Radiotherapy - BSc (Hons)

UCAS Code:
Full-time: B822
Part-time: apply direct to the University
Attendance:
Full Time (3 years), Part Time (6 years)
Starting:
September 2017
Campus:
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You will develop specialist skills through clinical placements within hospital cancer centres, and will consolidate those skills at the university by accessing our Virtual Environment for Radiotherapy Training (VERT) and advanced treatment planning facilities.

What's covered in the course?

Your academic studies include subjects which form the scientific basis of radiotherapy practice and include an in-depth study of human anatomy and physiology, radiation physics and radiobiology. You will also study the social and psychological aspects of cancer care and the needs of patients.

As you advance your knowledge of radiotherapy practice and the science of oncology, you will develop analytical skills and will explore the research evidence that forms the basis of current and emergent practices.

In your final year you will develop your skills of applying research strategies to health and care practice, and will consolidate your clinical skills and knowledge that are necessary for your transition to registered practitioner status. At least 50% of your time will be spent in clinical practice where you will develop the necessary practical skills and expertise that enable you to administer radiotherapy in a safe and competent manner.

Why Choose Us?

  • We are the only training centre for radiotherapy and radiography in the Midlands region
  • Established links with NHS Trusts  with whom we work in partnership
  • We focus on the student, and pride ourselves on a friendly, supportive environment so all our students get the most out of their time here.

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Where our students go

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

  • University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trustl
  • Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
  • Genesis Care Southhampton

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 120 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 120 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 120 tariff points. General Studies and Critical Thinking not accepted.
BTEC National Diploma in Science Minimum Grade DDM required. 
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 120 UCAS tariff points.
Scottish Qualifications A maximum of 5 Advanced Highers at Grade C or above to achieve 120 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.

More about the new tariff

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BSc (Hons) Sep 2017 FT 3 years £9,250 Apply via UCAS
PT 6 years TBC - see bottom of this tab for more information

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International Students

Sorry, this course is not available to international students.

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Additional costs

Addiotional costs include books, writing materials, travel and accomodation at clinical placement sites. 

We offer a wide range of professionally accredited and vocational courses that require the purchase of, among other things, 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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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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This course is available part-time

What's included in your course fees

Included in your course fees are uniforms for clinical placement. 

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

Physics for Radiotherapy

In this module you will develop your understanding of the underpinning aspects of physics related to radiography and radiotherapy. 

Professional and Compassionate Care

This module will equip you with the fundamental patient care skills that are needed to practice as a safe and competent therapeutic radiographer. 

Principles of Oncology & Radiotherapy

In this module you will be introduced to the core aspects of oncology, cancer management and the principles of radiotherapy treatment techniques and planning.

Radiotherapy Theory and Practice 1

Within this module of study you will develop knowledge of anatomy, physiology, management and radiotherapy treatment techniques of cancers. Your studies within this module will form the foundation of your developing clinical skills. 

Year two

Applied Radiotherapy Technology and Radiobiology

In this module you will cover the principles of radiobiology and the effects of ionising radiation on cells, tissues and body systems.

Evidence Based Practice

In this module you will be developing an understanding of a range of research tools including basic statistics. You will explore how your professional practices are based upon the best evidence available.

Radiotherapy Theory and Practice 2

Whilst studying this module  you will further develop your specialist knowledge relating to cancers that affect the bones, head and neck region, the haemopoietic, endocrine and nervous systems, and will use your clinical practice to apply this learning.

Year three

Advanced Management of the Oncology Patient

In this module you will be focussing on the needs of the oncology patient on an individual basis. You will be able to discuss clinical decision making with respect to management of cancer, and will also study other aspects of health including dementia, obesity and cardiovascular disease.

The Competent Radiotherapy Practitioner

This module will support your final transition from student to registered practitioner. You will be exploring the role of the therapeutic radiographer within the radiotherapy and oncology settings and across different healthcare systems.

Radiography Research

This module provides you with first-hand experience of devising a research proposal and develop your skills of enquiry and research in your own chosen area of interest. 

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

We place a strong emphasis on clinical experience, which we offer via placements. These are 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.

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.

Your time spent at the university involves accessing learning opportunities that support your knowledge of radiotherapy practice. You will be accessing a wide range of teaching session including lectures, seminars, and small group workshops and electronic resources. You will work closely with other students in your group and will collaborate with students from other year groups and other courses.

Number of hours in the classroom per week

You will study a minimum of 18 hours per week within taught sessions at the university. The nature of this contact time may vary from week to week dependent on the activities you will access (such as lectures, seminars, workshops or tutorials).

Examples of classroom activities 

You will be employing your team working skills within the classroom setting within teaching workshops. This may include collaboration with more senior students who may work with you as mentors to help guide you and offer their advice with respect to study skills for example.

You will also be learning within our virtual environment for radiotherapy training (VERT) where you can practice treatment techniques and study cross sectional anatomy using 3D immersive technology.

Accreditation or professional associations

This Course is approved by the Society and College 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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19 Time in lectures, seminars and similar MidnightBlue
46 Time in independent study RoyalBlue
35 Time on placement LightSkyBlue

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.

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Further study

Many of our students continue on to complete Masters level study that supports their professional development to advanced practitioners. All qualified radiographers have a statutory obligation to evidence their Continuing Professional Development. 

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.

Overseas Opportunities 

Students undertake elective placements at a location of their own choice in year 3 of the course. Previously students have undertaken hospital placements in Australia, Cyprus and Ireland. 

Enhancing employability skills

You will be gaining a professional qualification that will enable you to gain employment within the wider NHS. The clinical skills you gain will support your developing competence and enable you to undertake the role of a qualified therapeutic radiographer. You will gain competence in the safe and effective operation of cutting edge medical technologies and develop autonomous practice skills including decision making and care provision.

Your qualification will enable you to seek professional registration with the Health and Care Professions Council and membership with the Society of Radiographers.

You will receive opportunities to develop your employability skills whilst a student. This includes development of your ability to mentor others, practice your interview skills and job application writing skills.  

Placements

You will spend at least 50% of your time undertaking hospital-based clinical placement learning. You will usually accrue experience at more than one placement site, and will provide treatment delivery and patient care within a wide variety of clinical expertise. Students will engage with the latest radiotherapy treatment and imaging techniques and will gain experiences of professional groups in the wider multidisciplinary cancer care team.

More about our placement opportunities...

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

Our graduates secure employment as therapeutic radiographers. Therapeutic radiographers are responsible for the planning and accurate delivery of radiotherapy treatment using high energy radiation, as well as the support of the patient as they undergo their treatment.  They are the only healthcare professionals who are qualified to do this, working in a multidisciplinary environment, with medical physicists, engineers, clinical oncologists and other healthcare professionals to ensure the holistic care of the patient and their carers is enabled. 

Examples of real graduates and their jobs

Our graduates commence their working lives as therapeutic radiographers deploying effective and safe treatment to cancer patients. Once further experience is gained radiographers are able to specialise and develop their skills in differing areas of practice. Our graduates have gained expertise and competence as advanced practitioners in the fields of treatment planning, dosimetry, imaging, education and research.

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

Students studying within the Department of Radiography have accessing to the following dedicated specialists teaching resources:

  • VERT Suite
  • Radiotherapy planning system
  • Radiotherapy lasers
  • PACS viewing room
  • Diagnostic Computed Radiography imaging suite (‘X-Ray room’)
  • Ultrasound simulator and ultrasound scanner

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.

Nick White

Senior Lecturer, BSc (Hons) Radiotherapy Programme Director
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