Therapeutic radiographer

Therapeutic radiographer

Level 6 degree apprenticeship

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

About the apprenticeship

Course length: 3 years, part-time

Start date: March 2024

Course level: Level 6

University award: BSc (Hons) Therapeutic Radiography

How much it costs: funded through the employer

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 apprenticeship prepares you for a career as a qualified Therapeutic Radiographer in the NHS by providing the 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.

Therapeutic radiographers are the only healthcare professionals able to deliver radiotherapy treatment, working with patients who primarily have cancer. They are responsible for the safe delivery of radiotherapy treatment and excellent levels of patient care.

You will develop employability skills, both specific to therapeutic radiography and wider transferable skills.

On successful completion you will be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Therapeutic Radiographer. 

This course meets the therapeutic radiographer apprenticeship standard.

How you learn

This course is delivered online, however you’ll have the opportunity to come on campus and undertake simulated learning 2 days each academic year. Academic and theoretical learning is heavily supported and enhanced by the fact that you spend a large proportion of your work in the clinical environment working with Therapeutic Radiographers, other health professionals and service users, so that you can directly apply the knowledge, skills, and behaviours you learn to real life scenarios.

You will learn through: 

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

You will progress through the course following successful achievement of assessments, which address the learning outcomes for each module and allow you to complete the course.

You will also complete an end-point assessment towards the end of the apprenticeship.

Campus facilities

During your 2 days a year in campus, you'll learn in modern facilities at our Collegiate Campus.

Entry requirements

Throughout the course, apprentices spend at least 20% of their working hours completing University study. 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)

Maths and English at level 2 or above (grade 4, or previously C)

If you don't have this yet, you'll need to achieve this level before you take your end-point assessment.

Additional qualifications

You'll need to provide evidence that you have completed Level 3 and have at least 6 months experience in a health and social care setting to apply. 

If you do not have at least 6 months experience working in a health and social care setting, you must hold one of the following: 

  • 96 UCAS points from 3 A levels 
  • Level 3 BTEC National Qualifications MMM
  • Access to HE Diploma 
  • T-Levels 
  • Level 3 Higher Technical Qualifications 
  • Previous degree level or higher study including Foundation Degrees

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


The programme adopts a blended learning approach with modules delivered through a combination of lectures, class-based seminars, practical work and site visits.

Year One

  • Collaboration for Individual and Community Wellbeing
  • Personal and Professional Development
  • TRAD Principles of Cancer Care
  • TRAD Principles of Anatomy, Imaging and Radiation Science
  • TRAD Oncology, Radiotherapy and Technology 1
  • TRAD Practice Placement 1
  • TRAD Competence for Practice 1

Year two

  • Evidence and Enquiry for Practice
  • Assessing and addressing complexity
  • TRAD Oncology, Radiotherapy and Technology 2
  • TRAD Oncology, Radiotherapy and Technology 3
  • TRAD Practice Placement 2
  • TRAD Competence for Practice 2 

Year three

  • The Advancing Professional
  • Professional Leadership
  • Working with complexity in practice
  • TRAD Application of Principles to Practice
  • TRAD Practice Placement 3
  • TRAD Competence for Practice 3

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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