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Year of Entry 2021/22
BSc (Honours)

Radiotherapy and Oncology

Use cutting-edge equipment to learn how to deliver professional radiotherapy, and provide specialist care and support to patients.


Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home/EU: See fees section below
International: £15,995 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 2021

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Course summary

  • Learn essential practical skills, including radiation safety and patient care
  • Consider new care models that integrate health and social care
  • Develop your communication, research and health promotion skills
  • Understand the impact of  environmental factors on cancer patients.

This challenging and supportive course has been developed in partnership with employers and professional bodies. When you graduate, you’ll be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).


Student View

Watch student Sarah Bradder talk about what it’s like to study on this course.

How you learn

Watch course leader Keeley Rosbottom talk about this course.

While specialising in radiotherapy, you’ll have opportunities to learn with, from and about students from other health and social care courses. This will enable you to develop an in depth understanding of person-centred care and patient journeys.

You learn through

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

Course leaders and tutors

Keeley Rosbottom
Keeley Rosbottom
Senior Lecturer

Keeley Rosbottom is a Senior Lecturer in Radiotherapy and Oncology and the Professional Development Facilitator at Royal Derby Hospital

Applied learning

Work placements

On this course, you’ll spend time on clinical placements that allow you to apply your studies to the real world.

The course prepares you for collaboration with different professionals. You’ll work and study alongside students, practitioners and patients from across the field of health and social care, so you can integrate seamlessly into the workplace.

You’ll be placed in one of our nine partnership radiotherapy centres for the majority of your training. Here you’ll work under supervision to deliver radiation treatment to patients in our care, observe practice as it happens and learn from members of the professional team. 

There are also opportunities to get experience in other hospital areas, so you can better understand the patient journey. You’ll get a chance to organise a self-funded elective placement to meet your personal and professional development needs.

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Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in

  • therapeutic radiography roles
  • the NHS
  • the independent health sector

Previous graduates have gone on to work in

  • research
  • the teaching and training of radiography
  • software and equipment development
  • treatment review
  • information and support services
  • palliative care
  • technical practice

Accreditation

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

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

  • specialist radiotherapy equipment, primarily Linear Accelerators
  • Virtual Environment Radiotherapy Training (VERT) equipment
  • dedicated computer terminals with the latest software (Eclipse treatment planning and Aria verification)

Entry requirements

All students

UCAS points

120

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.

For example:

  • BBB at A Level including relevant subject(s)
  • DDM in BTEC Extended Diploma from a 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

  • Approved Access to HE Diploma in health studies, health science, nursing or another science-based course. Normally we require 15 of the level 3 credits to be graded at distinction level with 12 of these distinctions 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.

And

GCSE's in

*GCSE Science equivalents

**GCSE Math's equivalents

***GCSE English equivalents

  • 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

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 for the profession. The NHS values are key to all our health courses. For further information on the standards required of students please take a look at the Health and Care professions code of conduct and ethics.

There are many ways you can gain experience. 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 profession and a genuine, reasoned commitment to studying the course.

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

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. To confirm your identity on the day please bring a valid form of photo ID with you, preferably a passport or photo driving licence.

View our selection event guidance to ensure you understand the selection process and how you can prepare.

Course enrolment - professional requirements

Before enrolling you must fully declare the following information on the pre-admission declaration 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 will be required to 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.
  • you will need to present valid identity documents (PDF) as part of the application process
  • 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 an overseas criminal record check.
  • 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 will need to undertake occupational health screening to determine your suitability to undertake the course. This will be provided by the University free of charge. As part of this assessment you are expected to provide all relevant, truthful and accurate information to ensure a safe environment for yourself and service users.

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. Please obtain details of your immunisation history from your doctor so you can submit this during your Occupational Health Screening.

Pre-course Day

After completing the above professional checks, if you reside in the UK it is important for you to make every reasonable attempt to attend a Pre-Course Day event to undertake the next stage of the professional requirements for your course. The pre-course day is also a good opportunity to meet fellow applicants on the health & social care courses who will be starting their studies at the same time as you, as well as some current students and teaching staff. We will look forward to welcoming you on the day.

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, please 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 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

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'.


Modules

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.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Collaboration For Individual And Community Wellbeing Credits: 20
Module: Oncology, Radiotherapy And Technology 1 Credits: 20
Module: Personal And Professional Development Credits: 20
Module: Principles Of Anatomy, Imaging And Radiation Science Credits: 20
Module: Principles Of Cancer Care Credits: 20
Module: Ronc Competence For Practice 1 Credits: -
Module: Ronc Practice Placement 1 Credits: 20

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Assessing And Addressing Complexity Credits: 40
Module: Evidence And Enquiry For Practice Credits: 20
Module: Oncology, Radiotherapy And Technology 2 Credits: 20
Module: Oncology, Radiotherapy And Technology 3 Credits: 20
Module: Ronc Competence For Practice 2 Credits: -
Module: Ronc Practice Placement 2 Credits: 20

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Application Of Principles To Practice Credits: 20
Module: Professional Leadership Credits: 20
Module: Ronc Competence For Practice 3 Credits: -
Module: Ronc Practice Placement 3 Credits: 20
Module: The Advancing Professional Credits: 40
Module: Working With Complexity In Practice Credits: 20

Fees and funding

Home/EU students

Our tuition fees for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2021/2022 are regulated by the UK government and are yet to be confirmed. For an indication, our tuition fees for UK students starting this course in 2020/21 are £9,250 per year. Our tuition fee for EU students starting in 2021/22 is yet to be confirmed.

† 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.

International students

Our tuition fee for international students starting full-time study in 2021/22 is £13,995 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)

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