Students using the virtual radiotherapy room

BSc(Hons)

Radiotherapy and Oncology

Please note the tariff points stated for this course are indicative. The tariff points for 2018 will be published by August 2017.

About this course

Entry year:
2018/19
Course code:
B822
Applications:
UCAS
Level:
Undergraduate
Tariff points:
120
Department:
Allied Health Professions
Campus:
Glenside Campus
Duration:
Three years
Delivery:
Full-time
Programme leader:
Mandy Tuckey
Key fact:
Various UWE Bristol students have been awarded Student Radiographer of the Year by the Society and College of Radiographers over the last ten years.

Page last updated 3 March 2017

Introduction

Why study BSc(Hons) Radiotherapy and Oncology?

Therapeutic radiographers provide vital services and support to millions of people, planning and delivering prescribed treatments for cancer, using x-rays and other types of radiation. The ability to make a positive difference to people's lives is highly rewarding and the course will equip you with the knowledge and professional skills to provide safe, effective and compassionate care.

Why study our course?

BSc(Hons) Radiotherapy and Oncology is accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and leads to eligibility to apply for registration with the HCPC. As well as learning the theory of good professional practice and studying the science that underpins it, you will develop strong inter-professional and interpersonal skills, along with the ability to operate highly specialised equipment. With fully integrated work-based training, state-of-the-art onsite facilities and the support of inspirational staff with a depth of experience in radiotherapy, our students are high achievers. A consistently high proportion graduate with first-class honours and a number of UWE Bristol students have been awarded Student Radiographer of the Year by the Society and College of Radiographers in the last ten years.   

Real-world experience

The course has a strong practical focus, incorporating evidence-based learning, simulations and extensive use of cutting-edge equipment, such as our Virtual Linear Accelerator (VERT). Half your time will be spent on placements. This will be predominantly in NHS radiotherapy departments, in a variety of environments. Throughout the course, you willl engage with patients, practising radiographers and other healthcare professionals in placements, classes and in online learning. There are also options to develop and apply your skills by working abroad.

Where it can take you

Therapeutic radiographers are in demand across the UK and there are many exciting career opportunities for graduates in NHS and private radiotherapy departments, as well as specialist oncology centres. Some students choose to continue their studies with postgraduate courses.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Accreditations and partnerships:

Structure

Content

Radiotherapy provides the skills to safely use ionising radiation to cure cancer or give relief of symptoms. The course is designed to develop the knowledge, understanding and decision-making skills to operate highly specialised equipment and provide comprehensive patient care. In-depth knowledge of oncology practice is integrated into the course at all levels.

The course integrates academic studies with clinical experience within professional studies modules. These are incorporated through all three years of study. A strong science theme runs throughout the course: The Year one modules provide a solid foundation, which is developed and applied to new technology and procedures in Years two and three. Psychosocial aspects of health care are also incorporated into all years, as are the care and support needs of patients undergoing cancer treatment.

The development of effective inter-professional relationships and collaboration is promoted through shared, enquiry-based learning with other professional groups. Research is an integral element of the course and is an essential foundation for future professional development as a therapeutic radiographer.

Year one

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Anatomy and Physiology for Radiographers
  • Radiation Physics
  • Applied Sciences for Radiographers
  • Introduction to Radiotherapy and Oncology
  • Preparation for Radiotherapy Practice
  • Radiotherapy Professional Practice 1

Year two

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Professional Issues in Radiography
  • Research Principles for Radiography
  • Service Improvement - A Collaborative Approach
  • Intermediate Radiotherapy and Oncology Studies
  • Radiotherapy Planning and Dosimetry
  • Radiotherapy Professional Practice 2

Final year

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Radiotherapy Professional Practice 3
  • Progressive Radiotherapy and Oncology Studies
  • Communications Skills in Cancer and Palliative Care
  • Research Dissertation for Radiography
  • Radiotherapy Imaging in Practice

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

In addition to lectures, a variety of methods are incorporated into the modules, including practical sessions/VERT/experiments, student led seminars, e-learning, guided self-study and problem based learning using scenarios and case studies. Like all radiography students, you will be allocated a personal tutor from the radiography lecturers.

