Therapeutic Radiography and Oncology BSc (Hons) degree Course overview
*Please note this course is undergoing reapproval for September 2023, as such the course title, module titles and course content will be subject to change.
Therapeutic radiographers use advanced technology to plan and deliver highly accurate radiotherapy for those suffering from cancer, helping cure or give symptomatic relief.
The course is designed to help you form a solid foundation of knowledge, provide opportunities to apply your knowledge in professional clinical practice and to understand the latest advances in radiotherapy.
City, University of London provides excellent radiotherapy learning facilities, mirroring many you will encounter in professional practice.
- Benefit from opportunities arising from our close links with radiotherapy departments in hospitals, the radiography profession and industry
- Develop your skills in our VERT (Virtual Environment for Radiotherapy Training) room which creates a fully immersive, life-sized 3D simulation of a radiotherapy treatment room
- Use the Varian Eclipse dosimetry planning system, the same as used in clinical practice for the design of radiotherapy treatments
- Spend approximately half your time on clinical placement – recent students have been placed at North Middlesex University Hospital, Queen’s Hospital (Romford), Royal Free Hospital, The Royal Marsden (Chelsea & Sutton), University College London Hospital, The London Clinic, St Bartholomew's Hospital and Southend University Hospital
- Rotate through different placement locations to gain a deep understanding of different techniques and approaches.
On graduation, you will be professionally recognised by the College of Radiographers and will be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) to practise in the UK.
Over this three-year BSc Radiography (Radiotherapy and Oncology) degree, you will develop into a competent and compassionate Therapeutic Radiographer through a combination of theoretical and clinical learning.
Principles of Radiotherapy Practice (15 credits)
The aim of the module is to provide you with the knowledge base to understand the processes involved in the development of cancer and the radiotherapy process from diagnosis through to treatment.
Anatomy, Physiology & Oncology 1 (30 credits)
This module aims to provide you with an in-depth knowledge of the anatomy, physiology and oncology of the cells and tissues, skeletal, haematological, lymphatic, endocrine and male and female reproductive systems.
Anatomy, Physiology & Oncology 2 (30 credits)
You will gain an in-depth knowledge of the anatomy, physiology and oncology for the alimentary, urinary, respiratory and central nervous systems and the special senses.
Radiotherapy Equipment (15 credits)
This module provides you with an opportunity to investigate the workings of the equipment you will be using in a radiotherapy department and the implications this has for the radiographer and patient.
Common Module 1 (15 credits)
This module will provide an introduction to core themes required before you enter a clinical department. Content includes study skills, lifelong learning, radiation protection and basic maths and physics.
Common Module 2 (15 credits)
This module aims to provide you with a foundation in relation to the NHS Values that were introduced in the first common module. This will offer you the necessary skills, knowledge and attributes required before you enter a clinical department.
Management and Radiotherapy Technique A (30 credits)
You will further your knowledge of oncology and management of tumours arising in the breast, pelvis, skin, palliative tumours and benign conditions. This work based module will allow you the opportunity to apply this to your clinical practice.
Competence to Practice A (30 credits)
This module is the first in a series combined to develop your clinical competence within radiotherapy practice. It is clinically based, requiring access by you to an agreed and formally accredited practice placement site.
Radiotherapy Physics and Planning (30 credits)
You will gain a knowledge and understanding of radiation interactions and how they are displayed for radiotherapy. You will be able to independently produce clinically acceptable standard radiotherapy treatment plans and gain experience in dealing with planning decisions.
Radiobiology (15 credits)
This module gives you the opportunity to understand the radiobiological issues that underpin radiotherapy so ensuring an informed practitioner. You will learn how they affect treatment choices and how they inter-react and can be used to give the best treatment.
Radiography Research & Statistics (15 credits)
This module allows you to develop critical understanding of research principles, processes and methods in health care settings. You will compare methods of research design and outcome and develop critical and evaluative skills in the research field.
