Diagnostic Radiography

BSc single honours Diagnostic Radiography 2018/19

Year of entry

Diagnostic radiographers play a crucial role in healthcare by providing a high quality imaging service to diagnose injury or disease. You will gain the knowledge and skills you need to work in hospitals and clinics, in research, or in education.

We aim to ensure you become a safe, competent and confident practitioner, with a particular emphasis on developing your skills in image interpretation and clinical reporting. An integral part of the course is the development of sound skills in evidence-based practice and research that encourage and enable you to evaluate and improve professional practice.

You will explore areas including:

  • human anatomy, pathology and physiology
  • radiographic science and radiation protection
  • radiographic practice and image interpretation
  • patient care
  • evidence-based practice.

Our course prepares you to work within radiology departments in NHS hospitals or in private hospitals and clinics, and provides you with a wider background to support you in your future career direction. Our staff draw upon their wealth of academic and professional expertise and knowledge to support our goal of helping all students to achieve their full academic potential.

Canterbury Christ Church is renowned for expertise in advanced areas of diagnostic radiography; clinical reporting and ultrasound imaging. Effective health and social care services depend on the professional knowledge and expert skill of their practitioners. Radiographers providing this care require the highest level of professional knowledge, competence and mature confidence in their expertise.

The role of a diagnostic radiographer involves interacting with patients and making them feel relaxed and at ease while conducting technical clinical examination procedures. Radiography departments within hospitals normally provide a wide range of different imaging investigations e.g. ultrasound, computed and digital X-­ray examinations, nuclear medicine, magnetic resonance imaging and computed tomography.

We are proud to have taught students who have awards including the national ‘Society of Radiographers ‘Student of the year award’ and the ‘Work the World’ award for elective placements abroad in developing countries.

An integral part of the diagnostic radiography course is the development of sound skills in evidence based practice and research that encourage and enable practitioners to evaluate and improve professional practice throughout their career. These skills will equip you to go on to undertake a higher taught or research degree at the Canterbury Christ Church or elsewhere.

It is normal for a radiographer, usually two or three years after qualification, to choose a speciality in which they wish to advance. It is also common to apply for a specialist training post and return to university part­-time for further study at Masters or Doctoral level, or for some to transition onto a higher degree after qualifying. Our postgraduate radiography course provides a number of pathways, including Clinical Reporting, ultrasound imaging, MRI, CT and nuclear medicine for qualified practitioners from a range of backgrounds to enhance their skills.

Radiographers with experience are valued nationally and internationally and opportunities in management, sales and research and development are also available in the imaging and healthcare industries.

Top reasons to choose this course

You will be taught in a modern learning environment which includes our own clinical simulation labs and radiographic imaging suite where you can to practice and perfect your radiographic skills for clinical practice.

The University was the first institution to offer postgraduate opportunities in Clinical Reporting for radiographers and has developed a national and international reputation in research in this area. Our postgraduate Medical Imaging programme provides a number of pathways, including ultrasound, CT, MRI and Nuclear Medicine for qualified practitioners from a range of backgrounds to enhance their skills.

100% of our most recent Diagnostic Radiography students were in jobs or further study 6 months after finishing their course

Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education, 2015/16

This course is suitable if you would like to gain a very sound understanding of Diagnostic Radiography and become eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council as a diagnostic radiographer who is able to work in a range of different settings.

We are proud to have taught students who have awards including the national ‘Society of Radiographers ‘Student of the year award’ and the ‘Work the World’ award for elective placements abroad in developing countries.

We are excited to be offering a newly designed course from September 2017. Our course is designed to reflect the rapidly evolving dimensions of the health and social care sector and the needs of the individual, as well as being rich in diagnostic radiography content. The course is based on the many years' experience and expertise that Canterbury Christ Church has in collaborative teaching and learning.

Our aim is to give you the opportunity to embrace and capture interprofessional placement experiences and the use of interprofessional interactions through simulation activities which will support learning, teaching and assessment.

