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Duration

Three years, full time

UCAS deadline

15 January 2020

Location

St George's, University of London and Kingston University

UCAS Code

B822, institution code S49

UK, EU/EEA and non-EU (international) citizens may apply

Apply via UCAS

Therapeutic Radiography BSc equips you with the skills, knowledge, and technical expertise needed to plan and deliver radiotherapy whilst caring for people with cancer. You will learn how to identify and manage side effects of radiotherapy whilst caring for patients in a holistic way. You will use advanced state of the art radiotherapy equipment in a safe and responsible manner to image and target the tumour with millimetre accuracy, delivering the maximum dose with minimum impact on healthy tissue.

The therapeutic radiographer works alongside clinical oncologists, physicists and other healthcare professionals in a multi-disciplinary oncology team to provide patient-centred care. 

You will demonstrate the values of the NHS constitution, treating all service users with respect, dignity, compassion and care.  

It is important that you have both the appropriate caring personality and technical and analytical skills.

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Home (UK/EU) tuition fees

Academic year

UK/EU (per academic year)

Total fee*

2019/20

£9,250

£27,750

2020/21

£9,250

£27,750

*Tuition fees for Home (UK/EU) 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 (non-EU) tuition fees

Academic year

International (per academic year)

Total fee*

2019/20

£15,500

£46,500

2020/21

£16,000

£48,000

*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.

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

Highlights

  • Approved by the Society and College of Radiographers.

  • Approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) for eligibility to apply for registration.

  • This course is run by the Department of Radiography in the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, which is a partnership between St George’s, University of London and Kingston University. You will benefit from a multi-faculty experience combined with the health science expertise offered at St George’s. The degree is awarded by St George’s.

  • Interprofessional education: opportunities exist for our students to learn alongside one another reflecting the multidisciplinary nature of healthcare workplace environment.

  • 50 per cent of your time will be spent in an NHS trust on placement as a student radiographer.

  • Our teaching staff have years of experience as radiographers.

  • Careers advice and skills for employability are embedded into our teaching.

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.

Entry criteria 2020

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GCSEs

Grades

5 subjects graded C (4) 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 Maths instead of GCSEs.

A Levels

Grades

BBB

Subjects

Must include one science subject.

Adjusted criteria

If you attend a school or college in England from this list (ie a non-selective state school with an average A-Level grade of D+ or below, or one that is in the bottom 20% in England for progression to Higher Education) then you may be eligible to receive an adjusted A-Level offer two grades lower than the standard for the course.

For Therapeutic Radiography BSc this will be an A Level offer of BCC.

You will still have to meet all other academic and non-academic entry requirements.

Please note that eligibility is determined based on the school/college at which you take your A-Levels. If you completed your GCSEs at a school on our Adjusted Criteria list, but then undertook your A-Levels at a school/college that is not on this list, you will not qualify for an adjusted offer.

The scheme is reviewed annually, so may change scope in future years.

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, excludes sociology.

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 need to provide a detailed transcript. All units must be verified by the local Open College Network (OCN).

Other qualifications

14-19 Diploma

Advanced Diploma grade B in one of the following lines of learning:
Engineering: or Society, Health and Development.
Plus Additional Specialist Learning – an A Level (A2) in Biology or Human Biology at grade C.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended National Diploma 

DDM. Must be in a science subject.

BTEC Extended Certificate or BTEC Diploma 

DM with a science A Level.

Birkbeck College Certificate in Life Science

65% overall.

Science Foundation Course

65% per module.

Open University

120 units.

Exploring Science module, 60 units and
Human Biology module, 30 units or
Biology, Uniformity and Diversity module 30 units.

If you do not have GCSE Maths at grade C or above, you will need to offer the Discovering Mathematics module, 30 units.

All results must be verified by us by 1 September of the year of entry.

Undergraduate degree (science related)

2.2 Honours or higher.

HKDSE

5,4,4 including one Science and excluding English and Liberal Studies. (An additional grade 5 in English can be used in lieu of the English Language requirements below).

EU and International qualifications

Please contact us.

English language

GCSE / IGCSE

English Language grade 6/ B or above

IELTS

(International English Language Testing System)

7.0 overall (including 7.0 in Writing and Speaking component and a minimum score of 6.5 in the Reading and Listening component)

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 67 (with at least 67 in Writing and at least 61 in your other 3 components).

