Diagnostic Radiography - BSc (Hons)
- UCAS Code: B821
- Level: Undergraduate
- Starting: September 2021
- Study mode: Full Time (3 years), Part Time (6 years)
- Location: City South
Studying with us in 2021/22
It is possible that the 2021/22 academic year may be affected by the ongoing disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Any arrangements put in place by the University for the 2021/22 academic year will be in accordance with the latest government public health advice, pandemic-related/health and safety legislation, and the terms and conditions of the student contract.
This course is now full for 2021/22. You can apply for 2022/23 via UCAS from September 2021.
If you'd still like to apply for September 2021, take a look at some of our other available courses.
Do you want a career in diagnostic radiography? Our degree is approved by the college of radiographers and you will spend time on placements within a variety of imaging departments to enhance your clinical experience.
You will develop specialist skills on this course by accessing our well-equipped x-ray room, wards, operating theatre, image viewing facilities and virtual body projection system. This will enable you to use specialist technology to produce diagnostic images of patients.
What's covered in the course?
Your academic studies include subjects which form the core of diagnostic radiography practice and include the study of human anatomy and physiology, radiation physics and imaging technology. You will also study the social and psychological aspects of the needs of patients.
As you advance your knowledge of diagnostic radiography practice and the application of imaging technology to differing pathologies, 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 demonstrate radiographic practice, in a safe and competent manner.
“If we weren’t radiographers we would be detectives, our job is to find out what is going on... I was x-raying patients from the first hour of my first day.” Adam Robinson
Why Choose Us?
- Funding - Allied health profession students will receive at least £5,000 a year in additional funding for maintenance and associated study costs. Download the funding FAQs
- Accredited course - this course is approved by The College of Radiographers
- High graduate employability rate - 100 per cent of our students went on to graduate level employment or further study within six months of graduating, on an average starting salary of £22k (Unistats 2016/17)
- A well established provider - we are the largest training centre for diagnostic radiography in the Midlands region
- Study in our £71 million campus - complete with virtual reality teaching (VERT), radiography suites, X-ray room and state-of-the-art facilities to provide you with the very best learning environments
- Gain employability skills - at least 50 per cent of your time will be spent in clinical placement so that you can develop the practice skills necessary for employment
- Get work experience abroad - you can apply for a travel scholarship as part of our Go Abroad scheme to carry out exciting work placements overseas
- Flexible study - this course can be studied full-time over three years or part-time over six years to suit you
- Student loan finance - have you already studied an undergraduate degree but would like to do a second one in Diagnostic Radiography? You may be eligible for funding.
Our next Open Day is taking place in Summer 2021. It's the perfect opportunity to tour our facilities, hear from some of our staff and get a feel of what it's like to study at BCU.
This course is not open to International students
Where our students go
Our students have gone on to work with companies such as:
- University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trustl
- St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
- Manchester Royal Infirmary
And in jobs such as:
- Diagnostic Radiographer
We accept a range of qualifications, the most popular of which are detailed below.
120 UCAS tariff points from A/AS Level
|Level 2 Qualifications|
|UK Qualification||Requirements 2021/22|
|Irish Leaving Certificate (Ordinary Level)||
|Scottish Intermediate 2||
|Scottish Credit Standard Grade||
|Scottish National 5||
|Plus one of the following Level 3 (and above) Qualifications|
|UK Qualification||Requirements 2021/22|
|A level and Advanced VCE||
|Access to HE Diploma||
|British bachelor's degree||
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Irish Leaving Certificate (Highers)
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma
OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma
|Open University courses||
Scottish Advanced Higher
Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate - Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)
Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma – Core (awarded until 2016) ESW/KS Combined component
If you have a qualification that is not listed in the table please refer to our full entry requirements on UCAS.
Recent relevant study to GCE A-level standard or above must have been completed within five years of the course intake date the applicant is applying for.
Further guidance on tariff points can be found on the UCAS website.
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. Interviews are currently online via Microsoft Teams. Find out more about online interviews.
Places are subject to a satisfactory Occupational Heath Check, Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check and registration with the Independent Safeguarding Authority.
Applicants should be aware that qualifications, personal statement, and references all form part of the selection criteria for this course.
Applications from mature candidates offering alternative qualifications will be considered.
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- UK students
- International students
Award: BSc (Hons)
Starting: Sep 2021
- Full Time
- 3 years
- £9,250 per year
- Applications Closed
- Part Time
- 6 years
- £4,700 per year
- Applications Closed
Sorry, this course is not available to International students.
