Therapeutic Radiography and Oncology BSc (Hons)

Key information

  • Course length: 3 years
  • UCAS code: B822
  • Year of entry: 2020
  • Typical offer: A-level : BBB / IB : 30 / BTEC : Applications considered
  • This programme does not accept applications from international students.

Entry Requirements

Clinical Entry Requirements

For details of full clinical and academic requirements for this course, please download BSC (Hons) Radiotherapy 2019 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, please download our explanation of Value Based Recruitment.

A level offerA2 Level at BBB from three A Levels (or two A and two AS Levels. Higher grades may be required). Grade B in Biology, Chemistry, Human Biology, PE, Mathematics or Physics is required.

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

Higher grades may be required from resit students.
Subject requirements5 GCSEs at Grades A* - C which must include English Language, Mathematics and Science (all to have been obtained at one sitting)
(Subject to change in line with new numeric grades. Please speak to Admissions Tutor direct)

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 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 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 BaccalaureateApplicants 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 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, 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 AdvancedAccepted at Grade A alongside two A2 levels at Grade B, one should preferably be in Biology or PE.
Cambridge Pre-U DiplomaWill 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.
AccessEssential: 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
International entry requirementsThis programme does not accept applications from international students.
International entry for this course

We do consider international students through UCAS. However, the preferable route is via successful completion of the  Foundation Certificate in Science and Engineering (Health and Medicine) programme at the Liverpool International College. A clinical visit to a Radiotherapy 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 & nature of Radiotherapy practice. Prospective students should visit both Radiotherapy and a Diagnostic Imaging Department to give them a greater understanding of the different roles each plays in the health care setting. Candidates should be able to articulate the realistic expectations required from the programme and the demands of clinical placements.

All prospective students must visit a Radiotherapy Department for a minimum of half a day. This may be one of the clinical placements linked to the Directorate or it could be a department nearer to their own home.  The visit is an opportunity to gain an insight into radiotherapy as a career. The student should have the chance to see the equipment used, talk to members of staff and students and observe a range of patients treated. 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 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.

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.

Important information

The academic profile, reference and personal statement of each candidate are given equal consid-eration. 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

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


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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