Radiotherapy - BSc (Hons)

UCAS Code:
Full-time: B822
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Attendance:
Full Time (3 years), Part Time (6 years)
Starting:
September 2016, September 2017
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Accredited by the College of Radiographers and providing invaluable experience of professional practice, this unique course gives hands-on training in the use of state-of-the-art cancer treatment technology, while also making you aware of the importance of patient empathy and care, alongside the psychosocial issues of cancer care.

What's covered in the course?

The course covers the key areas of oncology and the psychosocial issues surrounding cancer care. You look at radiotherapy technology, including imaging, technique and planning, and consider the ethical and legal issues of professional practice.

You initially cover the academic theory behind these skills, then apply what you learn in skills-based simulation sessions using the School's cutting-edge facilities, and on clinical placement.

You emerge as a competent and confident user of specialist technology to relieve and/or cure the symptoms for patients. You will also be comfortable in developing friendly, caring relationships with patients and supporting them during treatment.

Taking up half your course time, and giving you an intimate view of day-to-day professional life, your work experience placements take you to a range of affiliated NHS hospitals within and around the Midlands region.

“The University staff are really focused on getting students successfully through the course, and a lot of tutorial support is available. I found the patient interaction especially rewarding.” Tyron Couch

Why Choose Us?

  • We are the only radiation therapy school of its type in the West Midlands.
  • On graduation, you are eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)* and professional membership of the Society of Radiographers.
  • You will spend more than 50 per cent of your time learning the realities of the profession on clinical placement.
  • Strong and effective links with hospital imaging departments have led to the School receiving commendation from the Quality Assurance Agency.
  • Our Virtual Environment for Radiotherapy Training and advanced computer planning facilities allow you to effectively integrate your academic theory and clinical training.
  • Facilities also include the Oncentra Masterplan Radiotherapy Planning system, Ultrasim Ultrasound machine, picture archiving and communication systems suite, and Xograph x-ray imaging suite.
  • This course has a successful track record of graduate employment with the NHS.

*The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) formerly known as the Health Professions Council (HPC).

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Where our students go

Our students have gone on to work with companies such as:

  • Queen Elizabeth Hospital
  • Royal Hampshire Trust

And in jobs such as:

  • Radiographer
  • Therapeutic Radiographer

Entry Requirements

Height statement: Most patients are treated at a height of 120-130cm above the ground. You should be able to comfortably and safely manipulate a patient lying at this height.

If not, please contact the Radiotherapy Programme Director before you start the course so the team can ensure that the necessary risk assessments and adjustments can be in place in a timely manner, to ensure your safe practice. Any disclosure will not prejudice your application.

Qualifications

A minimum of 300 UCAS tariff points:

