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Our BSc (Hons) Therapeutic Radiography Degree Apprenticeship enables clinical practitioners working within a radiotherapy centre in a NHS hospital to train to become qualified Therapeutic Radiographer, in just 3 years.
Therapeutic Radiographers work in multidisciplinary teams, in radiation oncology departments, where they play a vital role in treating people with cancer. They’re responsible for accurately localising, planning and delivering ionising radiation using state of the art technology.
Develop the highly specialised skills needed to work in the multidisciplinary teams in radiation oncology departments with a combined theoretical and practical education at LSBU, with the support from your NHS employer.
Gain the knowledge and clinical experience that is pivotal to providing personalised care. Plus, learn and develop the excellent communication skills required to support patients and their families through their cancer journey. Our state-of-the-art technology including our virtual environment radiotherapy training, ensures you’re at the forefront of the ever-evolving industry during your studies.
Only HEI in London offering apprenticeship pathway in therapeutic radiography
Opportunity to train in a rewarding profession with the security of employment and support from both the employer and LSBU
Specialist skills coaches are employed to ensure that your know how to accurately record all of the training requirements for the apprenticeship pathway.
Unique balance of academic study, clinical placement and the employed job role to facilitate a varied and inclusive training opportunity.
This programme design aims to ensure that future graduates are able to:
The apprenticeship programme is practice- and work–based centred and directly aimed at developing employability.
With a degree in Therapeutic Radiography, you'll be eligible to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a therapeutic radiographer.
Progressing in your career depends on taking approved courses and gaining experience. This 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. Once you’ve qualified, as a clinically experienced therapeutic radiographer you could gain additional specialist skills and expertise through the postgraduate, post-registration and continuing professional development frameworks.
At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:
Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.
Subject to approval by the professional body.
The Health and Care Professions Council is the regulator of health, Psychological and Social professionals.
The Society and College of Radiographers is the professional body representing the radiography workforce.
As an apprentice you must complete a variety of placements across all aspects of the radiotherapy pathway, including pre-treatment, dosimetry and treatment delivery.
Apprentices’ balance of experiences must include working within a multidisciplinary oncology workforce, with the cancer patient pathway.
Consideration is given to experience of working with people, reflective of the aetiological spectrum of oncology patients and representative of the community.
The majority of the clinical placements will be completed within the employers trust.
So how do the placements work? They’re spread over the three year course, with the first one approximately seven weeks after the start. This gives a real taster of the role of the radiotherapy radiographer in the radiotherapy treatment process. And it gives you the chance to make sure you’ve made the right choice early on. After this, clinical placements follow the same pattern throughout the course.
You’ll also get 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 while you’re on a placement. They’ll help you with any concerns or questions that you can’t sort out.
Apprentices, when in their host employer organisations, are employees. A comprehensive system of support for the apprentices should include:
Library and/or learning resource facilities located within participating employer organisation.
“Moodle” virtual learning environment and email support from the Skills Coach, Module Leaders or Course Director.
Clinical education and assessment supported by practice educators and mentors within participating clinical sites.
Close collaboration between university and clinical sites via regular meetings with service providers at all levels.
Regular, planned visits to clinical sites to support apprentices, practice educators and mentors.
All apprentices are allocated a Skills Coach for assistance with personal or pastoral issues.
Regular, time-tabled sessions for tutorial support, and resolution of issues within the assessment process, in addition to an ‘open access’ e-tutorial support philosophy.
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 an Eclipse Radiotherapy Planning Suite. Eclipse 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 introduction to 3D anatomy visualisation, contouring skills and basic plan production. 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.
A varied teaching and learning diet is used to allow apprentices to learn in a variety of ways and build competence.
A variety of approaches will be used in order to balance the assessment methods and to promote different skills/abilities whilst reflecting the nature of the module of learning. The main rationale for choosing the assessment method is helping apprentices in the development of a wide range of professional knowledge and skills. The types of assignments demonstrate progression of skills and abilities as apprentices progress on the programme.
Apprentices will be assessed in each practice placement against specific practice learning outcomes, incorporated within the practice module. In a similar way, practice learning outcomes will necessarily demonstrate differentiation and progression.
The organisation of theory and practice assessment will promote the integration of theory and practice for apprentices. This coherent approach underpins the structure throughout the programme. The proposed strategy aims to help apprentices to:
Specific details of the formative and summative assessments on each module are written in the Module Descriptors.
Assessment types used by the course include:
All modules include formative assessments, aimed at supporting students to develop knowledge and skills required for the summative assessment.
Feedback is provided throughout each module through a variety of means e.g. discussion forums, drafts of written work, and assessment tutorials.
All admission and selection procedures are based on:
All offers of places on the programme are conditionally based on:
It is anticipated that applicants will have a wide a variety of academic backgrounds, but should possess one of the following:
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An Apprenticeship Standard is comprised of a programme of study, an End Point Assessment and on-the-job learning. This means that in addition to meeting academic requirements, you’ll need to be employed in a role related to your apprenticeship. The process of applying depends on whether you have an employer to sponsor (and support) you.
If you are employed and your employer has confirmed they will support your apprenticeship:
You are welcome to submit an application via our application system. You’ll need to provide details of your employment/employer as part of the application. You’ll also need to ensure you and your employer meet the requirements – find out who can be an apprentice to see if you meet the entry requirements and employer commitments to find out more about your employer’s role.
If you are not employed:
If you’re a prospective apprentice, you can find out more about who can be an apprentice on our student pages.
The cost of the apprenticeship is paid fully by the employer (sometimes part funded by the government) through apprenticeship levy. The apprenticeship levy is a pot of money some companies pay into, which all businesses have access to spend on the training costs of apprenticeships. Companies fall into two categories: levy-payers (who pay into the pot) and non-levy payers (who do not). You can find out more in our Levy and Funding section, specifically for employers
The apprentice does not contribute toward the cost of study.
Apprenticeship standards are all assigned a funding band by the Government – these funding bands are the maximum amount the Government will fund via the levy towards a given apprenticeship standard. There are currently 30 funding bands ranging from £1,000 to £27,000.
Employers with less than 50 staff sending an apprentice aged 16-18 will have 100% of the training costs paid by the government. All employers who employ an apprentice aged 16-18 on the first day of teaching will receive a £1,000 incentive from the government. You can find out more in our Levy and Funding section, specifically for employers.
Some modules include field with and site visits, which may be residential or outside the United Kingdom, ranging from three to five days. These are organised by the Division and students are required to contribute towards the cost. If there are any field trips or any course visits as part of your course, we will let you know in good time.