Diagnostic Radiography BSc

3 years

Diagnostic Radiography BSc, 3 years

Start date:

2023

Course information

Typical offer BBB

UK/EU fee £9,250

UCAS code B821

International fee £23,000

Institute code L34

Taught by College of Life Sciences

HCPC 2021

Pending approval from the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

NHS

Students on this course are eligible for the NHS Learning Support Fund

Diagnostic radiography combines the empathy and compassion of healthcare with the expertise of managing advanced technology. High-quality diagnostic imagery is fundamental to modern medicine. As a radiographer you will need to know how your equipment and software work and how a human body works.

Course description

Course description

This vocational degree, developed and taught in collaboration with University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, is challenging and demanding but also incredibly rewarding – just like a career in radiography.

Radiographers work with nurses, radiologists and other healthcare professionals, creating detailed imagery and data through a variety of techniques, which clinicians can then use as the basis for accurate diagnosis of medical conditions. Almost 40 million imaging tests take place in the UK each year.

On this degree you will develop your knowledge and skills through a mix of academic study and work-based learning. About 60% of your time will be spent on placement in hospitals across Leicester and Leicestershire, where you will be taught, supervised and assessed – by dedicated, experienced professionals – to ensure you have the skills and knowledge to step into the professional environment.

The remaining 40% of the course will be spent in lectures and seminars, studying the fundamental topics which underpin the profession, including radiation sciences, imaging technology, anatomy and pathology, and the legal, ethical and professional codes that govern clinical practice.

You’ll benefit from outstanding facilities. We have a dedicated, state-of-the-art X-Ray room at the nearby Leicester Royal Infirmary that gives you the chance to train in a genuine clinical setting alongside professionals. Our Clinical Skills Unit allows you to undertake interprofessional training alongside our other healthcare students, including life support.

On completing this course, you will be eligible to apply to become a Registered Diagnostic Radiographer. 

Students on this course are eligible for a grant of at least £5,000 a year, which you do not need to pay back.

This course is part of the Armed Forces into Allied Health project, which recognises the qualifications, skills and experience of ex-armed forces personnel.

Please note that this three-year course runs on its own timetable (see Teaching and Learning section for details) rather than the standard university academic year.

Please note, this course is being advertised subject to approval.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

  • GCSE: 5 subjects grade 5 or above and must include English Language, Maths and Science (single or combined) (functional skills maths not accepted) If GCSE English Language not obtained English IELTS score of 7 with minimum 6.5 in all components.
  • A Level: BBB to include one science (Applied Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology, Human Biology, Maths). General Studies, critical thinking or global perspectives not accepted.
  • International Baccalaureate: full award diploma with overall score of 28, with minimum grade 6 in HL science (Applied Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology, Human Biology, Maths) standard level minimum grade 4 in Maths/English in IB if no GCSE.
  • Access diploma: Access to science preferred – must include Physics modules  with 45 credits at level 3, 30 of which must be at Distinction and 15 at Merit.
  • Pearson BTEC Nationals: DDM in Applied Science.
  • Pearson BTEC Diploma: DM with an A Level at grade B (Applied Science Diploma or A Level Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology, Human Biology, Maths).
  • T Level Health: Merit from any of adult nursing team, theatre team and therapy team occupational specialisms.
  • T Level Healthcare science: Merit from healthcare science assistant occupational specialism.
  • Scottish Highers: ABBBB with one science (Applied Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology, Human Biology, Maths).
  • Advanced Highers: BBB including one science (Applied Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology, Human Biology, Maths).
  • Science or other health undergraduate degree: 2:2, if not a science degree then must have a science A Level.
  • Armed Forces into Allied Health: Please contact our Admissions Tutors for an advisory consultation. Get more information about the AFIAH project.

There may be a small number of applicants who are currently employed within the NHS, Radiology assistant practitioners, looking to increase qualification level and progress to radiographers. Any mature student, 21 years and over, who in the judgement of the university submit sufficient evidence of serious previous study in the health and social care sector, and the academic aptitude to pursue a programme in Diagnostic radiography, along with relevant work experience may be eligible for admission.

