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  • International students: Due to high volumes, any international applications received after 25 June can't be considered for September 2021 entry. You are welcome to apply for the next available intake (details below).
  • Note: this course is closed for applications for September 2021 intake. September 2022 full-time applications are open through UCAS.

Course overview

Diagnostic radiography plays a key role in modern medicine. It is a care-giving role but also one of the fastest developing technical areas of the health sector. Radiographers produce images to obtain or confirm a diagnosis and are involved in guiding therapeutic procedures like angioplasty.

From September 2020 all new and continuing students on this course will receive a £5,000 maintenance grant each year if they’re eligible. They will not need to pay it back.
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You could work in one of several sections within a hospital medical-imaging department and carry out a variety of imaging investigations, including projection radiography, computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging. This course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).This course combines academic study with practice placements in hospital imaging departments across the North East. You develop the knowledge, skills and experience for a rewarding career in diagnostic radiography. Throughout the course, as part of the placement experience, you will be required to participate in a shift pattern rota including weekends.

Prospective applicants are advised to research the profession of diagnostic radiography prior to writing their personal statements and attendance at the selection event. The very best way to gain an impression of the role is to spend time in the clinical department or gaining experience working or volunteering for vulnerable persons. While recognising that this is difficult to arrange, we do provide a form to capture such experiences and this can be brought to selection events or posted to us prior to the (end of the UCAS cycle/May).

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Professional accreditation

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.

100% attendance is expected during this course.


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Course details

In Year 1 you are introduced to subjects such as regional anatomy, radiographic practice, x-ray production, pathophysiology, creative thinking and preparing for professional practice. You spend 12 weeks in clinical practice where you may work full shifts and collect evidence of 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 gain competence in specialised modalities such as computed computed tomography (CT) and some experience of other radiographic modalities such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). During this year you complete another 12 weeks of clinical placement at your base hospital and, having completed Year 2 clinical competencies, negotiate a further four weeks of placement of your choice in a relevant imaging department (this is organised by you and you receive guidance on how to do this).

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 options for improving the imaging service. During your final 12 weeks of full shift in placement you work on a portfolio which evidences your professional development and clinical competence in preparation for first post competence.

Course structure

Year 1 core modules

Creative Thinking Skills*

*subject to approval

Introductory Physics and Legislation*

*subject to approval

Preparation for Practice

By exploring skills and development issues relating to the core theme of professionalism you get an understanding of professional practice issues.

You focus on key transferable skills and essential practice skills – preparing you for the demands of practice placements, and ensuring you are sufficiently informed and equipped to practice safely.

Preparation for practice has the essential ingredients if you are new to health and social care – setting the tone for both personal and professional development.

Assessment is by practical examination and online discussion.

Radiographic Practice 1

You are introduced to the profession of radiography. It is partly studied at the University where the physical principles of x-ray production, its interaction with matter and radiation protection are taught.

In addition you learn the principles of radiographic technique and have the opportunity to practice some basic radiographic techniques in the simulated skills lab and use simulation through the use of virtual radiography.

The second half of the module, is undertaken in clinical practice where you put the theory into practice under the guidance and supervision of qualified radiographers.

Regional Anatomy

Radiographers require a detailed knowledge of anatomy. You look at surface markings and how you use these anatomical features to assist you in positioning patients for x-ray examinations. You also look at detailed internal anatomy that you then apply to the radiographic image so you can decide whether the image is normal or abnormal.

You learn through keynote lectures, seminars on prepared work, practical sessions, and individual tutorials. While on clinical placement, you engage with radiographs on a daily basis and gain an appreciation of anatomical variation – clinical mentors facilitate your learning of radiographic anatomy.


Year 2 core modules

Advanced Modality Physics and Informatics*

*subject to approval

Radiographic Practice 2

As part of this module you organise your negotiated placement which takes place at the end of your second year. While on placement you work towards completing your clinical competencies

You learn throughout the academic year and teaching is delivered initially via Blackboard where the focus is on contrast examinations, associated pharmacology and radiographic technique of the axial skeleton.

The second half of the module is taught in the University where the focus is on image interpretation and evaluation of the chest and abdomen. An OSCE-like examination takes place in Week 17 after clinical placement.

