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Duration

Three years, full time

Application Deadline

Applications are still being accepted through UCAS

Location

St George's, University of London and Kingston University

UCAS Code

B822, institution code S49

Start dates

September 2021

Apply via UCAS

Overview

Therapeutic radiographers play a vital role in the treatment of cancer.

They work as part of a team using their scientific and technical expertise as well as their interpersonal skills to plan and deliver radiotherapy treatment; and provide patient information in the management of side effects in a compassionate clinical environment.

Approved by the Society and College of Radiographers (SCoR) and Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), our degree is taught by trained and registered therapeutic radiographers with a wide range of clinical and educational experience. Half of your study time will be spent in clinical practice. You will also have access to our state-of-the-art simulation suite, learning how to plan and deliver treatment.

Established in 1752, St George’s, University of London is the UK’s only specialist health university that shares a campus with a major teaching hospital, St George’s University NHS Foundation Trust – that is on the clinical frontline for a diverse local community and a centre of excellence for specialist conditions and research. You will study in a clinical setting with like-minded individuals, mixing with the many different healthcare professionals you will go on to work alongside throughout your career.

Read more information about our courses and university services terms and conditions.

Highlights

  • NHS funding offers eligible new and continuing students on this course up to £5,000 maintenance grant each year.

  • Programme received a 100% student satisfaction rating in the 2020 National Student Survey (NSS).

  • On successful completion of the programme, you are eligible to apply for registration on the HCPC register.

  • 50/50 split between academic study and clinical practice with time spent in a variety of different clinical settings.

  • Cutting-edge facilities include the Virtual Environment Radiotherapy Treatment Suite (VERT), pathology museum, anatomy and dissection rooms, and radiotherapy treatment planning suite, to enable you to learn clinical skills in a safe environment.

  • Only programme in London to offer a cloud-based radiotherapy treatment planning software system as part of a collaborative partnership with Varian Medical System - The Academic Hub. Students can access the treatment planning software on a smart device (remotely) or in our dedicated treatment planning suite on campus.

  • Sharing our campus with a teaching hospital, St Georges’ University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, means you will be surrounded by like-minded students and immersed in a healthcare environment.

  • Opportunities to experience specialist and innovative radiotherapy related opportunities in different clinical environments such as proton therapy.

Course info

With continuing rise in the survival rate of cancer patients, advances in treatment – including proton beam therapy some of our graduates are already delivering – and a national shortage of highly skilled staff, there’s never been a more exciting time to become a therapeutic radiographer.

To be an effective therapeutic radiographer requires a specific blend of knowledge, skills and characteristics. As well as a strong knowledge of anatomy and physics,   you will learn how to operate sophisticated radiation treatment machines with advanced imaging capabilities and learn about treatment planning. Equally important are communication skills and having an appropriately caring personality, able to reassure, explain procedures and treat patients and relatives with respect, dignity, compassion and understanding. 

Therapeutic radiographers work as part of a team and may rotate through two distinct areas of the department –  treatment planning and treatment delivery. During treatment planning, you will use a CT scanner to take images to help with treatment planning. During treatment delivery, you will work with treatment machines, where you will position patients, take images to check patient position prior to delivery of treatment. You will also continue to care for patients in a holistic way, learning how to identify and manage side effects of radiotherapy and provide long-term care.

Our degree has been designed to equip you with the skills, knowledge and technical expertise needed to plan, manage and deliver accurate radiotherapy treatment to provide the best possible care, primarily for patients with cancer. Half of your study time is spent on clinical placement in hospital interacting with patients and you will find that patient care as a theme runs throughout the programme.

Outstanding facilities are one of the many factors which contributed to our 100% student satisfaction in the most recent NSS. Our VERT laboratory with its 3D visualisation and virtual equipment enables you to practise and learn clinical techniques in a safe virtual environment, solidifying your understanding of anatomy, oncology, technique and radiobiology, as well as instilling holistic patient-focused practice.

Officially launched in November 2020, we are also the first university in London to feature Varian’s new cloud-based treatment planning software, which means you can now practise at home using your own PC or laptop.

The interprofessional educational experience we offer at St George’s University of London reflects the multidisciplinary nature of the healthcare workplace environment. On placement, you will be learning alongside students training to become the clinical oncologists, physicists and other healthcare professionals you will go on to work with on graduation as a therapeutic radiographer.

This degree, awarded by St George’s University of London, is run by the Centre for Allied Health in the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, which is a partnership between St George’s, University of London and Kingston University. You benefit from the combined teaching and research expertise provided by these two institutions. 

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“The variety of learning at St George’s helps make you the best practitioner possible. Traditional lectures prepare you with academic knowledge, group learning sharpens your communication skills and clinical placement properly prepares you for working in a hospital – by giving you the opportunity to actually work in a hospital! It’s no exaggeration to say that patient interaction is the greatest part of studying this degree, and that’s available in spades. The feeling that you’ve managed to improve someone’s life, to help someone, even fractionally, is just indescribable. ”

- Josiah

Therapeutic Radiography BSc

Fees and funding

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Home (UK) tuition fees

Academic year

Home (UK) (per academic year)

Total fee*

2021/22

£9,250

£27,750

*Tuition fees for Home (UK) students are determined by UK government policy. Tuition fees are charged for each year of your course. Fees for second and subsequent years are likely to increase annually in line with UK inflation as measured by the Retail Price Index (RPI-X) and subject to maximum regulated fee rates set by the government.

For more information, see our fees and funding pages.

International (including EU) tuition fees

Academic year

International (per academic year)

Total fee*

2021/22

£16,500

£49,500

*Tuition fees for international students are set by St George’s, University of London. Tuition fees are charged for each year of your course. Fees for second and subsequent years are likely to increase annually in line with UK inflation as measured by the Retail Price Index (RPI-X) and will not normally increase by more than 5 per cent each year, except when the rate of inflation is significantly more than that projected in the preceding year.

For more information about fees, check our fees and funding pages, and read the UK government information about fees and funding.

