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International: £15,650 per year
This course scored 97% for overall satisfaction in the 2019 National Student Survey.
- Gain the knowledge and skills you need to image the musculoskeletal and soft tissue systems of the body.
- Enter the profession ready to use and contribute to research and evidence.
- Study a course accredited by the Society and College of Radiographers (ScoR) and the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC).
Diagnostic radiographers use the latest imaging technologies and techniques to produce images of the body to diagnose diseases. On this course, you’ll work and collaborate with a range of healthcare professionals, and gain the skills and registration you need to enter this rewarding area of healthcare. When you graduate, you’ll be eligible to register as a diagnostic radiographer with the HCPC.
Watch student Mudasser Panchbhaya talk about what it’s like to study on this course.
How you learn
Diagnostic radiographers are an integral part of a multiprofessional team.
On this course, you'll find out about the teamwork and understanding required to provide excellent care throughout the patient journey.
You’ll learn from other students and practitioners across a range of healthcare professions. These include therapeutic radiographers, nurses, paramedics, physiotherapists, social workers, operation department practitioners and occupational therapists.
This distinctive curriculum enhances your employability skills, helping to challenge and develop you in becoming a vital allied health professional in an ever changing workplace.
You'll study academic modules, while gaining placement experience in range of practice settings.
You learn through
- guest speakers
- group work
- practical activities
- simulation in imaging, ward and theatre suites
- image interpretation activities
You will learn to apply the technical and interpersonal skills on structured clinical placements at certain points throughout each academic year.
You’ll be based in at least two imaging departments from our placement sites for the majority of your clinical training. You’ll also have experiential placements in other hospital areas to support your holistic understanding of the patient's pathway.
Placement sites include the following: Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching hospitals, Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, United Lincoln Hospitals NHS Trust, Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust & Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Come to an open day
Find out more at our undergraduate open days. Book now for your place.
This course prepares you for a career in
- diagnostic radiography
Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work for
- NHS trusts and private hospitals across the country and abroad
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 can be found just off Ecclesall Road, a bustling student district.Collegiate Campus map
Collegiate Library can be found just off Ecclesall Road. It's open 24 hours a day, every day.Learn more
Equipment and facilities
On this course you work with
- a fully equipped digital X-ray suite
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.
- 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)
- 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.
- If you are in the process of completing the FdSc Professional Practice in Health and Social Care at one of our partner colleges and are looking to progress your career as a registered professional, we would welcome an application from you. Please note the different application routes below:
- Completing the level 4 Certificate of Higher Education in Professional Practice in Health and Social Care means you can apply via UCAS to be considered for entry at Year 1 of your chosen professional degree
- Completing the full two year FdSc to level 5 means you can apply to be considered for entry in to Year 2 of this professional degree. This is a direct application process in accordance with the partnership arrangement between Sheffield Hallam University and your college, not via UCAS. Please note that places to commence this course in Year 2 are limited.
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.
- 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
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 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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.
For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.
Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.
|Module: Collaboration For Individual And Community Wellbeing||Credits: 20||
|Module: Personal And Professional Development||Credits: 20||
|Module: Radiographic Practice 1||Credits: 40||
|Module: Radiographic Practice 2||Credits: 40||
|Module: Alternative Imaging Modalities||Credits: 20|
|Module: Assessing And Addressing Complexity||Credits: 40|
|Module: Evidence And Enquiry For Practice||Credits: 20|
|Module: Radiographic Practice 3||Credits: 40|
|Module: Professional Leadership||Credits: 20|
|Module: Radiographic Practice 4||Credits: 40|
|Module: The Advancing Professional||Credits: 40|
|Module: Working With Complexity In Practice||Credits: 20|
Fees and funding
Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2020/21 is £9,250 per year. ††
† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.
Our tuition fee for international students starting full-time study in 2020/21 is £13,650 with an annual placement supplement of £2,000.
Health and social care funding
Find out how to fund your studies by visiting our health and social care pages for more information.
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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