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International: £15,250 per year
This course scored 98% for overall satisfaction in the 2018 National Student Survey.
- Learn to use radiation equipment, software and systems for treatment delivery and planning for patients undergoing radiotherapy.
- Understand how to apply theory to practice and tailor the treatment to each individual patient.
Therapeutic radiographers use the latest technology to treat conditions including tumours and cancer. Half of all cancer patients are treated with radiotherapy. Designed in collaboration with employers, service users, students and graduates, this course leads to professional qualification as a therapy radiographer and eligibility to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council.
Watch student Sarah Bradder talk about what it’s like to study on this course.
How you learn
You gain insight into all aspects of radiotherapy and learn from a lecturing team who are all qualified radiographers, many of whom are involved in research at a national level and are internationally renowned.
Radiotherapy treatment is a profession based around teamwork, so you study interprofessionally alongside students from other health disciplines including nurses, physiotherapists and diagnostic radiographers. This shared learning experience allows you to develop teamworking skills and understand the contribution different professionals make to the care of cancer patients.
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 and workshops
- self-directed study
- practice-based learning
Course leaders and tutors
Laura Pattinson is the course leader for the BSc Radiotherapy and Oncology course and a senior lecturer for the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing
You learn to apply the theory on structured clinical placements. You are based in one radiotherapy centre for the majority of training, with experiential placements in other hospital areas to help appreciate the patients' pathway. You will spend a few weeks working in another radiotherapy centre to be able to evaluate different approaches to treatment and patient support as well as working practices, facilities and resources.
Placements take place at
- St James's University Hospital, Leeds
- The Royal Derby Hospital, Derby
- Leicester Royal Infirmary, Leicester
- Lincoln County Hospital, Lincoln
- Freeman Hospital, Newcastle
- Nottingham City Hospital, Nottingham
- Queens Centre for Oncology and Haematology, Castle Hill Hospital, Hull
- Weston Park Hospital, Sheffield
- James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough
We invite guest lecturers to share their expertise and skills via a dedicated research forum and you will also meet and hear from ex-patients and service users who share their experiences of treatment.
Your student membership fees for the Society and College of Radiographers are paid, enabling you to access all the services they provide.
This course prepares you for a career as
- a qualified therapeutic radiographer
This course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Graduates are eligible to apply to register with the HCPC and apply to become members of the Society and College of Radiographers. You must be registered with the HCPC in order to practise as a therapeutic radiographer in the UK.
Student success story
Find out about why Becky is inspired to work with cancer patients.
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
- the Â£13 million purpose-built Robert Winston Building
- the state-of-the-art virtual environment for radiotherapy training (VERT)
- a life-size 3D replica of a linear accelerator
- a large suite of Eclipse treatment planning computers
- commercial radiotherapy planning software
From A levels including at least 32 points from either a natural science subject (such as Biology, Chemistry or Physics) or social science subject (Psychology or Sociology), or equivalent BTEC National qualifications (including suitable natural or social science modules). We do not accept AS levels or general studies.
- BBB at A Level including relevant subject(s)
- DDM in BTEC Extended Diploma from a 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.
- 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, to commence this programme at Year 1.
- Successful completion of our Foundation Year in Health, Sport & Social Care.
Other equivalent qualifications are considered individually, and include previous degrees that are grade 2.2 or above
Other equivalent qualifications are considered individually.
- 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***
- OCR Science level 2
- Science units gained on a level 3 BTEC or OCR National Diploma or Extended Diploma qualification
- 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
- 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
- Level 2 Literacy
- Level 2 Key Skills
*GCSE Science equivalents
**GCSE Math's equivalents
***GCSE English equivalents
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 Therapeutic 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 Therapeutic Radiography profession and a genuine, reasoned commitment to studying a radiotherapy and oncology course.
You will be invited to attend an interview if these key elements are included in your personal statement.
Visiting a Radiotherapy Department
As part of the entry criteria you must attend a visit to a Radiotherapy department. During this visit you are assessed by the clinical staff as to your suitability for the course and the profession. We can assist with arranging a departmental visit to any one of our 9 placement sites. Please download our prospective student visitation guide and contact the admissions tutor Joanna McNamara to arrange. We advise applicants to attend a departmental visit prior to a selection event if they can, as this will assist you during the interview.
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'.
The modules for 2019/20 may vary to those given below, which are for academic year 2018/19
|Module: Foundations For Effective Collaborative Practice||Credits: 20||
|Module: Ronc Applications Of Radiotherapy Science||Credits: 20||
|Module: Ronc Clinical Education 1||Credits: 20||
|Module: Ronc Principles Of Anatomy And Image Interpretation||Credits: 20||
|Module: Ronc Principles Of Radiation Oncology 1||Credits: 20||
|Module: Ronc Principles Of Radiation Oncology 2||Credits: 20||
|Module: Developing Capability For Effective Collaborative Practice||Credits: 20||
|Module: Ronc Clinical Education 2||Credits: 20||
|Module: Ronc Imaging And Treatment Planning||Credits: 20||
|Module: Ronc Introduction To Research Methods||Credits: 20||
|Module: Ronc Principles Of Radiation Oncology 3||Credits: 20||
|Module: Ronc Principles Of Radiation Oncology 4||Credits: 20||
|Module: Enhancing Quality Of Services Through Effective Collaborative Practice||Credits: 20||
|Module: Ronc Accuracy And Reproducibility||Credits: 20||
|Module: Ronc Clinical Education 3||Credits: 40||
|Module: Ronc Dissertation||Credits: 20||
|Module: Ronc Preparation For Practice||Credits: 20||
Fees and funding
Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2019/20 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 2019/20 is £13,250 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 Radiotherapy and oncology courses (PDF)
Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and Student Regulations.
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