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Therapeutic Radiography BSc (Hons)

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Overview

Therapeutic radiographers play a vital role in the delivery of radiotherapy services. They are responsible for the planning and delivery of accurate radiotherapy treatments using a wide range of technical equipment to treat patients suffering from malignant or non-malignant conditions.

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Career prospects: No. 1 London Modern University for career prospects in the health professions, Guardian League Table 2016.
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Student satisfaction: 100% of students say they received sufficient advice and support with their studies, UNISTATS 2016.
Professional accreditation: Approved by the Health and Care Professions and accredited by the Society and College of Radiographers.
Work experience: You will have the opportunity to gain clinical experience in many of London's internationally renowned teaching hospitals.
Dedicated facilities: We offer access to VERT, Virtual Environment Radiotherapy Training, a virtual learning environment simulating a radiotherapy treatment room.

This degree course covers...

Therapeutic radiographers are involved in the care of the cancer patient from the initial referral clinic stage, through planning and delivering the treatment, and eventually post-treatment review and follow-up stages. The aim of the treatment is to deliver an accurate dose of radiation to the tumour whilst minimising the dose received by the surrounding healthy tissues.

On this BSc (Hons) Therapeutic Radiography you'll acquire a range of transferable skills including the psychosocial, organisational, management, technical and scientific skills that prepare you to practise autonomously, compassionately, skilfully and safely. Long-term career prospects include positions of management, research, clinical work and teaching.

Accreditations

Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
Mode
Full-time
Duration
3 years
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus

Case studies

Modules

Methods of assessment for course overall: 27% coursework

Year 1

  • Fundamentals of radiation science
    This module will introduce the basic concept of atomic structure and will then build on this to explain how x-rays are produced and how radiation interacts with matter. Fundamentally, this module will concentrate on using radiation in a safe manner and will therefore include sessions on radiobiology (including genetics), radiation protection (including personal dosimetry and QA) and the legislation surrounding the use of ionising radiation in the clinical environment. Assessment method: 100% exam.
  • Biological science
    This module will provide you with the foundation knowledge of anatomy, the function of the systems comprising the human body, and changes resulting from the development of malignant disease. You'll develop an appreciation of the discipline of oncology and the holistic approach to management of people with cancer with specific reference to evidence-based practice. Assessment methods: 50% coursework, 50% exam.
  • Radiotherapy practice 1
    This module will provide an introduction to the professional practice of radiotherapy. It will identify the various radiotherapy modalities employed in the treatment of people with cancer and will require you to justify your chosen method with reference to evidence-based practice. This module will also complement the knowledge and learning gained within clinical practice by focusing on the acquisition of basic skills required for the safe, accurate planning and treatment of patients with cancer. Assessment methods: 50% coursework, 50% exam.
  • Concepts of inter-professional and collaborative practice
    During this module you’ll be introduced to the place and value of inter-professional and collaborative working in health and social care delivery. The module aims to support the development of the necessary communication, personal, partnership working and reflective practice skills required to meet the needs of clients/carers and diverse populations who are at the centre of inter-professional health and social care delivery. 

Year 2

  • Applied radiation sciences
    This module provides the basic physical concepts of the production, detection and interaction of ionising radiations and the importance of safe working practices. You'll gain an understanding of the structure and operation of equipment in the clinical environment and the means by which safety is maintained. Assessment method: 100% exam.
  • Radiotherapy imaging and dosimetry
    This module addresses contemporary imaging methods available in the localisation and verification of tumour volumes before and during radiation treatment delivery. You'll be required to evaluate their relative usefulness in patients undergoing radiotherapy treatments, with specific reference to cancers of the respiratory, upper alimentary, central nervous and endocrine systems. You'll also gain experience in image interpretation of 2D and 3D images. Assessment methods: 50% coursework, 50% exam.
  • Radiotherapy practice 2
    This module requires you to develop a deeper understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the organs comprising the respiratory, upper alimentary, central nervous and endocrine systems in order to address issues surrounding the radiotherapy management of patients with malignant diseases. Emphasis will be placed on management of disease with justification for the treatment chosen. You'll have academic teaching to underpin the clinical skills development required for the safe and accurate radiotherapy treatment delivery. Assessment methods: 50% coursework, 50% exam.
  • Appraising evidence for research informed practice
    This module will extend your understanding of the concept of evidence-based practice and research in practice. The module will equip you with the core skills and understanding to appraise evidence and assess its appropriateness to be implemented into practice. The steps in conducting research, main research methods, approaches to data analysis and presentation will be explored. You'll be equipped with the knowledge and core skills that are a pre-requisite for critical appraisal and evidence synthesis. Assessment method: 100% coursework.