You will gain clinical and academic knowledge through this integrated programme delivered within the University’s dedicated clinical Simulation Suite, which include our X-ray suite, operating theatre and wards. You will also gain clinical and academic knowledge in clinical radiology departments in Kent and East Sussex. Clinical education and clinical practice are pivotal to the course, and approximately 50% of learning occurs within the clinical setting.

The course is subject to the approval of the statutory regulatory body, the Health and Care Professions Council. This allows students to be eligible to apply for registration upon successful completion of the course.

Case study

A previous third year student had an amazing opportunity to head overseas to experience how radiography is practiced in the developing world. Bethany is in her final year on the Diagnostic Radiography course and visited Muhimbili National Hospital in Da Es Salaam, the Work the World’s base in Tanzania.

Bethany said the experience was ‘a catalyst’ that changed her perspective on healthcare and another country’s principles and values.

“I firmly believe these first-hand experiences could enhance the way I, and others, think and act as health and social care professionals.”

Bethany Diagnostic Radiography graduate

We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. We will inform applicants of any changes to the course structure before enrolment.

Year 1

Year one learning will cover key topics that introduce you to academic skills and professional standards, fundamental principles of anatomy, radiographic practice, science and human interaction.

Taught topics will link to and underpin placement learning. In placement you will experience and learn patient care and radiographic technique under the close supervision of qualified staff.

Year 2

Year two will build on skills, topics and experiences learnt from year one, and develop your knowledge of more complex topics.

In placement you will begin to undertake procedures under more distant supervision where appropriate.

Year 3

Year three will focus on supporting you to become a graduate who is proficient in all required areas of radiography. Some topics will be revisited in more depth, and further complex topics will be introduced to prepare you to work as a diagnostic radiographer and a health professional.

A research assignment will be undertaken. Preparation for the workplace and for practice improvement will form part of the discussion across the topics in this year. Your learning on placement will continue, with you becoming more independent at this stage, although supervision will be in place at all times.

Upon successful completion of our BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography degree, you will be eligible to apply for registration with Health and Care Professions Council as a diagnostic radiographer.

For your career development, after qualifying, there are a number different options that include taking your passion for diagnostic radiography forward, for example, our postgraduate radiography course provides a number of pathways, including Clinical Reporting, ultrasound imaging, MRI, CT and nuclear medicine for qualified practitioners from a range of backgrounds to enhance their skills. Later you may choose to develop your career in leadership and management, in research, teaching or industry or as a practitioner in a private setting.

Canterbury Christ Church was the first institution to offer postgraduate opportunities in clinical reporting for radiographers and has developed a national and international reputation for research in this area.

Tuition Fees for 2018/19 have not yet been finalised - please read the 2018/19 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2018/19 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

Fees

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

CategoryDescription
Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any Library Fees and Fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

Course specific costs

You will be entitled to claim travel and accommodation expenses incurred over and above daily travel costs to university. The costs must be related to essential practice placements.

CCCU Advantage

Our aim is to ensure that there are no hidden initial costs when commencing your Health and Wellbeing course. Any additional costs to pre-registration health and social care students should be kept to a minimum, therefore, we will be providing all our students commencing courses affected by the NHS bursary changes from September 2017 with extra funding support as part of your course fees.

The CCCU Advantage Package includes:

  • Uniforms
  • Disclosure & Barring Service check
  • Occupational Health costs, including immunisation

Visit The Funding Clinic for further information on the Government funding changes.

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) No, if the trip contributes to the course as an optional module. Yes if the trip is optional.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.

Composition of the course

Our approach to learning and teaching underpins our pursuit of excellence in higher education: transforming individuals, creating knowledge, enriching communities and building a sustainable future. Our aim is to produce graduates who are able and equipped to contribute to these wider social purposes. We aim to provide an inclusive learning community which recognises the diversity of our staff, students, disciplines and campuses.

We continue to enhance academic excellence in learning, teaching and assessment as a partnership between staff and students and recognise the scholarship of learning and teaching as a core foundation for excellence. We provide flexible and responsive learning environments to enable effective learning to take place in a wide variety of physical and virtual spaces supported by up-to-date learning technologies where appropriate. Additionally, the strategy is informed by the cross-cutting themes of employability, internationalisation, widening access, inclusion and participation, sustainability, partnerships and community, and technology.