Additional costs

The following table gives you an indication of additional costs associated with your course.  These costs are not included in your tuition fees.

Item 

Description

Admissions costs

DBS - £40
Post office verification - £5 
Administration fee - £6

Clothing

Lab coat (available in SU Shop) - £10
Comfortable shoes for placement
Blue/black headscarf (if appropriate)

Equipment

Additional / replacement radiography markers - £14

Technology requirements

Find out more about technology requirements associated with online learning.

 

Clubs, Societies and Community Projects at St George's

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Our entry requirements for 2021 entry and 2022 entry may differ. Please scroll down if you would like to view our 2022 entry criteria.

Entry criteria 2021

If you meet our minimum requirements, you will be invited for an interview. With the exception of GCSEs, all qualifications must have been completed within the previous five years, including the year of application.

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GCSEs

Grades

5 subjects graded 4 (C) or above

Subjects

Five subjects which must include English Language, Maths and Biology, Chemistry and Physics, or combined Science (Double or Triple Award).

Additional information

We accept resits of GCSEs. We do not accept Adult Literacy and Numeracy or Functional Skills instead of GCSEs.

A Levels

Grades

BBB

Subjects

Must include one science subject.

Contextual admissions

At St George’s, we want to attract students who share our mission to improve the health of society, regardless of their background. That’s why our Contextual Admissions schemes take into consideration additional information from your application, like the school you attended or the area you live in or if you have been in care, to make the admissions process fairer. Further details on Contextual Admissions are available here.

Additional information

A levels must be completed within two years, although modular re-sits will be considered.

International Baccalaureate

Award

Full Award Diploma

Scores

5, 5, 4 at Higher Level (HL)

4, 4, 4 at Standard Level (SL)

Subjects

Must include Physics, Biology or Chemistry (at least one to HL) and Maths and English Language to SL or higher.

Access Diploma

Award

Full Award Diploma (in a science subject)

Scores

60 credits at level 3 (45 graded and 15 ungraded).

Grades

45 pure science related credits including at least 9 credits in Physics.

Overall 21 credits must be graded at Distinction and 24 at minimum Merit.

Physics (9 credits) modules must be graded at Merit or above.

Subjects

Physics (9 credits), modules graded at Merit or above.

Additional credits

Any additional credits outside of the 60 credit diploma will not be accepted.

Additional information

You are required to have GCSEs in English Language and Maths alongside the Access Diploma as per the requirements outlined above.

Students studying an Access Diploma will need to provide a detailed transcript on completion. 

Other qualifications

Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended National Diploma 

DDM in Applied Science.

BTEC Extended Certificate or BTEC Diploma 

DM with a science A Level grade B. 

Birkbeck College Certificate in Life Science

65% overall.

Science Foundation Course

65% per module. Considered on a case by case basis. 

Undergraduate degree (science related)

2.2 Honours or higher.

HKDSE

4,4,4 including one Science.

EU and international qualifications

We welcome applications from applicants around the world. For information on the requirements for your country, please visit our International Qualifications page.

English language

If English is not your first language and you are not a national of a country deemed by either the UK Home Office or St George’s, University of London to be ‘majority English speaking’ listed here, you will be required to meet the English Language requirements outlined below. Tests are valid for a period of two years.

GCSE / IGCSE

English Language grade 5 (B) or above

IELTS

(International English Language Testing System)

7.0 overall (including 7.0 in Writing and 6.5 in all other components)

You are able to take two attempts to achieve your IELTS qualification per year and your test results are valid for two years.

Pearsons Test

Overall score of 65 (with at least 65 in Writing and 59 in your other 3 components).

Non-academic entry criteria

Non-academic entry criteria

Work experience

Please see below.

Personal statement

Must demonstrate a broad awareness of the scope of radiography and show a keen interest in a career in this area.

Health and police screening

Satisfactory clearance in both, including immunisation against Hepatitis B, MMR, Meningitis, TB and Chicken Pox
Enhanced Police Disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Candidates accepted onto healthcare courses are required to pass an occupational health screening. When admitting candidates to study and practice as a health practitioner, we have an obligation to both patients and to the individual student. Candidates who are concerned about a health issue are strongly advised to contact us prior to applying. All offers of places are made subject to satisfactory health clearance and an agreement to undergo appropriate blood tests and immunisations.

Offer holders will be asked to be immunised against Hepatitis B for personal safety, and will receive a confidential health questionnaire and further information about the process of health screening if they firmly accept their offer. However, you may wish to contact your general practitioner (GP) to begin a course of Hepatitis B immunisation before  you receive an offer, as it consists of three injections over a six month period.

This course will include work with children and vulnerable adults so all applicants will be required to have an enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check. More information about this is sent to offer holders as part of the admissions process, but you can read more about DBS checks here.

Professional registration

If you belong to a registered professional body please provide details at interview.

Own Test (Literacy and Numeracy)

Candidates invited to the interview and on selection day will be required to sit a numeracy and literacy test.
Date of test: On interview day

Work experience

We understand the challenges for our prospective applicants for medicine and allied health courses trying to gain work experience at this time, particularly in clinical settings.    

In response to the government’s social distancing guidelines, which have a significant impact on all areas of life, we have chosen to relax our work experience requirements for prospective applicants for our courses which would normally require these.    

Despite the relaxed requirements, we still require our applicants to have an understanding of the realities of working as a healthcare professional and to show they have the necessary skills and attributes for their chosen career. Online resources can give you valuable insight into working in the healthcare sector and outline the wide range of careers and courses available. You can find a number of suggested resources for each of our courses here. 

Personal statement

In addition to meeting the academic criteria, you should be able to demonstrate a broad awareness of the scope of radiography and show a keen interest in a career in this area, this should be evident from your personal statement.

