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.
This is the only course in Birmingham that covers 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.
As the only training centre for radiography in the West Midlands region, our radiotherapy course will prepare you to be a fully qualified Therapeutic Radiographer once you have graduated. As a Therapeutic Radiographer 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 £71 million City South 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 Therapeutic 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.
You will study in our recently extended £71 million City South Campus, and learn from specialist facilities which include a simulation facility and skills suite, so that you can continue developing practical skills in real life environments here on campus.
“The level of academic support and guidance was excellent throughout. I always knew what was required of me, and if ever I had any questions the staff were approachable and happy to help” Daniel Marshall
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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.
A minimum of 120 UCAS tariff points:
|Level 2 qualifications which must be achieved prior to enrolment:|
|GCSE at Grade 4 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, - see level 3 requirements|
|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 30 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 4 (C) or above.
|The Open University Minimum of 30 Credits at OU Level 1 or above passed in subjects that include Chemistry, Human Biology, 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 at Grade H3 or above to achieve 120 UCAS tariff points, which must include either Human Biology, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Applied science or Science. In addition Maths and English are essential at Grade O4 minimum Unless already achieved at the higher Level.|
|Scottish Qualifications A maximum of 5 Advanced Highers at Grade C or above to achieve 120 UCAS tariff points, which must include one of Human Biology, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Applied Science or Science.|
Applicants’ qualifications that are not listed will be considered on an individual basis.
Further guidance on tariff points can be found on the UCAS website.
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.
Award: BSc (Hons)
Starting: Sep 2020
Sorry, this course is not available to International students.
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.
From August 2020, therapeutic radiography (radiotherapy) professional degree students will receive at least £6,000 a year in funding support.
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.
Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.
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.
Feedback will only be available to those who were invited to interview.
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.
From 1 November 2017 you may be able to apply for elements of the learning support fund if:
Included in your course fees are uniforms for clinical placement.
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.
Student loan finance - have you already studied an undergraduate degree but would like to do a second one in Radiotherapy? You may be eligible for funding.
In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 120 credits).
Physics for Radiotherapy
This 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.
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. In order to provide appropriate care to radiotherapy patients and their families, you must have an appreciation of the patient experience within the cancer care pathway, the psychological effects of a cancer diagnosis, and the psychological and sociological factors affecting patients and staff within a hospital setting.
Principles of Oncology and Radiotherapy
As a therapeutic radiographer you will be required to employ your theoretical knowledge of cancer and its management. This will include a firm understanding of how cancer manifests itself in people, it’s presenting signs and symptoms and its natural history. This module will provide you with the information you will require in your clinical duties, including information you need to communicate effectively via the use of accepted terminology, awareness of the patient cancer journey and the treatment planning and procedures involved with administration of radiotherapy.
Radiotherapy Theory and Practice 1
This module supports your knowledge and understanding of the planning and delivery of radiotherapy to structures in the body. The therapeutic radiographer is required to understand the inter-relationship between anatomical structures on a loco regional level and as they appear on sectional images and this is used to support planning, treatment and verification decisions. In addition, it is important that you have an understanding of the natural history of individual cancers found within these regions, to be able to account for their presenting signs and symptoms and the different ways in which they are managed.
In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 120 credits).
Evidence Based Practice
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:
These skills are necessary to enable lifelong learning and will help you to become a competent and autonomous practitioner.
Radiotherapy Theory and Practice 2
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.
Applied Radiotherapy Technology and Radiobiology
In this module you will cover the principles of radiobiology and the effects of ionising radiation. In addition, you will gain a detailed understanding of the implications of the delivery of therapeutic radiation. This will enable you to have a deep appreciation of the implications of treatment delivery on successful outcomes based upon the equipment and patient related factors.
In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 120 credits).
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.
The Competent Radiotherapy Practitioner
This module is intended to support your final transition from student to registered practitioner. You will continue to build on the reflective and critical evaluation skills that were introduced at levels four and five as a foundation for further development into a competent, autonomous practitioner.
Advanced Management of the Oncology Patient
As a newly qualified therapeutic radiographer you will be expected to manage the needs of the oncology patient on an individual basis, with consideration for the wider factors that may impact upon cancer care. Clinical decision-making, problem solving and autonomous practice are skills that you will need to have in order to effectively manage the patient. This module is designed to apply the knowledge that you gained at levels four and five to complex clinical scenarios, and encourage your progression into an autonomous practitioner.
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.
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.
This Course is approved by the Society and College of Radiographers.
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.
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 year 3 of the course. Previously students have undertaken hospital placements in Australia, Cyprus and Ireland.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
Michelle qualified from the University of Liverpool in 1999 with a BSc (Hons) in Radiotherapy and started work as a therapy radiographer at UHCW. She then moved to London and worked at the Royal Marsden Hospital, Chelsea as Senior Dosimetrist and Treatment Planner as well as a clinical therapy radiographer gaining experience in IMRT, IGRT and stereotactic and brachytherapy treatments as well as radiotherapy treatment planning and dosimetry. She then moved back to the Midlands to work as a Senior 1 radiographer at the QEH Birmingham.
She joined the university (then UCE) in March 2006 as a senior lecturer. She teaches mostly on the radiotherapy courses and am clinical tutor to students based at UHCW.
Since joining the university Michelle has successfully completed a two year PG diploma in Clinical Oncology at the University of Birmingham and a PG certificate in Education at this university. She is currently studying to complete a Master’s degree in Education at this university.