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Therapeutic Radiography and Oncology

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The deadline for international students is 30 June 2023.

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  • University name: University of Liverpool
  • Course: Therapeutic Radiography and Oncology B822
  • Location: Main site
  • Start date: 25 September 2023

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Bachelor of Science

Bachelor of Science (BSc) is a bachelor’s degree awarded for an undergraduate programme in the sciences.

Course overview

Our Therapeutic Radiography and Oncology programme allows students the traditional academic and clinical learning opportunities to develop into competent and resilient radiographers, equipped with the necessary skills to flourish in a wide array of professional environments.

Introduction

With an integrated case based approach enabling you to study all aspects of the radiotherapy patient pathway, through connecting your academic lectures, clinical placement experience and clinical simulation.

This programme aims to produce competent, reflective, research active, caring, safe, proactive and progressive Therapeutic Radiographers, through an innovative and authentic teaching and assessment strategy encompassing real world radiotherapy research and radiotherapy clinical simulation.

Programme in detail

The programme has been designed using a case based approach, this means that a cancer patient case will bring to life the radiotherapy patient journey and provide a framework to connect content delivered. The programme content is organised into four key themes:

  • Radiotherapy physics, technology and radiobiology
  • Radiation oncology and patient care
  • Preparation for practice and professionalism
  • Research methods in radiotherapy.

You will study a range of profession specific modules, engage in interprofessional learning through activities with fellow allied health professional students in the School of Health Sciences and attend clinical placement during academic terms. The clinical placements increase in length from year one through to year three. All placements are arranged in a variety of Radiotherapy Cancer Centres and there is an opportunity to spend an elective period in a radiotherapy department of your choice.

What you'll learn

  • Research gathering techniques
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Communication skills
  • Self-directed learning techniques
  • Patient care
  • Physics, radiobiology and technology skills relating to Radiotherapy

Course content

Discover what you'll learn, what you'll study, and how you'll be taught and assessed.

Year one

Year one of the programme is concerned primarily with the acquisition of knowledge, with some integration and application of this knowledge to clinical practice. It provides a comprehensive introduction to the fundamental concepts and principles that underpin therapeutic radiography and its role in the management of cancer.

Compulsory modules

FOUNDATIONS OF RADIOTHERAPY, ONCOLOGY AND PATIENT CARE 1 (RADT118)

Credits: 30 / Semester: semester 1

Using a blended approach, this module will enable students to develop the skills-base needed for safe and effective radiotherapy practice. It will also develop their basic operating skills of a linear accelerator for clinical practice. In addition the students will be introduced to the fundamentals of oncology. The student will be taught and assessed in both University and placement sites in the radonc modules.

FOUNDATIONS OF RADIATION ONCOLOGY AND PATIENT CARE 2 (BREAST) (RADT121)

Credits: 30 / Semester: semester 2

RADIOTHERAPY PRACTICE 1 (RADIOTHERAPY CLINICAL LEARNING AND FOUNDATIONS OF PROFESSIONALISM (RADT123)

Credits: 15 / Semester: whole session

RADIOTHERAPY PHYSICS, TECHNOLOGY AND RADIOBIOLOGY 1 (RADT114)

Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 1

RADIOTHERAPY PHYSICS, TECHNOLOGY AND RADIOBIOLOGY 2 (RADT151)

Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 2

This module develops further the physics concepts introduced in the first semester physics module (RADT114) with specific focus on the clinical application of these concepts. The module will cover physical principles, key components, design, safe use of and clinical application of radiotherapy equipment for localisation, planning and treatment delivery of both radical and palliative pathways. Module learning outcomes are assessed using a written unseen exam.

RESEARCH METHODS IN RADIOTHERAPY (RADT134)

Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 2

Programme details and modules listed are illustrative only and subject to change.