For more details, see our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Assessment

A variety of assessment tools are utilised and include:

  • examinations
  • assignments
  • case studies
  • academic poster presentation
  • appraisals of clinical skills
  • student-led presentations
  • clinical portfolio
  • research study
  • Objective Structural Clincal Examinations (OSCE).

For more details, see our full glossary of assessment terms.

Features

Professional accreditation

BSc(Hons) Radiotherapy and Oncology at UWE Bristol is accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and leads to eligibility to apply for registration with the HCPC. The course is also approved by the Society and College of Radiographers.

Placements

With a 14-week work placement each year, you will spend half the course applying your knowledge and building professional skills in the real-world. We have excellent links with leading oncology centres in hospitals throughout the South West, including Cheltenham General Hospital; Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre; Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro; and the Beacon Centre, Taunton.

Clinical placements will give you a variety of work experiences, helping you make informed career choices and putting you in a strong position for future employment. At each clinical site, Practice Educators trained to teach students will advise, support and feedback on progress during placements.

Study facilities

You will benefit from cutting-edge technology designed to train you in the delivery of radiotherapy, including our revolutionary Virtual Linear Accelerator (VERT). In Year one, you will visit a local radiotherapy centre to reinforce your learning and experience the environment before undertaking your placement. You will use our Varian Eclipse Radiotherapy Planning System to support your learning. We are the first Higher Education institution to offer this new and innovative software, which can be accessed remotely. Our healthcare library offers a huge selection of books, audio-visual materials and specialist health and social care software packages.

Find out more about our fantastic facilities at UWE Bristol.

International opportunities

You will have the option to arrange a self-funded five-week international placement in your final year. In the past, destinations have included Canada, Africa, Pakistan and Uganda. We have supported students through successful applications to the Society of Radiographers Work the World competition.

Going further

The Student Radiographer of the Year award, presented by the Society and College of Radiographers, has been won by UWE Bristol students numerous times in the last ten years.

Read about Lucy, David, Fran, Dawn and Kate's success.

Careers

Careers / Further study

Highly regarded by patients for their professionalism and the support they provide, therapeutic radiographers are in demand across the UK and there are many exciting career opportunities for graduates in NHS hospitals and specialist oncology centres. You can find out more about becoming a radiographer in the NHS at NHS Careers. Promotion opportunities are excellent with possibilities of role extension such as in treatment reviews of patients and image evaluation. Alternatively, some graduates choose careers in teaching or research, while others enter post-graduate studies.

Award-winning careers service

Our award-winning careers service will help you develop your employment potential through career coaching and a vacancy service for internships, along with placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity, plus support for entrepreneurial activity and access to employer events.

Creating employable students

UWE Bristol places strong emphasis on employability and skills development at every level. Through work placements, volunteering, study abroad and initiatives nurturing talent and innovation, you will have opportunities to gain valuable real world experience, allowing you to graduate with diverse career opportunities and a competitive place in the job market.

Visit our Employability pages to find out about careers, employers, real world experience and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

Be inspired

Watch Fran's video about how she saves lives virtually.

Read about a day in the life of a therapeutic radiographer.

Useful links

Society of Radiographers: information for prospective students as well as qualified radiographers

International Society of Radiographers and Radiological Technologists

British Institute of Radiology

Cancer Research UK

Macmillan Cancer Support

Fees

Supplementary fee information

The additional costs listed are those you could reasonably expect to incur during your studies and are for items not covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, text books, travel, clothing, software or printing.

If you are a UK student you may be entitled to living cost support.

For more details please see our guidance on NHS funding for UK students or our guidance on NHS funding for EU students.

