Diagnostic Radiography BSc (Hons)

Key information

  • Course length: 3 years
  • UCAS code: B821
  • Year of entry: 2020
  • Typical offer: A-level : BBB / IB : 30 / BTEC : Applications considered
Health Sciences

Entry Requirements

Clinical Entry Requirements

Please view the Diagnostic Radiography entry criteria.

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.

View the Access Requirements Diagnostic Radiography pdf.

A level offerGCE A2 levels BBB with at least one Science subject.

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 National 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.
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 AdvancedNot accepted
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 or it is 5 years or more since you last studied please contact the admission unit for further information. 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.
AccessEssential: 60 credits at Level 3 (all should be new learning, ie. GCSE awards cannot be APL’d against the Diploma). 39 credits passed at distinction with a minimum of 15 out of 39 credits in modules relating to Biology, Maths and Physics. The remaining 6 credits must be passed at merit or higher.

The remaining 15 credits may be gained from ungraded credits at Level 3 and should be from academic subjects. Either another science or additional credits from the subjects stipulated above, 5 GCSE subjects graded A*-C and must include: English Language, Mathematics and Science
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 UCAS Personal Statement, must demonstrate understanding of the diagnostic radiography role, preferably indicated by a minimum of a one day ‘observational visit’ to a Radiology Department. Applicants should also consider visiting a Radiotherapy Department to give them an awareness of the differences between the professions.Candidates 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.

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

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:

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



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 an A level upon which we will make an offer.

General Studies is not considered for:

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