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Computed Tomography (CT) Head Image Interpretation

Diagnostic Imaging
Diagnostic Imaging
Diagnostic Imaging
Diagnostic Imaging


This module aims to provide the theoretical underpinning knowledge by which you can develop and evidence your competence to formulate clinical reports of CT head images relevant to your defined scope of practice, and support service improvement and outcomes within your department. It is designed to help evidence your role as an Advanced Clinical Practitioner in relation to Health Education England's framework for Advanced Clinical Practice.

Who the module is aimed at 

This module is specifically designed for those looking to provide formal clinical reports of CT head images in practice.  It is aimed at health professionals already involved in clinical reporting and wanting to expand their scope of practice, or those wishing to move into clinical reporting and taken as part of a postgraduate award.

What you learn 

You will learn the theoretical principles of head image interpretation which, alongside work-based learning in your department, will develop your competence to provide clinical reports of the head radiograph.

General areas covered 

  • Systematic approach to CT head image interpretation
  • Normal appearances of the CT head 
  • Abnormal appearances of the CT head across a wide range of pathologies, in particular in the acute setting
  • Role of the CT head in relation to alternative imaging modalities
  • Your role in relation to clinical reporting of the CT head and advanced clinical practice
  • Producing a clinical audit to demonstrate your on-going competence

Skills gained for the workplace, technical skills or academic skills 

The skills and knowledge developed in the academic setting will be directly applied to the clinical environment.  With the support of your mentor. you will develop the attributes required for a role in clinical reporting of CT head images, and be able to evidence your competence to provide accurate and effective clinical reports, as well as other aspects of your practice related to the four pillars of advanced clinical practice.

Benefits of taking the module to the individual, the organisation and the patient

As a distance learning programme of study, you will be able to work around your other personal and work commitments and study at a time and place to suit you.  Supporting your academic studies, you will be expected to have dedicated time to help develop your clinical expertise.

To study this distance learning module you will require access to a computer with:

  • a reliable internet connection
  • Microsoft Windows XP or newer (PCs) / OSX 10.6 or newer (Mac)
  • Internet Explorer version 8 or newer (PC), Safari 4.0 or newer (Mac) or the current version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox
  • Java Runtime Environment (JRE) 7 or newer  

Fees and Funding for 2019/20

Indicative price for stand-alone module

Home / EU student: £1,335

International students: £1,335 - this is part-time study and therefore cannot provide sponsorship for Tier 4.


This module attracts Learning Beyond Registration/Specialist Skills and Post Registration Development (LBR/SSPRD) funding by the following schemes:

How to apply

To apply for a self-funded place, please complete and return the application form below:

To apply for a Learning Beyond Registration/Specialist Skills and Post Registration Development (LBR/SSPRD) funded place, please complete and return the relevant application form below:

Further information and LBR/SSPRD online application form

  • Entry requirements

    Each application is assessed individually but normally an applicant would require:

    • A first degree (or equivalent professional qualification) in a relevant health care subject (e.g. BSc Diagnostic Radiography)
    • If you are undertaking this as a standalone module, then normally you would need to evidence that you are already working in an advanced clinical practice / clinical reporting role with an existing relevant postgraduate qualification
    • Manager/employer support and a nominated mentor(s)/supervisor(s) already working in a clinical reporting role (e.g. Radiologist/Advanced Practitioner Radiographer), with an agreement of normally 2 days per week for study (to be agreed before an unconditional offer is made)
    • Where English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.5 is required, with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and no individual element below 5.5.
    • Access to a reliable internet connection and basic skills in IT

    (The above must be evidenced in your application form)


  • Attendance

    Delivery Method:

    This module is delivered via distance learning

    View our statement on notional study hours »

    Provisional timetable

    This module is planned to commence during w/c 30th September 2019 with online induction activities delivered during w/c 23rd September 2019. The module is normally delivered over 2 semesters.

     This module is delivered via distance learning. Attendance at the university is not required but engagement with online activity is expected.

    View our statement on timetable changes »

  • Assessment

    Module assessment is made up of one or more assessment tasks. The assessment task(s) for this module are:

    • Phase Test
    • Assessed Placement
    • Coursework

    Successful completion of this module will earn you 30 level 7 credits

Further details

For further information please contact the module leader Marcus Elkington - or contact the student experience team:

0114 225 2373

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