Year 3

  • Contemporary debates in radiotherapy and oncology
    This module aims to prepare you to work in a changing environment and develop awareness of issues that impact on patients, service and professionals. Particular emphasis will be placed on the management of patients with complex needs or co-morbidities in the context of professional and technological developments, and changes in health care policy. It will enable critical evaluation of professional responsibility in relation to clinical, service and patient experience within the context of ethical frameworks and evidence-based practice. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • Radiotherapy practice 3
    This module requires you to develop a deeper understanding of the radiotherapy management of patients with malignant diseases. It will provide you with knowledge and skills relevant to pre-treatment and verification processes employed in the radiotherapy management of patients. You'll be required to develop a critical awareness of advances in technology and practice. You'll be provided with opportunities to demonstrate achievement of clinically based competencies, which focus on more complex techniques found in radiotherapy, problem-solving skills required for successful performance in clinical practice, and transition to a band 5 role. Assessment method: 100% exam.
  • Improving quality, change management and leadership
    This module is the final inter-professional learning module that will explore leadership, quality improvement and change within organisations from an inter-professional perspective. The module will look at a strategic, evidence-based approach to change management in a range of environments. It will integrate the perspectives of service users and take an inter-professional approach. Assessment method: 100% coursework.

Employability

Radiotherapy as a career

On successful completion of the course you'll be eligible to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a therapeutic radiographer.

Therapeutic Radiographers work in a multidisciplinary team in Radiation Oncology and play a vital role in the management and treatment of patients with cancer and tumours. They are predominantly responsible for the accurate localisation, planning and delivery of ionising radiation. 

From helping plan and administering treatment, to explaining it to patients and assessing their responses, therapeutic radiographers are involved in every stage of the treatment process.

Therapeutic radiographers need excellent interpersonal skills and emotional resilience as they deal with patients and their families at very difficult and emotional times. Making patients feel comfortable and guiding them through the process can be as important as the technical skills required for this role.

Salary

Most therapeutic radiographers work for the NHS, where the starting salary is around £20,000 - £27,000. Depending on career progression, you could earn up to £65,000. (All About Careers)

Career progression

Career progression is dependent on taking approved courses and gaining experience, which can lead to additional responsibilities in a particular area, such as treatment planning or teaching; working as a consultant practitioner is one common career path. 

After qualification, clinically experienced therapeutic radiographers may gain additional specialist skills and expertise through the postgraduate, post-registration and continuing professional development frameworks. Find out more about professional development courses on offer through our online CPPD prospectus.

LSBU Employability Services

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

  • direct engagement from employers who come in to interview and talk to students
  • Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search
  • mentoring and work shadowing schemes.

Placements

Time spent on placement

Clinical placements are an essential element of the course. You will spend 50% of your time involved in academic study and 50% in clinical practice within a broad variety of healthcare settings. A clinical practice placement allows you to put theory into practice by working with a range of health professionals in clinical situations to develop the skills, knowledge and experience required to become a competent radiographer. Although sometimes initially challenging, practice learning is one of the most interesting and exciting aspects of learning to be a radiographer.