Our curriculum

The Liverpool Curriculum framework sets out our distinctive approach to education. Our teaching staff support our students to develop academic knowledge, skills, and understanding alongside our graduate attributes:

  • Digital fluency
  • Confidence
  • Global citizenship

Our curriculum is characterised by the three Liverpool Hallmarks:

  • Research-connected teaching
  • Active learning
  • Authentic assessment

All this is underpinned by our core value of inclusivity and commitment to providing a curriculum that is accessible to all students.

Course options

Studying with us means you can tailor your degree to suit you. Here's what is available on this course.

Global Opportunities

University of Liverpool students can choose from an exciting range of study placements at partner universities worldwide.

What's available on this course?

Year in China

Immerse yourself in Chinese culture on an optional additional year at Xi'an Jiaotong Liverpool University in stunning Suzhou.

  • Learn Chinese
  • Study in a bustling world heritage city
  • Improve employment prospects
  • Study Chinese culture
  • 30 minutes from Shanghai
  • Learn new skills

Read more about Year at XJTLU, China

Language study

Every student at The University of Liverpool can study a language as part of, or alongside their degree. You can choose:

  • A dedicated languages degree
  • A language as a joint or major/ minor degree
  • Language modules (selected degrees)
  • Language classes alongside your studies

Read more about studying a language

Your experience

Therapeutic Radiography and Oncology students at the University of Liverpool benefit from our experience in delivering more than 100 years of teaching across practical and professionally focused programmes.

Our curriculum is developed and assessed by leading healthcare providers throughout the North West. Many such partners across the North West provide exciting placement opportunities which allows you to bring your studies to life by gaining a breadth of patient-focused practical experience in a region with a particularly diverse population, providing an invaluable insight to future roles.

We place an emphasis on interprofessional learning modules in order to reflect the multi-professional environments you will encounter in today’s healthcare settings.

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What students say...

I came on a couple of Open Days to the University of Liverpool and it really appealed to me once I had talked to some of the staff members, and Liverpool is a nice city. Therefore, I thought I would come here. I think my time here will put me in a very good position when applying for jobs. It teaches us to treat cancer using radiation so we can get a job working as a qualified radiotherapist.

Paul Attwood, BSc (Hons) Radiotherapy

Careers and employability

With an ageing population and improved cancer detection techniques, there is a high demand for suitably qualified healthcare professionals to support cancer patients.

As a therapeutic radiography graduate, you’re qualified for a career in one of the most rewarding and stimulating health professions, and eligible to apply for statutory registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and to become a member of the Society of Radiographers.

You will also have gained a qualification that meets the Government’s criteria for ‘fitness for purpose’ and ‘fitness for practice’. This programme has an excellent record of graduate employment within the NHS as a consequence; our graduates are well respected and valued in the UK and internationally.

99% of health sciences students find their main activity after graduation meaningful.

Graduate Outcomes, 2018-19.

As a graduate of the School of Health Sciences you’ll be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). You can look to explore careers in:

  • National Health Service
  • Social Services
  • Private sector

Preparing you for future success

At Liverpool, our goal is to support you to build your intellectual, social, and cultural capital so that you graduate as a socially-conscious global citizen who is prepared for future success. We achieve this by:

  • Embedding employability within your , through the modules you take and the opportunities to gain real-world experience offered by many of our courses.
  • Providing you with opportunities to gain experience and develop connections with people and organisations, including student and graduate employers as well as our global alumni.
  • Providing you with the latest tools and skills to thrive in a competitive world, including access to Handshake, a platform which allows you to create your personalised job shortlist and apply with ease.
  • Supporting you through our peer-to-peer led Careers Studio, where our career coaches provide you with tailored advice and support.

Fees and funding

Your tuition fees, funding your studies, and other costs to consider.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching and assessment, operating facilities such as libraries, IT equipment, and access to academic and personal support. Learn more about tuition fees, funding and student finance.

UK fees
Also applies to Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Republic of Ireland
Full-time place, per year £9,250
Year in industry fee £1,850
Year abroad fee £1,385
International fees
Full-time place, per year £24,200
Fees stated are for the 2022-23 academic year and may rise for 2023-24.

