Diagnostic radiographer

Important notice

The structure for this course is currently being reviewed and enhanced to provide the best possible learning experience for our students. Module structure, content, delivery and assessment are all likely to change, but we expect the focus of the course and the learning outcomes to remain as described below. Once the changes have been confirmed, updated module information will be published on this page.

Diagnostic radiographer

Level 6 degree apprenticeship
BSc (Honours) Diagnostic Radiography

Train to work in a complex and dynamic career as a diagnostic radiographer and earn while you learn

About the apprenticeship

Course length: 3 years, part-time

Start date: March

Course level: Level 6

University award: BSc (Honours) Diagnostic Radiography

How much it costs: funded through the employer

Accredited by: Health and Care Professions Council

Course summary

  • Get prepared to train as a qualified radiographer providing the knowledge and interpersonal skills that the profession demands, to enhance the quality of care for service users. 
  • Develop your clinical skills in our fully functioning X-Ray simulation suite.
  • Suitable for both existing staff such as radiography assistants or support workers, and people new to the sector including school leavers. 

This apprenticeship prepares you for a career as a qualified radiographer in the NHS by underpinning knowledge and interpersonal skills the profession demands, such as working in an integrated working environment with multidisciplinary teams to enhance the quality of care to the service user. 

Once qualified, the course aims to ensure you're fit for practice in accordance with the HCPC Standards of Education and Training (2017). You'll also be able to apply to become a member of the Society of Radiographers.

This course meets the diagnostic radiographer apprenticeship standard.

How you learn

Learning and teaching on the course is integrated across both university and clinical environments. Aspects covered in the university setting will directly relate to those you experience on placement.

Our fully functioning X-Ray simulation suite will allow you to practise and develop your clinical skills. You will also be supported with guest lecturers specialising in specific fields of radiography, to enhance and enrich your learning experience. 

You’ll learn through:

  • study at the University in blocks of one or two weeks throughout the year
  • online and in-person teaching
  • supported workplace learning
  • online anytime access learning materials.

The integrated end-point assessment is the final stage of the apprenticeship and checks if the employee meets the apprenticeship standard and is ready to join the profession with full occupational competence.

Campus facilities

You'll learn in modern facilities at our Collegiate Campus, run by our highly experienced and knowledgeable staff. Our newly equipped and fully functioning X-Ray simulation suite provides high quality learning in a safe environment that simulates clinical practice.

Entry requirements

Throughout the course, apprentices spend at least 20% of their working hours at university. They can be existing employees looking to develop their careers, or new applicants to the business.

Applicants must:

  • be over 18
  • not be in full time education
  • have the right to abode in the UK
  • meet the course entry requirements

GCSE (or equivalent)

2 GCSE passes at grade C or grade 4 or above in Mathematics and English.

Additional qualifications

  • Evidence of successful formal study at level 3
  • A minimum of six months experience in a health and social care capacity (including any placements or work-based learning undertaken as part of a level 3 qualification). 

Where applicants do not have a minimum of 6 months experience working in a health and social care capacity, they must hold one of the following: 

  • 96 UCAS points from three A levels 
  • Level 3 BTEC National Qualifications MMM
  • Successful completion of an Access to HE Diploma 
  • T-Levels 
  • Higher Technical Qualifications (Level 3) 
  • Previous degree level or higher study including Foundation Degree
  • Other qualifications may be considered in discussion with the University.

Your understanding of health and social care and the profession is assessed throughout the selection event processes. We will also consider you if you have alternative qualifications or a combination of qualifications and work experience


Year one

  • Radiographer practice 1 & 2 that provide evidence of clinical competence in a range of plain film imagining contexts
  • Integrated modules with other apprentices including collaboration for individual and community wellbeing
  • Personal and professional development

Year two

  • Radiographer practice 3 and alternative imaging modalities which involves cross-sectional imaging, more complex imaging modalities and more challenging plain film radiography and theatres
  • Integrated modules with other apprentices including; evidence and enquiry
  • Assessing and addressing complexity

Year three

  • Allows the apprentice to consolidate and refine their practice, looking at improving services and practices and contributing to evidence-based practice as you transition into the role of a Diagnostic Radiographer.

Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change.

Next steps

If you are an applicant

You must be employed by the NHS to apply for this apprenticeship. 

To apply to join the National Health Service, visit NHS jobs.

If you are an employer

If you want to offer an apprenticeship for an existing employee or a new recruit, get in touch.

This course is delivered by Sheffield Hallam as part of the South Yorkshire Institute of Technology

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