Clinical settings

At LSBU you will experience a variety of clinical settings such as NHS acute Trusts, community placements and independent sector. 

Placements include:

  • Brighton and Sussex University Hospital: Sussex Cancer Centre
  • Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust: Kent Oncology Centre
  • Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
  • Royal Surrey Hospital
  • Queen's Hospital, Romford

Structure of placements

Placements are spread over the three years. The first clinical placement; approximately seven weeks after the start of the course, gives a real taster of the role of the radiotherapy radiographer in the radiotherapy treatment process. It gives you an opportunity to confirm correct choice of career early within the course. Thereafter clinical placements follow the same pattern throughout the course.

Support from a mentor

An identified Link Lecturer and Personal Tutor from the University will be the person you can contact during working day hours whilst on placement with any concerns or questions you are unable to solve otherwise.   As there is a close relationship between LSBU and the clinical placement; the Link Lecturer will pay regular scheduled visits to the different sites.

Staff

Aneesa Admani

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Allied Health Sciences
Job title: Senior Lecturer; Course Director, PgDip Therapeutic Radiography

Aneesa Admani is the assigned link tutor for Guy's and St Thomas’ hospitals, Mount Vernon hospital and Imperial NHS Trust.


Ricardo Khine

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Allied Health Sciences
Job title: Senior Lecturer; Post-Registration Lead in Therapeutic Radiography

Ricardo is a member of the Therapeutic Radiography academic team involved in the delivery of pre-registration programmes. Ricardo's role also includes leading the post-registration provisions in Therapeutic Radiography.


Noreen Sinclair

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Allied Health Sciences
Job title: Associate Professor and Professional Lead in Therapeutic Radiography

Noreen Sinclair is an Associate Professor in the School of Health and Social Care with a particular interest in quality, assessment and student feedback. She is also Professional Lead for Therapeutic Radiography. She has responsibility for student progression and achievement across the School.


Dr Adéle Stewart-Lord

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Allied Health Sciences
Job title: Associate Professor

Dr Adéle Stewart-Lord is an Associate Professor in therapeutic radiography. Her main role as Associate Professor involves the management and delivery of the Continuous Personal and Professional Development (CPPD) agenda


Rachael Williams

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Allied Health Sciences
Job title: Clinical Practice Educator

Rachael specialises in therapy radiography, with interests in clinical practice education.


Facilities

Therapeutic Radiography VERT Lab 

VERT; Virtual Environment Radiotherapy Training, is a virtual learning environment simulating a radiotherapy treatment room. Through captivating 3D views and life size visualisations, VERT is an excellent platform for supplying therapeutic radiography training to students.

You will have the opportunity to interact with a variety of virtual linear accelerators (treatment machines) to set up and treat a virtual patient. The virtual linear accelerator is controlled by hand control pendants and can be moved and orientated in much the same way as an actual treatment machine can.

Other facilities used on the course include a Xio Radiotherapy Planning Suite. XiO is a comprehensive 3D treatment planning platform that supports a range of treatment modalities, including 2D, 3D and intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) planning. The training begins with comprehensive coverage of patient import and contouring in Patient File Maintenance and patient planning in Teletherapy. You will undertake practice exercises which are presented in a logical sequence, with each practice exercise building on the previous exercises completed. The VERT suite has the facility to load any radiotherapy treatment plan created by trainees so they can review their plans on a virtual patient and gain additional experience that is otherwise only available in the clinical setting.

Teaching and learning

Assessment procedures

You'll be assessed by written and oral examinations, coursework and seminar presentations. Clinical practice is continually assessed and you are supported by an on-site practice educator.

