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.
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Module details

Programme Year One

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.

Year One Compulsory Modules

  • Foundations of Radiotherapy, Oncology and Patient Care 1 (RADT118)
    Level1
    Credit level30
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To provide learners with knowledge and understanding of non-melanoma skin cancer, cancer management and holistic care.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Describe with reference to human anatomy and physiology, the development of non-melanoma skin cancers and potential routes of spread.

    (LO2) Explain the pathway from presentation to post-treatment support for a patient diagnosed with a non-melanoma skin cancer

    (LO3) Develop knowledge and understanding of clinical pharmacology and radiotherapy planning, and relate this to the management of patients with non-melanoma skin cancer.

    (LO4) Describe the development of radiotherapy induced side effects and explain the management of radiotherapy induced skin reactions.

    (LO5) Understand the holistic care needs of patients with non-melanoma skin cancers and relate these to the role of the Therapeutic Radiographer and the mulit-disciplinary team providing care.

    (S1) Organisational skills - Students will need to organise their time in preparing for tutorials, practical sessions and assessment.

    (S2) IT skills - Students will be expected to use the library resources to research evidence relating to the management of non-melanoma skin cancer. Case Presentations will be presented and submitted electronically.

    (S3) Communication skills - Small group tutorials will develop communication skills as students will be expected to listen to and respect the opinions of both peers and patients, and question in a respectful manner. Students will be expected to contribute to verbal discussions led by tutors. In the OSCE assessment students will be expected to describe a discuss the effects of treatment and their management for example with a patient.

    (S4) Teamwork - During small group practical's using the radiotherapy simulation equipment, students will be expected to work as a team to deliver a treatment technique. Teamwork will also be employed in the group production of health promotion and patient information material.

  • Foundations of Radiation Oncology and Patient Care 2 (breast) (RADT121)
    Level1
    Credit level30
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To provide learners with knowledge and understanding of breast cancer management and holistic care.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Describe with reference to human anatomy and physiology, the development of breast cancers and potential routes of spread

    (LO2) Explain the treatment pathways for patients diagnosed with breast cancer

    (LO3) Discuss the role of radiotherapy in the management of breast cancer

    (LO4) Identify the pharmacology associated with the management of breast cancers and treatment induced toxicities

    (LO5) Explain the practical and holistic care needs of a patient with breast cancer and the role of the Therapeutic Radiographer in the multi-disciplinary team providing care

    (S1) Organisational skills - Students will be required to manage their time in order to meet the requirements of the module assessment and complete non-scheduled work

    (S2) IT skills - New IT Skills are introduced using the treatment planning software. Development of existing IT skills will include the application of university systems such as VITAL and completion of written assignment

    (S3) Communication skills - Students develop knowledge, understanding an application of communication skills in relation to providing supportive care to breast cancer patients. Small group tutorials discussing the real patient case will provide students with an opportunity to verbally discuss issues raised, listen to peers and consider ways in which communication styles need to be adapted in order to meet the needs of the diverse patient population

    (S4) Teamwork - During treatment planning practuicals and VERT practicals students will work in small groups to develop a treatment plan. Working together on the tasks set will develop students ability to listen, engage and maintain respectful, effective communication strategies

  • Radiotherapy Practice 1 (radiotherapy Clinical Learning and Foundations of Professionalism (RADT123)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    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.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Develop knowledge and understanding used to practice safe radiotherapy technical skills in accordance with radiation safety legislation and departmental protocols within own scope of practice

    (LO2) Demonstrate core clinical skills to underpin safe clinical practice.

    (LO3) Demonstrate effective communication and patient care skills to service users and the multi-disciplinary health care team

    (LO4) Describe the impact of teamwork in health care and reflect on own clinical, academic and personal development

    (LO5) Demonstrate appropriate professional attitudes and behaviours towards service users and colleagues consistent with professional body and regulatory requirements.

    (S1) Teamwork - Learners will work as part of a team within the radiotherapy clinical environment and receive feedback and action plans based on their performance

    (S2) Lifelong learning skills - Learners will learn to develop an e-portfolio including reflective practice which will prepare them for continual professional development.

    (S3) Communication skills - Communication will be developed and practiced in a role play environment and transferred in clinical skills development through interaction with patients and staff.

    (S4) Organisational skills - Learners will manage their e-portfolio of learning and guide their own clinical development through a clear structure of competencies.

