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Year of Entry 2019/20
BSc (Honours)

Diagnostic Radiography

Become a valued member of the health care profession, able to deliver high quality patient-centred care.


Everything you need to know...

How long will I study? 3 Years
Where will I study? Collegiate Campus
What are the entry requirements? 128 UCAS Points
What is the UCAS code? B821
When do I start? September

Student satisfaction

This course scored 93% for overall satisfaction in the 2018 National Student Survey.

Course summary

  • Learn the technique of imaging of the musculoskeletal and soft tissue systems of the body.
  • Integrate theory and practice through intellectual enquiry and reflective practice.
  • Enter the profession able to use and contribute to the research and evidence base for radiographic practice.

Diagnostic radiographers use the latest imaging technologies and techniques to produce images of the human body to diagnose diseases. This course meets the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Standards of Education and Training and ensures you qualify for their Standards of Proficiency for Radiography.


Student View

Watch student Mudasser Panchbhaya talk about what it’s like to study on this course.

How you learn

Watch lecturer James Harcus talk about this course.


Diagnostic radiographers are an integral part of a multi-professional team, so you study part of the course alongside students from other health disciplines such as nurses, paramedics, social workers, physiotherapists and occupational therapists. This allows you to develop team-working skills and understand the contribution of different professionals to patient care.

You will study at Collegiate Campus whilst undertaking academic modules and in a variety of service provider venues for placement modules.



You learn through

  • seminars
  • lectures
  • group work
  • simulation in imaging, ward and theatre suites
  • image interpretation activities
  • practical activities
  • guest speakers

Course leaders and tutors

Sarah Naylor
Sarah Naylor
Senior Lecturer

Sarah is currently a Senior Lecturer and Course Leader for the BSc (Hons) in Diagnostic Radiography.

Applied learning

Work placements

Learn to apply the theory on structured clinical placements. You are based in at least two imaging departments for the majority of clinical training, with experiential placements in other hospital areas to help appreciate the patients' pathway.

Placement sites include the following: Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals, NHS Foundation Trust Barnsley Hospital, NHS Foundation Trust United Lincolnshire Hospitals, NHS Trust The Rotherham, NHS Foundation Trust Sherwood Forest Hospitals, Chesterfield Royal Hospital, Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust.

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Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in

  • diagnostic radiography

Accreditation

This course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Graduates are eligible to apply to register with them and also apply to become members of the Society and College of Radiographers. You must be registered with the HCPC in order to practise as a diagnostic radiographer in the UK.

Where will I study?

You study at Collegiate Campus

Collegiate campus

Collegiate Campus can be found just off Ecclesall Road, a bustling student district.

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Location

Collegiate Crescent
Sheffield
S10 2BP

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you work with

  • a fully equipped digital X-ray suite

Entry requirements

All students

UCAS points

128

From three A levels including at least 40 points from either Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics or BTEC National Extended Diploma in Applied Science, Health Science or Health Studies. Health and Social Care is not accepted as a relevant subject but can count towards the points. We do not accept AS Levels or general studies.

For example:

  • ABB at A Level including relevant subject(s)
  • DDM in BTEC Extended Diploma in a relevant subject
  • A combination of qualifications including relevant subject(s)

You can find information on making sense of UCAS tariff points here and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

Or

  • Access to HE Diploma from a QAA recognised Access to HE course in health studies, health science, nursing or another science-based course. Normally we require 15 credits at level 2 and 45 at level 3 of which at least 30 credits should be graded at distinction level. 18 of the level 3 distinction credits must be from science units.
  • FdSc Professional Practice in Health and Social Care - If you are in the process of completing or have successfully completed the above programme at one of our partner colleges (Sheffield College, Barnsley College, Chesterfield College, North Lindsey College, Dearne Valley College, Manchester College, Stockport College and Doncaster College) and are looking to progress your career as a registered professional within the Health and Social Care sector, we would welcome an application from you via UCAS as you may be able to commence this programme at Year 2.

Other equivalent qualifications are considered individually. Graduate applicants would need a 2.2 in a relevant science degree with honours or a 2.2 in any degree with honours plus an A level in a science subject with a minimum of 100 UCAS tariff points.

And

GCSE's in

  • Science at grade C or 4 or equivalents*
  • Maths at grade C or 4 or equivalents**
  • English Language or Literature at grade C or 4 or equivalents***
  • *GCSE Science equivalents

    • OCR Science level 2
    • Science units gained on a level 3 BTEC or OCR National Diploma or Extended Diploma quualification
    • Science credits gained on Access to Higher Education Diplomas (at least 12 credits at level 2 or 6 credits gained at level 3)
    • Science equivalency test from www.equivalencytesting.co.uk

    **GCSE Math's equivalents

    • Level 2 Key Skills/ Application of Number/ Grade D at GSCE Maths/ Level 2 Maths credits from an Access course
    • Maths quivalency test from www.equivalencytesting.co.uk

    ***GCSE English equivalents

    • Level 2 Literacy
    • Level 2 Key Skills

IELTS

If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or equivalent. If your level of English language is currently below IELTS 6.5 we recommend you consider an appropriate Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve the required level of English. Please note that the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) require IELTS 7.0 with no element below 6.5 for registration


Helping your application succeed

Experience

Experience of interacting with members of the public from a range of backgrounds in different settings is essential when applying to a health or social care course. It is important to be able to understand and explain how your experiences relate to the activities and qualities which are required of a Diagnostic Radiographer. The NHS values are key to all our health courses. For further information on the standards required of students in the allied health professions please take a look at the Health and Care professions code of conduct and ethics.