Additional costs

We understand that budgeting for your time at university is important, and we want to make sure you understand any course-related costs that are not covered by your tuition fee. This may include a laptop, books, or stationery. Additional costs for this course could include professional association fees and travel to placements.

Find out more about the additional study costs that may apply to this course.

Additional study costs

We understand that budgeting for your time at university is important, and we want to make sure you understand any course-related costs that are not covered by your tuition fee. This may include a laptop, books, or stationery. Additional costs for this course could include professional association fees and travel to placements.

Professional association fees

Optional Society of Radiographers student membership: first year free, then £45 per year (or £3.75 per month)

Travel to placements

Students will complete their clinical learning experience at an assigned centre. This may be in Liverpool, Aintree, Wirral, Manchester, Salford, Oldham, Preston (with a short rotation to Carlisle), or Sutton Coldfield.

Depending on where students choose to be based when in an academic block, travel to these sites and their respective satellite centres will incur additional costs.

For example, a student based in Liverpool who is placed at the Christie Hospital in Manchester may choose to:

  • drive the distance of 39 miles
  • commute each day at a cost of around £19 by train (student concessions may be available)
  • find additional accommodation.

Elective placements

Students undertake a one-week elective placement, either in the UK or overseas, which is self-funded. This is optional, not assessed, and does not contribute to clinical attendance.

* Home students are able to apply for reimbursement of travel/accommodation costs in relation to placement from the NHS Business Services Authority.

Find out more about additional study costs.

Scholarships and bursaries

We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to help cover tuition fees and help with living expenses while at university.

Scholarships and bursaries you can apply for from the United Kingdom

Entry requirements

The qualifications and exam results you'll need to apply for this course.

NHS Values will be assessed in all areas of an application including UCAS Personal Statement and at interview. For more details, please download our explanation of Value Based Recruitment.

My qualifications are from: United Kingdom.

Your qualification Requirements

About our typical entry requirements

A levels

A2 Level at BBB from three A2 Levels with at least one Science subject.

Applied Science will only be considered when accompanied by another Science A-Level, not Applied.

Higher grades may be required from resit students.

You may automatically qualify for reduced entry requirements through our contextual offers scheme.

If you don't meet the entry requirements, you may be able to complete a foundation year which would allow you to progress to this course.

Available foundation years:

GCSE 5 GCSEs at Grades A* - C which must include English Language, Mathematics and Science. Where numerical grading is introduced these subject me be offered at a minimum of Grade 5. English Language, Biology/Human Biology, Mathematics or Physics MUST be offered at Grade C. (Science Dual Award is acceptable). Applied GCSEs will not be considered.
Subject requirements

For applicants from England: Where a science has been taken at A level (Chemistry, Biology or Physics), a pass in the Science practical of each subject will be required.

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

BTEC nationals are considered in addition to 5 GCSEs grades A* – C, which must include English Language, Maths and a Science. Where numerical grading has been introduced, English Language, Maths and a Science will be required at Grade 5 or above. Please note that Science dual award is acceptable but Core Science and Applied GCSEs will not be considered.

We will accept one BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate at a minimum of Distinction. This must be accompanied by two A2 at Grade B, of which one subject should include Biology/Human Biology, Physics, Maths or Chemistry. Three separate subjects must be taken between the two qualifications.

BTEC National Diploma in Health and Social Care or Applied Science/ Medical Science graded at DD will be accepted. This must be accompanied by one A Level at grade B. In total, between the two qualifications; two separate subjects must be taken.

BTEC National Extended Diploma (180 credits) in Health and Social Care or Applied Science/Medical Science at DDD. The student is required to achieve 120 credits out of 180 at Distinction by the end of their second year. The BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma and National Diploma must be the 2016 specification. We do not accept the BTEC Nationals (2010, QCF).

International Baccalaureate

Applicants should normally present with 30 points including 3 Higher Level subjects at minimum Grade 5.

Higher Level subjects must include Mathematics and Biology or Physics.

