BSc (Honours) Radiotherapy and Oncology

Year of Entry 2024/25
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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...

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    What is the fee?

    Home: £9,250 per year
    International/EU: £18,655 per year

  • Time

    How long will I study?

    3 Years

  • Location

    Where will I study?

    Collegiate Campus

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    What are the entry requirements?

    120-128 UCAS points

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    What is the UCAS code?

    B822

  • Date

    When do I start?

    September 2024


Employability

100% of our graduates are in work or further study fifteen months after graduating, with 92% in highly skilled employment or further study (2019/20 Graduate Outcomes Survey).

Course summary

  • Build your professional knowledge of oncology, anatomy and physiology.
  • Learn how to deliver highly technical and accurate radiotherapy treatments.  
  • Develop your communication, research and health promotion skills. 
  • Learn essential practical skills, including radiation safety and patient care.
  • Understand the impact of environmental factors on cancer patients.

Study and practise the key principles of radiotherapy, oncology, physics and technology – guided by national and local legislation and policies. You’ll provide inclusive person-centred care throughout the course, ensuring you can effectively support people living with and beyond cancer. When you graduate you’ll be eligible to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a therapeutic radiographer.

If you don't meet the entry requirements for this course, or you’d like extra preparation before starting degree-level study, we recommend you join the foundation course.

Accredited by
  • Health and Care Professions Council, the (HCPC)

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.



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How you learn

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

Therapeutic radiographers are the only health care professionals registered to deliver radiotherapy treatment to patients who primarily have cancer – while also providing excellent care to all patient groups. On this challenging and supportive course you’ll develop core professional knowledge, practical skills, clinical reasoning, professionalism and leadership abilities. 

You'll be taught by professionals who are active in their field of practice and research, providing cutting-edge, interprofessional practice knowledge and experiences. Through a blended approach to learning – on campus, online and on placement – you’ll develop key research skills and undertake projects to evaluate and develop health services. You’ll be able to work within new care models that support the integration of health and social care.

You learn through:  

  • Keynote lectures  
  • Seminars 
  • Scheduled learning experiences 
  • Tutorials  
  • Academic advising   
  • Practicals
  • Extra-curricular research seminars

Key Themes

You’ll start by developing your knowledge and understanding of anatomy, imaging,radiation science and cancer. You’ll also explore radiotherapy techniques, their impact on patients and the principles of safe radiotherapy practice.

You’ll then learn to evaluate the management of cancer within the body systems studied – plus the role of imaging and radiotherapy planning. You’ll synthesise knowledge of the impact of cancer and its management on wellbeing to evaluate the role of information and support strategies – appraising oncology pathways that ensure a person-centred approach to care.

Finally you’ll critically evaluate the management of cancer with contemporary technologies in the body systems studied – exploring developments in treatment delivery and verification. Throughout this you’ll learn to appraise and evaluate practices aimed at improving the personalised care and survivorship experiences of those affected by cancer. 

We’ll ensure the practice-based learning element of your course complies with the requirements of the Professional and Statutory Regulatory Body (PSRB) which governs the therapeutic radiography profession.

Course Support

Our supportive staff will nurture your creativity, encouraging you to ask compelling questions and providing you with the tools to answer them. With our high ratio of staff to students, you’ll always be able to receive the support you need on your learning journey towards highly skilled, graduate-level employment. This includes:  

  • Preparation for practice and skills rehearsal learning, including simulated practice and observation of practice 
  • Support and learning from a wide range of professionals and peer support  
  • Supervised delivery of care within the clinical environment 
  • Supervision and facilitation of learning through reflection on practice 
  • A student support adviser to help if outside problems affect your studies 
  • An academic adviser to support your learning journey
  • An employability adviser to help you choose and build the right career

Course leaders and tutors

Alex Robinson
Alex Robinson
Lecturer

Lecturer in Radiotherapy

Student View

Hear our BSc (Hons) Radiotherapy and Oncology student Jack Branson, discuss why he chose a career in Therapeutic Radiography.

Applied learning

Live Projects

You'll gain real-world skills through simulated practice workshops using our state-of-the-art simulation suite – as well as through practice placements both in a radiotherapy department and the wider oncology setting.  

There are also opportunities to gain experiences within the NHS. This may also include the voluntary and charity sector, hospices or equipment manufacturers. These learning experiences are designed to help you apply theory to practice – developing critical and ethical approaches to become life-long, competent professionals.  

Work Placements 

As part of the course, you’ll have the opportunity to apply the theory you study to real-world situations through work placements.

