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    1. 2017
    2. 2016

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.

Key Information

Start date

September 2017

Duration

Full-time: 3 years

UK/EU

Full-time: TBC

Non-EU

Full-time: £14,500 per year (2015/16 fee; 2016/17 TBC) (fees may increase in subsequent years in line with the Retail Prices Index)

UCAS code

B821

Application period

From 6th September 2016

Until 15th January 2017

Who is it for?

The BSc Radiography (Diagnostic Imaging) degree provides a route into a rewarding lifelong carer as a Diagnostic Radiographer. The course provides the physical, technological, biological and social knowledge required to work within a healthcare team and gain the professional skills and accreditation to practise as a radiographer.

Objectives

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. 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. As part of the course you will learn through classroom teaching, simulated practice and clinical placements. City has one of the best equipped radiography clinical skills suites in the UK, offering a unique environment which mirrors many of the facilities you will encounter whilst undertaking your practice placements in the clinical environment.

You will be taught by academics who are experts within the field and many of whom are active clinicians and researchers. Our curriculum concentrates on evidence based teaching and is directly influenced by the research happening within the department which is informing radiography policy and practice.  We have long standing and 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.

As a diagnostic radiographer you will make a real difference to the lives of patients.

The BSc (Hons) Radiography (Diagnostic Imaging) degree is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council and the College of Radiographers.

Accreditation

The College of Radiographers logo

On graduation, you will be professionally recognised by the College of Radiographers and will be eligable to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council to practise in the UK.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

For 2017 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 - Typically BBB or a combination of 'A' levels and other relevant qualifications. Must include one of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics.
  • UCAS tariff - 120 points. For more information on the new UCAS tariff system, please visit the UCAS website.
  • IB - 33 points (must include Physics).
  • Extended Project Qualification (EPQ): We welcome applications that include the EPQ. Where relevant, this may be included in our offer, resulting in an 'A' Level offer reduced by one grade.
  • BTEC - DDD (Applied Science or Medical Science only).

Unless studying towards an Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject, all applicants must have:

GCSE: A minimum of five passes at grade 4 (B) GCSE, including English Language, Mathematics and Double Science.

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 DBS (disclosure and barring service) clearance.

Academic and character references are also required.

English requirements

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.

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.

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.

How to apply

Applications for degree courses must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). You can apply through your school or college using the Apply system, which enables you to submit your application directly to the UCAS website.

www.ucas.com

You can apply to up to five universities on the form. The UCAS code for City University London is C60.

Please take care to enter the correct course code when applying, particularly for subjects with a Foundation year or with BEng (Hons) and MEng (Hons) or BSc (Hons) and MSci (Hons) options.

UCAS has implemented an ‘invisibility of choices’ policy so that, on the initial application and while you are receiving decisions, each university can see only their entry and not those of other universities you have chosen. This ensures that your application for a course at City is considered solely on your academic and personal qualities.

You should submit your completed application form to UCAS with a £23 application fee. If you want to apply to City University London only, you can make a single choice application at a reduced rate of £12.

When to apply

Your application for entry in September 2017 should arrive at UCAS between 1st September 2016 and 15th January 2017. Applications that arrive after 15th January 2017 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 at City, please contact our Admissions Office:

Email: ugadmissions@city.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7040 8716.

If your enquiry is about admission to a particular course, please use the contact details provided on the course page.

Contacting UCAS

Website: www.ucas.com
Address: Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), Rosehill, New Barn Lane, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52 3LZ
Telephone: from inside the UK 0871 468 0468; from outside the UK +44 (0)871 468 0468
For callers with hearing difficulties: from inside the UK use the Text Relay service on 18001 0871 468 0468; from outside the UK dial +44 151 494 1260 (text phone) and then ask the operator to dial 0871 468 0468.

95%
of students in employment six months after the course
98%
student satisfaction
1st
in London for Radiography, according to The Guardian league tables, 2017

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Student views

Jonathan Tyler - BSc (Hons) Radiography (Diagnostic Imaging)

Jonathan talks about his experiences as a radiography student at City University London.

Placements

Placements are a vital part of your programme and prepare you for entering the work place when you graduate. City works in partnership with a range of hospital trusts in London and Essex including 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, as well as rotating 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.

Whilst on placement you will be fully supported by the University and will receive regular visits by your link lecturer (approximately once a week). You will also have a dedicated placement facilitator within the workplace who will support your development whilst on placement.

Academic facilities

City University London has one of the most well equipped radiography training facilities in the country. We offer students a unique environment mirroring many of the facilities you will encounter whilst undertaking your practice placements in the clinical environment, providing a challenging yet supportive environment in which to study.

The Clinical Skills Centre at our Northampton Square campus includes a fully-equipped X-ray suite containing 2 Vertix general x-ray units, dental equipment allowing students to practise a range of simulated radiographic techniques using equipment similar to that used in most diagnostic imaging departments. Techniques can be analysed and refined and students having the ability to review the resulting images.

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Teaching and learning

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 you to practice your skills in preparation for clinical practice. City's clinical skills suite offers access to modern equipment in a self-contained simulated hospital environment where you can prepare for your 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.

In a typical three year degree, your final degree classification is calculated from the first, second and final years, with weightings of 20 per cent, 30 per cent and 50 per cent respectively.

Assessment weightings by year

  • Year 1: 20%
  • Year 2: 30%
  • Year 3: 50%

Modules

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

Year 1

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 I
  • Radiographic anatomy, physiology and pathology II
  • Scientific principles of medical imaging I
  • Digital imaging
  • Principles of professional practice I
  • Principles of professional practice II.

Year 2

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
  • Scientific principles of medical imaging II
  • Professional practice in medical imaging
  • Advanced principles of imaging in practice

Year 3

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

Core modules include:

  • Research exercise/project
  • Scientific principles of medical imaging III
  • Image interpretation
  • Preparation for radiographic practice
  • Management and advancement of radiographic practice.

Career prospects

Upon graduation, you will be professionally recognised by the College of Radiographers and will 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 many of our students go on to work in leading hospitals in London and throughout the UK. There is also 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 £23,000.

95% of graduates are in full time employment / further study

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