Health and police screening

Candidates accepted onto healthcare courses are required to pass occupational health screening. When admitting candidates to study and practice as a health practitioner, we have an obligation to both patients and to the individual student. If you are concerned about a health issue we strongly advise you to contact us prior to applying. All offers of places are made subject to satisfactory health clearance and an agreement to undergo appropriate blood tests and immunisations.

You will be asked to be immunised against Hepatitis B for personal safety, so please contact your general practitioner (GP) to arrange screening. You should begin a course of Hepatitis B immunisation as soon as you submit your UCAS application, as it consists of three injections over a six-month period. If you firmly accept an offer you will be sent a confidential health questionnaire and further information about the process of screening for Hepatitis B.

This course will include work with children and vulnerable adults so all applicants will be required to have an enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check. More information about this is sent to applicants as part of the admissions process.

Read more about DBS checks.

Professional registration

If you are a current healthcare professional or a member of a registered professional body, you must provide details of your registration. If your professional registration has been suspended or revoked, or undergone a disciplinary/fitness to practice investigation, you will be required to provide further information if selected for interview. This will be reviewed by the admissions tutor and you may be required to provide full copies of related documentation. Any information you disclose will only be used for the purpose of considering your application to the applied course

Entry Criteria: 2022 Entry

To be eligible for the Therapeutic Radiography BSc programme, you must meet the requirements outlined under Entry Qualifications, Other Academic Requirements, and Non-academic Requirements below.

Entry Qualifications

With the exception of GCSEs, all qualifications must have been completed within the previous five years, including the year of application.

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A Levels

If you are applying on the basis of A Levels, you must meet both the A Level and GCSE requirements below.

Grades

BBC

Subjects

Including one science subject. General Studies is not accepted.

Contextual admissions

At St George’s, we want to attract students who share our mission to improve the health of society, regardless of their background. That’s why our Contextual Admissions schemes take into consideration additional information from your application, like the school you attended or the area you live in or if you have been in care, to make the admissions process fairer. Further details on Contextual Admissions are available here.

Additional information

Accepted science subjects include: Applied Science, Biology, Chemistry, Human Biology, Physics, Psychology.

GCSEs

Grades

Five subjects graded 4 (C) or above

Subjects

Five subjects which must include English Language, Maths and Science (Double or Triple Award).

Additional information

We accept resits of GCSEs. We do not accept Adult Literacy and Numeracy or Functional Skills instead of GCSEs.

International Baccalaureate

If you are applying on the basis of International Baccalaureate, you need to meet both our Higher Level and Standard Level requirements, as outlined below.

Award

Full Award Diploma

Scores

Overall score of 30

Subjects

14 points at Higher Level, including a minimum grade 5 in Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

At Standard Level, a minimum score of 4 must be attained in Maths and English, if at least a 4 (C) has not previously been attained in GCSE/IGCSE Maths and English. We accept both Mathematics: analysis & approaches and Mathematics: applications & interpretations. 

Access Diploma

If you are applying on the basis of an Access Diploma, you must meet both the Access Diploma and GCSE requirements below.

Award

Full award diploma (in a science subject)

Scores

60 credits at level 3 (45 graded and 15 ungraded)

Subjects

45 science related credits. 21 credits at Distinction and 24 credits at Merit with at least 9 credits in Physics.

Additional information

Science subjects include Applied Science, Biology, Chemistry, Human Biology, Physics and Psychology.

GCSEs

Grades

Two subjects graded 4 (C) or above

Subjects English Language and Maths

Additional information

We accept resits of GCSEs. We do not accept Adult Literacy and Numeracy or Functional Skills instead of GCSEs.

Other UK Qualifications

Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended National Diploma

If you are applying on the basis of a Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended National Diploma, you must meet both the Diploma and GCSE requirements below.

DDM 

Must be in Applied Science.

5 GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above. Subjects must include English Language, Maths and Science (Double or Triple Award).

Pearson BTEC Diploma

If you are applying on the basis of a Pearson BTEC Diploma, you must meet both the Diploma and GCSE requirements below.

DM with a science A Level at grade B

Must be in a science or healthcare subject.

5 GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above. Subjects must include English Language, Maths and Science (Double or Triple Award).

Cambridge Pre-U Diploma

If you are applying on the basis of a Cambridge Pre-U Diploma, you must meet both the Diploma and GCSE requirements below.

M2, M2, M3

Three principal subjects including one science subject.

5 GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above. Subjects must include English Language, Maths and Science (Double or Triple Award).

Scottish Highers

If you are applying on the basis of Scottish Highers, you must meet the Highers, Advanced Highers and National 5 requirements below.

Highers: BBC including one science subject

Advanced Highers: BC

English Language and Maths National 5 at grade C or higher is required.

UK Undergraduate Degree (science or health related)

If you are applying on the basis of a degree, you do not need to meet our GCSE or Level 3 (A Level) requirements.

2:2 Honours

UK Undergraduate Degree (not science or health related)

If you are applying on the basis of a degree, you do not need to meet our GCSE or Level 3 (A Level) requirements.

2:2 Honours

Supplemented by an acceptable Level 3 qualification in a science subject.

Other

Please contact us.

International Qualifications

We welcome applications from applicants around the world. For information on the requirements for your country, please visit our International Qualifications page.

Other Academic Requirements

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English Language

If you are applying from outside of the UK, you will need to meet the English language requirements outlined here. This is a group 1 course.

Non-academic Requirements

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Personal Statement

In addition to meeting the academic criteria, you should be able to demonstrate a broad awareness of the scope of radiography and show a keen interest in a career in this area. This should be evident from your personal statement.

Work Experience and Insight

We understand the challenges for our prospective applicants for medicine and allied health courses trying to gain work experience at this time, particularly in clinical settings.    

In response to the government’s social distancing guidelines, which have a significant impact on all areas of life, we have chosen to relax our work experience requirements for prospective applicants for our courses which would normally require these.    

Despite the relaxed requirements, we still require our applicants to have an understanding of the realities of working as a healthcare professional and to show they have the necessary skills and attributes for their chosen career. Online resources can give you valuable insight into working in the healthcare sector and outline the wide range of careers and courses available. You can find a number of suggested resources for each of our courses here.

