Teesside University Radiography

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Teesside University Radiography

BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography

UCAS code: B821 BSc/DRad

Diagnostic radiography plays a key role in modern medicine. It is a care giving role but also one of the fastest developing technical areas of the health sector. Radiographers produce images to obtain or confirm a diagnosis and are also involved in guiding therapeutic procedures like angioplasty. You could work in one of several sections within a hospital medical-imaging department and carry out a variety of imaging investigations, including projection radiography, computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging. This course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).


This course combines academic study with practice placements in hospital imaging departments across the North East. You develop the knowledge, skills and experience for a rewarding career in diagnostic radiography. Throughout the course, as part of the placement experience, you will be required to participate in a shift pattern rota or work weekends.

Prospective applicants are advised to research the profession of diagnostic radiography prior to writing their personal statements and attendance at the selection event. The very best way to gain an impression of the role is to spend time in the clinical department or gaining experience working or volunteering for venerable persons. While recognising that this is difficult to arrange, we do provide a form to capture such experiences and this can be brought to selection events or posted to us prior to the (end of the UCAS cycle/May).Download the prospective student report form


In Year 1 you are introduced to subjects such as regional anatomy, radiographic practice, x-ray production, pathophysiology, appraising evidence and preparing for professional practice. You spend 11 weeks in clinical practice where you work full shifts and collect evidence of achievement of first-year clinical competency.

The more technical aspects of radiography are covered in Year 2. You explore ethical issues relating to the imaging of diverse patient groups and develop your research skills further. You develop image interpretation and evaluation skills, and gain competence in specialised modalities such as cross-sectional imaging. During this year you complete another 11 weeks of shifts in clinical placement at your base hospital and, having completed Year 2 clinical competencies, negotiate a further four weeks of placement of your choice in a relevant imaging department (comprising some element of choice).

In Year 3 you develop a research proposal and explore the impact of the government agenda on the profession. You develop further image interpretation skills using our world leading image database, and explore options for improving the imaging service. During your final 11 weeks of full shift in placement you work on a portfolio which evidences your professional development and clinical competence in preparation for first post competence.

Course structure

Year 1 core modules

Pathophysiology for Radiographers

Preparation for Practice

Radiographic Practice 1

Regional Anatomy

Skills for Appraising Evidence (Radiography)

Year 2 core modules
  • Non-ionising Radiation Imaging and Informatics
  • Professional Ethics and Values
  • Radiographic Practice 2
  • Research, Audit and Data
  • X-ray Science and Technology

Year 3 core modules

  • Improving the Imaging Service
  • Preliminary Clinical Evaluation
  • Radiographic Practice 3
  • Radiographic Project Proposal

Entry requirements

A typical offers is 104-120 tariff points from three A levels, including one science subject (or equivalent). You will also have to pass an admissions test and interview. For further detailed entry requirements for this course please visit www.ucas.com.

To score well at interview you will be measured against the following criteria which has been mapped against the NHS Constitution values:

  • working together
  • respecting and preserving dignity
  • committed to and capable of becoming an autonomous professional radiographer
  • caring
  • compassionate
  • improving and innovating
  • non-judgmental, everyone counts

Shortlisting criteria for personal statement:

  • Show insight into the role of the radiographer (regardless of how this has been achieved) and a commitment to the profession.
  • Demonstrate caring for others, for example in a service industry job, care provider, school role, community work.
  • Demonstrate interpersonal skills (communication and collaboration), for example volunteering activities, work activities, team sports.
  • Demonstrate personal initiative and commitment – some individual accomplishment at a remarkable level for example part-time work, excellent grades, long-term youth group membership or sport/hobby participation.
  • Demonstrate a degree of self-awareness and clear articulation of values in line with the NHS Constitution:

You must also successfully pass an admissions test as part of the selection process.

Take a look at a sample test
You are encouraged to seek some work experience before you apply.

You must also

  • have five GCSEs grade 4 (grade C) or above, or equivalent, including English language, maths and science
  • show you’ve done relevant study within the last three years
  • provide an enhanced DBS check
  • be aware you need to declare any convictions, cautions or allegations to the relevant professional body before you apply to register

If you are successful in shortlisting, an admissions test and interview you will receive an offer which is subject to the following:

  • evidence of achievement of the required academic qualifications.
  • a successful work based risk assessment which will reflect the HEOPS recommendations – please read these here. For more information on all of the HEOPS standards click here
  • a satisfactory DBS disclosure. Please note that any warnings, cautions, allegations or convictions received in the last five years may have implications for your continued offer on the course.
  • satisfactory references.

If you are invited to an interview and the date is not suitable we may not be able to offer you an alternative date due to the high volume of applications received for this course but it is important that you contact the admissions office immediately.
Please note until the above have been successfully completed the offer of a place on the course remains conditional.

International applicants
From September 2018 international applicants can apply for this course.

  • International applicants must have IELTS 7.0 with a minimal score of 6.5 in all sections before an unconditional offer is made
  • If you are successful at shortlisting you will be invited to attend an interview (which may be in person OR video call) in one of our international offices in either India, Malaysia or China, or you can choose to attend an interview at Teesside University (at your own cost).
  • If you can not attend an interview as stated, you will be unable to proceed with your application.

For international enquiries please email internationalenquiries@tees.ac.uk

For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section

You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.

Course information

  • Length: 3 years

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  • Not available part-time

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