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.
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).
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.
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:
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.
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:
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:
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:
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:
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.
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:
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:
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.
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
UCAS Customer Service Unit telephone numbers:
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.
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.
For general enquiries about the admissions process, please contact the
School of Health Sciences Admissions Office.
T: +44 (0)20 7040 5000
Lillian Ralston - BSc (Hons) Radiography (Radiotherapy & Oncology)
Lillian talks about her experiences as a radiography student at City University London.
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.
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.
We offer a free language course for City University London students.
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.
Half of the course is spent in the University and the other half on clinical placement.
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.
In the second year, you will move on to more specialised subjects and begin to apply the knowledge and experience gained in year one.
During the final year, the modules help you to become more critical and evaluative in your work.
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.
Information taken from Unistats