Radiography is committed to working with the development of the Armed forces into healthcare application process. Any applicants from the NHS or Armed forces will be considered on individual experience and merit.

Occupation Health and Criminal Records Check

Home Students

An offer to study this course at the University of Leicester is subject to satisfactory Occupational Health clearance, which will include current vaccination and testing requirements as stated by our placement providers. Alongside our NHS colleagues we consider vaccination to be a professional responsibility and the best way to protect students, NHS colleagues and their patients. If you receive an offer, you will be required to complete and submit an Occupational Health Questionnaire Form.

Offers are also subject to a satisfactory enhanced check with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). 

Overseas Students

An offer to study this course at the University of Leicester is subject to satisfactory Occupational Health clearance, which will include current vaccination and testing requirements as stated by our placement providers. Alongside our NHS colleagues, and the GMC we consider vaccination to be a professional responsibility and the best way to protect students, NHS colleagues and their patients.  If you receive an offer, you will be required to complete and submit an Occupational Health Questionnaire Form.

Offers are also subject to you providing a Certificate of Good Standing or Good Conduct Letter from your embassy or local police force, which should be no more than 6 months old prior to starting the course. This must specifically include confirmation that there is no known reason that you cannot work with vulnerable adults and children.

If you have studied in the UK for a minimum of 12 months prior to starting the course we will not require the Good Conduct Letter but will require a satisfactory ‘Disclosure and Barring Service’ (DBS) check (as required for Home students) upon arrival.

English Language Requirements

IELTS 7.0 (with a minimum score of 6.5 in all components).

If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

Fees and funding

Fees and funding

UK Students

Starting in 2023

Tuition fees for 2023/24 are yet to be confirmed. As an indication of what you might pay, the fees for students who started in 2022/23 were: 

  • £9,250 in your first year. Tuition fees are subject to government regulations and may change in future years.

You may be eligible for support from the Learning Support Fund, administered by the NHS Business Authority. From September 2020, the LSF has been extended to include a non-repayable £5,000 per year bursary for new and existing students.

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

International Students

Starting in 2023

Tuition fees for 2023/24 are yet to be confirmed. As an indication of what you might pay, the fees for students who started in 2022/23 were: 

  • £23,000 per year

If you are resident outside the UK and the Republic of Ireland, you will need to pay a deposit of £3,000 to secure your place. This will be subtracted from your total tuition fee.

From 2022 onwards, EU nationals will pay the International fee. If you are an EU national with settled or pre-settled status under the EU settlement scheme, you may qualify for the UK fee (subject to criteria).

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

Accreditation

Accreditation

This qualification (BSc Diagnostic Radiography) entitles you to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Careers and employability

Careers and employability

The qualification (BSc Diagnostic Radiography) entitles you to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Career opportunities are strong, there is a good starting salary and there is the potential for registration with international territories.

Graduate destinations

Our graduates will work in local, regional and national NHS hospital trusts and in independent sector hospitals.

Get career-ready at Leicester with guidance from our award-winning Career Development Service. We're here to give you a lifetime offer of support, even after graduation. Our team of specialist careers advisers and mentors will help you every step of the way. From supporting you with CVs and interviews, to volunteering opportunities and placements, we're here to help you reach your professional goals.

Course structure

Year 1

Year 1

The first year will introduce you to the necessary scientific, theoretical and professional background to support clinical education. You will study the science of X-ray generation and safety alongside the science of normal body systems to understand their structure and function before moving on to altered and abnormal findings. 

You will explore issues of personal and professional development, health and well-being to compliment your learning in the practice environment. An awareness of the evidence base for health care professions and the research process is a fundamental and ongoing theme, promoted throughout the course.  

In the practice environment you will work alongside and be supported by radiographers and a range of colleagues from other health disciplines. Inter-professional working and learning continues throughout year two and three as you progress to autonomous practice.

Modules

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year 2

Year 2

The second year develops your knowledge and skills enabling you to justify the selection of examination, accurately assess patient needs and communicate effectively across the inter-professional team.