Occupational Health Check

Should you receive an offer to study at St George’s, you will be required to complete a health check and be declared fit to study and practise by the Occupational Health (OH) department before you begin your studies.

The following vaccinations are mandatory for all healthcare students before you begin your studies:

  • MMR (measles, mumps and rubella)
  • Meningococcal meningitis
  • Diphtheria
  • Pertussis (whooping cough)
  • Poliomyelitis
  • Tetanus

As part of the process, you will also be screened by the OH team for Chickenpox, Tuberculosis, HIV and Hepatitis B and C.

When admitting candidates to study and practise as a health practitioner, we have an obligation to both patients and to the individual student. Candidates who are concerned about a health issue are advised to contact us.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check & Additional Declarations

This course will include work with children and vulnerable adults, so you will be required to submit a series of declarations.

If you are invited to an interview, we will request some additional information from you, regarding your criminal record, educational history and employment history. You will also have the opportunity to make any other declarations that you’d like us to be aware of. We may not able to consider applicants who were suspended from previous study/work due to fitness to practise issues or failure in assessments/examinations.

If you are made an offer, you will be required to complete an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. More information about this is sent to applicants as part of the admissions process.

Uniform Policy

Whilst on a placement during the course, students will need to comply with the uniform policy (PDF)

The time on the programme is split approximately 50/50 between university based learning and clinical placements.

Year 1

In Year 1, you begin your learning about caring for people with cancer, how cancer is treated and concepts of radiation treatment, learning treatment planning skills throughout the course. You will also gain knowledge of anatomy and imaging plus work in the clinical department putting skills and knowledge into practice. 

You will participate in the Essentials of Radiotherapy module, developing your unique identity as a St George’s University of London Therapeutic Radiographer, learning in an environment alongside different health professional groups, including healthcare sciences, medicine, physiotherapy, diagnostic radiography, occupational therapy, pharmacy and biomedical sciences. Where possible, we also organise interprofessional topic-focused days, for example, on professionalism and team working within healthcare.

Year 2

In Year 2, you will build upon your knowledge and skills from Year 1. In the discipline specific modules Principles and Practice of Radiotherapy, you will learn about specific cancers, how we care for people with these tumours and the detailed complex treatment with radiotherapy. Learning on the VERT and Treatment Planning System is embedded within these modules. You will learn about imaging on treatment to ensure treatment accuracy using specialist software that is used in clinical departments. This helps you to become ‘employment ready’. You also study Research Methods in readiness to complete your own research in Year 3. Our remote cloud-based Treatment Planning System means that you can access it on a smart device to help you to continue to practice your Treatment Planning Skills remotely. You will learn treatment planning from Year 1 and build on those important knowledge and skills throughout the three years.

Year 3

In the final year, the focus is on integrating your knowledge and practice skills, you will further develop your clinical skills within the radiotherapy department. You will have the opportunity to go on an elective placement, which may be in UK or abroad (subject to successful completion of clinical competencies, clinical hours and academic work). An interprofessional module enables you to learn and work alongside students from physiotherapy, diagnostic radiography and occupational therapy to explore quality and service improvement within healthcare.

In the final year you will also be provided an opportunity to engage in a suitable research activity of your choice, where you will plan, design and produce a written article for publication. Many of our students have published their work in radiography journals, for example, one student reviewed the support needs and services for adolescent’s post-cancer; and another published their research on how the risk of heart problems can be reduced when using external beam radiotherapy (ERT) to treat breast cancer.

You will be ready to graduate with the full attributes, skills and knowledge required of a therapeutic radiographer in the changing healthcare environment, ready to become future leaders in this exciting profession. Our graduates have gone on to work in NHS hospitals and private providers throughout the country and in Europe, as well as the UK’s specialist National Proton Centres in London and Manchester.

Placement

The volume of clinical placement opportunities which start from as early as the end of the first term of your first year is what students tell us they like most about our course. As a student, you will be allocated a hospital placement to attend in several clinical blocks, throughout each of the three years. These provide an opportunity to put theory into practice and consolidate your learning experiences.

Placements take place across all years of the programme. You will spend at least 15 weeks in clinical placement settings each academic year, with most clinical placement in the final year when you transition to become graduates. Placement weeks vary from 30-37 hours per week depending upon clinical commitments. We also build in teaching sessions during these blocks.

On placement, you are supervised by experienced radiotherapists and trained mentors. You receive support from your University clinical placement co-ordinators/specialist lecturers who will visit you regularly. You should be prepared to travel for your placements across Greater London and the South East.

Below is a list of hospitals that offer clinical placements*.

  • Kent Oncology Centre, Maidstone and Canterbury

  • Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, Chelsea, London

  • Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, Sutton, Surrey

  • Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust, Guildford, Surrey.

Our students benefit from a cutting-edge virtual reality suite and an interactive treatment planning system – which you can now access remotely – throughout the course to support your learning and enhance your practical skills training.

If you study with us, you’ll practice your radiography skills and hone the psychomotor skills required to deliver radiotherapy with pinpoint accuracy in a safe and supportive environment using the latest virtual reality. Virtual Environment for Radiotherapy Training (VERT) creates a 3D treatment suite in which you can visualise structures, dose and beam delivery to help you better understand the clinical set-up and delivery aspects of treatment planning. The virtual machine can be moved the same way as an actual treatment machine.

Additional teaching methods include lectures, seminars, peer-assisted learning, case-based learning and clinical experience. Where possible, we also invite service users to come in and talk to our students, so you fully appreciate the worry and impact of treatment and the duty of care you have as a professional to patients and their relatives.

Many of our modules incorporate key skills, such clinical decision making, problem solving and critical thinking as well as leadership communication and teamwork skills and facilitate personal development as an integral part of the learning process, which is embedded within your final year portfolio.

