Cardiff University Diagnostic Dadiography

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Cardiff University Diagnostic Dadiography

The BSc Diagnostic Radiography and Imaging course aims to provide you with advanced knowledge, understanding and skills in radiographic practice. It is taught in academic and clinical settings and incorporates the specific skills of radiation science, anatomy, physiology, pathology and radiography.

Diagnostic radiography involves using ionising and non-ionising radiations to produce medically diagnostic images. You will learn about the role of the radiographer and elements of image appreciation, image reporting, teamwork and management.

Much of the course is spent on clinical placements throughout Wales, applying skills alongside practising professionals. Our balanced combination of theory and practice aims to develop you into competent researchers, giving you a diverse skill set which is highly attractive to potential employers.

Graduates will be eligible to apply for registration as a diagnostic 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. Full guidance on this is 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:

  • validation by the Radiography Board of the Health and Care Professions Council and the Society and College of Radiographers;
  • spending much of the course – more than 1,700 hours – on clinical placements throughout Wales, applying your skills alongside practising professionals;
  • as part of the clinical elective placement in the second and final year, you will have the opportunity to organise a clinical placement in a radiology department, perhaps overseas;
  • the School provides pre-registration courses recognised by the UK Health and Care Professions Council in occupational therapy, operating department practice, physiotherapy, diagnostic radiography and imaging and radiotherapy and oncology. 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;
  • fees for students from the UK and European Union are paid by the Welsh Government – who commission around 72 trainee Diagnostic Radiographers each year;
  • during the taught element of the course, you will complete the following compulsory, certified courses:
    • all Wales Manual Handling Passport
    • cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation

By sharing their love for radiotherapy, the lecturers from Cardiff encouraged us to like the subject and eventually fall in love with it.”

BSc Radiography (University of Malta) Graduate

Key facts

UCAS Code B821
Next intake September 2017
Duration 3 years
Mode Full time
Accreditations Society and College of Radiographers (SCoR)
“Health and Care Professions Council, the (HCPC)”
Typical places available The course typically has approximately 65 places available.
Typical applications received The course typically receives approximately 470 applications.
Admissions tutor(s)

Entry requirements

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

Typical A level offer BBB in GCE A-level 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 offer WBQ core will be accepted in lieu of one A-level (at the grades specified above), excluding the Science A-level.
Typical International Baccalaureate offer 28 points and at least one science subject must be offered at Higher Level grade 6. In addition, English, Maths, Physics plus one other science subject must be offered at Subsidiary or GCSE level.
Other requirements Consideration will be given to any degree at 2:2 or higher. Please find here further information about alternative entry requirements for this degree programme.

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UK and EU students

For information and advice for prospective  undergraduates from the UK and EU please contact:

Undergraduate Recruitment Office