You are introduced to more complex examinations where reviewing the images for diagnostic acceptability are addressed. You develop greater autonomy in your learning by using formative dialogues and learning contracts whilst on clinical placement.

Research, Audit and Data

You are provided with the skills necessary to plan a research study or a clinical audit.

You gain the knowledge and understanding to be able to critically evaluate research evidence and consider its application to radiography practice based upon the principles of Evidence-based Practice.

This builds on the skills acquired after completing the year one Radiography Skills module. You develop a sound theoretical and practical knowledge of the research methods underpinning quantitative and qualitative research.

This is achieved by addressing the research process from a practical approach, looking at the nature of 'data' itself and problems surrounding its creation and analysis.

The emphasis is on the application of these skills to clinical problems and learning is supported through the use of clinical scenarios relevant to radiography.

Values and Ethics in Practice*

*subject to approval

X-ray Science and Technology

You investigate and examine the current evidence base for your clinical radiography practice. You familiarise yourself with the current UK, European and International legislative framework for the use of ionising radiation in medicine.

This ensures that service users, comforters and carers, operators and their co-workers are all optimally protected from ionising radiation, and that technology options and settings result in an efficient diagnostic outcome.

Your practice encompasses the following examination types:
>general radiography
>computed tomography

Your use of this technology includes examining patients, routine maintenance, quality assurance and calibration.


Year 3 core modules

Improving the Imaging Service

You discuss contemporary healthcare policy and guidelines and explore their impact on the clinical imaging service. You also examine the theoretical principles underpinning new and evolving imaging technologies. You learn by seminars and keynote lectures. Your assessments include production of a business case for a new piece of equipment and the presentation of a poster for a service improvement idea. You also have the opportunity to be awarded with an additional entrepreneurial certificate.

Preliminary Clinical Evaluation

This module is for final year BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography students. It focuses on the preliminary clinical evaluation of relevant radiographic images of the appendicular and axial skeleton (and soft tissues) for manifest abnormality.

The module runs for 25 weeks during which students will attend lectures and practical workshops at the University and spend time practically engaged in the process of radiography.

Radiographic Practice 3

We help you achieve the skills and attributes needed for your first post as well as helping you to consolidate the radiographic skills you acquired in earlier in the course. You also further develop your ability to adapt your practice to meet individual service user’s needs.

A blended learning approach is employed, using a problem based approach while in the academic setting, supported by seminars. Whilst on placement your learning is supported by the clinical mentors and supplemented by online learning, using a range of tools such as blog and podcast to create a supportive community.

You critically evaluate your role in the care and management of a range of service users in a number of different clinical settings. This requires a detailed knowledge of cross-sectional anatomy, disease progression and how different imaging strategies are employed.

Radiographic Project Proposal

You have a range of learning and teaching opportunities that let you develop a research proposal.

The first part of the module builds on the practical element of the second year by considering in detail the research process, the various approaches to research and the advantages and disadvantages of the varying methodologies in relation to research in the context of EBP and diagnostic radiography.


Modules offered may vary.


How you learn

A variety of learning and teaching methods are used throughout the course. These include lectures, practical seminars, simulation (both practical and computer labs), problem-based learning and small group work. Constructive feedback is given throughout the course to enhance your learning opportunities and experiences in University and when in practice.

On placement you are supervised by experienced clinicians and trained mentors. You receive support from your University personal tutor who will visit you regularly. You should be prepared to travel for your placements across the North East.

How you are assessed

You are assessed by a variety of means including assignment, presentations, group work, examination, portfolio and observed tasks. 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:

  • undertaking a range of radiographic examinations, adapting radiographic technique where appropriate within and outside the imaging department
  • the ability to evaluate images critically to interpret the presence or absence of trauma or disease
  • working as an operator, practitioner or referrer as local protocols demand, in accordance with the Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations and Ionising Radiation Regulations.
  • acting as a professional, collaborating with patients, clients and other healthcare practitioners to manage healthcare delivery
  • keeping accurate and legible records.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

You are expected to have:

  • Level 2 Academic Study - it is recommended to spend some time work-shadowing in an imaging department.
  • a minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above including English language, maths and double award science. Key Skills/Functional Skills Level 2 in Communication and Application of Number can be accepted in place of English and Maths GCSE. Please note these are not required if you are doing an Access course – however, you must have English and maths as listed below.*

Plus any of the following qualifications:

GCE and VCE Advanced Level
104 points from three A Levels including a science subject, excluding general studies. If Advanced Double Award (ADA) it must be applied science or health and social care. AS levels are not acceptable.

