Students using the virtual radiotherapy room

BSc(Hons)

Radiotherapy and Oncology

This course is open for applications.

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:
This course is accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), which means you can register with them with you graduate.

Page last updated 3 November 2017

Introduction

Why study radiotherapy and oncology?

Radiotherapy provides the skills to safely use ionising radiation to cure cancer or give relief from symptoms.

Therapeutic radiographers provide vital services and support to millions of people, using x-rays and other types of radiation.

The ability to make a positive difference to people's lives is hugely rewarding and your ability to provide safe, effective and compassionate care will put you in a strong position for building a successful career.

Why UWE Bristol?

BSc(Hons) Radiotherapy and Oncology is accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), which means you can register with them when you graduate.

The course has a strong practical focus. We use evidence-based learning, simulations and highly specialised equipment, such as the Virtual Linear Accelerator (VERT) and Eclipse radiotherapy planning system to deepen your understanding and skills.

Learn the theory of good professional practice. Study the science that underpins it. Develop strong inter-professional and interpersonal skills.

Spend about half the course on placements in NHS radiotherapy departments, in a variety of environments.

Engage with patients, practising radiographers and other healthcare professionals on placements, in class and online.

With work-based training built-in, specialist facilities and the support of inspirational staff with a depth of experience in radiotherapy, our students are high achievers.

A high proportion of UWE Bristol students graduate with first-class honours and several have been awarded Student Radiographer of the Year by the Society and College of Radiographers.   

Where can it take me?

Therapeutic radiographers are in demand across the UK, so there are lots of interesting career options.

You could work in NHS or private radiotherapy departments, as well as specialist oncology centres.

Past students have received funding through the Society of Radiographers' Work the World programme, working and travelling in countries including Ghana, Tanzania, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Argentina.

Some students choose to continue their studies by doing a postgraduate course.

Listen to Will's story about why he is studying Radiotherapy and Oncology and his hopes for the future.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Accreditations and partnerships:

Structure

Content

Year one

You will study:

  • 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:

  • 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:

  • 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

We use lectures, practical sessions, Virtual Linear Accelerator (VERT) and Eclipse radiotherapy planning system training, experiments, student-led seminars, e-learning, guided self-study and problem-based learning using scenarios and case studies, to develop your understanding and skills.

Develop the knowledge and decision-making skills to operate highly specialised equipment and provide comprehensive patient care.

Build a solid foundation in science, and apply that knowledge to new technologies and procedures.

Learn about oncology practice, the psychosocial aspects of healthcare, and the care and support needs of patients undergoing cancer treatment.

Learn alongside other professional groups to develop your inter-professional relationships and collaboration skills.

Go on clinical placements, to build your experience and get ready for practice.

Research is integral to the course and will help with your future professional development as a therapeutic radiographer.

You'll be allocated one of the radiography lecturers as your personal tutor.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Percentage of time you'll spend in different learning activities, each year: 

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study% check
120%47%33%100%
217%44%39%100%
313%54%33%100%

Go further

Put yourself forward for the Student Radiographer of the Year award, presented by the Society and College of Radiographers. This has been won by UWE Bristol students many times in the last ten years. Read about Lucy, David, Fran, Dawn and Kate's success.

Assessment

We'll assess you using examinations, assignments, case studies, academic poster presentation, appraisals of clinical skills, student-led presentations, clinical portfolio, research study, Objective Structural Clincal Examinations (OSCE) and wikis.

See our full glossary of assessment terms.

Percentage of time you'll spend on different assessment methods, each year: 

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment% check
149%38%13%100%
224%63%13%100%
30%77%23%100%

Features

Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), which means you can register with them when you graduate.

The course is also approved by the Society and College of Radiographers.

Placements

Clinical placements will give you a variety of work experiences, helping you make informed career choices and putting you in a strong position for employment.

With a 14-week work placement each year, you'll spend nearly half the course applying your knowledge and building professional skills in the workplace.

We have excellent links with leading oncology centres in hospitals throughout the South West, including those in Cheltenham, Bristol, Bath, Taunton, Exeter, Torbay, Plymouth and Truro and Poole.

At each clinical site, practice educators will advise, assess, support and give you feedback on your progress.

Study facilities

Use our highly specialised technology to learn how to deliver radiotherapy in practice, including our revolutionary Virtual Linear Accelerator (VERT).

Visit a local radiotherapy centre to reinforce your learning and experience a work environment before going on placement.

Use our Varian Eclipse Radiotherapy Planning System to deepen your skills. We're the first university to offer full remote access to this innovative software. 

Our healthcare library offers a huge selection of books, audio-visual materials, and specialist health and social care software, to support you in your studies.

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.

Careers

Careers / Further study

Highly regarded by patients for their professionalism and the support they provide, therapeutic radiographers are in demand across the UK.

There are many exciting career opportunities for graduates in NHS hospitals and specialist oncology centres.

Promotion opportunities are excellent. You could extend your role to include treatment reviews of patients or image evaluation.

You could also go into teaching or research, or embark on postgraduate study.

Get inspired

Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.

We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.

Visit our employability pages to learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

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

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

See also:

The Society of Radiographers provides information for prospective students as well as qualified radiographers.

Find out more about becoming a radiographer in the NHS at NHS Careers.

Fees

Full Time Course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee12750
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1594

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year450
OH/Medical assessment - ONLY charged for missed appointments.30

Supplementary fee information

Additional costs are for items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, textbooks, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Learn more about costs.

Entry

Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 120
  • GCSE: For all applicants, a minimum of five subjects at grade C/4 or above, 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 isn't English, you need an IELTS score of at least 7 overall, with at least 6.5 in any section (or equivalent). For full details of the language test, contact the British Council. The University's list of alternative English Language qualifications doesn't apply.

  • A-level subjects: Grade C or above in a science subject. You can include points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) towards overall tariff. You must have at least 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.

Read more 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.

If you are interested in a career in healthcare and would like advice on writing a personal statement, please download our 'writing a health and social care personal statement' guide.

How to apply

Read more about undergraduate applications.

For further information

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