Percentage of time spent in different learning activities
Lectures and seminars Self-directed study Work-based placements
Year 1 16% 44% 40%
Year 2 14% 42% 44%
Year 3 15% 45% 40%

Entry requirements

2017 Entry


For September 2017 entry the number of UCAS tariff points that qualifications are worth is changing. Visit UCAS for guidance on the 2017 tariff

  • A Level BBC or;
  • BTEC National Diploma DMM or;
  • A FdSc or higher apprenticeship in a professionally relevant subject; or
  • Bachelor degree equivalent to Second Class Honours Lower Division (2:2) in a subject related to science or health; or
  • Access to HE qualifications with 15 Distinctions and 30 Merits or;
  • Equivalent level 3 qualifications worth 112 UCAS points
  • Applicants must hold 5 GCSEs A-C including Maths, English and Science or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above).

2018 Entry

  • A Level BBB or;
  • BTEC National Diploma D*D*D* or;
  • Access to HE Diploma in Science, Health Science or similar with 15 Distinctions and 30 Merits or;
  • Equivalent level 3 qualifications worth 112 UCAS points
  • Applicants must hold 5 GCSEs A-C including Maths, English and two Sciences at grade B or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above).

Assessments and interview

Applicants for this course must also meet the following entry requirements:

  • Successful completion of numeracy and literacy test
  • Satisfactory clinical visit
  • Satisfactory outcome at interview;
  • Occupational health clearance
  • Satisfactory outcome of an Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check
  • Personal qualities and values in line with those expected by the NHS constitution.

English language

Those whom English is not their first language must achieve a minimum score of 7.0 overall or equivalent with not less than 7.0 in the listening and reading sections and not less than 7.0 in the writing and speaking sections for the International English Language Test Score (IELTS) at the time of application.

How to apply

2017 entry

All Home and EU students who want to start a full-time or part-time undergraduate course this September can apply to us today if you have your results. You'll be applying through Clearing which allows you to apply directly to LSBU. Before applying to LSBU you need to have:

  1. all your exam results
  2. already applied with UCAS
  3. know the course you're interested in studying - complete a course search

When you're ready call 0800 923 8888 or apply online through Clearing. Read more on our Clearing information page. Students applying for full-time undergraduate health courses can only apply online.

International students (non-EU) who are not applying through UCAS for 2017 entry can complete the LSBU International Online Application Form - visit the International how to apply page.

2018 entry

Instructions for Home/EU applicants
Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
Mode
Full-time
Duration
3 years
Start date
September
Application code
B822
Application method

All full-time undergraduate students apply to the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Full details of how to do this are supplied on our How to apply webpage for undergraduate students.

Six stages to your application

  1. Attend an Open Day 
  2. Apply to us through UCAS
  3. Write your personal statement and use this as a tool to illustrate why you are right for the course
  4. Carry out the literacy and numeracy tests 
  5. Prepare for your interview
  6. Provide a clinical visit report at interview

International applicants

The application process may involve further steps for International applicants (non-EU nationals). All non-EU applicants for this course must therefore contact the International Office as soon as possible to discuss the admissions steps and the immigration requirements : internat@lsbu.ac.uk or +44 (0) 20 7815 6189.

Personal statements

Remember the personal statement is extremely important. This is essentially a selling tool on why you are right for the course. The personal statement is taken into consideration when shortlisting applicants for interview. Download our Personal Statement Guide (PDF File 160 KB).

Numeracy and literacy assessments

If your application has been successfully shortlisted you will be invited to take a numeracy and literacy test. 

The numeracy test takes 30 minutes and literacy test takes 15 minutes.

Strong numeracy and literacy skills are essential for a career in nursing. To help prepare for the numeracy and literacy assessments you should do some revision to help you feel confident about the tests. Look back at your GCSE or Functional Skills work in English and Mathematics to refresh your memory.

You will also need to bring with you proof of photo ID (such as driving licence/passport) and your ten digit personal ID UCAS number with you to the assessments.

Download and practice our sample tests:

There is no parking available at the University, please use public transport to make your journey to the campus.

