- A level requirements: BBB
- UCAS code: B822
- Study mode: Full-time
- Length: 3 years
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.
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.
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:
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.
Discover what you'll learn, what you'll study, and how you'll be taught and assessed.
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.
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.
To provide learners with knowledge and understanding of breast cancer management and holistic care.
The module aim is to provide learners with a range of opportunities to develop foundation level clinical skills and professional knowledge relevant to the therapeutic radiographer.
This module aims to equip learners with the necessary understanding to enable them to use radiation safely. It provides learners with understanding of fundamental terminology, radiobiology, physical concepts and technology relevant to radiotherapy. The module also aims to prepare learners for more advanced application of these physical principles in subsequent radiation physics, technology and radiobiology modules.
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.
This module introduces learners to the philosophy, principles and methods of radiotherapy research. Learners will gain understanding of the importance of research in modern radiotherapy within the context of evidence-based practice.
Year two of the programme expands the previously acquired knowledge with an increasing emphasis on the understanding and application of principles to clinical practice. You are encouraged to develop the skills of interpretation and evaluation and to relate them to all areas of the programme.
This module aims to support learners as they formulate and articulate a research question relevant to radiotherapy practice and plan a research project to answer the question.
The module aim is to provide learners with a range of opportunities to develop academic, clinical and professional knowledge and skills relevant to the therapeutic radiographer.
To provide learners with knowledge, understanding and skills in the field of pelvic cancer management and the associated holistic care.
To provide students with knowledge and understanding of the diagnosis, treatment and care pathway for patients diagnosed with cancers of the head, neck and thorax .
This module aims to equip students with the necessary physics and radiobiology knowledge and understanding of how radiation dose to the patient is standardised and measured, and the biological effects of treatment. The module also aims to prepare students for more advanced radiotherapy practices, such as particle beam therapy
Year three of the programme enables you to develop critical analysis of the impact of innovation and technological advances on practice. The greater part of this year is spent in the clinical environment allowing you to consolidate and develop skills enabling you to become clinically competent and safe to practice.
To provide learners with knowledge and understanding of the management and care involved in treating patients with rare, complex, or challenging cancers including paediatrics and young adults.
The module aim is to provide learners with a range of opportunities to develop the clinical skills and professional knowledge required to practice as a Therapeutic Radiographer.
This module aims to enable students to appraise new radiotherapy technological systems and processes and justify clinical decision making in treatment planning and image-guided radiotherapy.
To enable learners to study, in depth, a chosen area of radiotherapy through the application and development of research skills, academic writing and critical appraisal of literaure.
Learning is promoted through a wide variety of activities that enable students to become autonomous and continuous learners. Interactive lectures, practical and clinical skills group work, simulation, directed study, role play, problem based learning, small group work, student-led seminars, collaborative project work and interactive tutorials are key learning strategies for this programme.
Practical work using our imaging suite digital equipment, 3D virtual reality radiotherapy facility, Clinical Skills Resource Room and the Human Anatomy Resource Centre complement teaching activities.
Face-to-face interactions between all students will occur at shared lectures, tutorials and group work and online interaction will be encouraged and facilitated as are inter-professional education and learning opportunities across all healthcare professions programmes.
Using a mixture of coursework and examination, a range of assessment methods can be seen across this programme. These include seen and unseen written examinations, essay assignments with specific word lengths, multiple choice questions, case study presentations and interactive practical examinations.
Assessment of the work-based learning element of all programmes will be an important aspect of your studies. You will be required to communicate your views orally and in written form; analyse, implement and evaluate your practice; and to extend the research and evidence base of your chosen profession.
The various methods of assessments have been chosen to provide a balance that will permit the undergraduates to demonstrate their intellectual abilities in all areas to the full.
We have a distinctive approach to education, the Liverpool Curriculum Framework, which focuses on research-connected teaching, active learning, and authentic assessment to ensure our students graduate as digitally fluent and confident global citizens.
Studying with us means you can tailor your degree to suit you. Here's what is available on this course.
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.
From arrival to alumni, we’re with you all the way:
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.
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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.
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:
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:
Your tuition fees, funding your studies, and other costs to consider.
|UK fees (applies to Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Republic of Ireland)|
|Full-time place, per year||£9,250|
|Year abroad fee||£1,385|
|Full-time place, per year||£25,450|
|Year abroad fee||£12,725|
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.
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.
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
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.
BBB with at least one Science subject.
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.|
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).
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
|Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced||Not accepted|
|Cambridge Pre-U Diploma||Will be considered|
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|
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.
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.
The IELTS requirement is an overall score of 7.0 with no component less than 6.5.
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Last updated 18 April 2023 / / Programme terms and conditions /