Diagnostic Radiography BSc (Hons)

Key information

Health Sciences

Entry Requirements

Clinical Entry Requirements

Diagnostic Radiography Clinical Observational Visit form*

*Due to Covid-19 restrictions this may not be possible. Applicants must ensure that they throughly research the role of a diagnostic radiographer.

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 Diagnostic Radiography entry criteria 2021 pdf.

A level requirementsGCE A2 levels BBB from three A2 levels with at least one Science subject.

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

General studies is not acceptable. (this is the typical entry requirement) for this course.

General Studies is not considered for this course.

Subject requirementsGCSEs
5 GCSEs grades 5 -9 (or grades A* - C if assigned according to previous grading format), which must include English Language, Maths and a Science.

Please note that Science dual award is acceptable. Core Science and Applied GCSEs are also considered. All GCSEs should be obtained in one sitting.
BTEC Level 3 National Extended DiplomaBTEC nationals are considered in addition to 5 GCSEs grades 5-9 (or former A* - C), which must include English Language, Maths and a Science. Science dual award, Core Science and Applied GCSEs will also be considered.

We will accept one BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (60 credits) 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 (120 credits) in Health and Social Care or Applied Science/ Medical Science graded at DD will be accepted. This must be accompanied by a science A Level (biology, physics, chemistry and maths) at grade B In total, between the two qualifications; two separate subjects must be taken.

Alternatively 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 CertificateLeaving Certificate: 6 Higher Level subjects. 1 subject at grade H1 to include a science subject such as Maths, Physics, Biology or Chemistry, and 2 subjects at grade H2 or above to include a further science subject and or Maths. The remaining 3 subjects must be graded at H3 or above. Out of the six subjects, English, Mathematics and a Science subject must be included.
Higher grades may be required from students resitting.

Scottish Higher/Advanced HigherScottish Certificate of Education
Advanced Higher/Higher Level
A minimum of 5Bs from any combination of advanced higher and higher. Higher subject should demonstrate a broad science background.
Consideration will only be given to Advanced Highers in different subjects to those of Highers. Subjects to include: Biology/Human Biology/PE at a minimum of grade B.

Welsh Baccalaureate AdvancedAccepted at Grade A alongside two A2 levels at Grade B, one should be in a Science subject.

Cambridge Pre-U DiplomaWill be considered
AQA BaccalaureateWill be considered
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.
AccessEssential: 60 credits at Level 3, including 15 in credits in biology, 15 credits in maths and 15 credits in physics/chemistry. 39 of the 60 credits must be at distinction, the remaining credits may be gained from ungraded level 3 credits and passed at merit or higher. 5 GCSE subjects graded 5-9 (or A*-C) and must include: English Language, Mathematics and Science.
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International entry for this course

We accept international students through UCAS, as well as those international students who successfully complete the Foundation Certificate in Science and Engineering (Health and Medicine) programme at the Liverpool International College.

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, indicated by a minimum of a one day ‘observational visit’ to a Radiology Department. Applicants should also consider visiting a Radiotherapy Department (Therapeutic Radiography) to give them an awareness of the differences between the Diagnostic and Therapeutic Radiography 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.

Declaration of criminal background

Applicants should understand that both as a health sciences student, and as an eventual qualified health professional, working with children and other vulnerable people is an inherent part of the role. Therefore information relating to any previous charges or convictions for criminal offences will be required. This information may be subject to police checks.

Health screening

The University and the School of Health Sciences has an obligation to undertake health screening of all prospective healthcare students. Any offer of a place on this course of 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 link below provides further information:


Disability information

Should a candidate have, or suspect they may have dyslexia, or a long term health condition or impairment that may have the potential to impact upon studies and/or Fitness to Practice, please complete the Disability form‌‌. Candidates will then be contacted to discuss requirements for support.

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
Please note that a clinical visit to a Diagnostic Radiography department will be required as well as a successful interview.
Applicants must complete a Clinical Visit Form separately, and prior to, their UCAS application, and return it to the Admissions Unit.


Alternative entry requirements