Radiotherapy and Oncology (BSc)
Our Radiotherapy and Oncology BSc is a full-time programme, including clinical placement combined with academic modules.
The BSc Radiotherapy and Oncology course aims to deliver advanced knowledge and skills in radiotherapeutic practice. It is taught in academic and clinical settings and incorporates radiation science, anatomy, physiology, oncology and cancer management and radiotherapy.
Therapeutic radiography involves the use of ionising radiations to treat patients with cancer. You will learn about the role of the radiographer and elements of radiotherapy treatment planning, on-treatment review, radiotherapy imaging, teamwork and management. You will spend much of the course on clinical placements throughout Wales, applying skills alongside practising professionals.
Our balanced combination of theory and practice aims to develop you into a competent researcher, giving you a diverse skill set highly attractive to potential employers.
Graduates will be eligible to apply for registration as a therapy radiographer with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), and for membership of the Society and College of Radiographers (SCoR).
During your application to the course you will be required to demonstrate that you meet the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) good health and character, fitness to practise requirements. This will be achieved by providing a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate. All applicants will be required to have a satisfactory health screening prior to enrolment on this course which is conducted independently by the University’s Occupational Health Department. There will be a need to adhere to any immunisation requirements identified. Full guidance on this will be provided at application stage.
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: We regret that this course is unable to accept applications from international fee-status applicants because of its association with the National Health Service (NHS) and the restrictions on funding and clinical placements.
The distinctive features of the course include:
- the course is validated by the Health and Care Professions Council and the Society and College of Radiographers;
- you will spend much of the course – around 1,400 hours – on clinical placements throughout Wales, applying your skills alongside practising professionals;
- as part of the clinical elective placement in the final year, you will have the opportunity to organise a clinical placement in a radiotherapy department, perhaps overseas;
- the School provides pre-registration courses recognised by the UK Health & Care Professions Council in radiotherapy and oncology, occupational therapy, operating department practice, physiotherapy and diagnostic radiography and imaging. It also provides pre-registration courses in nursing and midwifery. This contributes to a vibrant interdisciplinary environment, with opportunities for shared learning and inter-professional education not available at many institutions.
During the taught element of the course, you will complete the following compulsory, certified courses:
- All Wales Manual Handling Passport
- Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation
|Next intake||September 2017|
|Accreditations||"Health and Care Professions Council, the (HCPC)"|
Society and College of Radiographers (SCoR)
|Typical places available||The course typically has approximately 20 places available.|
|Typical applications received||The course typically receives approximately 170 applications.|
|Typical A level offer||BBB from three GCE A-levels achieved in one sitting, to include a science subject. General Studies, Critical Thinking and Citizenship are not acceptable at GCE AS or A-level.|
|Typical Welsh Baccalaureate offer||WBQ core will be accepted in lieu of one A-level (at the grades specified above) excluding a Science A-level.|
|Typical International Baccalaureate offer||Obtain Diploma with an overall score of 28 points. English Language, Mathematics and a Physical Science must be offered at Subsidiary or GCSE level, if not at higher level.|
|Alternative qualifications||Alternative qualifications may be accepted. For further information on entry requirements, see the School of Healthcare Sciences admissions criteria pages.|
|English Language requirements||If you are an overseas applicant and your first language is not English, please visit our English Language requirements page for more information on our accepted qualifications.|
The course lasts for three years with two semesters per year. All taught modules are compulsory, adding up to 120 credits per year, 360 credits in all. Around 1,400 hours will be spent on placement.
You must pass all modules and assessments.
The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2017/18 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2017.
In year one you will be introduced to radiation sciences, anatomy and physiology, radiotherapy practice and oncology and inter-professional working. You will undertake extended clinical placements. Assessment includes coursework and examinations, as well as clinical competence.
The taught modules in year one total 120 credits. All are core (compulsory).
|Module title||Module code||Credits|
|Radiation Science 1||HC1105||20 credits|
|Introduction to Oncology||HC1107||20 credits|
|Anatomy and Physiology for Radiotherapy Practice 1||HC1108||20 credits|
|Integrated Radiotherapy Theory and Practice 1||HC1109||20 credits|
|Introduction to Practical Radiotherapy Level 4||HC1110||20 credits|
|Personal and Professional Development and Communication 1||HC1121||20 credits|
In year two your education will continue in professional and clinical aspects of radiotherapy and oncology. You will be introduced to the therapeutic or imaging technologies used today, and learn the basic principles of research and data analysis. Inter-professional working will continue to be strengthened.
The taught modules in year two total 120 credits. All are core (compulsory).
|Module title||Module code||Credits|
|Radiotherapy and Oncology Practice||HC2118||20 credits|
|Radiotherapy Science and Equipment||HC2119||20 credits|
|Integrated Radiotherapy Theory and Practice 2||HC2120||20 credits|
|Radiotherapy Practice - Localisation, Verification and Dose Calculation||HC2121||20 credits|
|Personal and Professional Development and Communication 2||HC2130||20 credits|
|Research 1||HC2131||20 credits|
In year three you will carry out your research project and complete your professional and clinical radiotherapeutic education. In addition to the normal academic and clinical assessments, your project work will contribute to your final degree award.
The taught modules in year three total 120 credits. All are core (compulsory).
|Module title||Module code||Credits|
|Complexities and Contemporary Issues in Radiotherapy Practice||HC3108||20 credits|
|Integrated Radiotherapy Theory and Practice 3||HC3109||20 credits|
|Radiotherapy Practice - Treatment and Verification Level 6||HC3110||20 credits|
|Personal and Professional Development and Communication 3||HC3117||20 credits|
|Research 2||HC3118||40 credits|
How will I be taught?