    (S5) Information Technology - Learners will develop and apply core IT skills using word processing, wikis and electronic recording of their portfolio and clinical assessments

  • Radiotherapy Physics, Technology and Radiobiology 1 (RADT114)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims

    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.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Describe key principles, equipment and components necessary for production of a range of ionising radiations

    (LO2) Explain the interaction processes of ionising radiation with matter and their implications for clinical practice

    (LO3) Identify the potential effects and hazards of ionising radiation and the practices adopted for their safe use

    (LO4) Differentiate between the quantities used to measure ionising radiation and radiation dose

    (S1) Numeracy (application of) manipulation of numbers, general mathematical awareness and its application in practical contexts (e.g. measuring, weighing, estimating and applying formulae)

    (S2) Problem solving/ critical thinking/ creativity analysing facts and situations and applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions.

    (S3) Organisational skills

    (S4) IT skills

    (S5) Teamwork

  • Radiotherapy Physics, Technology and Radiobiology 2 (RADT151)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims

    This module aims to provide learners with knowledge and understanding of the clinical application of radiotherapy technology, physics and radiobiology for radical and palliative patient radiotherapy management pathways.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Identify and explain the physical principles, design and clinical use of localisation equipment and technology in radiotherapy departments

    (LO2) Describe the technology involved in radiotherapy treatment planning and its application in both radical and palliative radiotherapy treatment pathways

    (LO3) Describe the design and clinical application of radiotherapy treatment delivery equipment and technology in radiotherapy practice

    (LO4) Describe the design and clinical application of on-treatment radiotherapy imaging equipment commonly used in radiotherapy practice

    (S1) Numeracy (application of) manipulation of numbers, general mathematical awareness and its application in practical contexts (e.g. measuring, weighing, estimating and applying formulae)

    (S2) Problem solving/ critical thinking/ creativity analysing facts and situations and applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions.

    (S3) Information technology (application of) adopting, adapting and using digital devices, applications and services

  • Research Methods in Radiotherapy (RADT134)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims

    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.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Describe the key methodological features of a range of common health research designs

    (LO2) Identify advantages and disadvantages of different research methods for radiotherapy research

    (LO3) Identify an appropriate method to address a specific research question

    (LO4) Outline common ethical issues arising in radiotherapy research

    (LO5) Describe the principles of research dissemination and evidence-based practice in radiotherapy

    (S1) Research management developing a research strategy, project planning and delivery, risk management, formulating questions, selecting literature, using primary/secondary/diverse sources, collecting & using data, applying research methods, applying ethics

    (S2) Problem solving/ critical thinking/ creativity analysing facts and situations and applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions.

    (S3) Team (group) working respecting others, co-operating, negotiating / persuading, awareness of interdependence with others

Programme Year Two

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.

Year Two Compulsory Modules

  • Applied Research Methods in Radiotherapy (RADT221)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    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.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Search, collate, appraise and interpret the meaning of published research in radiotherapy

    (LO2) Apply practice placement knowledge and experience to identify a research question relevant to modern radiotherapy practice.

    (LO3) Design a comprehensive research strategy to answer a specific radiotherapy research question

    (LO4) Provide evaluation of research methods within the context of a planned research design

    (S1) Problem solving/ critical thinking/ creativity analysing facts and situations and applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions.

    (S2) Research management developing a research strategy, project planning and delivery, risk management, formulating questions, selecting literature, using primary/secondary/diverse sources, collecting & using data, applying research methods, applying ethics

  • Radiotherapy Practice 2 (radiotherapy Clinical Learning and Developing Professionalism) (RADT234)
    Level2
    Credit level30
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    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.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Practice safe radiotherapy technical skills in accordance with radiation safety legislation and departmental protocols within own scope of practice

    (LO2) Demonstrate and reflect on effective communication and patient care skills to service users and the multi-disciplinary health care team

    (LO3) Analyse the impact of communications skills in health care and reflect on clinical, academic and personal development

    (LO4) Reflect on the role of health care policies, procedures, professional body and regulatory requirements in relation to health equality and diversity

    (S1) Teamwork

    (S2) Organisational skills

    (S3) Communication skills

    (S4) Lifelong learning skills

    (S5) Adaptability

    (S6) Information Technology

  • Principles of Radiation Oncology and Patient Care 3 (pelvis) (RADT210)
    Level2
    Credit level30
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To provide learners with knowledge, understanding and skills in the field of pelvic cancer management and the associated holistic care.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1)