Access course
A pass in a QAA-recognised Access course in a science or health subject including 27 level 3 credits at distinction with a minimum of 106 points. Social science or humanities Access are not acceptable.
*We can accept Level 2 Access units in communication and maths in place of English and maths GCSEs.

BTEC QCF Extended Diploma
112 points (DMM) in a science related subject.

  • Engineering and sport science are acceptable.
  • Uniformed public services is not acceptable.
  • Health and social care is only acceptable with a science A level or science GCSE at BB or above.

CACHE Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health & Social Care
120 points (B) in health and social care.

Foundation degree
A pass in a science or health subject including merits in the final year.

Irish Leaving Certificate
112 points from four or five Highers/Honours subjects including 18 points (C1) in a science, preferably biology.

Level 4 in a health and social care or science subject.

Open University
60 credit Level 4 module in a science subject.

Scottish Highers
111 points from four or five Highers including a science subject, excluding general studies.

Advanced Scottish Highers
112 points from three Advanced Highers including a science subject, excluding general studies.

For further detailed entry requirements for this course please visit

To score well at interview you will be measured against the following criteria which has been mapped against the NHS Constitution values. During the interview we will also explore your personal statement:

  • working together
  • respecting and preserving dignity
  • committed to and capable of becoming an autonomous professional radiographer
  • caring
  • compassionate
  • improving and innovating
  • non-judgmental, everyone counts

Criteria for personal statement:

  • Show insight into the role of the radiographer (regardless of how this has been achieved) and a commitment to the profession.
  • Demonstrate caring for others, for example in a service industry job, care provider, school role, community work.
  • Demonstrate interpersonal skills (communication and collaboration), for example volunteering activities, work activities, team sports.
  • Demonstrate personal initiative and commitment - some individual accomplishment at a remarkable level for example part-time work, excellent grades, long-term youth group membership or sport/hobby participation.
  • Demonstrate a degree of self-awareness and clear articulation of values in line with the NHS Constitution.:

You are encouraged to seek some work experience before you apply.

You must also
  • have five GCSEs grade 4 (grade C) or above, or equivalent, including English language, maths and science
  • provide an enhanced DBS check
  • be aware you need to declare any convictions, cautions or allegations to the relevant professional body before you apply to register.

If you are successful in shortlisting, an admissions test and interview you will receive an offer which is subject to the following:

  • evidence of achievement of the required academic qualifications.
  • a successful work-based risk assessment which will reflect the appropriate HEOPS recommendations. Find out more about all of the HEOPS standards
  • an enhanced criminal history (DBS) check may be required for certain modules or placements which involve working with children and/or adults at risk. Where an enhanced DBS check is required, applicants will cover the cost of these checks which can only be processed through the University.
  • satisfactory references.

If you are invited to an interview and the date is not suitable we may not be able to offer you an alternative date due to the high volume of applications received for this course but it is important that you contact the admissions office immediately.
Please note until the above have been successfully completed the offer of a place on the course remains conditional.

International applicants

  • International applicants must have IELTS 7.0 with a minimal score of 6.5 in all sections or Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 100/120 (in conjunction with a Teesside University English language test)* before an unconditional offer is made
  • If you are successful at shortlisting you will be invited to attend an interview (which may be in person OR video call) in one of our international offices in either India, Malaysia or China, or through a secure web link (which will be arranged by the University).
  • If you can not attend an interview as stated, you will be unable to proceed with your application.

*Students holding TOEFL qualifications at the required grade will be able to combine the qualification with a Teesside University English language test to meet the English language requirement. The English language test will assess listening and speaking competency.

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For general information please see our overview of entry requirements

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You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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Career opportunities

Radiographers are in demand in the UK and overseas within the NHS and private sectors.


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Entry to 2021/22 academic year

Fee for UK applicants
£9,250 a year

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Fee for international applicants
£13,000 a year

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  • Length: 3 years
  • UCAS code: B821 BSc/DRad
  • Start date: September
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  • Typical offer: 104-120 tariff points, admissions test and interview

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