Level 2 qualifications which must be achieved PRIOR to application:
GCSE at Grade C or above in five subjects, which must include English Language, Mathematics and either Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Double Science. (GCSE equivalents are not accepted, e. g. Key Skills Level 2, Adult Numeracy, Adult Literacy) or
Irish Leaving Certificate, a minimum of five Ordinary Levels at Grade B3 or above, must include English, Mathematics and a Science subject. or
Scottish qualifications, a minimum of five Intermediate Standard 2 or above, must include English, Mathematics and a Science subject.
A particularly high standard of spoken and written English is necessary to cope with the clinical work on the Diagnostic Radiography and Radiotherapy courses. However, there is a great need for Radiography students who are fluent in more than one language and graduates with such skills would be a valuable addition to the profession; such candidates are therefore encouraged to apply.
Applicants who have not received their secondary school education in English will require an overall IELTS score of 7, with no subtest below 6.5
Plus one of the following Level 3 qualifications which you may be working towards:
GCE A/A2 level 300 UCAS tariff points from a maximum of three A/A2 Level passes, which must include one science subject from Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Human Biology and Applied Science. Psychology and Sociology are only accepted in conjunction with one of the former. A typical offer would be BBB. General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted.
GCE AS/A1 level Two subjects accepted with two GCE A/A2 levels, which must include one science subject from Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Human Biology and Applied Science, at Grade B or above. Psychology and Sociology are only accepted in conjunction with one of the former. Must achieve a minimum of 300 tariff points. General Studies and Critical Thinking not accepted.
BTEC National Diploma in Science Minimum Grade DDM required (320 tariff points).
International Baccalaureate Diploma Minimum Grade 26 required.
Access to HE Diploma in Radiography or Science
Full award (60 credits) of which a minimum of 45 are Level 3 graded credits, including 30 at Merit or Distinction with a minimum of 18 in a Science subject with 6 credits at Level 3 in Physics and 15 ungraded credits at either Level 2 or 3. Must possess GCSE Mathematics and English at Grade C or above.
The Open University Minimum of 30 Credits at OU Level 1 or above passed in subjects that include Chemistry, Biology or Physics such as SK143 Topics in Health Sciences, S142 Topics in Science, or SK277 Human Biology. Candidates must already hold Level 3 qualifications or above, such as A-Levels or a Degree. Typical candidates will be considered on the basis that their prior education is non science related or has fallen outside the 5 year recent study requirement.
Irish Leaving Certificate Maximum of five Highers: two Highers at Grade B2 and three Highers at Grade B3 or above to achieve 300 UCAS tariff points.
Scottish Qualifications A maximum of 5 Advanced Highers at Grade C or above to achieve 300 UCAS tariff points.

Other qualifications:

Applicants’ qualifications that are not listed will be considered on an individual basis.

In addition:
  • Applicants must have evidence of study within the last five years.
  • Applicants are required to undertake a face-to-face engagement, normally in the format of an interview.
  • A satisfactory experience visit to a clinical department is MANDATORY and a condition of a place being offered. Clinical visit evidence forms are required as part of this process.

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A second reference for Access/BTEC students from the original referee is to be provided to the institution by the end of June of the enrolment year.

Places are subject to a satisfactory Occupational Heath Check and Disclosure and Barring service report.

Applicants should be aware that qualifications, personal statement, interview, and references all form part of the selection criteria for this course.

Applications from mature candidates offering alternative qualifications will be considered.

The UCAS tariff is changing

If you're considering applying for this course to start in September 2017 onwards, it's important to know that the UCAS tariff system is changing.

UCAS tariff points – the points system most universities use to compare different qualifications – will be introducing a new system on how points are calculated.

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Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BSc (Hons) Sep 2016 FT 3 years NHS Funded Apply via UCAS
PT 6 years NHS Funded
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International Students

Sorry, this course is not available to international students.

The University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

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Additional costs

We offer a wide range of professionally accredited and vocational courses that require the purchase of, among other things, uniforms, equipment, subscriptions, professional body memberships and DBS checks, and may require you to pay to attend conferences or participate in placements.

The link below provides our estimate of the possible costs associated with key activities on specific courses. Please bear in mind that these are only estimates of costs based on past student experience and feedback. The actual costs to you could vary considerably (either greater or lower than these estimates) depending on your choices as you progress through the course. We set out where we can, based on experience, where these indicative costs are for activities that are optional or compulsory.

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Your personal statement

Your personal statement is a highly important part of your application. It gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.

Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:

Course choice

Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?

Career plans

If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.

Work experience

Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.

School or college experience

Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.

Non-accredited skills or achievement

eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.

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NHS funding

Places on this course are funded by the NHS in September 2016 only.

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Changes to funding

From 1 August 2017, new students in England on nursing, midwifery and most allied health professional (AHP) pre-registration courses will have access to the standard student support package of loans for tuition fees and living costs, rather than getting an NHS grant.

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Loans and Grants

Financial Support

We offer further information on possible undergraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.