Interviews

If you have successfully completed the numeracy and literacy tests you will be invited to an interview plus a hand-written assessment on another date. Attendance at face to face interviews is essential for all courses. Service colleagues from NHS Trusts form part of the interview panel. Download and read our Interview Guidance (PDF File 88 KB) to help you prepare for your interview.

You will also be asked to complete a Declaration of character and conduct form (PDF File 166 KB), which is a disclosure of any convictions you may have and the Interview declaration form (PDF File 44 KB) and bring these with you at interview.

There is no parking available at the University, please use public transport to make your journey to the campus.

If you are travelling further than 100 miles to attend the numeracy and literacy assessment and theinterview, it may be possible to arrange for the numeracy and literacy testsand the interview to be undertaken on the same day, email lsbuadmissions@lsbu.ac.uk if you would like to discuss organising this.

Clinical visit

When you attend your interview you will need to have visited a Radiotherapy department that is local to your home for at least one day before your interview. Download the Therapeutic Radiography Clinical Visit Report Form (PDF File 140 KB), take it with you when you visit, ask the superintendent radiographer to complete section B and bring the form to the interview together with section A which you need to complete.

Fees and funding

Fees are shown for new entrants to courses, for each individual year of a course, together with the total fee for all the years of a course. Continuing LSBU students should refer to the Finance section of our student portal, MyLSBU. Queries regarding fees should be directed to the Fees and Bursary Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.

Full-time
The fee shown is for entry 2017/18.
UK/EU fee: £9250.00International fee: £15100.00
AOS/LSBU code: 3603Session code: 1FS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £27750.00
International £45300.00

Recent changes to funding of Health and Social Care courses

If you’re starting a pre-registration undergraduate course in nursing, midwifery or allied healthcare in September 2017 you’ll be eligible to apply for tuition fee loans via Student Finance England, as NHS bursaries will no longer be available.

In the following video Professor Warren Turner, Dean of our School of Health and Social Care, answers some of the questions you may have around funding and financial support.

Funding for students with existing undergraduate degrees

Students who have previously studied another undergraduate degree may be eligible to apply for a tuition fee loan for a second undergraduate degree in nursing, midwifery and allied healthcare. More information is available by reading the Council of Deans of Health page.

Further information

Download our fees and funding guide (PDF File 139 KB) which details the financial support now available to you.

The Funding Clinic on the Council of Deans of Health web pages is also a useful resource and will provide information tailored to your circumstances.

Students who have previously studied another undergraduate degree may be eligible to apply for a tuition fee loan for a second undergraduate degree in nursing, midwifery and allied healthcare. More information is available by reading the Council of Deans of Health page.

Possible fee changes

Current regulatory proposals suggest that institutions will be permitted to increase fee levels in line with inflation up to a specified fee cap. Specifically, LSBU may be permitted to increase its fees for new and existing Home and EU undergraduate students from 2017/18 onwards. The University reserves
the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any governmental guidance or decisions.

Scholarships

We offer students considerable financial help through scholarships, bursaries, charitable funds, loans and other financial support. Many of our scholarships are given as direct tuition fee discounts and we encourage all eligible students to apply for our Access Bursary. New home full-time undergraduate
students meeting eligibility criteria could receive a £1,000 cash bursary by joining us in the 2017/18 academic year. Find out more about all our scholarships and fee discounts for undergraduate students.

Case studies

Select a case study and read about practical project work, students' placement experiences, research projects, alumni career achievements and what it’s really like to study here from the student perspective.

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The following information is for applicants once you have been successful at interview and have been offered a place on your chosen course.

Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) and Declaration of character and conduct form

You are required to complete a declaration at your interview and declare any previous convictions, cautions, warnings or reprimands. After the interview you will also be asked to complete a Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) (formerly known as the Criminal Records Bureau or CRB). Have a look at our DBS process for applicants and Declaration of Character and Conduct information to find out more.

To check the categories as identified by the DBS as being filtered and will therefore not be included in any criminal record certificate issued by the DBS look at the filtering rules for the criminal record check certificates. For more information please read our DBS FAQs.