These experiences will help you build your skills, confidence, creativity, resilience, integrity and curiosity. They’ll take place in different practice-based learning environments – reflecting the range of ways services are currently delivered. This might include simulated learning and virtual placements, alongside real-world experience of services delivered face to face to service users.

Networking Opportunities

You’ll be able to network both at Sheffield Hallam and at partnership national digital placements – where you can learn with and from radiotherapy and oncology students studying at other universities. You’ll also meet with healthcare professionals, subject matter experts and industry partners. 

In addition to the course's academic expertise, we invite guest lecturers who are leaders in their field. These can be clinical practitioners, industry experts – such as radiotherapy equipment manufacturers – and leading researchers in cancer and oncology. You’ll also hear from patients who share their experiences of treatment and care. 


Future careers

You’ll graduate as an autonomous reflective practitioner – ready for employment in a wide range of health, social care, voluntary and independent sector environments.  

By the end of the course you’ll have demonstrated the requirements to gain eligibility to apply to register as a professional therapeutic radiographer with the HCPC – qualified to work in radiotherapy departments throughout the UK and overseas. 

Previous graduates have gone on to work in specialist areas including: 

  • Radiotherapy treatment, planning and delivery 
  • Patient information, review and support services 
  • Research 
  • Education  
  • Management 
  • Quality assurance 
  • Equipment design and sales

Where will I study?

You study at Collegiate Campus through a structured mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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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

As radiotherapy technology and practice constantly evolves, we strive to ensure our students are fully prepared for clinical practice. To support this, we’ve invested significantly in equipment and resources so we can closely simulate real-world radiotherapy technical practice and patient care. This provides a safe environment for you to learn and consolidate your skills – allowing for repetition and exploration without impacting on the clinical service.  

On this course you’ll work with and have access to:

  • A radiotherapy suite with operational radiotherapy treatment couch 
  • A diagnostic imaging suite  
  • Surface guidance equipment  
  • Cloud-based radiotherapy planning and imaging software  
  • Virtual Environment Radiotherapy Training (VERT): mobile and static  
  • Radiotherapy immobilisation equipment  
  • Radiotherapy quality assurance (QA) equipment
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Entry requirements

All students

UCAS points

120-128

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-ABB at A Level including relevant subject(s)
  • DDM in BTEC Extended Diploma from a relevant subject(s)
  • Distinction overall from a T level qualification  

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, social sciences or another science-based course. Normally we require 15 of the level 3 credits to be graded at distinction level with 9 of these distinctions from science or social 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 D 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. This is so you will have an understanding of the diversity of the population who access health and social care. 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 at your interview.

Reference

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

Interview

After you have submitted your application, If you are shortlisted, we will invite you to an online interview. 

View our interview guidance to ensure you understand the interviews process and how you can prepare for this.   

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) (PDF, 38.1KB) 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.

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.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Modules

Important notice: The structure of this course is periodically reviewed and enhanced to provide the best possible learning experience for our students and ensure ongoing compliance with any professional, statutory and regulatory body standards. Module structure, content, delivery and assessment may change, but we expect the focus of the course and the learning outcomes to remain as described above. Following any changes, updated module information will be published on this page.

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Module
Credits
Assessment
Collaboration For Individual And Community Wellbeing
Credits 20
Assessment
Personal And Professional Development
Credits 20
Assessment
Ronc Competence In Practice 1
Credits -
Assessment
Ronc Oncology, Radiotherapy & Technology 1
Credits 40
Assessment
Ronc Oncology, Radiotherapy & Technology 2
Credits 40
Assessment
Year 2

Compulsory modules

Module
Credits
Assessment
Assessing And Addressing Complexity In Practice
Credits 20
Assessment
Evidence And Enquiry For Practice
Credits 20
Assessment
Ronc Competence For Practice 2
Credits -
Assessment
Ronc Oncology, Radiotherapy & Technology 3
Credits 40
Assessment
Ronc Oncology Radiotherapy & Technology 4
Credits 40
Assessment
Final year

Compulsory modules

Module
Credits
Assessment
Complexity & Leadership In Professional Practice
Credits 20
Assessment
Ronc Competence For Practice 3
Credits -
Assessment
Ronc Oncology, Radiotherapy & Technology 5
Credits 40
Assessment
Ronc Supportive Cancer Care
Credits 20
Assessment
The Advancing Professional
Credits 40
Assessment

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2024/25 is £9,250 per year. These fees are regulated by the UK government and are therefore subject to changes in government policy.

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/EU students starting full-time study in 2024/25 is £18,655, which includes an annual placement supplement of £2,000.

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Health and social care funding

Home fee-paying students can access a non-repayable maintenance grant of at least £5,000 per year. You may also be eligible for additional financial support based on your circumstances.

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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, 327.8KB)

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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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