Year one

Modules include:
Radiotherapy in Practice 1
Oncology and Cancer Studies
Academic and Professional Practice 1
Radiation Science and Technology
Foundations of Radiotherapy Practice

Year two

Modules include:
Radiotherapy in Practice 2
Radiotherapy Imaging and Technology
Academic and Professional Practice 2
Radiotherapy Technique and Planning

Year three

Modules include:
Radiotherapy in Practice 3
Research Methods
Advanced and Specialist Practice in Radiotherapy
Ethical and legal issues of Professional Practice
Academic and Professional Practice 3

Course structure

As radiotherapy is one of the main methods used in the treatment of cancer, this course will develop your knowledge and understanding of oncology, radiotherapy technology, professional practice and the psychosocial issues surrounding cancer care.

These skills are introduced within the academic environment and enhanced by clinical skills-based simulation sessions and clinical placement time.

Once developed, these skills will enable you to use specialist technology to relieve and/or cure the symptoms for patients as well as supporting them and developing relationships with them during their treatment.

You will spend half of your time on placement to make sure that you are fully equipped with the required practical and clinical skills and knowledge.

Upon successful completion you will graduate with a BSc (Hons) in Radiotherapy and be eligible to apply for Registration with the Health and Care Professions Council and professional membership of the Society of Radiographers.

Additional support

If you are dyslexic, have a specific learning difference or a disability, we have a Disability Tutor who can help and support you. 

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We offer extra technical and learning support.

Teaching breakdown

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Assessment breakdown

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Student stories

Student Kathryn Lester talks about her experience on degree course BSc (Hons) Radiotherapy at Birmingham City University.

Mature Student Katherine Redding talks about her experience on degree course BSc (Hons) Radiotherapy at Birmingham City University.

Study and work abroad

If you are interested in undertaking part of your studies abroad, the Erasmus scheme may be of interest to you. It allows higher education students to study for part of their degree in another European country.

It is open to undergraduates in their second year (or above) and offers a unique opportunity to enhance your CV and experience new cultures. If you study with us you will have access to an Erasmus co-ordinator, who can provide information about which institutions we have links with.

Find out more

Further study

Radiotherapy provides the opportunity for life-long learning.

A comprehensive portfolio of post-registration short courses that focuses on Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is available, along with other postgraduate schemes.

Many are taught as part-time flexible modules to fit around your work and domestic commitments and allow for academic and/or clinical development.

We offer an exciting range of postgraduate radiography courses that are truly unique. You can choose to study for a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, MSc, a short credit bearing course or pathway or even opt for an individual module (relevant to your work).

Student stories Tyron Couch

I found it difficult to get back into studying after working, but after the first semester this got easier. The placements were also a lot to get used to, but ended up being the most enjoyable part – I found the patient interaction especially rewarding.

Enhancing your employability skills

With the rising incidence of cancer, the demand for radiotherapy treatment is set to rise.

The NHS has strong demand for our graduates in cancer radiation treatment settings both regionally and at a national level. Once registered with the Health and Care Professions Council, you can practice in the UK and overseas. The course has a successful track record of employment for radiotherapy graduates applying for posts in the NHS.

After you graduate, you may choose to specialise in fields such as treatment planning, delivery or review, patient support or palliative care. Other options are teaching, management, research and quality assurance.

Placements

Placements are an integral part of the course and will take up 45 weeks of the course in total – a larger amount of practical time than equivalent courses elsewhere in the country.

Radiotherapy clinical placements take place across a range of affiliated NHS hospitals within and around the West Midlands region. You will be given the opportunity to visit and experience a number of these sites over the duration of your training.

A placement is your chance to be a part of the working world of health and social care as it really is: your first taste of your career. For most of our courses, it's a compulsory part of your training; it's that important.

Placements help you with your confidence, by putting theory from the classroom into practice. We make sure you get a quality experience and that you are fully supported by a workplace mentor on hand throughout your placement.

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OpportUNIty

OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.

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BCU Graduate+

Through our courses we give you the skills and experience needed to get a head start when applying for jobs. But we offer something extra too – Graduate+.