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Our expertise

You’ll be taught by a team of staff who are all registered radiographers, including leads in clinical treatment planning and treatment delivery, quality assurance, education and clinical practice facilitation. Their experience also includes project management, pre-treatment, management and leadership, radiotherapy imaging and research.

 

Our teaching draws on the wealth of experience of our placement collaborators and alumni, who present masterclasses and workshops that enrich your learning. Previous activities have included sessions from our graduates on proton beam therapy, inclusive care for people from the LGBTQ+ community, as well as careers sessions, working abroad and specialising in research. Where possible, we also host talks from the professional body, SCOR, where representatives will meet with our students to discuss a range of current and topical issues in the professional field.

Assessment methods

A combination of academic coursework (including essays, reports and presentations), written and practical examinations, portfolios, practice placement assessments, Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) and a research dissertation are used to assess your progress. The team offers feedback on draft assessments so you can reach your full potential; this level of feedback has been commended by external examiners who scrutinise all academic programmes.

Yasmeen Malik

Yasmeen Malik

Admissions Tutor

I am the Course Director for Therapeutic Radiography, based at St George's, University of London - the UK’s specialist health university.

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While the St George’s programmes are recognised by many different countries, applicants are advised to check with their own individual national authorities if they wish to practise in their chosen country.

Constant advances in technology allow therapeutic radiographers to continue to improve the outcomes for patients with cancer, making this a rewarding career choice. With an ongoing national shortage of skilled therapeutic radiographers in both the UK and overseas, career prospects are excellent.

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. Careers advice and skills for employability are embedded into our teaching. We will discuss and explore career options with you, running our own mock interviews. We also have close links with careers consultants who can support CV writing, personal statements and interview practice.

On graduation, you will be eligible to register with the HCPC and apply for membership with the SoR. Therapeutic Radiography qualifications from St George’s are internationally recognised and offer a range of career opportunities in hospital and other clinical settings. Alternatively, you can choose to study at radiography postgraduate certificate, diploma and Master’s level at St George’s University of London. Modules can be studied as standalone or as part of a full MSc.

There is an excellent range of options for career in practice, management, teaching and research careers, for example, with charities such as Macmillan or Cancer Research. Clinical specialisation could take you down a route as an advanced practitioner, pre-treatment radiographer, planning radiographer, review radiographer, research radiographer or prescribing radiographer, to name just a few.

On graduation, you can register with the Health and Care Professions Council and apply for membership of the Society and College of Radiographers.

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Careers

  • Management (operational/cancer services/education)

  • Medical systems industry

  • Palliative care

  • Practice educator/clinical learning facilitator

  • Quality assurance

  • Research

  • Teaching in higher education

  • Treatment and patient care

  • Treatment delivery

  • Treatment planning (dosimetry)

  • Treatment review within a multidisciplinary team.

Advanced career paths

  • Advanced and consultant-level practitioner

  • Complex treatment planning (dosimetry)

  • Drug prescribing

  • Postgraduate courses including mammography.

Facilities

St George’s University of London is the only UK university based on a hospital site, St George’s Hospital, which is where the Channel 4 television series 24 hours in A&E is filmed. We offer a unique opportunity to study and work alongside the full range of clinical professionals and their patients. Based in the thriving multi-cultural hub of Tooting in South West London, our location has the added advantage of being just a short tube ride from Central London and all the city lifestyle has to offer.

We also have a range of specialist health and academic facilities to support your learning, listed below.

Virtual Environment for Radiotherapy Training (VERT)

Our virtual 3D radiotherapy treatment room helps you develop operational skills and build confidence away from the pressured clinical environment. The virtual machine can be moved the same way as an actual treatment machine. You will position the virtual table and deliver doses of radiotherapy to a virtual patient. In this 3D environment, the beam is visible as it passes through and exits the patient, giving you a valuable insight into how the internal organs and spinal column can be affected. 

Radiotherapy Treatment Planning System (RTPS)

The RTPS uses specialist software developed by Varian Medical Systems, which more than 50% of clinical radiotherapy sites in the UK use to create treatment plans for patients who have cancer. Treatment planning is integral to radiotherapy and now involves advanced technology to transfer information from CT, MRI and PET scans, to accurately pinpoint the precise areas that need targeted external beam radiotherapy. Students will be able to produce simple or complex treatment plans for administering appropriate treatment to patients with cancer tumours under simulated conditions. We have a dedicated RTPS lead within the teaching team. We have a unique collaborative partnership with Varian Medical Systems and are part of their Academic Hub, providing a cloud-based treatment planning software system learning environment. 

Dissection room

The dissection room is where present and future healthcare professionals and scientists in the hospital and University learn or refresh their anatomy knowledge directly from the human body, through access to cadaveric material and models, and plastinated (preserved) specimens.

Pathology museum

Our on-site museum houses a collection of over 2,000 pathological specimens, including a number of original specimens donated by Sir Benjamin Collins Brodie in 1843. This space is used for small group tutorials by students across all of our courses as an educational tool to help you understand the mechanisms of disease.

Library and learning technology

Our modern health sciences library offers a wide range of books, e-books, academic journals and other resources to support you. You will also have access to online resources, such as the Canvas virtual learning environment

and our Hunter discovery service to help you find the information you need. The library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and comprises silent, quiet and group learning areas, as well as four group discussion rooms.

IT facilities

We have five computer suites housing 260 workstations. Three of these suites are accessible 24 hours a day. It’s easy to find a free space with our handy real-time computer locator. We also have 75 self-service laptops available. Free Wi-Fi covers the whole campus, including all accommodation. You can use these resources to access your course materials, discussion boards and feedback through Canvas.

Student support

Whether you are heading off to university straight from school or college, or returning to education as a mature student, we want to ensure your experience is positive from the outset. At St George’s University of London, you’ll be welcomed by a multicultural student and staff body of different ages, ethnicities, nationalities and backgrounds, all with one thing in common – an interest in healthcare, science and medicine.

Students frequently tell us they greatly appreciate the diversity of our student and staff body, as well as the patients who access healthcare services in the borough of Tooting.

