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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.

This course scored 92% for student satisfaction in the 2017 National Student Survey.

Course length 3 Years
Location Collegiate Campus
UCAS B822 Course code

Course description

What is radiotherapy and oncology?
Radiotherapy uses high dose radiation to treat cancer. It works by destroying malignant cells in the area that’s treated. Radiotherapy is used in cancer treatment in a number of different ways including • to cure the cancer • to reduce the chance of a cancer coming back after surgery • to control a cancer and reduce its impact on patient health • as part of the wider management of cancer that includes surgery, hormone therapy and chemotherapy.

Oncology is the medical study and a treatment of cancer.

What you study

Take advantage of an increasing demand for graduate therapeutic radiographers in the health service and private sector by completing this course.

Key areas include • principles of radiation oncology • principles of anatomy and image interpretation • applications of radiotherapy science • clinical education • research methods • imaging and treatment planning • preparation for practice • accuracy and reproducibility.

You learn to use radiation equipment, software and systems for treatment and treatment planning to treat cancer patients. You also learn to apply theory to practice and tailor the treatment to the patient by accurately targeting high dose radiation beams and sparing surrounding normal tissues.

Radiotherapy treatment, more than most careers, is a profession based around teamworking to plan and safely deliver effective radiation treatment.

The Faculty of Health and Wellbeing delivers courses that enable graduates to register as professionals across a range of health and social care related subject areas.

Current government policy drivers require different professional groups to work much more closely together in order to deliver better outcomes for people that use services, whilst making best use of public resources. The size and scope of provision at Sheffield Hallam means that you get to learn with, from and about other professions within health and social care.

Our goal is to equip you with the knowledge, skills and values that enhance your employment opportunities, give you a strong professional identity as well as confidence in working with different professional groups and agencies.

Facilities
Your on-campus training includes use of state-of-the-art virtual environment for radiotherapy training (VERT). It creates a life-size 3D replica of a linear accelerator (equipment which is used to treat cancer patients) and the potential to walk around the room. We also have 20 networked Eclipse planning computers with specialist staff on hand to teach you radiotherapy planning.

Expertise
You get real insights 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, some of whom are internationally renowned. We invite guest lecturers to share their expertise and skills via a dedicated research forum and you also meet and hear from ex-patients and service users who share their experiences of treatment.

Placements and work experience
Your studies are put into practice in clinical practice placements that give you essential professional experience and skills. 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.

You are based at one hospital for the majority of your training, but at the end of year two you complete an elective placement at a different training site of your choice. This broadens your knowledge and experience of radiotherapy services and your chosen career. Some students have gone on self-funded trips to observe radiotherapy practice abroad.

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

Professional recognition

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.

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.

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.

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 for 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.

*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

• 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

This course is open to international students for September 2017 entry.

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 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. Please visit our Radiotherapy website for all the information and resources you'll require to attend a Radiotherapy department visit.

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.

2018 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.

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.

*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.

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 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. Please visit our Radiotherapy website for all the information and resources you'll require to attend a Radiotherapy department visit.

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.

Course structure

Three years full-time

Typical modules may include

Year one modules

• principles of radiation oncology 1 and 2 • principles of anatomy and image interpretation • foundations for effective collaborative practice • applications of radiotherapy science • clinical education 1

Year two modules

• principles of radiation oncology 3 and 4 • developing capability for effective collaborative practice • introduction to research methods • imaging and treatment planning • clinical education 2

Year three modules

• dissertation • enhancing quality of services through effective collaborative practice • preparation for practice • accuracy and reproducibility • clinical education 3

Assessment
  • examinations
  • assignments
  • project work
  • portfolio
  • poster presentations
  • continuous assessment of clinical practice
  • vivas

Employability

There is an increasing demand for graduate therapeutic radiographers in the health service. As a qualified therapeutic radiographer you can take up positions delivering a technically advanced but caring service in hospitals around the world. Salaries typically start at £21,500.

Fees

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

Typically £14,750 a year (including placement fee).

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 information

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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