    Appraise how and why cancers of the pelvis present themselves, and evaluate management options

    (LO2)

    Select and justify appropriate techniques for pelvic radiotherapy considering pelvic anatomy and physiology and routes of spread

    (LO3)

    Relate treatment induced toxicity to the related management decisions and appraise interventions in order to optimise patient care

    (LO4)

    Review holistic care needs for patients with pelvic malignancies and appraise the role of the Therapeutic Radiographer within the multidisciplinary team that provides this care.

    (S1) Numeracy

    (S2)
    Problem solving skills

    (S3) Organisational skills

    (S4) IT skills

    (S5) Lifelong learning skills

    (S6) Communication skills

  • Principles of Radiation Oncology and Patient Care 4 (head, Neck and Thorax) (RADT220)
    Level2
    Credit level30
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    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 .

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Appraise how and why cancers of the head, neck and thorax present themselves, and examine management options.

    (LO2) Select and justify appropriate techniques for head, neck and thorax radiotherapy considering anatomy and physiology and routes of spread.

    (LO3) Relate treatment induced toxicity to the management of head, neck and thorax malignancies, and appraise interventions.

    (LO4) Review the holistic care needs and appraise the role of the radiographer within the multi-disciplinary team that provides this care.

    (LO5) Apply radiobiological theory concerning tumour/normal tissue response to both radiotherapy planning and dose/fractionation protocols.

    (S1) Problem solving skills
    How this is developed
    During radiotherapy plan production, students will problem solve to establish the most appropriate beam arrangement for example.

    (S2) Organisational skills
    How this is developed
    Students will be expected to manage their time effectively. Directed study will be provided for them to prepare anatomy workbooks, tutorial questions and answers and contributions to service user/AHP (case tutorials)

    (S3) Communication skills
    How this is developed
    Students will be expected to participate in questioning and contribute to discussion during tutorials and case based tutorials.

    (S4) IT skills
    How this is developed
    Students will be expected to develop skills using the treatment planning system. The written case study will be word processed. Literature databases will be used to find articles/research subject areas relevant to the theme of the module.

    (S5) Lifelong learning skills
    How this is developed
    In researching the subject themes, developing strategies to find relevant research articles using University library databases, students will develop skills needed for life long learning.

  • Radiotherapy Physics, Technology and Radiobiology 3 (RADT214)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims

    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

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Identify and explain key principles and concepts for ionising radiation interactions for dosimetry and radiobiology

    (LO2) Demonstrate an understanding of radiobiological principles, dose-response models and calculations by evaluating different treatment regimes

    (LO3) Demonstrate an understanding of radiation dosimetry standardisation and practices by comparing and contrasting different methods used in clinical radiotherapy

    (LO4) Apply knowledge of charged particle characteristics and interactions to demonstrate key principles of particle beam therapy delivery and in vivo dosimetry by evaluating their efficacy and practicality

    (S1) Numeracy (application of) manipulation of numbers, general mathematical awareness and its application in practical contexts (e.g. measuring, weighing, estimating and applying formulae)

    (S2) Problem solving/ critical thinking/ creativity analysing facts and situations and applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions.

Programme Year Three

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.

Year Three Compulsory Modules

  • Advanced Radiation Oncology and Patient Care 5 (RADT317)
    Level3
    Credit level30
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    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.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Evaluate critically the management of neurological, metastatic and complex cancers considering anatomy, physiology and routes of spread.

    (LO2) Appraise critically, current management approaches for children and young adults with cancer .

    (LO3) Evaluate critically and discuss the role of clinical trials in the development of new cancer therapies.

    (LO4) Appraise critically current approaches to holistic management in relation to palliative care, end-of-life care and survivorship.

    (LO5) Appraise critically the ethical, sociological, psychological and communication issues relating to the management of patients with complex needs.

    (S1) Ethical awareness
    Through discussions surrounding challenging issues related to management of cancers studied in this module, clinical experts and clinical trials.

    (S2) Teamwork
    Through PBL and tutorials.

    (S3) Communication skills
    Through class discussions, PBL and tutorials.

    (S4) Lifelong learning skills
    Through evaluation of new knowledge and clinical experts.

