Radiotherapy and Oncology BSc (Hons)

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Mode of Study
3 years full-time
Start Date
September 2019


Do you have an interest in applying the latest advances in medical care to help people at their most vulnerable?

This BSc (Hons) Radiotherapy and Oncology degree course trains you to use radiation to treat people with cancer. You’ll tackle all aspects of this field, from planning and delivering treatments to taking care of patients' emotional wellbeing.

When you complete the course, you'll have the medical knowledge and technical skills for a career as a therapeutic radiographer and be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Radiographer.

We are currently seeking approval from the College of Radiographers to show that this course maintains and develops the highest standards of clinical imaging and oncology practice and conduct.

What you'll experience

On this course you'll:

  • Learn about all areas of radiation science, radiotherapy practice, oncology and human anatomy
  • Use our on-campus radiography clinical skills suite, featuring a 3D virtual environment Radiotherapy unit (VERT), treatment planning suite and ultrasound facilities
  • Practise your skills in our Centre for Simulation in Health and Care, where you can experience simulations of real-life scenarios that hone your skills in a safe and supportive environment
  • Enhance your classroom learning with significant time spent in hospitals and specialist radiotherapy centres, engaging with patients
  • Improve your communication skills
  • Get valuable insight with mentoring from experienced radiographers and care teams

Work experience and career planning

You'll spend about a third of your time on this course on placement in a clinical setting, shadowing and working with experienced practitioners.

Placements are on the south coast, in organisations such as:

  • Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust
  • University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
  • Royal Sussex County Hospital

We can help you find further relevant work experience during your course. We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies.

Careers and opportunities

When you graduate from this course, you'll be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a therapeutic Radiographer. This allows you to work in a clinical setting right away.

You can also do postgraduate study or go into research, management or teaching.

Whatever you do next, our Careers and Employability service will give you career advice and support for up to 5 years after you graduate.

Professional approvals

This BSc (Hons) Radiotherapy and Oncology degree course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). This means the course meets standards set by the HCPC and makes you eligible to apply for HCPC registration when you complete the course.

You can apply for student membership to the Society and College of Radiographers for the duration of the course, and full membership upon completion.

Entry requirements​

Entry Requirements

  • 112 points from 3 A levels, or equivalent, including 32 points from a Science subject (preferably Biology, Chemistry or Physics, but will accept Applied Science, PE, Psychology or Sports Science) or Mathematics. Access awards are also welcomed.
  • All shortlisted applicants are subject to interview.
  • All offers are subject to Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance and Occupational Health clearance.

    See the other qualifications we accept

​Course costs

Tuition fees (2019 start)

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • This course isn't open to international students

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

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

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.

Your uniform is included as part of your course fee: you'll receive five tunics, three trousers and a name badge. You’ll need to pay for extra or replacement uniform: £13.80 for tunics and £14.34 for trousers. You’ll also need to supply your own pair of black shoes which fully enclose the foot, for placements.

You'll need to purchase your own marker pens, 15cm metal ruler and pocket calculator.

Accessory equipment, such as anatomical side markers, are include in your course costs. You’ll need to pay for replacements if you lose them. These costs will vary, but are normally around £5.

You’ll need to meet the costs of accommodation and travel for your clinical placements. Clinical accommodation costs around £400 a month, and travel costs vary. The NHS may meet some of these costs.

​What you'll study

Each unit on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study units worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 units worth 20 credits and 1 unit worth 40 credits.

Units currently being studied

Core units in this year include:

  • Radiotherapy Clinical Learning and Foundations of Patient Care
  • Foundations of Oncology Practice
  • Foundations of Scientific Enquiry
  • Introduction to Radiotherapy
  • Principles of Oncology Practice 1

There are no optional units in this year.

Core units in this year include:

  • Radiotherapy Clinical Learning and Improving Standards of Care
  • Principles of Oncology Practice 2
  • Principles of Oncology Practice 3
  • Radiotherapy Equipment
  • Research Methods

There are no optional units this year.

Core units in this year include:

  • Advanced Practice in Oncology
  • Radiotherapy Clinical Learning and Professional Practice
  • Imaging of Radiotherapy
  • Project

There are no optional units this year.

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.

Learning support

As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a mental or physical disability, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) can give you help, support and advice so you can reach your potential.


Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • directed study
  • group work
  • reflective journals
  • tutorials
  • seminars
  • simulation
  • clinical placement

How you'll spend your time

Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and an assessment period:

  • Autumn teaching block – September to December
  • Spring teaching block – January to Easter
  • Assessment period – Easter to June

Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.

You may need to go to work placements and other course events in the evenings and at weekends. When on placement you'll work 37.5 hours a week.

How you're assessed​

You’ll be assessed through:

  • essays
  • presentations
  • written examinations
  • objective structured examinations (OSEs)
  • portfolios of evidence
  • practice outcomes to assess clinical capability

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.


How to apply

To start in 2019 you need to apply through UCAS. You’ll need:

  • the UCAS course code – BB82
  • our institution code – P80

You can start your application now and submit it later if you want.

Not quite ready to apply?

Come to an Open Day to explore our course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence.

If you’re new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

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When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to our terms and conditions as well as the University’s policies, rules and regulations. You should read and consider these before you apply.