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Radiography (Radiotherapy and Oncology)  BSc (Hons)

This degree will give you the knowledge and skills to work on the frontline of cancer care making a vital difference to the care and support of patients and their families.

Overview

Why study Radiography (Radiotherapy and Oncology) at City?

This degree will give you the knowledge and skills to work on the frontline of cancer care - making a vital difference to the treatment, care and support of patients and their families.

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

Radiotherapists are essential members of the healthcare team, working closely with doctors, nurses, physicists and other members of the oncology team to treat patients with cancer.

City's radiography team are experts in the field and offer a challenging yet supportive environment in which to study.

City's radiography department was founded following the merger of five of London's top radiography schools - making it the place to study radiography. We also have longstanding, close links with radiography departments in hospitals, the radiography profession and industry.

  • Access to City's Centre for Radiography Clinical Skills Education, a fully equipped radiography clinical skills suite including 2 specialist radiotherapy rooms
  • Enrich your study with clinical placements taking place in world class hospital trusts in London and Essex including University College London Hospital NHS Trust and Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Gain registration with the Health and Care Professions Council and entry to a respected profession with excellent career opportunities
  • Enter a profession where you are using the latest healthcare technologies to treat patients with cancer
  • Learn from City's expert and supportive radiography team where all academic lecturers are also HCPC registered radiographers
  • Gain with tuition fees paid by the NHS - bursaries are also available for eligible students.

Download tuition fees and bursary information for NHS funded courses

Entry Requirements:

'A' Level: 320 UCAS tariff points from three A2 subjects and a minimum of one Science 'A' Level (Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry or Biology) at 100 points.

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Course Fees:

  • Full-time EU: £Tuition fees are paid by the NHS for home and EU students
  • Full-time Non EU: £11,820 (2014/15 entry).
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Start Date:

September 2014

UCAS code:

B822

Entry Requirements

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.

Typical offers require one of the following:

  • 'A' Level: 320 UCAS tariff points from three A2 subjects and a minimum of one Science 'A' Level (Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry or Biology) at 100 points.
  • IB: 33
  • 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 27 credits at Distinction to include at least 6 credits at distinction in Physics and 18 credits at Merit; 15 credits at Level 2. This must include Mathematics and English Language GCSE equivalent passed at first attempt, if not already achieved.
  • BTEC Extended Diploma (18 unit award): DDM 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 entry requirements

Students are required to have occupational health and enhanced disclosure and barring service clearance.

Academic and character references are also required. Applicants must complete a clinical visit feedback form and return to us on the selection and post-offer days.

Standard applicants: Applicants who apply with A levels and IB qualifications. All shortlisted applicants are invited to attend a post-offer day. The post-offer day allows students and their families to visit the University, meet academic and professional staff and find out more about studying at City.

Non-standard applicants: Applicants who apply with BTEC and Access qualifications. The selection day consists of aptitude tests where applicants are expected to show an insight into and a commitment to a career in radiography.

Accreditation of Prior Learning process (APL)

The Accreditation of Prior Learning process (APL) allows students' previous relevant learning to be assessed and included within their degree. Applicants can apply for this before they start the course. At City you are able to APL up to one third of the course; please note this may not reduce the length of your study. All APL claims will be reviewed on an individual basis.

English Requirements

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

IELTS: An overall band score of 7.5 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 at City, 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 a part-time course.

For more information see our main Visa page.

Course Content

At City students gain and develop the technical, biological and professional skills to work effectively within healthcare teams and practise as radiotherapists.

Topics such as anatomy, physiology and oncology, radiotherapy practice, radiobiology and service provision are all included within the course timetable.

50% of the programme will be spent in the University and the other half on clinical placement. Students are encouraged to integrate theory with practice, with evidence-based practice underpinning the course content. 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.

Course Structure

Year one

The compulsory modules in the first year will introduce you to the principles and practice of radiotherapy. Year one will be spent primarily in the University.

  • Common Module 1
  • Common Module 2
  • Principles of Radiotherapy Practice
  • Anatomy, Physiology and Oncology 1
  • Anatomy, Physiology and Oncology 2
  • Radiotherapy Equipment

Year two

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

  • Radiography Research Methods and Statistics
  • Management and Radiotherapy Technique A
  • Competence to Practice A
  • Radiotherapy Physics and Planning
  • Radiobiology

Year three

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

  • Holistic Patient Care
  • Management and Radiotherapy Technique B
  • Competence to Practice B1
  • Competence to Practice B2
  • Healthcare Policy and Quality Management
  • Research Exercise / Project

Read the full programme specification.

Teaching and Assessment

The degree is taught by expert staff who are leaders in the field of radiotherapy, 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, self-directed study, research exercises, group-learning and work-based activity and tutorials. The University also reinforces the teaching through the use of e-learning that enables you to learn interactively using the internet, with self-tests and film-viewing quizzes as well as online lecture notes being made available.

Practical training in the Clinical Skills Suite, 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, ultrasound, digital imaging, fluoroscopy, general and dental x-ray, and skills training rooms.

