maximum of 3 A-levels, to include A-level in a Science subject or Psychology with minimum of 40 points. Alternatively, 120 points from 2 A-levels and maximum of 2 A/S qualifications from 4 separate subjects to include 40 points in an A-level Science subject or Psychology.
o BTEC: 120 points from Extended Diploma in Science or Health-related subjects: (to include at least 60 credits in a science or psychology based subject). Applicants are encouraged to take the optional unit in Medical Physics Applications if possible.
o Scottish Highers: 120 points from a maximum 4 Scottish Highers to include a science subject or Psychology.
o Irish Leaving Cert: 120 points from a maximum 4 Highers to include at least 30 points from a science subject or psychology.
o International Baccalaureate: 120 points from maximum of 4 Higher subject to include 48 points in a science subject or psychology
o Access to HE Certificate relating to Science or Psychology: Achieve 60 credits to include 45 level 3 graded units at Distinction to include a minimum of 21 credits in Science subject or Psychology
- Applicants who are able to demonstrate some level 3 study, but not the breadth (e.g. 2 A Levels) may be considered providing they can demonstrate relevant life skills and preparation for the programme. This would include at least one year of experience working in an acute clinical setting with associated mandatory training. Students may be asked to undertake additional level 3 study or are set work to demonstrate they have the ability to undertake the programme.
- You are required to visit an NHS department relevant to this course (eg. Nuclear Medicine, Radiotherapy, Radiography) and submit the evaluation forms (available to download below), preferably before you are invited for interview.
- Download visit form for students
- Download visit form for co-ordinators
Both forms must be completed (one by the applicant regarding their visit and one to be completed by the hospital visited). An offer of a place is conditional on a successful clinical visit. Download the essential information pack for applicants.
- Students may seek to gain accreditation for prior learning as outlined in the UoC APL procedures (Academic Procedures and Processes, Appendix 6)
- Students require enhanced DBS clearance. This is undertaken once the student has accepted the provisional offer of a place on the programme.
- Students must complete a health questionnaire and undertake occupational health screening before undertaking clinical placements.
- Potential students with a disability will be invited to an additional interview during the application process. This will determine the level of additional support of and reasonable adjustments required to allow the student to fully engage with the programme.
- All applicants must be able to demonstrate and be able to communicate in English to the standard equivalent to level 7 of the International English Language Testing System, with no element below 6.5
All applicants who meet the admission criteria are required to attend an interview. Interviews are undertaken by a team which includes academic staff. Service users will input into the interview process to help ensure students are recruited who demonstrate requisite care and compassion skills as indicated in the NHS constitution.
Applicants are also advised to undertake a one day clinical visit within a medical imaging department. This is to allow students to gain a realistic impressions of the clinical environment but also assess their professional suitability for clinical practice and personality traits related to care and compassion.
Fitness to practise and health requirements
All offers of a place are subject to satisfactory health screening. Further information will be provided following the offer of a place.
Please note that Professional Bodies such as the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) have certain requirements regarding health and character status of applicants and their ability to meet the required core professional competencies and to practise safely without direct supervision. Please read the NMC and HCPC information to find out more. Please ask us for advice and/or support as early as possible in the application process if you have any questions about this requirement.
For more information about core competencies and medical fitness to train please click here. There are fitness standards provided here for most programmes of study: health professions, social work and teaching.
In some instances, an applicant may be invited to attend a professional practice panel to discuss any recommended reasonable adjustments, and whether or not core professional competencies are achievable.
In order to be admitted and continue on the course, students must be deemed as medically fit for both practice and theory by the Occupational Health Department. If you have any concerns about a health condition/issue and its impact on your ability to undertake the course please contact the Occupational Health Department as early as possible in the application process.
- Phone: 01253 957950
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Disclosure and Barring Service check
If you are offered a place we require you to comply with an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) background clearance check. Please read the DBS policy for more details.
Values Based Recruitment
* Since 1 April 2015, all Higher Education Institutions delivering NHS training programmes are required to assess students for their values using the core requirements set out in the Values Based Recruitment (VBR) framework. This assessment will take place as part of our recruitment process.