Holistic Patient Care (15 credits)
You will gain an understanding of the psychological aspects of cancer. You will develop a understanding how psychology is affected by illness and in particular by cancer and the strategies that can be used to help patients and staff cope.
Management and Radiotherapy Technique B (30 credits)
Building on previous modules you will study the oncology and radiotherapy management for Head and Neck, Thorax, Central Nervous System and Systemic tumours. You will be able to link theory to your practice on the topics taught.
Competence to Practice B1 (15 credits)
This is a clinically based module, requiring access to an agreed and formally accredited practice placement. You will acquire a wide variety of skills but focus on the selection of actions to produce safe and accurate execution of radiotherapy techniques.
Competence to Practice B2 (15 credits)
This final competence to practice module consolidates the knowledge and experience you have gained in all previous modules in preparation for your qualification with particular emphasis on adaptability and transferable skills.
Healthcare Policy and Quality Management (15 credits)
This module will provide you with an in-depth knowledge of relevant policy affecting cancer services and in particular radiotherapy and individual practitioners.
Research Exercise (30 credits)
The aim of the module is to provide you with an opportunity, under guidance, for you to follow an area largely of your own choosing. This allows you to develop greater knowledge and understanding of an area of personal interest.
Research Exercise 2 (30 credits)
An alternate to Research Exercise 1 the aim of the module is to provide you with an opportunity, under staff guidance, for you to undertake a small scale primary research project.
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Teaching and assessment
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. City 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 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 dosimetry planning, virtual environment radiotherapy training (VERT) treatment room, and clinical skills training rooms.
You will be assessed using a variety of methods:
- multiple choice tests
- unseen written exams
- objective structured clinical/practical examination (OSCE/OSPE)
- written assignments
- oral and poster presentations
- research exercise
- self reflective statements.
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.
Percentage of the course assessed by coursework
The approximate percentage of the course assessment, based on 2019/20 entry is as follows:
- Overall Learning and teaching hours – 908 hours
- Average contact hours during academic based weeks – 12 hours per week
- Average directed study hours during academic weeks – 12 hours per week
- Self-directed study hours required – 105 hours per 15 credit module
Based on module specifications for the academic year 2019/20, as a guide, the approximate times you will spend at the university versus placement is as follows:
Fees and funding
Fees for year 2024/25
The tuition fees indicated are for the 2024/25 academic year only. Fees for future years may be subject to an inflationary increase in the region of 5%.
- There are no fee waivers available for this course
- Means tested support is available for 2024/25 entry.
NHS Learning Support Fund: Non-repayable grants of at least £5,000 a year for eligible healthcare students.
Some of our degrees may involve additional expenses which are not covered by your tuition fees. Find out more about additional expenses.
This degree equips you with the skills to become a Therapeutic Radiographer, a job that makes a real difference to the lives of people with cancer.
Upon graduation, you will be professionally recognised by the Society and College of Radiographers. You will be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) to practise in the UK.
Graduates of this course have strong career prospects. The majority find employment in the NHS or private hospitals within 15 months of finishing the course.
The average annual salary for a newly qualified radiographer is around £27,000.
Many work in leading hospitals in London, throughout the UK or practise internationally.
How to apply
Applications for degree courses must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).
This programme has been designed to meet the requirements of the College of Radiographers (CoR). We are in the process of obtaining approval, a decision is expected by June 2023.
You will be able to apply through your school or college using the Apply system, which enables you to submit your application directly to the UCAS website.
You can apply to up to five universities or institutions on the form. The UCAS code for City, University of 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 institution can see only their entry and not those of other institutions 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 £27.50 application fee.
The School of Health & Psychological Sciences Admissions team have put together some handy tips and advice about the application process. You can also contact them to organise a drop-in session for additional advice and support.
When to apply
Your application for entry in September 2024 should arrive at UCAS between September 2023 and 31 January 2024. Applications that arrive after the UCAS deadline in January will be considered only at City's discretion.
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