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Radiography (Diagnostic Imaging)  BSc (Hons)

The BSc (Hons) Radiography (Diagnostic Imaging) provides you with the skills and knowledge to help diagnose illness by producing and interpreting images.

Overview

National Student Survey 2015: 97% of Radiography students were satisfied with their course


Why study Radiography (Diagnostic Imaging) at City?

The BSc (Hons) Radiography (Diagnostic Imaging) degree will provide you with the skills and knowledge to help diagnose and treat illness by producing and interpreting medical images. Subsequently you would be making a real difference to the lives of patients. Diagnostic radiographers are essential members of the healthcare team, working closely with doctors, nurses and other health care professionals in a wide range of clinical settings. They use a range of imaging modalities to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of illness. These include conventional radiography, fluoroscopy, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, ultrasound, nuclear medicine, and positron emission tomography.

The radiography department at City University, London, was founded following the merger of five of London's top radiography schools. It has one of the best equipped radiography clinical skills suites in the UK. This offers a unique environment which will mirror many of the facilities you will encounter whilst undertaking your practice placements in the clinical environment. Furthermore, the radiography team at City University, London, are experts within the field. They have long standing close links with radiology departments in hospitals, the radiography profession, and industry. All of this offers a challenging yet supportive environment in which to study.

Whilst studying at City you will:

  • Access City's Centre for Radiography Clinical Skills Education, a fully equipped radiography clinical skills suite with two specialist x-ray rooms
  • Enrich your study with clinical placements taking place in world class hospital trusts in London and Essex
  • Gain a qualification that enables you to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and enter a respected profession with excellent career opportunities
  • Enter a profession where you are using the latest healthcare technologies to help diagnose and treat illness and disease
  • Learn from City's expert and supportive radiography team where all academic lecturers are also HCPC registered radiographers
  • Benefit from your tuition fees being paid for by the NHS.

Entry Requirements:

For 2015 entry and subsequent application cycles, all prospective applicants must meet the academic entry requirements for the course (see typical offers, pre-requisites, English language requirements, and Visa requirements) in addition to demonstrating the NHS Constitution Values.

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Course Fees:

  • Full-time EU: £Tuition fees for home and EU students studying the BSc (Hons) in Radiography (Diagnostic Imaging) are paid by the NHS.
  • Full-time Non EU: £14,500 per year
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Start Date:

September 2016

UCAS code:

B821

Entry Requirements

For 2015 entry and subsequent application cycles, all prospective applicants must meet the academic entry requirements for the course (see typical offers, pre-requisites, English language requirements, and Visa requirements) in addition to demonstrating the NHS Constitution Values. These are:

  • Respect & Dignity – the feelings, wishes, and rights of patients must always be taken into account. It is important prospective applicants are able to demonstrate dignity and respect towards patients as the profession revolves around patient contact.
  • Commitment to Quality of Care – patients are always at the forefront of healthcare and as such should receive and experience care that is of the highest standard possible. It is a requirement for prospective applicants to put others’ first whilst offering a standard of care that they would expect either themselves or family members to receive.
  • Compassion – radiographers come into contact with a variety of patients some of which may be unwell, in pain, or even vulnerable. It is essential for prospective applicants to demonstrate humility, a sense of awareness of an individuals’ suffering, and a desire to help those who are unwell, in pain, or even vulnerable.
  • Improving Lives – healthcare aims to diagnose, treat, and prevent disease, illness, or physiological impairment. Therefore it is important that prospective applicants have the willingness and desire to make a positive impact in regard to someone’s health or life.
  • Working together for patients – radiographers work with a variety of healthcare professionals to diagnose, treat, and manage illness and disease. Therefore prospective applicants need to be able to demonstrate clear and concise communication along with the ability to work in a team.
  • Everyone Counts – all healthcare professionals must be committed to improving outcomes for patients by improving quality and offering patients choices about their care. Subsequently prospective applicants must be able to demonstrate a desire to put the patient first and take into consideration their preferences in regard to care.

Due to the high demand for places on NHS funded courses, as well as meeting the stated academic entry requirements, applicants will be required to attend a selection day held at City University London. You will be asked to complete a personality style questionnaire, numeracy and literacy tests, and participate in a face-to-face interview. The latter is used to ensure that your values match those of the NHS Constitution. For further information and example tests, please visit our Selection Day page.

When an application is received it will be scrutinised in regard to the qualifications being studied, predicted grades, personal statement, and reference. You must demonstrate that you are able to meet the entry requirements for the course via your application. Furthermore, we want to see that you have a clear idea of what your chosen radiography discipline is, and understand what the day to day life of a radiographer entails. If an application passes this stage then an applicant will be invited to a selection day. Please note ALL applicants who pass the scrutiny stage will be invited to a selection day. Failure to attend or rearrange to another available date will result in your application being rejected.
The selection day will allow you to visit the university and meet members of the radiography team and current students. Furthermore, it will provide you with the chance to visit our teaching facilities. The selection day will encompass a series of admissions tests (numeracy; literacy; Cambridge Personality Style Questionnaire) and a fifteen minute face-to-face interview with two members of the radiography team. The interview will look to assess how an applicant meets the NHS Constitution Values by asking three questions that directly relate to the six values. The following three questions are sample questions:

Question 1 - Explain what you think the day to day life of a radiographer will involve.

