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What makes the Diagnostic Radiography BSc at Worcester special? *

This course is designed to educate you to become a practising Diagnostic Radiographer. Graduates of this course are taught to examine patients safely using X-Ray, CT scanning, Fluoroscopy, MRI, ultrasound and more.

Successful completion of the course gives you eligibility to apply for registration with Health and Care Professions Council and membership of the Society and College of Radiographers (SCoR). Throughout the course you’ll spend at least 1000 hours in clinical placements, working alongside experienced radiographers in real hospitals and NHS Trusts. The Diagnostic Radiography BSc is underpinned with a School-wide commitment to interprofessional learning that aims to develop skilled and compassionate practitioners who have the confidence to engage with and promote professional, social, and political change in health and social care.

*Subject to approval

Overview

Overview

Key Features

  • You will be supported to gain more than 1,000 hours of practice-based learning in a variety of practice settings.
  • Funding - Allied health profession students will receive at least £5,000 a year in additional funding for maintenance and associated study costs. A Specialist Subject payment of £1000 may also be available.
  • We work in partnership with service users and carers to inform the design of the programme as well as involving them in aspects of delivery, enabling you to directly interact with, and learn from, service users and carers.
  • You will develop effective team working and communication skills through inter-professional learning, projects and placements. This will empower you to work within a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Practice placements will be supported by a team of expert educators and our placement team.  

Accreditation

Successful completion of the course gives you eligibility to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council and membership of the Society and College of Radiographers.

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

120
UCAS tariff points

Entry Requirements

A-levels or BTEC

  • A-level BBC (120 UCAS Tariff points) with grade B in a science subject – biology, human biology, physics or chemistry.
  • BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science with Distinction, Distinction Merit (DDM) profile; or BTEC Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care with DDM profile plus 1 A level grade C or above from an A level Science subject or Mathematics.

Or, Access to HE Diploma

  • The Access Diploma to include 30 Level 3 credits at Merit and 15 at Distinction in Biology and/or Chemistry, plus GCSE English Language, Mathematics at grade 9-4, or specified equivalents.
  • Successful completion of the course will require you to gain 60 credits with at least 45 to be achieved at Level 3 (with the remainder at Level 2). In some cases we will require you to have gained Merit or Distinction grades in a number of units or in nominated subjects.

T-Levels

  • T-level Merit in the Health T-level. Other T-levels are not accepted.
  • Plus GCSE (minimum grade C or grade 4) At least three subjects including English language and maths. If you do not have the required GCSEs contact us to find out which equivalent qualifications, we accept instead.

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email admissions@worc.ac.uk for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from http://www.ucas.com

Further Entry Requirements

  • English language requirements: IELTS 7.0 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in each element.
  • Applicants will be required to attend an interview.
  • DBS Disclosure: satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Scheme (DBS) report
  • If you have lived outside the UK for six months or more in the past five years, we will need to see a criminal record check from the country you were living in. For applicants living in the Republic of Ireland, we will need to see an Irish Garda clearance.

Occupational Health Clearance

  • A satisfactory occupational health clearance is required.
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Course content

What will you study?

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative. 

The current course structure for the Diagnostic Radiography BSc is subject to validation.

Year 1

  • Introduction to Diagnostic Radiography
  • Radiation Physics
  • Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology and Pathophysiology
  • Foundations of Professional Practice in Radiography
  • Practice Learning Diagnostic Radiography 1

Year 2

  • Applied, Anatomy, Physiology and Pathophysiology
  • Professional Practice in Diagnostic Radiography
  • Science and Technology in Radiography
  • Evidence Based Practice/Research
  • Professional Learning Diagnostic Radiography 2

Year 3

  • Leadership and Human Factors in Diagnostic Radiography
  • Enhanced Professional Practice in Diagnostic Radiography
  • Practice Learning Diagnostic Radiography 3
  • Dissertation/Service Improvement 
Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

Teaching

This BSc Diagnostic Radiography course will be delivered full-time over three years, with each year comprising 45 weeks of learning; this is required to incorporate your practice based learning placements. There will be a minimum of 1,000 hours in practice placements, ensuring that you have enough opportunity to achieve a breadth of experience in a variety of settings, such that successful completion will ensure you can practice as an autonomous newly qualified practitioner.