We offer a full range of academic support and student services across all institutes, departments and faculties, some of which are listed below. We take pride in offering a transformative educational experience underpinned by cooperation and collaboration between staff and students with lots of opportunities to become an official ‘student voice’ as a student representative on committees or taking part in assessment and feedback development. Our innovative Student-Staff Partnership Grants (SSPGs), for example, provide funding for small projects led jointly by students and staff. One of our students was part of a project to improve assessment and enhance feedback, which led to additional individual feedback after mock exams and the launch of a new process of self-appraisal by students themselves. We also have an active radiography student community and with support from second-year students have established a buddy scheme for first years.

Personal academic tutor

On arrival, you will be allocated a personal tutor – someone with whom you can have regular contact, who you ask questions and discuss problems with, both academic and personal. The main purpose of a personal tutor is to monitor your progress, pick up and help you resolve any problems, whether academic or welfare related. Even if they don’t have the answer, they will point you in the right direction towards the best people to deal with specific problems.

Induction programme

Within your first week at St George’s university of London, you’ll take part in an induction programme to help with your orientation and introduce you to various study skills, including interprofessional learning and use of the Dissecting Room. Additional sessions provide advice and guidance about the Registry, Students’ Union, personal tutor system, safety, occupational health and sexual health awareness.

Named radiographer / practice educator in each department

Each department has a practice educator or clinical liaison tutor who manages the day-to-day clinical education placement. These clinical colleagues are committed to student education in the departments and have regular contact with academic staff.

Academic staff support

You’ll have access to your lecturers, usually by arrangement via email.

Placement support

Each site has a dedicated clinical education team with a practice educator or clinical liaison tutor.  They work in collaboration with the academic staff to ensure you get the best clinical experience and achieve your clinical assessments. Placements are allocated by the academic clinical lead, considering personal circumstances to ensure the best experience for each student. 

Mums and Dads scheme

‘Mums and dads’ is a buddy scheme organised by the Students’ Union. Every fresher (first year student) has the choice of being assigned a ‘parent’ from the year above in their respective course. The returning student then acts as a ‘go to’ for advice about courses and university life, providing an additional support system during your first year, both academically and socially. They have been in your position and know the struggles of starting university; they also know all of the best pubs, clubs, restaurants, gyms and will help introduce you to your new St George’s family. 

Student Life Centre

Our Student Centre team can help you with every aspect of student life: finances, accommodation, exams and assessment, academic procedures, admissions, international queries, disability and wellbeing, even finding your way around – whatever it takes to make you feel at home. Each course has a designated contact within the student centre to link to and your personal tutor can signpost you to relevant support, including a confidential counselling service.

Careers service

Our careers service works to support current students and recent graduates to find and maintain the career of their dreams. We work with careers tutors from each course area to ensure that careers activities specific to your programmes and future profession come to you. Where possible, we also host general and subject-specific careers fairs, which provide a great opportunity to meet and network with employers. Our annual radiography careers fair, run in partnership with Kingston University, is one of the biggest radiography-related career events in the South of England. Our third fair, held in March 2020, proved to be the biggest yet and was attended by over 80 radiography students, 25 NHS Trusts and a host of other private organisations from the fields of both therapeutic and diagnostic radiography.

Apply for this course through UCAS (the University and College Admissions Service) by 15 January in the year of entry. There are no upper age limits, so we welcome applications from mature students.

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Application checklist

 

 

 

You must provide the following.

  • Full details of your Level 2 (GCSE or equivalent) qualifications with grades.

  • Full details of your Level 3 (A Level or equivalent) qualifications with achieved/predicted grades.

  • A personal statement (more information about this document is available on the UCAS website). We recommend that you include in your statement a recognition that studying a BSc in Therapeutic Radiography will include practice and study in a number of settings.

  • An academic reference from your current or most recent institutions with predicted grades.

After submitting your application to UCAS:

  • log in to UCAS Track and make sure all your academic details have been included

  • if any subjects or predicted results are missing, email the admissions officer with your UCAS number and missing subjects and grades.We will consider applications from applicants who wish to defer entry by a year, provided you plan to use the time constructively. If you are offered a place on the course and subsequently decide to defer, you must inform us by 1 June of the year of application.

Deferred entry

We will consider applications from applicants who wish to defer entry by a year, provided you plan to use the time constructively. If you are offered a place on the course and subsequently decide to defer, you must inform us by 1 June of the year of application.

After application

We will send you an acknowledgement email and letter when we receive your application. Please make sure your email account is able to accept communications from St George’s as we will mainly communicate with you via email. Selected applicants will be invited to attend interview.

Decisions from St George’s will be entered onto UCAS Track and direct applicants will be contacted via email.

We have been working hard to find ways to teach our courses without disruption, while keeping our staff and students safe and making sure we follow government guidance on Covid-19. We won’t be making any significant changes to the content of our programmes, but there will be some changes to the way they are delivered. Please see below for further details of how this may affect this course.

If government advice changes, we may need to update our plans. If we do so, we will update this information, and will keep current students and offer holders informed by email.

We will also continue to update our frequently asked questions page for applicants and offer holders and current students as more information becomes available.

Content of the course

We are not making any significant changes to the content of the Therapeutic Radiography BSc programme. There may be some changes to the way this content is delivered – see below.

Supporting vulnerable students

Students considered to be most at risk from Covid-19 should work at home wherever possible in line with government advice. Students who are going on placement will be required to complete an individual risk assessment and others may choose to do so. In addition, students from vulnerable groups, including care leavers, students estranged from their families and students with disabilities, are prioritised for help from the University’s Hardship Funds and for accommodation in Horton Halls. Priority for loans of laptops from the University will be given to those eligible to receive a hardship grant; those registered as disabled, care leavers or with caring responsibilities; and international students who may have difficulty sourcing an appropriate device on arrival in the UK.