Values assessed: Commitment to Quality of Care; Compassion; Improving Lives; Working together for patients.

The aim of this question is for the student to:

  • Evidence a realistic idea of the career/profession.
  • Explicitly refer to provision of care; compassion; team work; making a difference.

Question 2 - You’re a student radiographer attending clinical, you are walking through the department and a service user calls out to you. You approach them and they inform you they have soiled the sheets of the bed they are in. What do you do?

Values assessed: Respect & Dignity; Commitment to Quality of Care; Compassion; Working together for patients.

The aim of this question is for the student to:

  • Demonstrate sensitivity to the needs of others.
  • Understand that the service user in this instance may be embarrassed or even concerned.
  • Think of ways to help resolve the situation.
  • Understand the limit of their own knowledge and experience.

Question 3 - Should an individual who is a smoker and developed cancer be given less priority than genuine accidents or illnesses?

Values assessed: Respect & Dignity; Commitment to Quality of Care; Compassion; Working together for patients; Everyone counts.

The aim of this question is for the student to:

  • Demonstrate sensitivity to the needs of others.
  • Understand that all service users are entitled to healthcare.
  • Show awareness that everyone is entitled to high quality care.
  • Discuss tactfully and diplomatically the basis of the question.
  • Understand the limit of their own knowledge and experience.

All facets from the selection day are reviewed. Applicants who pass the admissions tests and are able to demonstrate that they meet the NHS Constitution values will receive an offer. The conditions of the offer will be made to applicants via UCAS. The following are examples of typical offers that are made:

  • 'A' Level: 320 UCAS tariff points from three A2 subjects. A minimum of 100 points must be achieved from an A level in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry or Biology. General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted.
  • IB: 33 (must include Physics)
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass in a QAA recognised Access to HE Diploma in Radiography or Science only. Full award (60 credits) of which a minimum of 45 credits must be at Level 3 including 30 credits at Distinction to include at least 6 credits at distinction in Physics and 15 credits at Merit; 15 credits at Level 2.
  • BTEC Extended Diploma (18 unit award): D*D*D required (Applied Science or Medical Science only)
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: 320 UCAS points gained at Higher from 5 subjects graded A1-B3. This must include Biology and either Chemistry or Physics. English Language and Mathematics from Ordinary Level grades A1-B3, unless part of higher.
  • Scottish Highers: 320 UCAS points gained at Advanced Highers Grade A-C (must include Science). English Language and Mathematics from Highers grades A-C, if not already part of Advanced Highers.

Special requirements: Applicants must complete a clinical visit and return a supportive clinical visit feedback form.

Students are required to have occupational health and enhanced disclosure and barring service clearance. Academic and character references are also required.

Pre-requisites

Unless studying towards an Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject, all applicants must have 5 GCSEs including Mathematics, English Language and Double Science at A*-C. We do not consider BTEC National Award, National Certificate, Extended Certificate, Subsidiary Diploma or National Diploma in isolation or combination.

From 2016 entry onwards, Access applicants must hold both GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C or above at the point of application. Access applicants who are unable to demonstrate both GCSEs at grade C or above at the point of application will be rejected.

Please note: we will not accept any equivalent qualification, only GCSEs.

English Requirements

Please note that due to changes in the UKVI's list of SELTs we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014.

If your first language is not English, we will require evidence of English language proficiency. Minimum requirements are:

  • IELTS: 7.5 overall with a minimum of 7.0 in each component.

Visa Requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.  

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course; there are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than 6 months
  • Students on courses of less than 6 months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English Language course

Please note: If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City University London courses on a part-time basis.

For more information see our main Visa page.

When and Where

Start Date:
September 2016
Duration:
Full-time: 3 years

Course Content

Half of the course is spent in the University and the other half on clinical placement.

Year one

The compulsory modules in the first year will introduce you to the principles and practice of diagnostic imaging. Year one is spent primarily at the University.

Core modules include:

  • Common module I
  • Common module II
  • Radiographic anatomy, physiology and pathology
  • Science for medical imaging
  • Principles of imaging in practice I.

Year two

In the second year, you will move on to more specialised subjects and begin to apply the knowledge and experience gained in year one.

Core modules include:

  • Radiography research methods and statistics
  • Science for medical imaging II
  • Principles of imaging in practice II
  • Professional practice in medical imaging.

Year three

During the final year, you will become more critical and evaluative in your work.

