BSc (Hons)

Radiotherapy and Oncology

A balance of academic study and clinical practice

BB82UCAS code 3yrsfull time

Star Course Overview

Why take this course?

The modern therapeutic radiographer is an important member of the hospital team. Radiotherapy essentially focuses on the treatment process for some cancers with specialist areas including treatment planning, dosimetry, technical developments and emotional support.

This course consists of academic and clinical blocks during which you’ll gain the relevant professional knowledge and train in clinical techniques.

Values and the NHS Constitution

We endeavour to recruit students to our health and social care courses who have the right values base and demonstrate appropriate behaviours. We embed the values of the NHS Constitution throughout our admissions processes and they are an essential part of the curricula. Find out more about the values we look for.

We recommend that if you are interested in applying you complete a clinical visit in a Radiography department. Please download this Clinical Visit Report Form and return it to


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What will I experience?

On this course you can:

  • Shadow and receive mentoring from experienced practitioners and undergo simulated training tasks before putting your learning into action in the hospital setting
  • Observe, examine, assess and engage with real patients at a vulnerable part of their time in hospital during specialist practice placements

What opportunities might it lead to?

The course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the Society and College of Radiographers. Therapeutic radiography is found in large specialist centres for the treatment of cancer. You’ll be well qualified and sought after by employers in all spheres of clinical practice, with future career prospects in the UK and overseas.

Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

  • management
  • research
  • teaching
  • manufacturers’ sales and promotion
Lauren Todd, BSc (Hons) Radiography (Therapeutic) student

The School has great facilities to assist in our learning and has recently employed the use of VERT software that recreates the clinical setting.

Lauren Todd, BSc (Hons) Radiography (Therapeutic) student

Key Facts

UCAS Course Code:
3 years full time
The UCAS tariff for 2017 entry has changed. See how this affects your tariff score A LEVELS
120 points from 3 A levels, or equivalent, including 32 points from a Science subject or Mathematics. See full entry requirements

We accept UCAS points from other qualifications. See full details and English Language qualifications

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students:
2017/18 entry: £9,250*

International students:
This course is not open to International students.

* Tuition Fees may be subject to annual increase

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  • The clinical and real-life learning approach that will equip you for your chosen career
  • Our simulated environments that mean you’ll gain and practise the skills you’ll need before entering the workplace 
  • Approachable lecturers, many of whom are teacher practitioners

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Light bulb Structure & Teaching

Year one

In this first year you will find that you are working alongside many diagnostic students as you cover core topics in the science of radiography, human anatomy, physiology and pathology.

Core units in this year include:

  • Introduction to radiotherapy
  • Basic radiation physics
  • Essential anatomy & practices for therapeutic radiographers
  • Anatomy & radiotherapy practices for digestive, renal and transport systems
  • Employability skills 1 
  • Radiotherapy work based learning 1

Year two

One of the key features of this course is the emphasis on professional practice. In this year you’ll engage in interprofessional learning with one or more other professional groups.

Core units in this year include:

  • Biological Principles and Applications for Therapeutic Radiographers 3
  • Employability Skills and Career Development for Radiographers
  • Inter-Professional Skills for Radiographers 2
  • Radiotherapy Equipment
  • Principles of Radiotherapy Planning
  • Work-Based Learning for Therapeutic Radiographers 2

Year three

Through the integration of theory and practice you are sure to develop a broad clinical skills base. In addition to the normal standards of proficiency expected of all newly-qualified radiographers, you’ll also develop further skills that will prepare you for therapeutic radiography practice.

Core units in this year include:

  • Developing Project Skills
  • Management of Professional Practice
  • Advanced Oncology Practice 1
  • Advanced Oncology Practice 2
  • Work-Based Learning for Therapeutic Radiographers 3

Teaching and Assessment

Face-to-face learning via lectures, seminars and practical work will make up the majority of your campus-based learning. However, you will also be expected to apply the theoretical and practical components of the course to your hospital placements.

How are you assessed?