We recognise the impact that the current circumstances may have on mental health and have expanded our counselling provision, offering remote appointments to any student. In addition, every student will be allocated a personal tutor to offer individual pastoral and academic support from the start of their studies. (Further information about health and wellbeing advice during Covid-19 is available here).

Priority consideration has been given to support for students with disabilities when accessing teaching and learning online, through the provision of automatic live captioning and British Sign Language within our primary technologies of Panopto, MS Teams and Big Blue Button. These can benefit a range of students, especially those who are deaf or hard of hearing, as well as students with an Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC), memory processing issues, and for whom English is an additional language.

Human-level captioning is also available where a need has been established through the Disability Advisory team. Human-level captioning requests are processed by the Learning Technology Services (LTS) section and can be requested by email to lts@sgul.ac.uk

How the course will be delivered

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The existing learning outcomes for our modules and courses will remain in place. From September to December 2020 all students will primarily access their learning, including learning materials, via the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), Canvas. Hands-on practical teaching and learning activities will be delivered on campus with appropriate social distancing and personal protective equipment (PPE) measures put in place, and with controls on the number of people in each location.

The online components of the course will be designed to balance interactive real-time sessions with lecturers and other students, with self-paced independent study. Students will have clear learning pathways through the activities they are expected to engage with, and there will be opportunities to check learning and progress.

Simulation facilities can and will be used when appropriate to supplement clinical education. However, we anticipate all modules in clinical will continue as planned. We intend to run our usual simulation week, to help prepare students for their placements. This will be in smaller groups due to social distancing restrictions, and PPE will be provided for students and facilitators.

Personal tutor support and all other student support, such as the Academic Success Centre, will also be online for this period, using a range of methods for staying in touch, such as telephone, email and the University’s web conferencing systems BigBlueButton and MSTeams.

Pending Health Education England (HEE) approval, placements are currently expected to resume from September 2020 with minimum changes to planned delivery or timings. All students on placement will be expected to undertake a risk assessment and adhere to local Trust working patterns and guidance.

We have managed changes to the requirements of our placement partners by amending our 2020/21 year plan. Sites cannot accommodate more than a certain number of students from any one year group on site at any time, so we have arranged our plans to avoid overlap. Students will not be placed in ‘Covid-hot’ units. They will have a risk assessment if they identify as vulnerable themselves or share a home with a vulnerable person. The team will liaise with each student on an individual basis.

To get the most from online study, hardware requirements have been established and communicated to all existing students and offer holders. Students will need their own personal computer or laptop and an internet connection in their place of accommodation. This needs to be in place at the start of the course. Once enrolled, students will have the ability to use Office 365 as part of our institutional licence, and access software required for their modules/courses via AppsAnywhere. In addition, we offer Office for Mac via Ofice365, but only the following applications are available for Mac: Teams, Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook, OneNote. Web-based Office applications are available on Mac. Full details are available here. There is a provision for students who may struggle to meet the hardware requirements to contact our IT Hardship team.

Current students

The existing learning outcomes for our modules and courses will remain in place. From September to December 2020 all students will primarily access their learning, including learning materials, via the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), Canvas. Hands-on practical teaching and learning activities will be delivered on campus with appropriate social distancing and personal protective equipment (PPE) measures put in place, and with controls on the number of people in each location.

The online components of the course will be designed to balance interactive real-time sessions with lecturers and other students, with self-paced independent study. Students will have clear learning pathways through the activities they are expected to engage with, and there will be opportunities to check learning and progress. Some small group sessions will take place for Year 2 and 3 students in the simulation suite. These will be with appropriate PPE and socially distanced as guidelines dictate.

Personal tutor support and all other student support, such as the Academic Success Centre, will also be online for this period, using a range of methods for staying in touch, such as telephone, email and the University’s web conferencing systems BigBlueButton and MSTeams.

Pending Health Education England (HEE) approval, placements are currently expected to resume from September 2020 with minimum changes to planned delivery or timings. All students on placement will be expected to undertake a risk assessment and adhere to local Trust working patterns and guidance.

To get the most from online study, hardware requirements have been established and communicated to all existing students and offer holders. Students will need their own personal computer or laptop and an internet connection in their place of accommodation. This needs to be in place at the start of the course. Once enrolled, students will have the ability to use Office 365 as part of our institutional licence, and access software required for their modules/courses via AppsAnywhere. In addition, we offer Office for Mac via Ofice365, but only the following applications are available for Mac: Teams, Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook, OneNote. Web-based Office applications are available on Mac. Full details are available here. There is a provision for students who may struggle to meet the hardware requirements to contact our IT Hardship team.

Risk assessment

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Students with pre-existing illnesses or disabilities, or who are shielding

If you suffer, or have suffered, from a serious illness (physical or psychological) or have a disability, or have been required to shield due to Covid-19, please let us know. St George’s is committed to supporting our students and will explore all reasonable adjustments to support you to thrive on your course.

Please contact our Disability Advisor as soon as possible with details to help us establish whether your health history or disability is likely to affect your ability to study or practise. This will also give us sufficient time to carry out a detailed assessment, obtain reports and organise additional expert assessments if required.

Attendance at site

Most of our courses include elements of teaching for which you be required to attend the University site. Attendance at these sessions will be essential to enable you to engage with the course and undertake assessments.

Placements

You will be required to undertake a personal risk assessment before you can attend any placement that is part of your course (or undertake certain other activities, such as those which include the practice of clinical skills or require the use of PPE). Where a health concern arises, every effort will be made to identify alternative placement arrangements, but your health and safety will be the first priority, and alternative arrangements may not be possible. This may have implications for the continuation of your study. If you are clinically vulnerable or have been shielding, we strongly encourage you to contact the Disability Advisor now to undertake an assessment.

Current students

Students with pre-existing illnesses or disabilities, or who are shielding

If you're a student with a pre-existing illness or disability, or who is shielding, your course team will contact you to ask if you would like to complete a personal risk assessment before you return to the site. If you suffer from a serious illness which may increase your level of risk, or have been required to shield due to Covid-19, we recommend that you complete a personal risk assessment. St George’s is committed to supporting our students and will explore all reasonable adjustments to support you to thrive on your course. 

