Radiotherapy with Foundation Year - BSc (Hons) *

UCAS Code:
B82B
Attendance:
Full Time (1 year foundation followed by 3 year degree)
Starting:
September 2019
Campus:

If you are looking for a rewarding career that is challenging, has a combination of science and technology, to treat and care for patients who have life threatening conditions, then this might be the course for you.

The only course in the Midlands covering oncology, radiotherapy technology and psychosocial issues surrounding cancer care, our radiotherapy course will teach you to work with patients of all ages, to help relieve and/or cure the symptoms of their cancer.

Tailor your Health Sciences Degree

When you successfully complete your Foundation Year, you will be able to progress onto a range of Undergraduate courses at the Birmingham City School of Health Sciences and School of Nursing and Midwifery. These include:

  • BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences
  • BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography
  • BSc (Hons) Food and Nutrition
  • BSc (Hons) Health Studies (Public Health)
  • BSc (Hons) Medical Ultrasound
  • BSc (Hons) Midwifery
  • BSc (Hons) Nursing - Adult
  • BSc (Hons) Nursing - Child
  • BSc (Hons) Nursing - Learning Disability
  • BSc (Hons) Nursing - Mental Health
  • BSc (Hons) Operating Department Practice
  • BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science
  • BSc (Hons) Radiotherapy
  • BSc (Hons) Speech & Language Therapy

Why choose a foundation year course?

By studying a foundation year in Health Sciences, your first year will be spent learning a wide range of broad subject areas which then open up opportunities for you to specialise further in your next year –  which would be the first year of a full degree programme. 

You will study very broad subjects in your foundation year, which is designed to prepare you for a range of courses and not just one particular BSc degree. 

So although you are studying a BSc in a specific course – BSc Radiotherapy – the foundation year sets you up for a number of other possible degrees starting the following year. It may be that you don’t end up doing a degree in precisely the same subject as your foundation year.

This flexibility is one of the great things about the foundation year category - Health Sciences, allowing you to find out more about your interests and talents before focusing on a three year degree. The foundation year also helps us at BCU to make sure we help to match you to the degree that fits you best.

Please note: entry requirements for degree course

Upon completion of your Foundation Year, if your chosen course is regulated by a professional body such as the HCPC, you will be required to successfully complete the University’s selection process for the specific programme which will include an interview in order to proceed onto year one of the full degree programme. Entry onto year one of the degree programme will also be subject to a satisfactory DBS and Occupational Health Assessment. 

What's covered in the course?

As the only training centre for radiotherapy in the West Midlands region, our radiotherapy course will prepare you to be a fully qualified radiotherapy radiographer once you have graduated. As a radiotherapist you will be responsible for preparing and administering radiation to cancer patients, operating highly technical radiation equipment, imaging patients with the latest technology, monitoring patients’ progress and giving advice as they progress through radiotherapy treatment.

You will develop specialist skills by spending half of your time on clinical placements within hospital cancer centres, providing you with plenty of experience to develop professionally and gain valuable employability skills. The other half of your time will be spent at our £41 million South City Campus, which features a Virtual Environment for Radiotherapy Training (VERT) and advanced treatment planning facilities, to enable you to confidently develop essential skills within a safe educational environment.

You will learn the science behind radiotherapy practice, as well as the 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 to ensure that you leave with all the skills needed to be a professional and expert Radiotherapy Radiographer.

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 apply research strategies to health and care practice, and merge your clinical skills and knowledge. Successful completion of this course will entitle you to register with the regulator, the Health and Care Professions Council, to gain registered practitioner status and be able to practice in the UK.

Why Choose Us?

  • Excellent placement opportunities
  • High employability rate 
  • We are the leading centre for radiotherapy in the West Midlands
  • Approved by professional regulatory bodies 
  • Established links with the NHS
  • Student-focused
  • Learn from experienced staff 
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
  • Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
  • Genesis Care Southampton

And in jobs such as:

  • Radiographer
  • Therapeutic Radiographer

Subject to approval

This course is in the final stages of approval to ensure it meets the very highest standards of quality, creativity and applied learning.

