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BSc Radiography - Radiotherapy and Oncology

Selection Day

If your application meets our entry criteria for the course you will be invited to attend a Selection Day held at City, University of London.

The Selection Day is used to assess your suitability for the course and to ensure that as well as meeting the necessary academic and skills requirements, your values also match those of the NHS.

The Selection Day also provides an opportunity for you to find out more about the course and the University, and will consist of the following activities:

Introduction to Radiography at City – Presentation

Radiography provides great career opportunities, which is probably one reason why you have applied for the course. In order to help you decide on whether this is the right career choice and institution for you, we will provide you with an overview of the course at City including our facilities and placements. There will also be opportunities to ask our staff and students any questions after the presentation.

Interview

An interview will form part of the Selection Day. Structured interviews will focus on particular skills, or on how you approach specific problems to assess your suitability for the course. The interview will also look to assess how you meet the NHS Constitution Values by asking questions that directly relate to the six values, which are:

  • Respect and 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.

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.

Campus Tour

You will be given an opportunity to look around the University including our specialist clinical skills labs, and to talk to our current students about their experiences.

Qualifications and Residency Checks

During the Selection Day you will be required to confirm your current academic qualifications and your eligibility to study in the UK. The  Qualifications and Residency Check list details the documents you will need to bring on the selection day.

Please note, if you have taken an Access qualification and your results are pending we require evidence of academic performance to date on your course, this can be an interim transcript or letter from the college, it must also include information on all units completed and marks/grades achieved.

Top tips for the Selection Day

  • Listen carefully to all instructions
  • Double-check if you are uncertain about what you are required to do - don't be afraid to ask questions
  • Be alert and aware throughout the selection day - concentrate, stay calm but focused
  • Do not make assumptions about the way to respond - if you try to guess what the "answers" might be, or what the assessor is looking for, you may be wrong - it is always best to be honest and be yourself!
  • Come prepared; read all the information you have been sent carefully before your Selection Day.

You can prepare for your interview by reading around the subject area, and gaining insight and experience within a Radiography environment.