Non-academic entry criteria

Work experience

Work or voluntary experience in a medical or health-related field; able to demonstrate a broad awareness of the scope of radiography. For further information about work experience please see the 'Experience It' section of our Taste of Medicine programme

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.

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

All applicants should demonstrate relevant work experience (e.g. shadowing a radiographer). If invited to interview you will be asked to submit evidence of all work experience listed on your UCAS form. On the day of your interview you will be required to provide the completed clinical visit form below.

Please download the Clinical Visit PDF form which will confirm where you gained your work experience and details about the experience and your performance. 

If you gain any work experience between completing your UCAS form and being called for interview, you can also submit another form for this placement.

Clinical visit form (PDF)

Whilst on a placement, students will need to comply with the dress code policy. Please download a copy for reference:

Dress code policy (PDF)

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

In year 1 you will participate in the Essentials of Radiotherapy module, that begins the exciting learning about caring for people with cancer, how cancer is treated and concepts of radiation treatment. We help you to develop your unique identity as a St George’s Therapeutic Radiographer. You have the opportunity to learn alongside other students from different professions in specific interprofessional activities. You will also gain knowledge of anatomy and imaging plus work in the clinical department putting skills and knowledge into practice.  

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.

In addition to the dissertation module in year 3, 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. 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.  You will be ready to graduate with the full attributes, skills and knowledge required of a therapeutic radiographer in the changing healthcare environment.

Our students benefit from a cutting-edge virtual reality suite and an interactive treatment planning system throughout the course to support your learning and enhance your practical skills.

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Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, peer-assisted learning, case-based learning, simulated practical experience and clinical experience. Facilities include the Virtual Environment for Radiotherapy Training (VERT) and an interactive treatment planning system, both of which are used throughout the course to support learning and enhance practical skills.

Virtual Environment for Radiotherapy Training VERT

The Virtual Environment for Radiotherapy Training (VERT) creates a three-dimensional treatment suite and offers an interactive function that hones the psychomotor skills required to deliver radiotherapy with pinpoint accuracy. If you study with us, you’ll practice your radiography skills in a safe and supportive environment using the latest virtual reality:

  • VERT creates a three-dimensional treatment suite and offers an interactive environment that develops and refines the psychomotor skills required to deliver radiotherapy with pinpoint accuracy

  • this innovative equipment allows us to further enhance your teaching and learning experience.

Our teaching draws on the wealth of experience of our placement collaborators and alumni who present masterclasses and workshops that enrich your learning. They also inform the curriculum to keep it up to date.

Practice placements provide an opportunity to put theory into practice and consolidate your learning experiences. Practice placement sites include:

  • Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, Chelsea, London

  • Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, Sutton, Surrey

  • Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust, Guildford, Surrey.

Assessment methods

A combination of academic coursework (including essays, reports and presentations), written and practical examinations, portfolios, practice placement assessments and a research dissertation are used to assess your progress.

Because we want you to reach your full potential, we build in opportunities for formative assessments and provide feedback on assessment tasks so you know what you need to do to optimise your performance.

Find out how this course is structured and assessed on the Unistats website

Therapeutic Radiography qualifications from St George’s are internationally recognised and offer a range of career opportunities in hospital and other clinical settings, with the opportunity to progress towards clinical specialisation, management, teaching and research careers.

Therapeutic radiography requires the use of a diverse range of skills, attributes, equipment and techniques to prepare and deliver the individualised treatment whilst caring for the patient in a holistic manner.

Constant advances in technology allow therapeutic radiographers to continue to improve the outcomes for patients with cancer, making this a rewarding career choice. On completion of this course you can choose to study at postgraduate certificate, diploma and Master’s level for radiography qualifications.

Careers
  • Treatment planning.

  • Teaching.

  • Management.

  • Quality assurance.

  • Treatment delivery.

  • Treatment review.

  • Research.

  • Treatment and patient support.

  • Palliative care.

Advanced career paths
  • Complex treatment planning.

  • Drug prescribing.

  • Consultant practitioner.

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

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.

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.

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Duration

Three years, full time

Application Deadline

15 January 2020

UCAS Code

B822, institution code S49

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