£150 free credit (home/EU students only)
For 2021 entry, all new home/EU undergraduate students will receive £150 worth of free credit to spend in a host of ways, on books and a range of learning materials.
Access to computer equipment
You will require use of a laptop, and most students do prefer to have their own. However, you can borrow a laptop from the university or use one of our shared computer rooms.
You will receive £5 print credit in each year of your course, available after enrolment.
All essential field trips and associated travel costs will be included in your course fees.
Access to Microsoft Office 365
Every student at the University can download a free copy of Microsoft Office 365 to use whilst at university and for 18 months after graduation.
You will be able to download SPSS and Nvivo to your home computer to support with your studies and research.
Subscriptions to key journals and websites are available through our library.
Free access to Rosetta Stone
All students can sign up to the online learning language platform for free through the Graduate+ scheme.
Free access to LinkedIn Learning, which offers over 5,000 in-depth and bite-sized courses.
You will require a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check for this course. Your first DBS check is included in your fees.
You will be provided with four sets of uniform (tunic and trousers). If you need additional sets of uniform, you will need to purchase them.
Occupational health assessment
You will need to complete an occupational health assessment. The cost for this is included in your course fee.
This course requires specialist equipment. A radiography marker, metal ruler and TLDs will be provided.
Placement expenses (mandatory)
There may be some costs for travel or temporary accommodation associated with placements. The NHS Learning Support Fund can help with these costs. Information about what the fund covers and eligibility criteria can be found online
Clothing and safety equipment (mandatory)
You will need to buy suitable footwear for placement, plus any additional uniform over the initial four sets that are provided.
Excess printing (optional)
Once you have spent your £5 credit, additional printing on campus costs from 5p per sheet.
All module key texts will be in the University library, but in limited numbers. You may choose to purchase a copy.
You may wish to join the Society of Radiographers.
You may wish to purchase subscriptions to additional journals and websites.
Accommodation and living costs
The cost of accommodation and other living costs are not included within your course fees. More information on the cost of accommodation can be found in our accommodation pages.
This course is now full for 2021/22. You can apply for 2022/23 via UCAS from September 2021 .
If you'd still like to apply for September 2020, take a look at some of our other available courses in Clearing.
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:
Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?
If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.
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.
You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.
Get more information on writing personal statements.
Fees for part time students
If you study this course part-time or via distance learning, you will be charged on a pro-rata basis. This means your fee will be calculated per module.
Additional costs include books, writing materials, travel and accommodation 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.
All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.
We understand that it is difficult to obtain work experience in the current situation and the restrictions in place. If you are unable to obtain work experience relevant to your course, this will not affect your application. If you do want to gain some experience to help prepare you for your course, there are other options available. The UCAS website details a range of alternative activities that you might want to consider.
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What's included in your course fees
Included in your course fees are uniforms for clinical placement.
Student loan finance - have you already studied an undergraduate degree but would like to do a second one in Diagnostic Radiography? You may be eligible for funding.
In order to complete this course, you must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 120 credits).
This Core module aims to provide a grounding in diagnostic imaging with a holistic approach to the patient. The module provides the necessary theory and practical experience to enable students to competently perform clinical radiographic imaging examinations. The syllabus includes normal anatomy; patient care and communication; standard radiographic examination procedures to include basic fluoroscopic techniques.
This module introduces you to the professional world you have elected to enter and explores your new clinical role in this context. Teaching sessions will emphasise the importance of good communication and an appreciation of the patient perspective to improve patient care, taking into account the wide cultural, religious and ethnic population you will be caring for in clinical practice. All professionals should be in a position to reflect on their development, and within this module you will be encouraged and supported in this, through development of an e-Portfolio.
This core module is essential to enable your understanding of the theory and practical applications of physics in the context of radiography or radiotherapy. Radiation physics and the safe and legal use of ionising radiation is an essential aspect of the radiation disciplines. It involves the underlying principles of the nature of matter and associated principles and how that relates to radiation production and attenuation, its application to imaging and therapeutic modalities. You will develop your understanding of the underpinning aspects of physics related to radiography and radiotherapy. That will form the basis for developing your understanding of the production and attenuation of ionising radiation and its effects.
In order to complete this course, you must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 120 credits).
This module will build upon the study skills that you developed at level four. It is intended that by studying this module you will develop the ability to make decisions about your professional practice based upon the best evidence available, this involves being able to:
- Recognise which problems, encountered in your professional practice, can be resolved by searching and evaluating the available evidence
- Search for the evidence that you need using a logical and structured approach.