There are many ways you can gain experience - this might be as part of a programme of study or in a paid or voluntary capacity, and doesn't always need to be within a care setting. Interacting with people with different life experiences will help you develop a deeper level of understanding of the diversity of the population who access health and social care. In your personal statement please reflect upon your learning from any of these experiences demonstrating an understanding of the Diagnostic Radiographer profession and a genuine, reasoned commitment to studying a diagnostic radiography course.

You will be invited to attend a selection event if these key elements are included in your personal statement.

Learn more at our health and social care application support sessions

Clinical experience

Clinical experience of the role or a Diagnostic Radiographer is essential to the application process. All candidates must complete either a short period of work experience (minimum one day) in a diagnostic imaging department or attend an open day in a diagnostic imaging department. Please note, it is the applicants responsibility to arrange and organise this experience. You should gain information about what it is like working as a diagnostic radiographer.

You must be able to demonstrate the following qualities:

  • good communication skills
  • a caring personality
  • awareness of the needs of others
  • ability to function as part of a team
  • initiative, reliability, honesty and responsibility
  • good spatial awareness

Reference

You must provide a reference from a current or recent employer or educational institution with your UCAS application.

The selection event

If you are shortlisted, we will invite you to a selection event, and you should bring a passport or photo driving license with you. You can bring other forms of photo ID for the selection event, but if you do, you will still need to present valid identity documents required by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) at your pre-course day.

View our selection event guidance to ensure you understand the selection process.

Course enrolment - professional requirements

Before enrolling you must fully declare on the forms provided during the admissions process:

  • Unfiltered criminal convictions, cautions, reprimands or warnings. For further information on unfiltered offences please see the Disclosure and Barring Service website.
  • Involvement in disciplinary proceedings during paid or voluntary employment or education establishments
  • Involvement with safeguarding proceedings, social services or related organisations
  • Enrolment on a health or social work professional course at another University

In addition

Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Criminal Record Check

  • You must undertake an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) criminal record check prior to or during the enrolment week of your course. This will be provided by the University free of charge.
  • If you have lived outside of the UK for more than six consecutive months in the last five years you must provide an overseas criminal record check. Further information on obtaining this check can be found here
  • Where your DBS Enhanced Disclosure certificate contains any recorded information you must present this to the Professional Issues Team within ten working days of receipt of the certificate.

Occupational Health Screening

You must undertake occupational health screening to determine your suitability to undertake the course. This will be provided by the University free of charge.

Immunisations

You must undertake a programme of immunisations as required by the Department of Health and meet the immunisation and immunity requirements of placement providers. This will be provided by the University free of charge.

Pre-course Day

After completing the above professional checks, if you reside in the UK you are expected to make every reasonable attempt to attend a Pre-Course Day event to undertake the professional requirements of your course. This is also an opportunity to meet fellow applicant to the health and social care courses who will be starting their studies at the same time as you, some current students and teaching staff.

Other professional suitability information

Your full enrolment on your course will be confirmed when the Professional Issues Team have verified that your Enhanced DBS Disclosure (and overseas criminal record check where relevant) indicates that you are suitable to work with vulnerable groups including children and clearance from your health screening has been received.

If your personal circumstances change in relation to any of the professional requirements, from when you apply to the end of your course, you must tell the Professional Issues team immediately by calling 0114 225 5637 or emailing HWB-Professional-Issues@shu.ac.uk.

Disability support

We strongly recommend that you tell us about any long term health conditions, learning difficulty or disability you may have. This is so we can assess whether we can deliver the course in such a way that you can meet the Health and Care Professions Council standards of proficiency and take part without disadvantage both in University and on placement.

You can contact our disability coordinator for allied health professions on 0114 225 2588 to explore any issues you may have, or you can contact our university disabled student support team on 0114 225 3964 (voice and Minicom).

The Disability Disclosure booklet provides information for students on health and social care courses and will help you understand the importance of disclosing your disability at the earliest possible stage. This is so you can be assessed for the support you may require to succeed on the course.

Open day

Our open days give you an opportunity to come and talk to our teaching staff and current students on the course you are considering. You can explore the campus, view our facilities and ask any questions you may have in a relaxed environment. To book a visit please follow this link: University open days

Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 at the point of enrolment.

Additional information for EU/International students

This course is not open to international students who require a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK. If you are an international applicant but do not require a Tier 4 (General) student visa, contact our Admissions Team to find out whether you’re eligible to apply.


Modules

The modules for 2019/20 may vary to those given below, which are for academic year 2018/19

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Application Of Imaging 1 Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Clinical Practice 1 Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Foundations For Effective Collaborative Practice Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Imaging Science 1 Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Musculoskeletal Imaging 1 Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Preparation For Practice Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Application Of Imaging 2 Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Clinical Practice 2 Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Developing Capability For Effective Collaborative Practice Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Evidence Based Radiographic Practice Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Imaging Science 2 Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Musculoskeletal Imaging 2 Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Application Of Imaging 3 Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Clinical Practice 3 Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Enhancing Quality Of Services Through Effective Collaborative Practice Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Preparation For Employment Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Research In Radiography Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs for Diagnostic radiography courses (PDF)

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