You will consider the scientific and theoretical concepts of CT and MRI imaging and the presentation of anatomy in the cross sectional arena.

You will build up your time in the practice environment and your understanding of the legal framework around radiography will be further developed. Employability will be introduced and you will be supported in career planning.

Modules

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year 3

Year 3

The third and final year prepares you for autonomous practice upon graduation, allows you to develop a research idea and consider emerging advances within radiographic practice. As part of your final year you will complete an elective placement at a hospital/provider of your choice enabling you to gain a wider perspective on practice and employment. Employment remains a key focus and you will be supported with the application and interview process throughout the year.

The programme allows you to select a specialty to explore during semester 2 meaning you will gain a wider perspective on the patient journey and the role of the diagnostic radiographer.

Throughout the final semester you will be introduced to mentoring and coaching skills enabling you to feel fully prepared to support learners of the future.

Modules

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Why Leicester

Your career prospects are superb. By studying this professional qualification you will become eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council as a Diagnostic Radiographer.

Get all the practical experience you need. Placements account for around 60% of the course, allowing you to develop your clinical skills and experience real life scenarios. During your clinical placements you will be fully supported by both the University and clinical staff.

By studying at the University of Leicester, you'll learn from a dedicated team of experts with a huge amount of experience across all imaging modalities.

Our superb facilities, including our dedicated X-Ray room and Clinical Skills Unit allow you to develop professional competencies and attitudes.

Teaching and learning

The Diagnostic Radiography BSc is a vocational degree, designed to maximise your experience.

Unlike a typical degree, which runs over three terms or two semesters with a long summer break, this degree runs full time for 41 weeks each year with shorter holiday entitlement.

Over the three years you will spend some time in the classroom. The rest of the time is spent undertaking your practical clinical placements and self-directed study.

The course is divided in to modules covering key areas, including radiation sciences, principles of care, imaging technology and the legal, ethical and professional issues that affect clinical practice.

We use a variety of learning methods, including classroom sessions, private study and critical evaluation, as well as experiential learning and reflective practice. You will be assessed through simulation of real life scenarios, clinical proficiencies, presentations, and a wide variety of assessment methods.

Along with classroom study, you will work with real patients and expert teams, allowing you to get varied and detailed experience. This wealth of first-hand experience will enable you to develop and enhance your skills and confidence.

Placements

60% of your course time is spent on clinical placement at one of our Clinical Placement Hospitals. Clinical experience is crucial to develop your skills as a future radiographer. We work with our hospitals to provide high quality, supportive placements where you as will be mentored, taught, supervised and assessed. Clinical placement provides you with many varied experiences that will ensure you are ready for employment; these include:

  • Experiences as part of working in multidisciplinary teams
  • Caring for patients from all backgrounds and ages
  • Opportunities to experience a range of imaging specialties
  • Exposure to routine, trauma and screening services
  • Patient contact from first semester

Placement hospitals

Leicestershire

  • Coalville Community Hospital
  • Glenfield General Hospital
  • Leicester General Hospital
  • Leicester Royal Infirmary
  • Loughborough Hospital
  • Melton Mowbray Hospital
  • National Centre Sports and Exercise Medicine
  • St. Luke’s Hospital

Independent learning

When not attending lectures, seminars or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for exams. To help with your independent learning, you can access the Library and our social study spaces in halls of residence.

Your contact hours will depend on the option modules you select. You can see details of the contact hours on individual module pages.

Academic support

Our Student Learning Development Team provides help in the following areas:

  • study and exam skills
  • academic writing
  • presentations
  • dissertations
  • numerical data skills
  • referencing sources

Our AccessAbility Centre offers support and practical help for students with dyslexia or other specific learning difficulties, including physical, mental health or mobility difficulties, deafness, or visual impairment.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. PhD research students who have undertaken teacher training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is informed by the research we do. You can learn more about our staff by visiting our staff profiles.

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Course Qualification Duration UCAS Code Start Dates Availability
Course Diagnostic Radiography Qualification BSc Duration 3 years, full-time UCAS Code B821 Start Dates September each year Availability How to apply
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