Our unique programme gives you the chance to develop valuable skills outside of the more formal classroom learning. We award points for Graduate+ activities (including firewalking!) and these can be put towards a final Graduate+ award.

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Graduate jobs

Graduates from this course have ended up as managers in the radiotherapy field, in teaching and higher education, in the associated industry around radiotherapy. And we are proud of our strong track record of our graduates building successful careers in the region, with many maintaining a close relationship with the team and the university after finishing their course.

Other student opportunities

To enhance your CV, we offer extra-curricular student opportunities, such as a major incident simulation, that you can get involved in.

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Facilities

Radiotherapy facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.

We boast up-to-date, innovative facilities that simulate the real situations that medical staff may come across.

These resources are essential in offering students a hands-on introduction to health and social care practice. Much of our teaching is carried out within our state-of-the-art, £30m Seacole Building, which houses some of the best learning facilities in the UK.

Take a virtual tour of our skills suites at Seacole

In a sector where new techniques are constantly being discovered, we work hard to ensure that students learn using the most up-to-date equipment available. These include the only mock operating theatre in an English university and a cutting-edge radiography virtual clinical training facility, virtual ward and virtual case creator.

VERT

We are also a major pilot site for a state-of-the-art, radiotherapy virtual clinical training facility, which will help to support you with your training. This unique facility will allow you to simulate x-ray techniques using the latest computer software. With this new technology, we are the best equipped radiography centre in the region.

XRay Room/PACS Room

This is a real, working X-ray room, where students can practice taking x-rays and also to digitise them to view on the PACS system. We use a portable camera system that can record and stream video to any other classroom on the campus so we can simulate scenarios with our students.

Mary Seacole Library

The Seacole library, based at City South Campus, is one of the UK's largest specialist health education libraries. The state-of-the art facility offers an extensive range of range of information and reference materials set out in a relaxing environment, conducive to studying. There are comfortable seating areas, group study areas, a silent study area and private study rooms.

You will have access to all of the University’s libraries, including the main Kenrick Library on the City North Campus, which is open for almost 90 hours a week and holds more than 320,000 books, 2,000 print journals and carries more than 4,000 electronic journals online.

Computer Facilities

The Seacole building houses a large open access IT Suite which comprises of 96 PCs, full colour printers, photocopiers and scanners. Our PCs utilise the latest Intel i5 core technology, all with:

  • Fast (unrestricted) internet connectivity
  • Ability to save files to USB, DVD & CD
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Research and statistical software
  • Storage space which can be accessed from any PC across the University and from home

Our PCs are also designed to support students who may have difficulties with reading and writing, featuring specialised software with zooming/magnification and screen reading capabilities, which may also be customised for individual student needs.

The IT Suite offers extended opening hours and is supported by a specialist Open Access Assistant during term time. In addition to the open access PCs within the IT Suite, there are 12 networked student PCs available within Seacole library.

Meet our staff

We maintain close links with the College of Radiographers and are active publishers in the main journals, such as Radiography and Practice. Staff also are very busy with relevant research projects in the field of radiography, and can often be found on the scholarly conference circuit, sharing their expertise.

Clair Brackstone

Senior Lecturer / Programme Leader for Radiotherapy

Clair is the Programme Leader for Radiotherapy and assists in the overall management of the programme, as well as supporting students in their studies.

She is the Personal Tutor for Radiotherapy students who are placed at New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton, and sees them regularly to offer pastoral support and discuss their progress, both in their academic studies and in their clinical placement.

She teaches predominantly on the Radiotherapy programme, as that is her professional background, but she also teaches sessions relating to academic and professional practice on the Diagnostic Radiography programme. The radiography disciplines are very different, but share many elements relating to patient care and professional regulation.

Clair is involved in research, particularly the student experience and student engagement within Higher Education and is completing her doctorate studies within this area.

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