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    1. 2016
    2. 2017

Radiography (Radiotherapy and Oncology)

BSc (Hons) |
The BSc (Hons) Radiography (Radiotherapy and Oncology) will give you the knowledge and skills you need to work on the frontline of cancer care.

Key Information

Start date

September 2016

Duration

Full-time: 3 years

Fees

UK/EU

Full-time: Tuition fees for home and EU students studying the BSc (Hons) in Radiography (Radiotheraphy and Oncology) are paid for by the NHS.

Non-EU

Full-time: £14,500 per year (fees may increase in subsequent years in line with the Retail Prices Index)

UCAS code

B822

Who is it for?

The BSc Radiography (Radiotherapy and Oncology) degree provides a route into a rewarding lifelong carer as a Therapeutic 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

Therapeutic radiographers are specialists in hospital healthcare teams who use advanced technology and machines to plan and deliver radiation treatment for cancer patients with pinpoint accuracy. Excellent interpersonal skills are needed to explain the treatment plans and to support patients and their families.

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, including a life-size virtual radiotherapy environment. 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 radiotherapy departments in hospitals, the radiotherapy profession and industry. All of this offers a challenging yet supportive environment in which to study.

The BSc (Hons) Radiography (Radiotherapy & Oncology) degree offered by City University London is approved by the College of Radiographers and the Health Care Professions Council. Approval is sought every five years to ensure the programme is up to date and of high quality (next approval due in 2016).

Accreditation

The College of Radiographers logo

On graduation, students are professionally recognised by the College of Radiographers and are eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council to practise in the UK.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

For 2016 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: 300 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: 300 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: 300 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.

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.

How to apply

Applications for degree courses must be made through 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.

Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS)
Rosehill, New Barn Lane,
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL52 3LZ
www.ucas.com

UCAS Customer Service Unit telephone numbers:

  • For callers in the UK: 0871 468 0 468
  • For callers outside the UK: +44 (0)871 468 0 468
  • For callers with hearing difficulties
  • From the UK use the Text Relay service on 18001 0871 468 0 468
  • From outside the UK dial +44 151 494 1260 (text phone) and then ask the operator to dial 0871 468 0 468.

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

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Lillian Ralston - BSc (Hons) Radiography (Radiotherapy & Oncology)

Lillian talks about her experiences as a radiography student at City University London.

Placements

City works in partnership with a range of hospital trusts in London and Essex. These include The Royal Free Hospital, University College London Hospital, The London Clinic and St Bartholomew's Hospital in London and in Essex, Queen's Hospital Romford and Southend University Hospital.

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 students learn through observation and supervised practice, this is then supported by tutorials allowing students to reflect on their experiences. Link lecturers also regularly visit students during their clinical placements.

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.

Radiotherapy students benefit from a VERT (Virtual Environment of a Radiotherapy Treatment) room which creates a fully immersive, life-sized 3D rear projection of a radiotherapy treatment room. It provides models, simulation, enhanced visualisation and training aids for treatment of virtual patients.

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Teaching and learning

The BSc (Hons) Radiography (Radiotherapy and Oncology) course is taught by expert staff who are leaders in the field, many of whom have worked in specialised roles and advanced practice prior to their commencing their teaching career.

You will be taught in various ways including lectures, workshops, seminars, self-directed study, research exercises, group-learning and 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 quizzes as well as online lecture notes being made available.

Practical training takes place within the Centre for Radiography based in the School’s Clinical Skills Centre and provides a unique and safe environment for students to practice their skills in preparation for clinical practice. City's state-of-the-art centre offers access to the latest equipment in a self-contained simulated hospital environment where students can prepare for their clinical placements. The centre has specialist rooms including radiotherapy planning, virtual environment radiotherapy training (VERT) treatment room, 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 radiotherapy. Year one is spent primarily at the University.

Core modules include:

  • Common module I
  • Common module II
  • Principles of radiotherapy practice
  • Anatomy, physiology and oncology I
  • Anatomy, physiology and oncology II
  • Radiotherapy equipment.

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:

  • Radiotherapy research and statistics
  • Management and radiotherapy technique A
  • Competence to practice A
  • Radiotherapy physics and planning
  • Radiobiology.

Year 3

During the final year, the modules help you to become more critical and evaluative in your work.

Core modules include:

  • Holistic patient care
  • Management and radiotherapy technique B
  • Competence to practice B1
  • Competence to practice B2
  • Healthcare policy and quality management
  • A research exercise/project.

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; most graduates find employment in the NHS or private hospitals. Graduates may be able to practise internationally.

Our radiography graduates start their careers with an annual average salary of £25,000.

90% of graduates are in full time employment / further study

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