DipHE Diagnostic ImagingSouthwark Campus
Image is everything
If you’d like to gain the knowledge and skills to practice as an assistant practitioner in the diagnostic imaging department, this course is the place to start. The DipHE Diagnostic Imaging course combines teaching practical skills with underpinning theory so that you'll be competent in a range of clinical settings. The course aims to develop confident and competent practitioners who practice compassionately, skilfully and safely while maintaining dignity and promoting health and wellbeing.
We offer the opportunity for all undergraduate Home/EU students to undertake a work placement, internship or work experience while studying a full-time course starting in September 2021.
Why Diagnostic Imaging at LSBU?
- A professional accreditation – approved by the Health and Care Professions and accredited by the Society and College of Radiographers.
- We’re the No.1 London modern university in the UK for Satisfied overall with course in Health Professions (Guardian League Table 2018) – which means happy students.
- Employability – according to the Guardian League Table 2016, we’re the No. 1 London Modern University for career prospects in the health professions.
- Great work experience opportunities – with the chance to gain clinical experience in many of London's internationally renowned teaching hospitals.
This course reflects the core standards for assistant practitioners outlined in the Skills for Health agenda and has been designed to align closely with the BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography. The distinctive features of the DipHE enables you to access an appropriate development route suitable to your current clinical role – as well as enhance the underpinning knowledge associated with practices which you may currently undertake, and evidence knowledge and skills required for effective delivery of diagnostic imaging services at assistant practitioner level. The method of assessment for the course overall is 29% coursework.
- Foundations of diagnostic imaging
- Radiation sciences for radiography
- Systems 1
- Concepts of inter-professional practice in health and social care
- Applied work-based learning 1
- Systems 2
- Additional modalities
- Pathology related to diagnostic imaging
- Applied work-based learning 2
- Professional development through contract learning
This course will equip you with the skills you need to perform as an assistant practitioner. You might choose to develop these further through a bridging module which allows access to the BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography course.
We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment for the second year in a row - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, 2019.
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:
- An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
- Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.
Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.
- We are proud of our professional links with the Society and College of Radiographers is the professional body, representing the radiography workforce.
Teaching and learning
Throughout the course, assessment methods vary for each module: they’re specified in each module guide. Content, knowledge and understanding is assessed through coursework and/or clinical competencies. Coursework can take many forms based on the practical or theoretical content of the modules. Work is assessed by:
- Achievement of identified competencies in practice at designated level
- Client/patient narrative: reflective essay to develop integration of theory and practice
- Written examinations
- Online reflective journal
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We expect applicants will come from a variety of academic backgrounds, but you will need to meet the following entry criteria:
- Entrants to this programme must be 18 years or over at the commencement of the course and are required to be employed as support workers or assistant practitioners in the diagnostic imaging environment and
- 5 GCSEs at grade A–C to include English, Mathematics and a Science, or
- Access to HE course in Science or Health Studies or similar with 45 credits at L3 and 15 credits at L2, or
- A foundation degree/higher apprenticeship in a professionally relevant subject or
- Consideration will also be given to other relevant qualifications recognised as equivalent to the above
For those whom English is not their first language must achieve a minimum score of 7 for the International English Language Test Score (IELTS) or equivalent.
- All applicants must be working in and already have a contract of employment within an Imaging/Radiology department.
- The Imaging department must have all required facilities to enable provision of the applicants clinical placement/training or links with a placement site who can provide any specialist modalities.
- The Imaging Department Manager/Service Lead must provide a Trust headed letter, addressed to the University/Admissions Tutor stating that they are willing to provide funding, clinical training and full academic release for the employee whom they are supporting.
Attributes and values
If you have already completed some studies at another university, we may be able to consider you for advanced entry. Please see our advanced entry page for more information.
How to apply
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Once we have made you an offer, you can apply for accommodation. You can rent from LSBU and you’ll deal directly with the university, not third party providers. That means we can guarantee you options to suit all budgets, with clear tenancy agreements and all-inclusive rents that include insurance for your personal belongings, internet access in each bedroom and on-site laundry facilities.
Or, if you’d rather rent privately, we can give you a list of landlords – just ask our Accommodation Service.
Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.
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Prepare to start
After you’ve received your offer we’ll send you emails about events we run to help you prepare for your course.
Before you start your course we’ll send you information on what you’ll need to do before you arrive and during your first few days on campus. You can read about the process on our Enrolment pages.
Fees and funding
For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for undergraduate students.
Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a Home, EU or International student for fee-paying purposes and for our regulatory returns, by reading the UKCISA regulations.
Possible fee changes
The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any government guidance or decisions.
The fees for international students are reviewed annually and the University reserves the right to increase the tuition fees in line with the RPIX measure of inflation up to 4 per cent.
We offer several types of fee reduction through our scholarships and bursaries. Find the full list and other useful information on our scholarships page.