Moodle 2

Students will have the opportunity to use an enhanced Virtual Learning Environment, Moodle 2, launching in September 2013. Moodle provides students with web access to online course materials, resources, interactive activities, assessment and communication tools and is a key element of our blended learning approach; combining face to face teaching with online activity.

The new Moodle 2 environment brings with it new and improved features offering greater flexibility, navigation and functionality.

Assessment

Your work will be assessed through course work, written examinations, class tests, multiple-choice tests, practical examinations and clinical assessments while you are on clinical placement.

Read the full programme specification.

Fees

  • Full-time EU: £Tuition fees are paid by the NHS for home and EU students
  • Full-time Non EU: £11,820 (2014/15 entry).
  • Full-time EU - Tuition fees are paid by the NHS for home and EU students. Applicants need to meet the general immigration and residence requirements set down by the Secretary of State for Health. Further information on eligibility is available here 
  • Non-EU international students - Non-EU International students are self-funded

Download tuition fees and bursary information for NHS funded courses

Funding

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

Funding

Students may be entitled to a bursary from the NHS. You can apply for a non-means tested grant and a means tested bursary to help you pay living expenses while you study. Further information on eligibility and application is available on www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk

Additional support is available for students with dependents and / or a disability as follows:

  • Dependants' Allowances
  • Parents Learning Allowance
  • Child Care Grant
  • Disabled Students' Allowance

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

Accommodation and Living Costs

First year undergraduate students are guaranteed a place in halls (conditions apply). The deadline to apply for first year undergraduate students is 30 June 2014. For more information on halls available, the undergraduate guarantee scheme and our application form, please see our accommodation section.

If you are living in our halls of residence, you can expect your accommodation to be between £180 and £285 per week depending on which Hall you are allocated - this includes heating, lighting, utility bills and internet access. Costs for private accommodation can range from £100 to £250 depending on facilities offered and the location and it is also very likely you will have to pay for your utility bills.

You will also need to pay for and manage any cost of living expenses - this list gives you an idea of what your weekly costs may be for some essentials in London. You may also find our money management tips and budgeting tips helpful so you can budget for and plan your weekly expenses.

Scholarships

Lord Mayor of London Scholarships for Academic Excellence

City is offering a scholarship of up to £500 per year to UK and EU undergraduate students achieving exceptional grades at 'A' level, International Baccalaureate or other equivalent qualifications. Read more here to see if you might qualify.

Bursaries

Students may be entitled to a bursary from the NHS. You can apply for a non-means tested grant and a means tested bursary to help you pay living expenses while you study. Further information on eligibility and application is available on www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk

Placements

50% of the course will be spent in the University and the other half on clinical placement. At City placements take place in the South East's prestigious health care settings working with a diverse and complex population. We work closely with hospital trusts in London and Essex to ensure students get the optimum practice experience. We currently work with these hospitals:

  • The Royal Free Hospital
  • University College London Hospital
  • St. Bartholomew's Hospital
  • North Middlesex University Hospital
  • Queens Hospital, Essex
  • Southend University Hospital, Essex
  • London Clinic Cancer Centre
  • Parkside Oncology Clinic, Wimbledon
  • HCA at Queens Hospital, Essex

Throughout 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 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.

Practical training in the Centre for Radiography Clinical Skills Education provides a unique and safe environment for students to prepare for the clinical environment.

During the clinical placements students attend for 32 hours per week. Uniforms are provided.

Career Prospects

On graduation you will be professionally recognised by the Society and College of Radiographers and be able to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council and practise in the UK. City's course has excellent employability; nearly all our graduates find employment in the NHS or private hospitals. You may also be able to practise internationally.

88% of our graduates go on to employment or further study after graduation, with our radiography graduates starting their careers with an annual average salary of £25,000.

Our 2012 radiography graduates gained employment at various reputable hospitals both in London and nationally.

Radiotherapy is a life-long career where you can develop your skills and interests within a range of specialisms. There are also opportunities to go onto further advanced practice MSc study in a specialist area at City.

The Career and Skills Development Service at City also provides a professional, high quality careers and information service for students and recent graduates of City.  We support and develop students by providing essential tools to enhance employability. Find out more.

Radiography (Radiotherapy and Oncology)

UCAS code: B822


Applications should be made via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). The UCAS website also has lots of information and advice to help you. Please note our institution name is CITY and institution code is C60. We will then consider your application and if you are shortlisted we will contact you.

Applicants must complete a clinical visit feedback form and return to us on the selection and post-offer days. The clinical visit feedback form is available from our website.

Standard applicants: Applicants who apply with A levels and IB qualifications. All shortlisted applicants are required to attend a post-offer Open Day which will be held on the 9th April 2014. The post-offer day allows students and their families to visit the University, meet academic and professional staff and find out more about studying at City.

Non-standard applicants: Applicants who apply with BTEC and Access qualifications. The selection day consists of aptitude tests where applicants are expected to show an insight into and a commitment to a career in radiography.

Successful applicants will be offered a place on the course subject to occupational health, enhanced disclosure and barring service clearance. Academic and character references are also required.

Find out more:

Contact us:

Admissions (UG & pre-registration)
School of Health Sciences
City University London
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United Kingdom

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