We are unable to accept applications from international students (overseas fee status).

Entry

Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 120
  • GCSE: For all applicants, a minimum of five subjects at grade C or above, or Grade 4 under newly reformed GCSE grading, to include English Language, Mathematics and Double Science or two separate sciences, or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • English Language Requirement:

    If your first language is not English, you must have a minimum IELTS score of 7 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in any section, (or equivalent). Full details of this language test can be obtained from the British Council. Please note the University's published list of alternative English Language qualifications does not apply to this course.

  • A-level subjects: Grade C or above in a Science subject. Points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) can be included towards overall tariff. You must have a minimum of two A-Levels.
  • Specific subjects: Subjects that meet the science requirement for this course: Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology.

    Applicants with other science subject that have a strong academic profile will be considered on an individual basis. For further advice on acceptable science subjects please email Admissions@uwe.ac.uk

  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: To include six units in a science subject
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; to include 30 level 3 credits at merit, of which 15 credits must be in a Science related subject.
  • Baccalaureate IB: A minimum grade of 5 in a higher level science subject

Entry requirements

Please note we do not accept deferred entry applications for this course.

We require evidence of recent assessed academic study within the last three years.

If you do not meet the minimum academic entry requirements but have significant life and/or work experience, you will be considered on an individual basis. However, you still need to meet the GCSE English, Maths and Science requirements, and should have evidence of recent study in a science/health related subject area recognised as equivalent academic level by the University.

If you don't meet the entry requirements of this course, you may be eligible for the Health Professions Foundation Year which can qualify you for the full degree.

Please read the general information about entry requirements.

Recruitment for this course is informed by Health Education England's Values Based Recruitment Framework. The purpose of this framework is to ensure that we recruit students whose individual values and behaviours align with the values of the NHS Constitution.

Additional selection criteria

As well as meeting the academic entry requirements, you should meet the following selection criteria:

Health assessment/declaration/vaccinations. You must be in good health and up-to-date with your routine immunisations e.g. tetanus, diphtheria, polio and MMR. If you are offered a place, you will be required to complete a questionnaire and must be prepared to undergo a medical examination. You will also be required to confirm your status in respect of a number of infectious diseases and immunisations (tuberculosis, measles, mumps, rubella, chicken pox, varicella, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, HIV antibodies) and be prepared to have all required vaccinations. If your vaccinations are not up-to-date this will affect your ability to continue on your course. If you have any concerns with regards to vaccinations please raise this at the point of application.

Disclosure of Criminal Background. The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 does not apply and all convictions, including those which are spent, must be disclosed.This is in accordance with the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975. If you are offered a place, you must undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and will be required to complete a Disclosure Application Form. All information will be treated in confidence and only taken into account when absolutely necessary.

Selection Event. If shortlisted, you will be invited to a selection event where you will be required to complete a 30 minute written task relating to the skills and attributes required for the profession. You will also have an individual interview which will last approximately 15 minutes. The interview panel will consist of representatives from academic/clinical staff and service users. If you score well on both elements, you will be offered a place.

Prior to starting the course, you will need to undertake a visit to a radiotherapy department to shadow and observe a therapeutic radiographer in their day-to-day work. This will help you gain experience and insight of what it is like to work as a radiographer from behind the scenes and to know what the profession entails. It is not always possible to attend a clinical visit prior to application/interview; this will not disadvantage you. However, if you have managed to arrange a clinical visit, or have already been on a clinical visit, you should download a copy of the Clinical Visit Report Form.

Completing the Application Form. We will be looking for applicants committed to a career in radiotherapy. You should clearly demonstrate the following in the 'personal statement' section of the application form: your motivation and enthusiasm for a career in radiotherapy, that you have good interpersonal skills, any relevant work experience you have gained to date and what you saw and liked when you visited a Radiotherapy Department.

How to apply

Please see the general information about applications.

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