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BSc (Honours)

Radiotherapy and Oncology

Every two minutes someone in the UK is diagnosed with cancer. Make a real impact on people's lives in a highly rewarding career.

Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home/EU: £9,250 per year †
International: £14,750 per year
How long will I study? 3 Years
Where will I study? Collegiate Campus
What are the entry requirements? 120 UCAS points
What is the UCAS code? B822
When do I start? September

Course summary

  • 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.
  • Study on a course that scored 92% for student satisfaction in the 2017 National Student Survey.

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.

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 learn through

  • seminars and workshops
  • self-directed study
  • practice-based learning
  • tutorials

Course leaders and tutors

Laura Pattinson
Laura Pattinson
Senior Lecturer

Laura Pattinson is the course leader for the BSc Radiotherapy and Oncology course and a senior lecturer for the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing

Applied learning

Work placements

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

Networking opportunities

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.

Future careers

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

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

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S10 2BP

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you work with

  • the £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

Entry requirements

UK students

You must have some experience of delivering care in a professional or voluntary capacity and a reference from a current or recent employer or educational institution.

Normally five GCSEs at grade C or grade 4 or above, including mathematics, English language or literature and a science subject or equivalent*, plus one of the following

• 120 UCAS points from A levels including at least 32 points from a natural science subject (such as Biology, Chemistry or Physics) or social science (Psychology or Sociology), or equivalent BTEC National qualifications (including suitable natural or social science modules). We do not accept AS levels. We do not accept General Studies.

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

• Access - 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 already hold a first degree with an upper second class honours or above, you may be eligible to study our pre-registration MSc Radiotherapy and Oncology in Practice after which you will be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council meeting all other professional standards.

•  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 & Social Care sector, we would welcome an application from you via UCAS.

*GCSE maths and English equivalent

• equivalency test from www.equivalencytesting.co.uk

*GCSE science 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 gained at level 2 or 6 credits gained at level 3)

• science equivalency test from www.equivalencytesting.co.uk

This course is open to international students for September 2018 entry.


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 a recognised 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 & Care Professions Council (HCPC) require IELTS 7.0 with no element below 6.5 for registration.

Care experience

Before you apply for health courses, we require you to have gained some practical experience relating to your subject area. Download our applicant experience guidelines for information about the kinds of experience we expect you to have and the best places to gain it. Evidence of the experience gained, understanding of the profession and a genuine, reasoned commitment to studying a professional course must be explicit in your personal statement to be selected for interview.

Prior to the selection event, you also need to have spent at least one day in a radiotherapy department, and provide evidence of it. Download our department visit guide for further information.

To build your knowledge and understanding of radiotherapy and oncology you may be interested in attending an open day at one of our partner hospitals. More information about current opportunities to attend a hospital open day are shown here

Personal qualities

You must be able to demonstrate the following qualities

• excellent communication skills

• a caring personality, showing empathy for patients with cancer

• ability to work as part of a team, be reliable and show initiative

Skills requirements

You need to demonstrate an ability to

• study academic subjects at degree level

• debate topics and issues

• draw on conclusions from written material

• study independently as well as a member of a group

• use computers and technology associated with contemporary teaching, learning and assessment methods

• successfully complete a range of assignments including researched essays and practical examinations

This is normally by completing academic study at level three or above in the last four years.

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 during the admissions process any

• 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

In addition

• you must attend a Pre-Course Day event to undertake the professional requirements of your course

• you must undertake an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) criminal record check prior to or during the enrolment week of your course.

• where your DBS Enhanced Disclosure certificate contains any recorded information you must present this to the professional issues team within five working days of receipt of the certificate.

• your full enrolment on your course will not be confirmed until the professional issues team have confirmed that your DBS Enhanced Disclosure indicates that you are suitable to work with vulnerable people.

• 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. This will be provided by the University free of charge

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.

Disability support

If you are a disabled person or have a long term health condition, you are advised to read the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) booklet: A disabled persons guide to becoming a health professional.

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 HCPC standards of proficiency and take part without disadvantage both in University and on placement. You can contact our disability co-ordinator for allied health professions on 0114 225 2588 or you can contact our university disabled student support team on 0114 225 3964 (voice and Minicom) to discuss any queries you may have.

The Disability Disclosure booklet also 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

As this profession can involve strenuous physical, psychological and emotionally taxing work, we recommend that you come along to a University open day to learn more about the general expectations of the course.

EU and 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.


Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Foundations For Effective Collaborative Practice Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Ronc Applications Of Radiotherapy Science Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Exam:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Ronc Clinical Education 1 Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 50%
Module: Ronc Principles Of Anatomy And Image Interpretation Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Exam:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Ronc Principles Of Radiation Oncology 1 Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Ronc Principles Of Radiation Oncology 2 Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 50%

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Developing Capability For Effective Collaborative Practice Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Ronc Clinical Education 2 Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 50%
Module: Ronc Imaging And Treatment Planning Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Ronc Introduction To Research Methods Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Ronc Principles Of Radiation Oncology 3 Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Ronc Principles Of Radiation Oncology 4 Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Exam:
&:nbsp; 100%

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Enhancing Quality Of Services Through Effective Collaborative Practice Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Ronc Accuracy And Reproducibility Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Exam:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Ronc Clinical Education 3 Credits: 40.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 50%
Module: Ronc Dissertation Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Ronc Preparation For Practice Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%

Fees and funding

Home/EU students

Please visit our health and social care funding pages for more information.

† If your course is studied over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with inflation and/or Government regulations. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for international students starting full-time study in 2018/19 is £12,750 with an annual placement supplement of £2,000.

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Health and social care funding

Find out how to fund your studies by visiting our health and social care pages for more information.

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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 Radiotherapy and oncology courses (PDF)

Legal information

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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You can apply for this course through UCAS.

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