Entry Requirements

We accept a range of qualifications, the most popular of which are detailed below.

Entry Requirements
Essential

A minimum of 5 GCSEs at Grade 4 or above (formerly Grade C), at the point of enrolment. These must include English language, science and mathematics (or equivalent).

88 UCAS tariff points from A/AS Level

Typical Offers
UK Qualification Requirements 2019/20
GCE A Level/ AS Level 88 UCAS tariff points = CCD. Must include one of Human Biology, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Applied Science or Science.
Access to Higher Education Diploma 60 credits overall in a science related pathway also including GCSE English Language and Maths equivalence if not hold separately.
BTEC Diploma (12-units) DD in Science
BTEC Extended Diploma (18-units) MMM must include either Human Biology, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Applied Science, or Science at B or Distinction
International Baccalaureate Diploma 24 points overall
Irish Leaving Certificate Minimum of 88 tariff points, achieved in four Higher level subjects. Must include either Human Biology, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Applied Science or Science.
Scottish Higher/ Advanced Higher Achieve a minimum of 88 tariff points achieved in either three Advanced Highers or from a combination of two Advanced Highers plus two Highers. Must include either Human Biology, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Applied Science, or Science.
Other qualifications

If you have a qualification that is not listed in the table please refer to our full entry requirements on UCAS.

Further guidance on tariff points can be found on the UCAS website.

88
tariff points needed for this course

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BSc (Hons) Sep 2019 FT 1 year foundation followed by 3 year degree
TBC
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International Students

Sorry, this course is not available to international students.

Fees for 2019/20 will be published as soon as possible. The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament up to a maximum of five per cent.

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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.

All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.

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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.

The additional costs listed here are to be used for indicative purposes only and are based on the additional costs for the 2018/19 academic year. The additional costs for 2019/20 will be published as soon as possible.

Foundation Year

In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 120 credits).

Academic Skills for Success
20 credits

This module is designed to support you in your transition to studying in a Higher Education environment at Birmingham City University. Through a range of class-based group and individual activities, discussions, debates, personal reflection and wider reading and research, you will have opportunities to consider academic conventions, which include: effective use of literature; sourcing and reviewing information; various forms of academic writing; developing reflective capacity. You will also receive guidance on study skills and strategies, which will enhance previously acquired skills.

These professional skills are transferable and will be valuable not only in the immediate context but throughout your continued education and employment. By engaging with this module, we have set out clearly what we expect of you at foundation and undergraduate level, and will equip you with the confidence, competence and capacity to utilise resources to be able to meet expectations in this environment.

An essential element of this module will be your ability to analyse and reflect on your own learning and the way in which you have applied your knowledge, skill and understanding to any academic context in which you have engaged to date. Communicating effectively through a variety of academic conventions is a key skill for any student and this will be a feature of this module.

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Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity
20 credits

This module is designed to help you gain awareness and understanding of current challenges around Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity and how this impacts upon the Health, Education and Social Sciences sector, preparing you for your future education and journey into practice.

Introducing the Equality Act 2010 as the overarching legislation that focuses on Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity, the module is based on themes that are covered by this Act.  The nine protected characteristics, upon which a person can be discriminated, as laid down in the Equality Act, will be discussed throughout and you will be introduced to case studies relevant to your chosen pathways.

The module will give you the opportunity to discuss debate and reflect upon how challenges around Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity may present themselves. Using problem and inquiry based learning you will have the opportunity to explore and discuss ways of working which can help to minimise discrimination in your own practice.  The module will be made up of lead lectures, taught sessions, group work and individual study.

An essential element of this module will be your ability to analyse and reflect on your own experiences and perceptions, whilst gaining an awareness and appreciating the differences of others. 

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Interpersonal Skills and Professional Behaviours
20 credits

This module will focus on enabling you to gain a deeper understanding of the interpersonal skills and behaviours required to work in your chosen area. Through a range of class based and student focused activities you will explore the different concepts of effective interpersonal and professional behaviours essential to your own personal development and progression. By engaging in this module you will  reflect on your own and others  values, beliefs and behaviours identifying how this can impact on the way in which you will  be viewed by others. You will also address the importance of effective communication and how this can lead you to have a more professional approach in your chose area of work.