Academic input

The vast majority of the academic teaching team are experienced practitioners registered with the relevant professional and/or statutory regulatory body, and also have a teaching qualification. They are responsible for facilitating the development of your knowledge and skills in relation to the professional aspects of the course. Staff have experience in a wide range of practice areas, and considerable academic expertise, including specialties in specific imaging modalities and clinical reporting and we invite external specialists to contribute to teaching.

The University was the first institution to offer postgraduate opportunities in clinical reporting for radiographers and has developed a national and international reputation in research in this area.

Surprising terms

Students in placement must conform to NHS rules of appearance and conduct as set out by the university, placement provider/organisation and the Health and Care Professions Council.

During placement you may be required to attend at shift times, as is often the case once in employment. This ensures that you experience the full range of activity in your individual placement. Shift work could include weekends, bank holidays and night duty.

Owing to the varied nature of placements, there may be a need for you to travel to and from placements mostly within Kent, Medway and also East Sussex and London so you can also gain experience from some specialist settings.

The University embraces a broad range of assessment techniques including essays, written exams, presentations, posters, practical examinations and clinical assessment of practice.

GCSE English Language, Mathematics and Science, at grade C or above, or equivalent. Science at A2 Level or equivalent is advantageous, but not essential.

Applicants need to demonstrate a basic understanding of diagnostic radiography and show that it is a well considered career choice for them. Suitable applicants are invited into the University for an information session and interview. All candidates should visit a diagnostic imaging department for one day prior to interview.

Interview process: at interview, students will be expected to talk about diagnostic radiography as a career. They should possess an understanding of the personal qualities and skills required by a radiographer and have an awareness of current issues affecting health and social care.

Recruitment for this course considers not only the values of the specific profession you are wishing to join, but also the values of the wider NHS. You can expect to be shortlisted and interviewed based upon these values as well as course/profession specific requirements.  More information on values can be found here.

Offers of a place can only be made after a successful interview, subject to satisfactory health clearance and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

The course has been revalidated for 2017/18 and is subject to the approval of the statutory regulatory body, the Health and Care Professions Council and accreditation by the Society and College of Radiographers.

On completion of the course and in preparation for registration, the Programme Director must be satisfied that you meet the relevant statutory regulatory body fitness to practise criteria. So you will be required to sign an annual declaration of ongoing fitness to practise at regular intervals during the course. The Faculty of Health and Wellbeing has a fitness to practise policy and procedures which may be instigated should you demonstrate behaviour or conduct that falls short of that expected by the University and/or statutory regulatory body.

For more details, visit www.canterbury.ac.uk/policies-procedures

To be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council you must demonstrate good health and good character throughout your studies and on completion. Applications for professional registration will be subject to satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks and Occupational Health clearance.

You will be taught in a modern learning environment which includes our own clinical Simulation Suites and radiographic imaging suite where you can practice and perfect your radiographic skills for clinical practice.

Clinical education in the Simulation Suite and clinical practice are pivotal to the Diagnostic Radiography programme – approximately 50% of learning occurs within the clinical setting. We work closely with the NHS and other imaging service providers to provide a programme that is fit for the future.

Previous undergraduate students have benefitted from international experiences and elective placements in Ireland, Cyprus, India, Tanzania, South Africa, and Taiwan. The University embraces transglobal healthcare education and learning from and about different international healthcare systems. 

UK/EU

Full-time study

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Need some help?

For advice on completing your application please contact the Admissions Enquiry Team:

Email: admissions@canterbury.ac.uk
Tel:+44 (0)1227 782900

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UCAS code

  • B821

Institutional code

  • C10

Length

  • 3 years full-time

Starts

  • September 2018 (Canterbury)

Entry requirements

  • GCSE English Language, Mathematics and Science, at grade C or above, or equivalent.

    A typical offer would be BBC at A2 Level, or equivalent

    More entry requirement details.

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