Core modules include:

  • Equipment evaluation
  • Image interpretation/evaluation
  • Preparation for clinical practice
  • Management and radiographic practice
  • A research exercise/project.

Course Structure

Teaching and Assessment

The BSc (Hons) Radiography (Diagnostic Imaging) degree is taught by expert staff who are leaders in the field of diagnostic radiography, many of whom have worked in specialised roles or advanced practice prior to their teaching career.

You will be taught in various ways including lectures, directed self-study, research exercises, group-learning, work-based activity and tutorials. The University also reinforces teaching through the use of e-learning that enables you to learn interactively using the internet, with self-tests and image-viewing quizzes as well as online lecture notes being made available.

Practical training in the Centre for Radiography Clinical Skills Education provides a unique and safe environment for students to practice their skills in preparation for clinical practice. City's clinical skills suite offers access to modern equipment in a self-contained simulated hospital environment where students can prepare for their clinical placements. The centre has specialist rooms with digital imaging, general & dental x-ray units, ultrasound, radiotherapy planning, virtual environment radiotherapy training (VERT) and clinical skills training rooms.

Work is assessed through coursework, written examinations, class tests, multiple choice tests, practical examination and clinical assessments while on clinical placement.

Fees

  • Full-time EU: £Tuition fees for home and EU students studying the BSc (Hons) in Radiography (Diagnostic Imaging) are paid by the NHS.
  • Full-time Non EU: £14,500 per year

Funding

For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Undergraduate Fees and Finance.

As a student on a midwifery, nursing, radiography or speech and language therapy course at City University London you will be entitled to funding from the National Health Service (NHS) which will cover the full costs of your tuition fees for the duration of your course. The funding is not a loan and you will not be expected to pay any tuition costs back after you graduate from the course.*

Most students are also entitled to apply for an income assessed bursary which is intended to support you with living costs which is also non-repayable.

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The NHS also offers additional funding for students’ depending on their circumstances and course including:

  • Childcare allowance for students with children in registered childcare
  • Financial allowances to cover placement costs
  • Supplements for single parents and for those with dependents
  • Financial allowances for disabled students

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Undergraduate students can also apply for a non-means tested maintenance loan through Student Finance England (SFE).

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Financial Support from City University London

City University London offers students scholarships including the Lord Mayors Scholarship, which can be applied for in addition to any funding received from the NHS.

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Undergraduate students starting at City from September 2015 who are staying in the University’s Halls will also benefit from accommodation subsidy.

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*Students will also need to meet residency and eligibility checks to receive funding. Eligibility checks will take place during the application process.

Placements

City works in partnership with a range of hospital trusts in London and Essex. These include The Royal Free Hospital and Barts Health NHS Trust in London and Southend University Hospital in Essex. During your course, you will have one primary clinical placement as your main site, but you will also rotate through other hospitals to gain greater clinical experience. During clinical placements you will learn through observation and supervised practice. This is then supported by tutorials which allow you to reflect upon practice. Links lecturers will also visit you regularly during your clinical placements.

You will have one primary clinical placement as your main site, but you will also rotate through other hospitals to gain greater clinical experience. During clinical placements you will learn through observation and supervised practice. This is then supported by tutorials which allow you to reflect upon practice. Links lecturers will also visit you regularly during your clinical placements.

Career Prospects

Upon graduation, you will be professionally recognised by the College of Radiographers and will also be able to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council to practise in the UK.City's course has excellent employability rates and there is a possibility to practice internationally. Upon graduation, the majority of our graduates find employment in the NHS or private hospitals. This is supported by 95% of our graduates being in employment six months after graduation with an annual average salary of £22,000. It is interesting to note that our 2014 radiography graduates gained employment at reputable hospitals both in London and nationally.

This course will enable you to...

...move on to further study at MSc level. City offers a range of Masters degree courses related to Radiography (Diagnostic Imaging), including:

Radiography (Diagnostic Imaging)

UCAS code: B821


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You can apply for up to five universities on the form. Please take care to enter the correct course code, particularly for subjects with a foundation year or with BSc and BEng options. UCAS has implemented an 'invisibility of choices' policy so that, on the initial application and while you are receiving decisions, each university can only see their entry and not those of other universities you have chosen. This ensures that your application for a course at City University London is considered solely on your academic and personal qualities. You should submit your completed application form to UCAS with a £21 application fee. If you want to apply to City only, you can make a single choice application at a reduced rate of £11. The UCAS code for City University London is C60.

When to apply

Your application for entry in September 2016 should arrive at UCAS between 1 September 2015 and 15 January 2016. Applications that arrive after 15 January 2016 will be considered only at the University's discretion. When your application is acknowledged by UCAS, you will be sent a personal identification number so that you can access your records via Track on the UCAS website.

Enquiries

For general enquiries about the admissions process, please contact the
School of Health Sciences Admissions Office.

T: +44 (0)20 7040 5000
E: health@city.ac.uk