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BSc (Honours) Diagnostic Radiography

Play an important role in diagnostic imaging, the centre of modern medicine.

Course length 3 Years
Location Collegiate Campus
UCAS B821 Course code

Course description

What is diagnostic radiography?
Diagnostic radiography is the medical science of producing images of the human body, which can be used to make a diagnosis. Diagnostic radiographers play an important role in the diagnosis and management of disease, and in the screening programmes for early detection of cancer.

Radiographers do not just work in hospital X-ray departments. There may be separate departments for ultrasound examinations, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, breast imaging or nuclear medicine.

What you study
Become a fully-trained radiographer qualified to work in hospitals on a course with a relatively small cohort and good lecturer to student ratio.

Key areas include • musculo-skeletal and soft tissue imaging using different modalities • imaging science and technology • practice-based education • generating and evaluating evidence for practice.

You also benefit from the clinical expertise and specialised subject areas of our teaching team, many of whom also practise clinically. Our lecturers are all registered practitioners and have a diverse wealth of radiography teaching experience between them. This well-respected and experienced team introduces you to present day conventional radiography and new emerging technology and methods of imaging.

Your student membership fees for the Society and College of Radiographers are paid for the duration of the course, enabling you to access the services they provide.

As a student, your studies on campus centre around a fully equipped digital X-ray suite, which replicates the settings in which you learn and work. The suite is located in our £13m Robert Winston Building.

Placements and work experience
Once you have learnt techniques in the University setting and X-ray suite, you then learn how to apply them in the real world with approximately half your course time on clinical placements.

As a student on this course, your placement opportunities and subsequent career prospects are excellent thanks to close links with local and regional hospital departments. We also have special rotation placement sites available including neurological imaging and cardiac imaging departments.

Diagnostic radiographers use highly technical equipment but the work also involves helping patients to relax and understand what is happening. You work with patients of all ages, from newborns to the elderly, and part of your training is learning to adapt your approach to meet the individual’s needs.

During your time on placement, your clinical experience will reflect the working times of radiographers. This may involve shift work including weekends and evenings. It may also be necessary to live in hospital accommodation during placements.

Interprofessional learning
Diagnostic radiographers are an integral part of the multidisciplinary team and part of your course is studied interprofessionally alongside students from other health disciplines, such as nurses, operating department practitioners and physiotherapists. This shared learning experience allows you to develop team working skills and understand the contribution different professionals make to the patient pathway.

Professional recognition

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.

Entry requirements

2017 entry requirements

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.

You must be 18 years old before beginning the course. This is a requirement under the Ionising Radiation Regulations 1999 to be able to operate x-ray equipment.

Normally five GCSE passes 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

• 128 UCAS points from three A levels (including at least 40 points from either Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics) or BTEC 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. We do not accept General Studies.

New UCAS tariff points system for courses starting from September 2017. This is significantly different to the current points system and uses an alternative method of calculation. You can find information about these changes on the UCAS website 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.

• graduate applicants 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

• FdSc Professional Practice in Health & Social Care - If you are in the process of completing or have successfully completed the above programme at one of our partner colleges (The Sheffield College, Barnsley College, Chesterfield College, North Lindsey College & Dearne Valley 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, to commence this programme from year 2 onwards.

This course is only open to home or EU assessed students.

GCSE maths and English equivalent

• equivalency test from www.equivalencytesting.co.uk

*GCSE Science equivalents

The GCSE equivalents we accept are

• 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 only open to home or EU students. We are currently not accepting applications from international students.


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.

Clinical experience

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 a Sheffield Hallam University recognised clinical open day in a diagnostic imaging department. It is the candidates responsibility to arrange and organise this experience; the university is not able to organise something for you. We also provide guidance on getting clinical experience and information on what our clinical partners currently offer with regards to work experience and clinical open days here. We also recommend you get as much general care experience as you can to help support your application. While on your visit you should complete our student work sheet to ensure you learn essential information about working as a 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

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 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 diagnostic radiography 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.

Course structure

Three years full-time

Typical modules may include

Year one modules

• preparation for practice • foundations for effective collaborative practice • imaging science 1 • application of imaging 1 • musculoskeletal 1 • clinical practice 1

Year two modules

• developing capability for effective collaborative practice • evidence based radiographic practice • imaging science 2 • application of imaging 2 • musculo-skeletal imaging 2 • clinical practice 2.

Year three core modules

• enhancing quality of services, through effective collaborative preparation for employment • research in radiography • application of imaging 3 • clinical practice 3

* You may share these modules with students from other health professional groups, including nursing, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, radiotherapy and social work.

  • assignments
  • case studies
  • project work
  • professional development portfolio
  • research project


There is an increasing need for graduate radiographers in the health service. After further training, you can also work in other areas of medical imaging such as computed tomography or ultrasound.

Promotion opportunities are excellent and there is a clear grading and progression route through to consultant radiographers and management opportunities.

There is also the opportunity for you to work overseas in countries such as • Australia • Ireland • USA • Canada • Middle East.

For more information about careers in radiography, visit www.nhscareers.nhs.uk or www.radiographycareers.co.uk


Home / EU student

Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)

For the course fee and further information on scholarships and bursaries please visit our fees and funding pages.

2017/18 academic year

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

International student

2017/18 academic year

This course is only open to home or EU students. We are currently not accepting applications from international students.

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How to apply

You apply for this course through UCAS.

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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