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Negotiated Studies
20 credits

This module is designed to support you in your transition to studying in a Higher Education environment at Birmingham City University, allowing you the opportunity to negotiate learning of a bespoke subject. Under the guidance of tutors, you will be able to direct your learning and identify relevant learning opportunities that you feel enable you to learning more about a specific field of study.

The subject area within this module is student-led, with guidance and facilitation from designated academic and practice support. You will identify an area of study that you would like to review and evaluate, and which relates to your foundation year pathway and indicate programme.

A significant proportion of the module is based around negotiation with academic facilitators to identify extended areas of study and opportunities that are possible to enhance your towards completion of the study.

The module is not reliant on traditional taught subject sessions, although you will be expected to attend classes where you will work in peer learning groups exploring and developing your negotiated study. This approach to studying is closely allied to learning within the workplace.

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Introduction to Human Biology
20 credits

An appreciation of the principles of Human Biology plays a central role in the understanding of the workings of the human body. This module is organised into three distinct phases from fundamental principles, to physiological processes, and then disruption of the interplay of such systems in human disorders. This understanding provides a solid foundation for the subsequent study in a range of disciplines from healthcare, allied healthcare, and other disciplines requiring an understanding of human biology. The topics covered will also be underpinned by practical activities. Pre- and post-session activities will help to develop your key transferable skills such as being able to reflect and ask probing questions as well as being able to think independently.  Development of these skills will ensure a growth in maturity and boost your confidence which will lead to unlocking your learning potential.

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Health and Well-being in Society
20 credits

Students embarking on health related studies and careers need to have a knowledge and understanding of the factors that contribute to creating good health. Evidence shows that the majority of these factors lie outside of the healthcare and clinical remit and so it is important that students are aware of the wider social, economic, environmental and political drivers of states of health of the population, group or client group they may encounter.

As health services are reoriented towards prevention of ill-health and health improvement, all health science students need to consider the ways in which they may work in future, to both understand the social determinants of health and the principles and practice of health promotion in order to improve health, prevent ill-health and reduce health inequalities.

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Year One

In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 120 credits).

Physics for Radiotherapy
20 credits

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

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Professional and Compassionate Care
20 credits

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

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Principles of Oncology & Radiotherapy
20 credits

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

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Radiotherapy Theory and Practice 1
60 credits

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. 

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Year Two

In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 120 credits).

Applied Radiotherapy Technology and Radiobiology
40 credits

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

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Evidence Based Practice
20 credits

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.

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Radiotherapy Theory and Practice 2
60 credits

This module is essential to further establish and consolidate your knowledge and understanding of cancer diagnoses, human anatomy & physiology, radiotherapy planning and treatment delivery. This module builds on your understanding gained at level 4 and extends this knowledge to cover cancers that affect the bones, head and neck region, the haemopoietic, endocrine and nervous systems. Using your clinical practice to apply this learning. This will support the programme philosophy by allowing you to apply your developing knowledge and skills through a patient focussed approach.

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Year Three

In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 120 credits).

Advanced Management of the Oncology Patient
40 credits

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.

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The Competent Radiotherapy Practitioner
40 credits

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.

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Radiography Research
40 credits

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. 

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You have the flexibility to transfer to a standard undergraduate programme from the School of Health Sciences or the School of Nursing and Midwifery upon successfully completing your Foundation Year including:

  • BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences
  • BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography
  • BSc (Hons) Food and Nutrition
  • BSc (Hons) Health Studies (Public Health)
  • BSc (Hons) Medical Ultrasound
  • BSc (Hons) Midwifery
  • BSc (Hons) Nursing - Adult
  • BSc (Hons) Nursing - Child
  • BSc (Hons) Nursing - Learning Disability
  • BSc (Hons) Nursing - Mental Health
  • BSc (Hons) Operating Department Practice
  • BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science
  • BSc (Hons) Speech & Language Therapy

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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. 

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.

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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.

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.

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 cutting-edge learning facilities.

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.

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.

Nick White

Senior Lecturer, BSc (Hons) Radiotherapy Programme Director