PgCert RADIOGRAPHIC REPORTING

Overview

Facilitating your development

Our programme incorporates a high level of clinical skill in the practice of image evaluation and reporting of the skeletal system. The modules fully integrate theoretical knowledge with practical ability, facilitating your development as a competent and reflective practitioner.

We have a highly motivated team of in-house and guest specialists from a variety of hospitals, with over 14 years experience successfully delivering the Radiographic Reporting programme.

Why Radiographic Reporting at LSBU?

Ranked 2nd in London overall for Health Professions (Guardian University Guide 2023).
Our course is a long established and successful programme, having started in 1996.
You can expect to be trained by our renowned teaching team of experienced radiographers in our specialist facilities.
Specialist reporting radiographers and radiologists provide stimulating lectures.
LSBU has its own PACS (Sectra) with thousands of practice (and assessment) cases for reporting.
94 percent of Health Professions graduates get graduate level jobs or are in further education at professional or higher education level, within 15 months of graduation (Guardian University Guide 2023).

Accreditation

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The Radiographic Reporting course offered by London South Bank University was approved by the College of Radiographers for a period of five years, from 12/2020 to 12/2025 inclusive.
Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
ModePgCert Part-time Duration1 year Start dateSeptember Application code5064 Application method Direct to LSBU

Location

London South Bank University student union is located at 103 Borough Rd, London SE1 0AA.

If you are visiting our Southwark Campus, you may wish to use our downloadable campus map (PNG File 466 KB). For information on accessibility, see our DisabledGo access guides.

Walk or bicycle

The University is in easy walking distance of underground and leading overground stations. We are only 20 minutes away from the Thames. We encourage walking and cycling and have bicycle racks on campus. Please check the Transport for London cycling website for London cycling maps and route planners.

By bus

LSBU is very well connected, and a large number of buses travel to and connect in the Elephant and Castle area from across London.

By train or tube

The Bakerloo and Northern lines stop at Elephant & Castle underground station, which is right next to campus. The closest rail stations are Elephant & Castle, London Waterloo and London Bridge. To plan your train journey, visit the National Rail website.

By car

London South Bank University does not provide public parking space. There is a limited amount of parking in the area, so we strongly advise using public transport.

Do consider the Congestion Charge if you are driving through London to reach the campus. Find out if you'll be crossing the Congestion Charge zone to reach our Southwark Campus.

TfL journey planner

You can travel to Southwark Campus by using public transport, plan your journey using the Transport for London journey planner.

Entry Level Requirements

  • Applicants will normally be a registered radiographer or other health care professional with full access to radiographic images for reporting which should include a high proportion of Accident and Emergency cases.
  • Participants should have written confirmation and support of an appropriate radiology department in which to train.
United Kingdom

£

Tuition fees for home students

International

£

Tuition fees for international students

Tuition fees are subject to annual inflationary increases. Find out more about tuition fees

  • Part-time

    part-time

    PgDip Radiographic Reporting (Top Up) (PT) - Year 1

    The fee shown is for entry 2023/24
    UK fee: £ International fee: £
    AOS/LSBU code: 5065 Session code: 1PS00

    PgCert Radiographic Reporting (PT) - Year 1

    The fee shown is for entry 2023/24
    UK fee: £ International fee: £
    AOS/LSBU code: 5064 Session code: 1PS00

    MSc Radiographic Reporting (Top Up) (PT) - Year 1

    The fee shown is for entry 2023/24
    UK fee: £ International fee: £
    AOS/LSBU code: 5066 Session code: 1PS00

Many students are funded by their employer/Trust as part of their professional development. Speak with your employer to find out if there is CPD funding available.

Home/EU applicants

Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
Mode PgCert Part-time Duration 1 year Start date September Application code 5064 Application method Direct to LSBU

If you are applying for the PgCert course, within your application's personal statement, please indicate which reporting module you would like to study, musculoskeletal or chest. Alternatively, you can email the Course Director, Michael Williams, at michael.williams@lsbu.ac.uk to discuss this further.

