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Diagnostic radiography plays a key role in one of the fastest developing technical areas of the health sector.
You could work in one of several sections within the hospital medical-imaging department and carry out a variety of imaging investigations, including ultrasound, CT and MRI scanning. You produce images to obtain or confirm a diagnosis, or you may be involved in therapeutic procedures like angioplasty. This course combines academic study with practice placements in imaging departments. You develop the knowledge, skills and experience for a rewarding career in diagnostic radiography. This course is approved by the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC).
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In Year 1 you are introduced to subjects such as regional anatomy, radiographic practice, X-ray production, appraising evidence and preparing for professional practice. You spend 19 weeks in clinical practice where you work towards the achievement of first-year clinical competency.The more technical aspects of radiography are covered in Year 2. You explore ethical issues relating to the imaging of diverse patient groups and develop your research skills further. You develop image interpretation and evaluation skills, and experience specialised modalities such as cross-sectional imaging. At the end of this Year you complete two weeks’ clinical placement at your base hospital and, having completed Year 2 clinical competencies, negotiate a further four-week placement of your choice in a relevant imaging department.In Year 3 you develop a research proposal and explore the impact of the government agenda on the profession. You develop further image interpretation skills using our world leading image database, and explore evolving imaging technologies by building a business case. You develop a portfolio which evidences your professional development and clinical competence in preparation for first post competence.
A variety of learning and teaching methods is used throughout the course. These include lectures, practical seminars, problem-based learning, small group work as well as practical laboratory sessions and simulation. Constructive feedback is given throughout the course to enhance your learning opportunities and experiences in University and when in practice. Whilst on placements you are supervised by experienced clinicians and mentors. You receive support from your University personal tutor who will visit you regularly. You should be prepared to travel for your placements within the region.
You are assessed by a variety of means including assignment, examination, portfolio and observed practice. Assessment is carefully matched to module outcomes. Practice assessment is conducted by clinical mentors in a range of clinical situations against radiographic benchmark clinical competencies. Essential competencies must be met for this course which include:
On successful completion of the course you will gain eligibility to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council as a Diagnostic Radiographer.
Radiographers are in demand in the UK and overseas within the NHS and private sector.
A typical offers is 260-300 tariff points from three A levels, including one science subject (or equivalent). You will also have an interview. For further detailed entry requirements for this course please visit www.ucas.com.You're encouraged to seek some work experience before you apply.You must also
If you are successful in shortlisting, an admissions test and interview you will receive a conditional offer which is subject to the following:
Please note until 1 to 4 have been successfully completed the offer of a place on the course remains conditional.
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