You are taught through a combination of interactive lectures, practical skills sessions and small group seminars. Practical sessions are focused on developing Radiography specific and professional skills. Seminars enable discussion, developing your understanding of topics covered in lectures.

In addition, meetings with personal academic tutors are scheduled on at least 4 occasions in the first year and three occasions in the 2nd year and 3rd year of the course.

The University places emphasis on enabling students to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement. A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support from Student Services and Library Services, and also the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will help you to flourish and be successful.

Contact time

Contact hours may vary for each year of the course. In a typical week you will have around 10-15 contact hours of classroom teaching, not including placement. The precise contact hours will depend on the modules scheduled.

Block placements equate to 37.5 hours per week. Students will be engaging in a three year full-time course and so, at the very least, should expect to undertake a minimum of 37 hours of study each week during term-time. The composition and delivery of the course varies for each module. The course involves a significant proportion of independent study, exploring the material covered in lectures, seminars and practice-based learning. As a general guide, for every hour spent in class, students are expected to spend at least two to three hours in independent study.

Independent self study

In addition to the contact time, you are expected to undertake around 25 hours of personal self study per week. Typically, this will involve completing online activities, reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library and online, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations.

Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including The Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources. 

Duration

3 years Full time

Timetables

Timetables are normally available one month before registration. Please note that whilst we try to be as student friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week; and some classes can be scheduled in the evenings.  

Teaching staff

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners. Service users and practicing professionals, who may deliver sessions related to their clinical speciality or health condition and experiences, as well as supporting your teaching. 

Teaching is based on research and consultancy; all permanent members of the Diagnostic Radiography staff have a higher education teaching qualification or are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. You can learn more about the staff by visiting our staff profiles.

Assessment

The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or ‘formative’ assignments. 

Each module has one or more formal or ‘summative’ assessments which are graded and count towards the overall module grade. Assessment methods include written examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, presentations and practice assessments. You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. The assessments will take place both within the University and practice placement environments. Practice-based learning will be pass / fail, while the Level 7 academic work will contribute towards the final grade.

Feedback is intended to support learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate. We aim to provide you with feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of submission. 

Careers

Where could it take you?

Graduates will be eligible to apply for registration with the HCPC as Diagnostic Radiographer. This will enable you to pursue careers within the NHS and private sector. Opportunities exist in hospitals, community settings, uniformed services and the public or voluntary sectors. 

Costs

How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard fee for full-time home and EU undergraduate students enrolling on BA/BSc/LLB degrees and FdA/FdSc degrees in the 2023/24 academic year is £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international students enrolling on BA/BSc/LLB degrees and FdA/FdSc degrees in the 2023/24 academic year is £14,700 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in the academic year 2023/24 are £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20-credit module, £2,312 per 30-credit module, £3,083 per 40-credit module, £3,469 per 45-credit module and £4,625 per 60 credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Course-related costs not included in the fees

We offer a wide range of professionally accredited and vocational courses that require the purchase of, among other things, uniforms, equipment, subscriptions, professional body memberships and Enhanced DBS checks, and may require you to pay to attend conferences or participate in placements. Students are required to meet all costs associated with placement e.g. travel costs to and from placement.

Sources of Financial Support

Most financial support is available from Student Finance England. The University’s Money Advice Service can provide information about student money; this can be accessed through Firstpoint. 

Accommodation

Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience. Our halls of residence are home to friendly student communities, making them great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our range of student halls. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £122 per week to 'En-suite Premium' at £207 per week (2023/24 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.

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