    (S5) Problem solving skills
    Through PBL

  • Radtiotherapy Practice 3 (radiotherapy Clinical Learning and Advancing Professionalism) (RADT334)
    Level3
    Credit level30
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    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.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Practice safe radiotherapy technical skills in accordance with radiation safety legislation and departmental protocols to a standard consistent with HCPC registration

    (LO2) Demonstrate effective communication and patient care skills to a diverse service user population and the multi-disciplinary health care team

    (LO3) Evaluate critically on the impact of communication skills in health care and reflect critically on own clinical, academic and personal development

    (LO4) Critically evaluate the importance of quality management within healthcare practice

    (S1) Adaptability - Learners will adapt their behaviour and develop skills to meet the needs of a diverse patient group.

    (S2) Problem solving skills - Learners will develop through clinical practice to make independent clinical decisions

    (S3) Organisational skills - Learners will, as part of the clinical team, manage the day-to-day running of the treatment machine. Learners will manage their e-portfolio of learning and guide their own clinical development through a clear structure of competencies.

    (S4) Communication skills - Communication will be developed and practiced in a role play environment and transferred in clinical skills development through interaction with patients and staff.

    (S5) IT skills - Learners will develop and apply core IT skills using word processing, wikis and electronic recording of their portfolio and clinical assessments

    (S6) Lifelong learning skills - Learners will learn to develop an e-portfolio including reflective practice which will prepare them for continual professional development post qualification.

    (S7) Teamwork

  • Radiotherapy Physics, Technology and Radiobiology 4 (RADT318)
    Level3
    Credit level30
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    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.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Evaluate the implementation of modern radiotherapy technology within the radiotherapy pathway

    (LO2) Appraise critically the processes that govern safe radiotherapy planning and treatment

    (LO3) Evaluate radiotherapy treatment plans and predict the effect that image guidance will have on their effectiveness

    (LO4) Formulate the appropriate course of action when unwanted incidents occur during the radiotherapy planning or technical treatment pathway

    (S1) Adaptability - Students will be asked to formulate a new course of clinical action based upon data presented to them

    (S2) Problem solving skills - Students will be asked to formulate a new course of clinical action based upon data presented to them

    (S3) Numeracy - Students will deal in quantities, units of measurement, and data processing during practical sessions and assessment

    (S4) Teamwork - Teaching will involve team-based teaching

    (S5) Communication skills - Students will be asked to formulate a new course of clinical action based upon data presented to them. Their answer needs to be communicated effectively.

    (S6) IT skills - Students will use dedicated radiotherapy software

    (S7) Lifelong learning skills - Independent study and research is a crucial skill learnt in completing the written assignment

  • Radiotherapy Research Dissertation (RADT312)
    Level3
    Credit level30
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    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 Outcomes

    (LO1) Construct a methodology for a literature review or a primary research project

    (LO2) Source and evaluate critically the research literature related to a chosen area of radiotherapy and oncology.

    (LO3) Undertake data analysis and produce an associated piece of critical writing.

    (LO4) Apply critically ethical and professional principles to the process of scientific and health care research methods.

    (S1) Problem solving
    The student will develop a methodology and undertake a literature search using appropriate tools to apply to databases.

    (S2) IT skills
    The student will access appropriate databases and use a PC to write the dissertation.

    (S3) Organisational skills
    The student will manage their time in meeting deadlines to complete searches and produce drafts for review.

    (S4) Lifelong learning skills
    Through applying experiences in writing the dissertation to future research projects.

    (S5) Communication Skills
    Through meetings with the supervisor and others who can support the student in writing the dissertation

    (S6) Numeracy
    Through applying appropriate statistical tests when required. Through understanding of statistics discussed in the literature

    (S7) Ethical awareness
    Through making an ethics application.
    Through researching about the role of ethics committees in health care research

The programme detail and modules listed are illustrative only and subject to change.


Teaching and Learning

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 of the programmes. 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. There are also inter-professional education and learning opportunities across all healthcare professions programmes.


Assessment

Using a mixture of coursework and examination, a range of assessment methods can be seen across the programmes. These include seen and unseen written examinations, essay assignments with specific word lengths, multiple choice questions, case study presentations, video analysis and interactive practical examinations. Assessment of the work-based learning element of all programmes is an important aspect. 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.