BSc(Hons) Radiotherapy and Oncology

Radiotherapy and oncology students in a lecture
Entry year
Course code
Tariff points
Allied Health Professions
Glenside Campus
Three years
Programme leader
Mandy Tuckey

Please note there are no vacancies on this course for September 2020

Page last updated 24 September 2020


This course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) so you will be eligible to apply for registration with them when you graduate.

Accreditations and partnerships:

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.

A £5,000 per year training grant is now available for students starting this course from September 2020 along with an additional £1,000 per year grant because therapeutic radiographers are in demand in the UK and worldwide. Further information is available on the NHS Business Services website.

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



Year one

You will study:

  • Applied Sciences for Radiographers
  • Radiation Physics
  • Anatomy and Physiology 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
  • Communication Skills in Cancer and Palliative Care
  • Progressive Radiotherapy and Oncology Studies
  • Research Project 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

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.


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


Professional accreditation

BSc(Hons) Radiotherapy and Oncology is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), which means you will be eligible to apply for registration with them when you graduate.

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


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 / 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.


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.

A £5,000 per year training grant is now available for students starting this course from September 2020 along with an additional £1,000 per year grant because therapeutic radiographers are in demand in the UK and worldwide. Further information is available on the NHS Business Services website.


We are pleased to confirm that our New students webpages are now available for students starting this course in September 2020. Here you can find links to useful information about registering, course start dates, arriving on campus what to expect before and when you arrive.

We automatically send a message via your Welcome website plus an email to notify you once your Preparing to Study information is available. It is important that you regularly check your Welcome website for new messages.

Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 120
  • GCSE: Grade C/4 or above in English Language or Literature, Mathematics and Double Science, or equivalent. We do not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificate in Adult Literacy and Numeracy as alternatives to GCSEs.
  • English Language Requirement: International and EU applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 7.0 with 6.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

    *The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit
  • A-level subjects: Grade C in a Science subject.
  • Relevant 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.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: Six units in a Science subject.
  • Access: 15 Level 3 credits at Merit in a Science subject.
  • Baccalaureate IB: A minimum Grade 5 in a Higher Level Science subject.

Entry requirements

If you don't meet the entry requirements of this course, you may be eligible for the Health Professions Foundation Year,

Additional requirements

All applicants will be required to complete:

  • Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check*
  • health checks*.

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.

*All information will be treated in confidence and only taken into account when absolutely necessary.

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

Selection process

Applicants will be required to attend an interview. For more details on the process, please visit our selection page.

International applicants

For country specific entry requirements please find your country on the Country Information pages. If you are an international student and do not meet the academic requirements to study this course, you can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

If you are applying to study at UWE Bristol and require additional support to meet our English language requirements, you may be able to attend one of our pre-sessional English courses. Read more about our Pre-Sessional English Programme.

Deferred entry

We do not accept deferred entry applications for this course.

Read more about entry requirements.

How to apply

Watch our video for top tips on writing a healthcare personal statement and download our health and social care personal statement guide.

Read more about undergraduate applications.

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