- Evaluate the evidence you find
- Justify any decisions related to changes in your professional practice
- Demonstrate an understanding of a range of research tools including basic statistics.
These skills are necessary to enable lifelong learning and will help you to become a competent and autonomous practitioner.
Combined with Diagnostic Imaging 2, this module will support you in achieving the commensurate skills and knowledge necessary to competently complete a radiographic examination to the ability expected of a level 5 student. The module has clinical and academic components, and also makes use of the clinical facilities available within the faculty. It aims to provide grounding in diagnostic imaging whilst developing a holistic approach to the service user. The syllabus includes service user care and communication; and radiographic examination procedures; to include the Head, Chest, Abdomen and Pelvis along with radiographic technology across a range of modalities.
Alongside Diagnostic Imaging Practice 1, this module will support you in achieving the commensurate skills and knowledge necessary to competently complete a radiographic examination to the ability expected of a level 5 student. The module has clinical and academic components, and also makes use of the clinical facilities available within the Faculty. It aims to provide grounding in diagnostic imaging whilst developing a holistic approach to the service user. The syllabus includes service user care and communication and radiographic examination procedures to include the Head, Chest, Abdomen and Pelvis, along with radiographic technology across a range of modalities.
The programme aims to develop competent, patient focussed, compassionate and autonomous diagnostic radiographers. This module aims to increase your awareness of the ethical and legal issues inherent in healthcare provision to facilitate autonomous practice. It helps you to develop a pro-active lifelong learning approach which will enable you to provide consistent service user focussed care. This includes those patient groups who require extra care and these care needs are explored within this module.
In order to complete this course, you must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 120 credits).
This core module has clinical and academic components and builds upon the knowledge acquired in Level 4 and 5. It also makes use of clinical skills facilities available within the faculty and in addition clinical placement. This Module aims to provide a thorough knowledge of the advancing role of a diagnostic imaging practitioner.
This core module provides you with experience in developing your research skills which will underpin your future practice in line with the aims of the College of Radiographers and the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) to embed research throughout the profession. It will require you to develop independence, initiative, innovation and an adaptable approach, to be able to problem solve. In particular, you will be required to apply, develop and propose an appropriately safe research methodology to a topic of your own choosing. You will develop your work to demonstrate your grasp of how a research proposal might be implemented, taking into account the ethical implications of research. This task will require the development of research skills and demonstrating the understanding and application of research approaches.
This core module is designed to be a continuation of modules at Level 4 (The Emerging Practitioner) and Level 5 (The Developing Practitioner) and uses those modules as a foundation for the information and development here. The module is intended to help you bridge from being a student to being a Registered Practitioner. The BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography programme aims to prepare you for a career in diagnostic radiography, where you should be continually seeking to improve the patient experience and your own expertise. To enable this development therefore, you will be supported in developing the skills required in a reflective practitioner and documenting these within an e-portfolio.
Radiography is a complex mix of technology, compassion and professionalism. This course will develop your knowledge and understanding of, radiographic technology, professional practice and the psychosocial issues surrounding healthcare. Once developed, these skills will enable you to use specialist technology to produce diagnostic images of patients, as well as supporting the medical teams during the subsequent treatments.
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 and clinical liaison on hand throughout your placement. In addition you are regularly supported by your personal tutor from the university.
Your time spent at the university involves accessing learning opportunities that support your knowledge of radiographic 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.
In your final year you will produce a research proposal for research into an area of your own interest.
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 with respect to practical skills within the X-ray room for example.
You will also be learning within our Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS) rooms where you can practice image review and interpretation of radiographs and the virtual environment originally for radiotherapy training (VERT) to show cross sectional imaging.
Accreditation or professional associations
This Course is approved by the Society and College of Radiographers https://www.sor.org.
If you are dyslexic, have a specific learning difference or a disability, we have a Disability Tutor who can help and support you.
We offer extra technical and learning support.
College of Radiographers
This course is approved by the College of Radiographers from September 2017- September 2022.
Students undertake elective placements at a location of their own choice in years 3 of the course. Previously students have undertaken hospital placements in Australia, Cyprus and Gibraltar.
Trips and visits
Four students and two staff have visited a Canadian Hospital for clinical experience over the last two years.
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.
Practise your skills in SPACE
Filled with state-of-the-art equipment, our SPACE (Skills Practice and Care Enhancement) area is the perfect place for you to practise a wide range of skills at your own pace.