Attendance at site

For the majority of our courses, we will be delivering an element of face to face, hands-on teaching on campus in line with social distancing guidelines which you are required to attend. If you will be unable to attend teaching on-site due to a health reason, you must let us know by the start of the academic year so we can consider alternative arrangements to ensure you progress through the course. Mitigating Circumstances can still be submitted for unforeseen illnesses; however, being unable to attend the site due to shielding or being at heightened risk from a pre-existing illness or disability will not be accepted as grounds for Mitigating Circumstances. Please discuss this with your course team and complete a personal risk assessment so that all reasonable adjustment can be made.

Placements

You will be required to undertake a personal risk assessment before you can attend any placement (or undertake certain other activities, such as those including the practice of clinical skills or requiring the use of PPE) that is part of your course. Where a health concern arises, every effort will be made to identify alternative placements arrangements, but your health and safety will be the first priority, and where alternative arrangements are not possible, there may be implications for your studies. If you are clinically vulnerable or have been shielding, we strongly encourage you to contact your course team now to undertake a personal risk assessment.

Course length

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At this stage, we expect to deliver the course within the planned timescales to enable successful students to progress through the programme and graduate without delay. The new year plan will enable this.

Although some assessments are designed to be taken on-site, we have developed an alternative strategy to enable students to complete assessments remotely without coming on to campus. At this stage we anticipate it will only impact one Year 1 assessment, planned for late November, which will be in an online format. From January 2021, if government advice permits, we intend to run all planned assessments in their original format. Some of these will still be online assessments, the as Programme Specification explains.

Current students

At this stage, we expect to deliver the course within the planned timescales through our new year plan, to enable successful students to progress and graduate without delay. Although some assessments are designed to be taken on-site, you will be aware that we have developed an alternative strategy to enable students to complete assessments remotely without coming on to campus.

Clinical modules will be facilitated by placement partners from September 2020, if HEE and government guidance permits. The revised year plan will enable Year 2 and 3 students to complete all required modules.

However capacity to offer placements may change if, in the event of a further outbreak of Covid-19, delivering care to affected patients becomes the overriding priority of our partners. If that happens, we will limit the impact on students where possible. We will rotate students through the sites that are continuing to accept students and, where possible, we will use our simulation facilities to offer a comparable clinical experience. For continuing students, it may be possible to delay placements to the following academic year to protect their safety. However, there is a possibility that graduation for some final year students may be delayed until they are able to complete all placements.

Additional costs

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We do not expect students to incur any extra costs over and above those advertised on the course page.

You will be provided with a tablet to enable your assessment while you are on your clinical placement. These can be used for online learning. However, it would be helpful for you to have a PC or laptop as you progress into year 2 and 3. If you need to, you can access the fund for support (email IThardship@sgul.ac.uk ). Students starting in September 2020 can also apply for the new NHSBSA Learning Fund bursary (£5000 plus extra funding for certain categories of student).

Our placement partners (Trusts) will provide PPE on-site.

Current students

We do not expect students to incur any extra costs over and above those that advertised on the course page.

Our placement partners (Trusts) will provide PPE in the radiotherapy department.

Assessment methods

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Dates of assessments have been amended to facilitate the new year plan. You will be kept fully informed via online meetings. Your level 4 examination in November will be online, but its content still addresses module and programme learning outcomes. Your learning will be supported with online formative quizzes and mocks.

The team will revisit the assessment methods/delivery in light of national and institutional guidance. The delivery platform may change, but all learning outcomes for the modules and the programme will be assessed.

In 2021 we anticipate that we will be able to return to the campus and sit some assessments on site. If Covid-19 restrictions remain, these can readily be amended to an online format.

Current students

Dates of assessments have been amended to facilitate the new year plan. You will be kept fully informed via online meetings. This has worked well since lockdown. Your learning will continue to be supported with online formative quizzes and mocks.

The team will revisit the assessment methods/delivery in light of national and institutional guidance. The delivery platform may change, but all learning outcomes for the modules and the programme will be assessed.

If restrictions impact placements again, the team will (if restrictions allow) take a pragmatic approach and where possible assess you in alternative formats. However, there is a possibility that graduation for some final year students may be delayed until they are able to complete all assessments and attendance requirements of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), as we have an obligation to our regulators to confirm that you have met the clinical and practical outcomes for the programme before you graduate.

Award

The Therapy Radiography BSc programme is accredited by the HCPC and regulated by the Society and College of Radiographers, our professional body. We have discussed the changes that we are making with our regulators who have confirmed that the programme continues to meet their standards. Graduates from the programme will, therefore, be eligible to apply for registration.

Location of study

All face-to-face teaching will take place on the campus that we share with St George’s Hospital in Tooting, with appropriate social distancing measures in place. This is expected to be routine from the start of 2021. We have not explored alternative locations for teaching and have no immediate plans to do so. If government advice on social distancing changes, we will consider ways in which we can deliver teaching on-site in a manner that is safe for students and staff.

Our placement providers will continue to offer placements as they have in the previous years. We will use our existing procedures for allocating students to placements.

Consenting to these changes

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Incoming students (from September 2020)

The changes that we are making are the consequence of current public health advice, and our capacity to offer alternatives is limited by that advice. If you wish to avoid these changes by deferring your offer please contact admissions@sgul.ac.uk.

Current students

The changes that we are making are the consequence of current public health advice, and our capacity to offer alternatives is limited by that advice. You will be required to consent to these changes as part of your re-enrolment. If you wish to avoid these changes (e.g. by taking a year out from your studies) please discuss this directly with your course team in the first instance. We remain, as always, focused on the best experience and outcomes for our students.

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Duration

Three years, full time

Application Deadline

Applications are still being accepted through UCAS

UCAS Code

B822, institution code S49

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