Diagnostic Radiography BSc (Hons) Add to your prospectus

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Key information


  • Course length: 3 years
  • UCAS code: B821
  • Year of entry: 2018
  • Typical offer: A-level : BBB / IB : 30 / BTEC : Applications considered
Health Sciences

Entry Requirements

Clinical Entry Requirements

For details of full clinical and academic requirements for this course, please download BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography 2018 Academic & Clinical Entry Criteria.

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

A level offerGCE A2 levels at Grades BBB from 3 A2 levels (or 2 A2 levels and 2 AS levels). Preferably one subject to be a science.

For applicants from England: Where a science subject has been taken at A2 (Biology, Physics or Chemistry) a pass in the science practical of each taken subject will be required.

General studies is not acceptable.
Subject requirementsGCSEs
5 GCSEs grades A* - C. And must include English Language, Maths and a Science.

Where numerical grading has been introduced, English Language, Maths and Science will be required at Grade 5 or above.

Please note that Science dual award is acceptable. Core Science and Applied GCSEs will not be considered. All GCSEs should be obtained in one sitting.
BTEC Level 3 Extended DiplomaBTEC 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 either Applied Science/ Medical Science or Health and Social Care 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 from course specifications commencing from September 2016 onwards.
International Baccalaureate30 points to include three higher level subjects at a minimum of Grade 5. Biology must be offered at a minimum of a Grade 6.
European Baccalaureate74% overall with a minimum mark of 8 in Biology and no other subject less than a 6.
Irish Leaving Certificate2 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 HigherScottish Certificate of Education
Advanced Higher/Higher Level
Accepted in addition to five national 5’s graded upper A –C, which must include English Language, Maths 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 AdvancedAccepted at Grade A alongside two A2 levels at Grade B, one should preferably be in a Science subject.
Cambridge Pre-U DiplomaWill be considered
AQA BaccalaureateWill be considered
EU applicants

Residents of ‘European Union’ countries, educated under a non-British system should present with qualifications which have a science component and which would admit them to a degree course at a University in their own country.


Translations of all educational certificates must be provided.


Students whose native language is not English must show evidence of proficiency in English to a standard equivalent to average academic Level 7 of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), with no component lower than 6.5.

EU entry requirementsEU Qualifications
Graduate applicationWe 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.
AccessAccess Diploma
60 credits at level 3 (all should be new learning – GCSEs cannot be APEL’d against the Diploma)
45 credits at Level 3 all at Distinction level, with a minimum of 15 credits in Physics, Maths and Biology.
The remaining 15 credits should be gained from ungraded credits at Level 3 and should be from academic subjects. Either another science or further credits from the subjects listed above.

5 GCSEs at Grades A* - C and must include Mathematics, English Language and a Science subject.

Please note: We consider Access courses to be suitable for adult learners who have generally been out of education for at least 3 years and have had no access to higher education. This is not considered an appropriate route for students who have failed to achieve the necessary A2 Level grades.

Access courses via Distance Learning are not acceptable for entry on to this programme.

For details of full Access Course requirements, please download Access Course requirements for Diagnostic Radiography.
International entry informationYour country
International entry for this course

We do not accept international students through UCAS. However, we do accept International students who successfully complete  the Foundation Certificate in Science and Engineering (Health and Medicine) programme at the Liverpool International College. A clinical visit to a Diagnostic Radiography department as well as a successful interview will also be required.

Academic referenceAn 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

Candidates must show evidence, in their UCAS Personal Statement, of a good understanding of the scope of Diagnostic Radiography practice, preferably indicated by observational experience. A minimum of one day gaining experience in a general X-ray Department is advisable. Applicants should also consider visiting a Radiotherapy Department.

In addition candidates should be able to articulate the realistic expectations required from the programme and the demands of clinical placements.

Experience in a paid or voluntary capacity working with the general public, children, elderly people or people with impairment or disability will strengthen an application.

Declaration of criminal background

You will understand that as a health sciences student, and when you qualify, you will be working with 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.

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.

Disability information

If you have, or think you have dyslexia or a long term health condition or impairment that may have the potential to impact upon your studies and/or your Fitness to Practice duty, please complete the Disability form‌‌. We will contact you to discuss your support needs.

Important information

The academic profile, reference and personal statement of each candidate are given equal consideration. Due to the large number of applications it is advised that candidates ensure that they present with the strongest possible application.

Additional essential requirements

Additional requirements include:

  • Knowlegde/understanding of the profession
  • Evidence of care/compassion for others
  • Evidence of teamwork and personal achievement
  • Evidence of verbal/written communication skills

Applicants, prior to submitting their UCAS application, must complete a Clinical Visit Form and return it to the Admissions Unit.

Please download Diagnostic Radiography entry criteria 2017 for full details.

Mature students and access courses

Studying for a degree later in life can be highly rewarding and our mature students are among some of our most successful. However, we appreciate that it is a big step for you to take, and that you’ll have lots of questions that you’ll want to discuss with us. We’re here to help, so please do get in touch.

Our Mature Students and Access courses pages contain lots of information and, importantly, a point of contact to talk things through with you.

General Studies

Most (see exceptions below) of our non-clinical programmes welcome General Studies as one of three A levels upon which we make an offer. However, applicants may offer only one of General Studies, Critical Thinking, Citizenship Studies among their three A levels.

General Studies is not considered for:

  • Diagnostic Radiography
  • Dentistry
  • Life Sciences
  • Management School
  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Orthoptics
  • Physiotherapy
  • Radiotherapy
  • Veterinary Science