Accreditation for Prior Learning (APL)

Applicants with a PgCert Appendicular Reporting qualification from another university may apply for Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL), if applying to study for Axial Reporting on the PgDip pathway. For APL information please contact a member of staff.

Prepare to start

We help our students prepare for university even before the semester starts. To find out when you should apply for your LSBU accommodation or student finance read the How to apply tab for this course.

Enrolment

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.

The PgCert is typically achieved in Year 1 and credit carried forward to further study in Year 2 to achieve PgDip. Year 3 completes the MSc with a dissertation. The awards are flexible to suit individual needs:

PgCert (60 credits)

  • Foundations of Image Interpretation (20 credits)
    This online module introduces the principles of images perception and the opportunities for error in decision making. The implications for practice are considered from abnormality signalling through to written reporting, for integration within a modern healthcare system. Assessment method: 4000 word essay. 100% weighting

Plus optional modules worth 40 credits

At least one of the optional modules for a PgCert must be a reporting module.

  • Radiographic Reporting: Musculoskeletal (40 credits)
    This module enables the participant to achieve competence in the practice of radiographic reporting of the musculoskeletal system. The majority of the study element will be in the clinical environment working with a mentor in partnership with the module coordinator to ensure all academic components are met. Participants will be operating within the healthcare environment and must have access to the prescribed clinical practice which must include a mix of acute and non-acute musculoskeletal cases for review.
  • Radiographic Reporting: Chest (40 credits)
    This module enables the participant to achieve competence in the practice of radiographic reporting of the chest. Most of the study element will be in the clinical environment working with a mentor in partnership with the module coordinator, to ensure all academic components are met. Participants will be working within the healthcare environment and must have authorised access to radiology imaging, including a mix of acute and non-acute chest cases for review.
  • Enabling Practice Through Work-Based Learning (20 credits)
    This module allows the student to investigate an area of their own choice, relevant to their field of practice. This module is delivered in the form of learning negotiated between the student, module co-ordinator and practice manager. The student will develop a negotiated, study management plan with agreed outcomes (learning contract). The contract is largely student managed with tutorial support from the module co-ordinator. Learning contracts combine several elements of planning, especially setting objectives and outcomes, devising criteria and formulating action plans. The learning that has been negotiated is an agreement to undertake a specific course of action leading to learning and professional development.

PgDip (120 credits)

  • Foundations of Image Interpretation (20 credits)
    This module introduces the principles of images perception and the opportunities for error in decision making. The implications for practice are considered from abnormality signalling through to written reporting, for integration within a modern healthcare system. Assessment method: 3000 word essay. 100% weighting
  • Research in Health and Social Care (20 credits)
    This module aims to develop a comprehensive understanding of key concepts and methods in health and social care research together with the skills to find, appraise and use the evidence to address policy and practice issues. It is available in taught or distance learning formats.

Plus optional modules worth 80 credits

  • Radiographic Skeletal Reporting: Axial Skeleton (20 credits)
    This module forms a key component of the programme enabling you to achieve competence in the practice of radiographic image reporting on radiographs of the Axial skeleton (but will also include the pelvis). You will be operating currently within the healthcare environment and must have access to the prescribed clinical practice. This module would be suitable for students who have previously studied reporting of the appendicular skeleton only. Assessment method: 60 min OSCE (100%).
  • Radiographic Reporting: Musculoskeletal (40 credits)
    This module enables the participant to achieve competence in the practice of radiographic reporting of the musculoskeletal system. The majority of the study element will be in the clinical environment working with a mentor in partnership with the module coordinator to ensure all academic components are met. Participants will be operating within the healthcare environment and must have access to the prescribed clinical practice which must include a mix of acute and non-acute musculoskeletal cases for review.
  • Radiographic Reporting: Chest (40 credits)
    This module enables the participant to achieve competence in the practice of radiographic reporting of the chest. Most of the study element will be in the clinical environment working with a mentor in partnership with the module coordinator, to ensure all academic components are met. Participants will be working within the healthcare environment and must have authorised access to radiology imaging, including a mix of acute and non-acute chest cases for review.
  • Advances in Specialised Skeletal Imaging (20 credits)
    This module forms a component of the programme enabling you to achieve competence in the practice of radiographic image reporting. It will concentrate on the contribution of specialised modalities in confirming or contributing to the diagnosis and further investigation of musculoskeletal plain imaging reports. Assessment method: 3000 word case study  (100% weighting)
  • Enabling Practice Through Work-Based Learning (20 credits)
    This module allows the student to investigate an area of their own choice, relevant to their field of practice. This module is delivered in the form of learning negotiated between the student, module co-ordinator and practice manager. The student will develop a negotiated, study management plan with agreed outcomes (learning contract). The contract is largely student managed with tutorial support from the module co-ordinator. Learning contracts combine several elements of planning, especially setting objectives and outcomes, devising criteria and formulating action plans. The learning that has been negotiated is an agreement to undertake a specific course of action leading to learning and professional development.