On this course there is a balance of formal examinations and coursework assessment. What’s more, as you’ll spend a large amount of your time in clinical practice, clinical capability is not only assessed, but counts towards your degree classification.

Naomi Dickie

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Naomi Dickie

Both Radiography courses offer a high level of support in preparing you for your clinical placements, offering interactive, practical sessions to learn key skills in the University using the Diagnostic Imaging Suite and VERT platform. Moodle is also utilised to provide supporting information to you during your clinical placements.

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Specialist Software and Scientific Equipment

We have an outstanding array of radiography facilities and excellent resources to support your clinical learning. This allows you to practise and exercise your clinical skills on campus before you venture into the clinical environment. Here is a taste of what we have to offer:

  • a state-of-the-art x-ray imaging suite on par with those used in clinical practice (primarily used by diagnostic radiography students)
  • a comprehensive electronic film library
  • emergency ultrasound scanners and a high-resolution colour portable ultrasound system
  • a three-dimensional virtual environment radiotherapy unit (VERT)

Centre for Simulation in Health and Care

Our aim is to enhance your learning and experiences through the use of innovative technologies. You’ll practise profession-specific skills in a safe and supportive environment, as well as experience the types of clinical and informal healthcare situations that you’ll encounter in the workplace. The Centre is used to simulate real-life scenarios – a great way to prepare you for the real thing during placement.

University Library

Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.

Budgeting for your studies

There are extra costs associated with studying, which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.

Recommended texts:
If you wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow from the University Library, the average price is £50-£60. You may be studying up to 6 units a year, each with a standard recommended text.

General costs:
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for costs of photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

Final year project:
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose to develop.

Other costs to consider

You will receive an initial set of uniforms at no cost. Extra items of uniform cost of between £17 - £23. You will also be expected to wear your own suitable footwear for placements.

Accessory equipment, such as anatomical side markers, are provided in the first instance. In the event of loss, you will need to pay for replacement. These costs will vary, approximately £5.

For clinical placements, you are required to meet the costs of accommodation and travel. Clinical accommodation will be in the region of £400 per calendar month and travel costs will vary. The NHS may meet some of the costs incurred.

From 1 August 2017 students in England on nursing, midwifery and most allied health professional pre-registration courses will have access to the standard support package of tuition fee loans and support for living costs, rather than getting an NHS grant. More details: Health Education Funding in England from 2017/18

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Career prospects

Where next?
Where next?

Radiography is a rapidly changing profession. As the scope of practice extends and technology develops, the modern radiographer will find their specialist knowledge and skills in high demand.

On successful completion of the course you will be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and for full membership of the Society and College of Radiographers. As a qualified radiographer you’ll be eligible for a range of posts and a high percentage of our graduates are accepted for NHS posts in radiography with start dates soon after graduation.

There are also many opportunities to specialise within radiography and of course, there’s always the option to take up postgraduate study.

Work experience

Employment boosting opportunities
Employment boosting opportunities

At the first stage of your course, you’ll have the opportunity to observe radiographers working in a hospital setting. This is a great way to shadow, observe and receive direct mentoring from experienced practitioners in preparation for your own work placements. There is also continuous training throughout the course via simulated activities, which ultimately prime you for your placements.

Approximately a third of your time will be spent in practice placements, supported by clinical mentors and other Registered Healthcare Professionals. For 9-12 weeks of each year you’ll be on placement and we try to ensure that you receive a balanced clinical experience.

We also encourage you to find work-based experience in a healthcare-related outlet in the summer period. This extra experience will undoubtedly make you stand out to future employers.

Career planning

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To make sure you take the right steps on your career path, we’re here to give you help, support and advice throughout your study. Even after you’ve graduated, we continue to give you support for up to five years.

Employers tell us that they want graduates to be able to demonstrate certain skills when they come out of university. Our courses take account of this. We make sure we prepare you for employment through work-related learning, projects, placements and working in simulated environments that are designed to prepare you for the working world.

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