European Baccalaureate 74% overall with a minimum mark of 8 in Biology and no other subject less than a 6.
Irish Leaving Certificate 2 subjects at H2 or above to include a science subject (Maths, Physics, Biology, Chemistry) and 4 subjects at H3 or above to include a further science subject and/or Maths.
Scottish Higher/Advanced Higher

Scottish Certificate of Education

Advanced Higher/Higher Level
Accepted in addition to five national 5’s graded upper A –C, which must include English Language, Mathematics and a Science subject. A minimum of five B’s from any combination of Advanced Higher/Higher Level. Consideration will only be given to Advanced Highers in different subjects to those of Highers level subjects offered.

Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Not accepted
Cambridge Pre-U Diploma Will be considered
Graduate application

We welcome applications from graduates holding a minimum of a 2:2 classification. If your degree is not in a Science related subject please contact the admission unit for further information. If it is 5 years or more since you last studied you may be advised to study an A level in Biology / Human Biology. The degree qualification should be supported by a strong academic background, with a minimum of 5 GCSEs A* – C to include English Language, Mathematics and a Science subject.

Access Essential: 45 credits at Level 3 (all should be new learning, ie. GCSE awards cannot be APL’d against the Diploma). 30 credits passed at distinction (which must include a minimum of 15 credits in modules relating to Biology, Maths and Physics). The remaining 15 credits must be passed at merit or higher. 5 GCSE subjects graded A*-C and must include: English Language, Mathematics and Science
Academic Reference

An academic reference must be included within the UCAS application. If the applicant is a graduate and has been working since graduating (within three years), an employer reference is acceptable.

Profession-specific knowledge and skills required

The UCAS Personal Statement, must demonstrate an understanding of the Therapeutic Radiography & Oncology role.  Applicants should also consider visiting a Diagnostic Radiography Department to give them an awareness of the differences between the Diagnostic and Therapeutic Radiography professions. Applicants should have an appreciation of the demands of the programme and a realistic understanding of what is required when on clinical placement.

Having experience of working with the general public, children, the elderly or people with disabilities, in a paid or voluntary capacity will strengthen an application.

Declaration of criminal background

You will understand that as a health sciences student, and when you qualify, you will be asked to treat children and other vulnerable people. We therefore need information about any criminal offences of which you may have been convicted, or with which you have been charged. The information you provide may later be checked with the police.

If selected for interview you will be provided with the appropriate form to complete.

Health screening

The University and the School of Health Sciences has an obligation to undertake health screening on all prospective healthcare students. Any offer of a place to study is conditional on completion of a health questionnaire and a satisfactory assessment of fitness to train from the University’s Occupational Health Service. This will include some obligatory immunisations and blood tests.

International qualifications

Many countries have a different education system to that of the UK, meaning your qualifications may not meet our entry requirements.

Contextual offers: reduced grade requirements

Based on your personal circumstances, you may automatically qualify for up to a two-grade reduction in the entry requirements needed for this course. When you apply, we consider a range of factors – such as where you live – to assess if you’re eligible for a grade reduction. You don’t have to make an application for a grade reduction – we’ll do all the work.

Find out more about how we make reduced grade offers.

About our entry requirements

Our entry requirements may change from time to time both according to national application trends and the availability of places at Liverpool for particular courses. We review our requirements before the start of the new UCAS cycle each year and publish any changes on our website so that applicants are aware of our typical entry requirements before they submit their application.

Recent changes to government policy which determine the number of students individual institutions may admit under the student number control also have a bearing on our entry requirements and acceptance levels, as this policy may result in us having fewer places than in previous years.

We believe in treating applicants as individuals, and in making offers that are appropriate to their personal circumstances and background. For this reason, we consider a range of factors in addition to predicted grades, widening participation factors amongst other evidence provided. Therefore the offer any individual applicant receives may differ slightly from the typical offer quoted in the prospectus and on the website.

Alternative entry requirements

Changes to Therapeutic Radiography and Oncology BSc (Hons)

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