Watch our video to see how access to SPACE has helped our students to succeed.
8 Benefits of Working in Healthcare
Studying healthcare can seem like a daunting task, but the benefits of working for the NHS are second-to-none
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.
You will spend at least 50% of your time undertaking hospital-based clinical placement learning. You will gain experience at more than one placement site, and will provide imaging services and patient care demonstrating a wide variety of clinical expertise. Students will engage with the latest imaging equipment and techniques and will gain experiences of professional groups in the wider multidisciplinary care teams.
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.
Our graduates secure employment as diagnostic radiographers. Diagnostic radiographers are responsible for the accurate delivery of diagnostic imaging using high energy radiation, as well as the support of the patient as they undergo their examination. They are the only healthcare professionals who are qualified to do this, working in a multidisciplinary environment, with radiologists, engineers, medical specialists and other healthcare professionals to ensure the holistic care of the patient and their carers is enabled.
Examples of real graduates and their roles
Our graduates commence their working lives as diagnostic radiographers deploying effective and safe imaging procedures 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 Medical Ultrasound, Computed Tomography (CT), Image Reporting, education and research.
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.
100%...of students are in graduate level employment or full time study six months after graduating2016/17 DLHE Response
Students studying within the Department of Radiography have accessing to the following dedicated specialists teaching resources:
- Anatomical Models Lab
- VERT Suite
- PACS review room
- PACS reporting room
- Diagnostic Digital 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 cutting-edge learning facilities.
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.
Radiography Skills Suite
Our purpose-built Radiography Skills Suite allows you to improve your skills through simulation in a safe and protected environment, and includes:
- Dedicated PACS (Picture Archiving and Communication Systems) suite;
- Dedicated Xograph X-ray imaging suite (CR and DR);
- Fully functioning Mobile X-ray and Image Intensifier units, for use in our on-site Ward and Theatre simulation workshops.
- Oncentra Masterplan Radiotherapy Planning system;
- Ultrasim Ultrasound machine;
X Ray 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 also have a fully functioning Mobile X-ray and Image Intensifier units, for use in our on-site Ward and Theatre simulation workshops. 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.
We have several Simulation men (SIM men) and Simulation babies (SIM babies) which are leading edge, anatomically correct mannequins used for teaching specific techniques such as advanced adult and paediatric life support skills, acute and high dependency clinical skills, first aid and communication skills.
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.
Eilir (Sam) Hughes
Senior lecturer in Diagnostic Radiography/ Admissions Tutor
I trained as a Diagnostic Radiographer in Wrexham, North Wales. On qualifying I moved to the Midlands and have remained ever since. I worked in a number of hospitals, accumulating a broad range of experience and undertaking many imaging modalities. I began at Selly Oak Hospital with a busy District General Hospital portfolio of examinations and specialisms.
My next post was promotion and a move into specialist neuro-imaging, in a small unit based in Smethwick, in the Black Country. including the newly introduced CT scanning and some complex angiography.
Following my time at Smethwick I was able to gain a post at the General Hospital in Birmingham. This was very busy hospital with many specialisms and a very bust A&E service, which served the locality and the office/shopper population of the city of Birmingham. I became involved with student training, there, and had many fantastic years with great colleagues, excellent students and a very busy clinical life. During this time, I studied for and gained my degree with the Open University.
As the General Hospital prepared to close, I returned to the Black Country once more. This time I moved from a full-time clinical role to managing the Radiography service at Sandwell General Hospital in West Bromwich. I was lucky to have good senior colleagues and managers, who gave me support at all stages of my post. I learned so much and I will always be grateful to them. It was in this time that I developed my continuing interest in NHS policy and management, which has never left me. In 2004 I made the move into the academic world and UCE, which is now Birmingham City university.
Working with students is a different challenge from patients but very rewarding. The potential that each student brings with them is exciting to see and the hope of helping guide that potential into a solid, caring clinical career is most rewarding.
I specialise in two main areas:
- NHS policy, management and employment support
- Foundation Degree level Diagnostic Radiography, in general
I believe strongly in the value of patient care and work constantly to promote this, when I am able.
The work of a lecturer is not confined to the buildings here at Birmingham City University and I, like all my colleagues, regularly visit students on their clinical placement. This allows us to check on the students’ progress/concerns and provide a link of University developments to the staff in the departments we support. In this sense, we take the University to clinical practice and bring clinical practice back to the University.