To complete the DBS application and get your ID documents checked, please follow the steps below:

Step 1:

Please complete the online DBS application and ensure you refer to the corresponding DBS course title (PDF File 462 KB) when completing your application, to ensure we can track your application.

Organisation: LSBUHSC
Password: london2013

If you already have a DBS certificate and are part of the DBS update service, we need to see the hard copy of your DBS certificate. You’ll also need to e-mail hscdbsoh@lsbu.ac.uk the details below so that we can perform a status check on the update service website:

  • Your DBS certificate number
  • Your name as it is on the DBS certificate
  • Your date of birth

Step 2:

Once you have completed this process, please ensure you bring three accepted ID documents so we can verify your application. You can visit the Southwark Student Help Desk in the K2 building during working hours, Monday-Friday (9am-11am, 1pm-4pm). No appointment is needed. Please find the link above with a list of the appropriate ID.

Please note:
If you are unable to physically come to campus and show your three forms of required ID, you can use the Post Office which offers an identity document checking service for a fee of £10.50.

  • Take photocopies of your 3 items of ID documents and the 3 original documents with you.
  • The Post Office will stamp the form and the photocopies and give them back to you
  • Documents will then need to be scanned (including their post office receipt so that we know that it has gone through due process) and sent to hscdbsoh@lsbu.ac.uk

If you have further questions you can email us at hscdbsoh@lsbu.ac.uk.

Occupational health

You need to complete an occupational health assessment once you have been given an offer on a health and social care course.

Download and print the following documents on vaccination guidelines and carefully read the guidance on the occupational health process:

You must take the GP vaccination and screening history form to your GP for them to complete, sign and stamp. This must be done prior to enrolment. This form also needs to be taken to the meeting with the occupational health nurse following enrolment in which the nurse can check immunisation status and confirm this for your placement. You should be aware that if you do not complete the occupational health process you will not be permitted on placement and this may jeopardise your continuation on your course.

Applicants who have met the conditions of an offer need to download and complete an online medical questionnaire. This will go to our current occupational health provider. Any delays in completing the medical questionnaire will delay enrolment. For further information please read our Occupational Health FAQs.

If you have any more questions you can email us at hscdbsoh@lsbu.ac.uk.

Accommodation

Students should apply for accommodation at London South Bank University (LSBU) as soon as possible, once we have made an offer of a place on one of our academic courses.

Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.

Enrolment and Induction

Enrolment takes place before you start your course. On completing the process, new students formally join the University. Enrolment consists of two stages: online, and your face-to-face enrolment meeting. The online process is an online data gathering exercise that you will complete yourself, then you will be invited to your face-to-face enrolment meeting.

In September, applicants who have accepted an unconditional offer to study at LSBU will be sent details of induction, which is when they are welcomed to the University and their School. Induction helps you get the best out of your university experience, and makes sure you have all the tools to succeed in your studies.

Read more about Enrolment and Induction.

Holidays

You will receive fixed holiday periods, which will not follow the normal University timetable. Further details will be available upon commencement of the course.

Practice placements

Practice placements are provided under our contract with NHS Trusts and other organisations. On some health and social care courses you may find local arrangements require you to attend practice placements outside the normal work hours (evening, nights, weekends and bank holiday).

Uniform

If you are required to wear a uniform on placement and during some practical sessions in the skills laboratories then this will be provided along with a formal name badge.

ODP students will be required to wear theatre scrubs on placement, which will be supplied by the host Trust.  During practical sessions in the skills laboratories you will be required to wear LSBU scrubs which will be provided, along with a formal name badge. ODP students will receive one set of scrubs. No further items will be issued, and you'll have to pay for any additional or replacement uniform.

Changes

If you wish to change your address, change your personal details or withdraw your application, you must put this in writing to the Admissions Office who you can email at lsbuadmissions@lsbu.ac.uk.

 
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