The School of Healthcare Sciences is committed to developing knowledge which directly improves health outcomes and health care for patients. Top-quality teaching relies on academic and clinical expertise of lecturers and visiting clinicians.
Lectures, tutorials, workshops, simulations, seminar style discussions, online discussions, presentations and specific group work will all feature as part of your degree.
Teaching and learning is based upon three main principles:
- blended learning across the curriculum;
- vibrant learning experiences to develop a culture of independent learning;
- inter-professional learning which fosters team working and understanding between fields of practice.
A number of modules will be taught via a mixture of shared/inter-professional and uni-professional sessions. You will learn alongside diagnostic radiographers, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, operating department practitioners and midwives.
Acquiring knowledge and skills through practical experience in a clinical environment is key to the course. This is fundamentally aligned to theory throughout to encourage transferable flexible skills.
How will I be supported?
You will have regular meetings with your personal tutor who will provide pastoral support and academic guidance throughout the programme. In addition you will be assigned an academic supervisor who will support you in the development of your dissertation.
Our virtual learning environment is accessible via desktop and mobile devices, allowing you to access electronic resources from anywhere. Dedicated computer labs, student study rooms, campus-wide WiFi networks, printing facilities and a dedicated healthcare library are available year-round. Staff are available on site to assist students and provide support and advice.
There is access for all staff, students and placement educators to the practice education database. Here you will be able to view progress in relation to practice placements, including details of placement allocation.
The School of Healthcare Sciences has recently invested in new facilities and equipment, including a dedicated research centre for clinical kinesiology, a completely refurbished radiographic imaging suite, a virtual environment suite for 3D simulations and dedicated occupational therapy and operating department suites. There is also a dedicated mould room and a radiotherapy treatment planning suite.
Our radiotherapy virtual environment suite (CURVES) allows you to build confidence with radiotherapy equipment and practise technical skills using the 3D VERT© system. You can also produce and evaluate your own radiotherapy treatment plans using the Masterplan© 3D radiotherapy planning system.
The kilovoltage room provides mechanically functional clinical radiotherapy equipment where you can rehearse practical skills for skin cancer treatment.
We have a simulated mould room suite which helps students to practice and understand the fundamental principles associated with immobilisation, beam directional shell preparation and radiotherapy localisation. Students are encouraged to fully immerse themselves in the role of a mould room radiographer and have the opportunity to get their hands dirty whilst practicing the relevant skills and problem-solving in a safe environment.
You will have access through the Learning Central website to relevant multimedia material, presentations, lecture handouts, bibliographies, further links, electronic exercises and discussion circles.
The University offers a range of services including the Careers Service, the Counselling Service, the Disability and Dyslexia Service, the Student Support Service, and excellent libraries and resource centres.
We will provide you with feedback on your work in a variety of formats. These will include oral feedback during tutorials, feedback provided during lectures, written feedback provided through online module discussion forums, and electronic written feedback on assessed coursework through GradeMark. You will be provided with summary written feedback in relation to examinations and you can discuss your overall performance with your personal tutor. During clinical placements you will be supported in your progress by mentors/clinical teachers who will provide verbal and written feedback on your clinical competency.
How will I be assessed?
Assessment is designed to demonstrate that you have achieved the required competency required for a registered radiographer (HCPC, Standards of Proficiency, 2013) and achieved the standards of the Society and College of Radiographers for practitioner entry into the profession.
Knowledge and understanding is assessed through theory examinations, written assignments, case studies, practical examinations, projects, presentations, clinical examinations and clinical assessments.
What skills will I practise and develop?
As a result of engaging fully with this course, you will acquire and develop a range of valuable skills, both those which are discipline specific and more generic ‘employability skills’.
You will develop specific therapeutic radiography skills, image interpretation proficiency and the application of skills in clinical practice.
Thorough grounding in foundation science will be given, including theoretical and safety components of radiotherapy technology.
You will be able to evaluate how professional practice issues affect clinical care and synthesise theoretical perspectives to inform practice.
Workplace skills will relate to the delivery of high professional standards and good communication skills with colleagues, service users and relatives.
You should be well equipped to work in and manage teams, thanks to work with other health professionals during clinical placement and during academic blocks through inter-professional learning sessions.
100% of students graduating from the BSc in Radiotherapy and Oncology went on to work and/or study six months after graduating (UNISTATS).
As a School of Healthcare Sciences 97% of our graduates were in employment and/or further study six months after graduating.* Our courses offer a considerable amount of time on practical learning opportunities which help to develop confidence, abilities and employability as healthcare professionals.
Employers can include: various Health Boards and NHS Trusts, Community Health Services, local government social service departments, international health services, higher education institutions and organisations such as Age Concern and the Cardiff Blues rugby team.
Career destinations can include: advanced nurse practitioner, health visitor, lecturer, midwife, nurse, operating department practitioner, occupational therapist, physiotherapist, radiographer, research nurse and ward manager.
*Graduate destinations statistics are based on HESA Destination of Leavers of Higher Education 2013/14 data.
UK and EU students (2017/18)
A full NHS bursary, including tuition fees and a non-repayable bursary for living costs, is available for this programme. Further details are available on our NHS funding pages.
Students from outside the EU (2017/18)
An NHS placement is a required part of this course. The NHS only makes placements available to students who are eligible to pay UK/EU fees. Therefore, this course is not available for international students.
Applicants are required to meet the costs of obtaining a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Certificate.
Applicants are advised that while you may be entitled to be reimbursed for some of the costs you incur whilst attending practice placements, you will be required to cover the initial costs for later reimbursement. This may include both accommodation and travel costs (if they are in excess of your normal daily travel costs to your University base).
Will I need any specific equipment to study this course/programme?
No specific equipment is required.
You will undertake clinical placements in three different radiotherapy departments across Wales in order to gain a broad base of clinical education.