MSc (180 Credits)

  • Foundations of Image Interpretation (20 credits)
    This module introduces the principles of images perception and the opportunities for error in decision making. The implications for practice are considered from abnormality signalling through to written reporting, for integration within a modern healthcare system. Assessment method: 3000 word essay, 100% weighting.
  • Research in Health and Social Care (20 credits)
    This module aims to develop a comprehensive understanding of key concepts and methods in health and social care research together with the skills to find, appraise and use the evidence to address policy and practice issues. It is available in taught or distance learning formats.
  • Dissertation (60 credits)
    This module enables you to plan and conduct an in-depth investigation of a topic that contributes to professional practice. It provides the opportunity to apply an understanding of research methods to the investigation and allows demonstration of your ability to work with relative autonomy in undertaking a sustained, in-depth piece of independent learning. It promotes the dissemination of findings to the relevant professional community.

Optional modules worth 80-100 credits

  • Radiographic Skeletal Reporting: Axial Skeleton (20 credits)
    This module forms a key component of the programme enabling you to achieve competence in the practice of radiographic image reporting on radiographs of the Axial skeleton (but will also include the pelvis). You will be operating currently within the healthcare environment and must have access to the prescribed clinical practice. This module would be suitable for students who have previously studied reporting of the appendicular skeleton only. Assessment method: 60 min OSCE (100%).
  • Radiographic Reporting: Musculoskeletal (40 credits)
    This module enables the participant to achieve competence in the practice of radiographic reporting of the musculoskeletal system. The majority of the study element will be in the clinical environment working with a mentor in partnership with the module coordinator to ensure all academic components are met. Participants will be operating within the healthcare environment and must have access to the prescribed clinical practice which must include a mix of acute and non-acute musculoskeletal cases for review.
  • Radiographic Reporting: Chest (40 credits)
    This module enables the participant to achieve competence in the practice of radiographic reporting of the chest. Most of the study element will be in the clinical environment working with a mentor in partnership with the module coordinator, to ensure all academic components are met. Participants will be working within the healthcare environment and must have authorised access to radiology imaging, including a mix of acute and non-acute chest cases for review.
  • Advances in Specialised Skeletal Imaging (20 credits)
    This module forms a component of the programme enabling you to achieve competence in the practice of radiographic image reporting. It will concentrate on the contribution of specialised modalities in confirming or contributing to the diagnosis and further investigation of musculoskeletal plain imaging reports. Assessment method: 3000 word case study  (100% weighting)
  • Enabling Practice Through Work-Based Learning (20 credits)
    This module allows the student to investigate an area of their own choice, relevant to their field of practice. This module is delivered in the form of learning negotiated between the student, module co-ordinator and practice manager. The student will develop a negotiated, study management plan with agreed outcomes (learning contract). The contract is largely student managed with tutorial support from the module co-ordinator. Learning contracts combine several elements of planning, especially setting objectives and outcomes, devising criteria and formulating action plans. The learning that has been negotiated is an agreement to undertake a specific course of action leading to learning and professional development.

Careers

This programme will assist in developing graduates career options as a practitioner, consultant, or researcher.

The course offers a flexible and responsive education and training provision which follows the requirements in respect of Continuing Professional and Personal Development (CPPD), linked to professional regulation and the Knowledge and Skills Framework (KSF).

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