Radiographic Reporting (PgCert)
- Duration: 1 year
- Mode: Part time
Why study this course
The course offers knowledge and expertise to enable qualified healthcare professionals to carry out clinical image reporting tasks in their workplace, acting as autonomous professionals.
Join our Postgraduate Certificate in Radiographic Reporting programme that is accredited by the Society and College of Radiographers and designed to help you expand your knowledge and enhance your clinical skills in this fast-developing sector. The skills you can obtain are transferable to all healthcare organisations and are recognised overseas.
Our programme is aimed at those with a current qualification and registration as a diagnostic radiographer, therapeutic radiographer, or other healthcare professionals with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registration or equivalent.
This part-time course aims to develop your skills in radiographic reporting and other core practices associated with radiography. Due to our optional approach to learning you will get the opportunity to choose modules that best suit your needs so that your learning is relevant for you. Our optional modules focus on areas from Abdomen Radiographic Reporting to Appendicular and Axial Radiographic Reporting
You will also have the opportunity to work in our dedicated general X-Ray room with PACS system for both image viewing experience and for experimental purposes. As well as a dedicated X-ray space we also have dosimetry equipment, a radiography training room using 3D interactive simulation to include Shaderware computers and dedicated ultrasound equipment available for research opportunities and to enhance your learning.
Your learning will be supported and delivered by experienced researchers and academics alongside clinical experts. Radiologists and clinical radiographers support each of the clinical modules ensuring a high degree of current and relevant clinical knowledge is applied alongside the requirement for questioning practice. You will also be assigned a designated personal tutor who will support you throughout your studies.
You will also be part of a group of students who come from a variety of clinical backgrounds which also enhances your learning experience and you will be encouraged to share ideas and experiences.
Undertaking our programme will support your personal and professional development as well as influencing and informing healthcare across Wales and beyond.
Join a School ranked 4th in the UK overall and 1st for our research environment in the 2014 Research
Excellence Framework assessment (under Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy).
Here are some of the key features of why we think our programme is the right choice for you:
- You will be designated a personal tutor who will support you throughout your studies and will be allocated where possible specific to your area of experience.
- Some teaching is given through the interpretation of medical test results. A variety of assessment methods to include; presentations, practical, written assessments, coursework, reports, exams and reflective assignments.
- Our course is accredited by the Society and College of Radiographers.
- Benefit from a large range of equipment specially designed to enhance your learning; to include specially designed X-ray room and PACS system.
- The involvement of research-active and clinical staff in course design and delivery. Making sure you are learning the most relevant and up to date skills.
- The opportunity to learn in a School which is an accredited Joanna Briggs Centre.
- The opportunity to become a student representative and shape future educational provision.
- Benefit from learning alongside a diverse group who are studying at various points in their career.
- All University teaching sessions are captured on video and made available online* for you to review and revisit your learning (*where appropriate to do so).
- If your first language is not English, there are open access English Language courses available to you.
Only qualified radiographers are eligible to apply. You must hold:
- A minimum qualification of a UK Diploma in Radiography;
- 2 years clinical experience;
- You must be working in a radiology department within the UK and have the support of a radiological mentor. A clinical reference is required, and the mentor must be identified before the start of the programme and verified by the module team.
- Applications are reviewed and accepted on a ‘personal statement’ where a judgement is made on your suitability for the programme.
- You must address the following key points in your personal statement, this list is not exhaustive:
- Why have you selected this programme?
- What interests you about this programme?
- An understanding of the modules being offered at Cardiff University.
- Any relevant experience related to the programme or module content.
- How you plan to use the qualification in your career and the potential professional benefit from your studies.
- Why you feel you should be given a place on the programme.
Application deadline: End of July of each academic year. Your application may be considered after this date, but it may be for a later intake.
English Language Requirements for non-UK applicants
Students whose first language is not English will be required to pass an IELTS test (or recognised equivalent).
Requirement is IELTS overall 6.5 and no less than 5.5 in any subsection. Please see our English Language Requirements guidance for more details.
Please note that applicants with an IELTS score of overall 6 may be eligible for an offer based upon attendance on pre-sessional English language course offered by Cardiff University. Please be advised that places on these courses are limited so please apply early. Further information can be accessed via the following link: http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/international/english-and-foundation-programmes/english-language-programmes/pre-sessional-summer-courses
Find out more about English language requirements.
Applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK must present an acceptable English language qualification in order to meet UKVI (UK Visas and Immigration) requirements
You are not required to complete a DBS (Disclosure Barring Service) check or provide a Certificate of Good Conduct to study this course.
If you are currently subject to any licence condition or monitoring restriction that could affect your ability to successfully complete your studies, you will be required to disclose your criminal record. Conditions include, but are not limited to:
- access to computers or devices that can store images
- use of internet and communication tools/devices
- freedom of movement
- contact with people related to Cardiff University.
The Postgraduate Certificate in Radiographic Reporting programme is modular and students must complete 60 credits in the taught component of the programme. One module (30 credits) is core and must be taken and a choice of one optional module (30 credits).
Taught modules are arranged in block format of 2-3 days and run throughout the semesters identified.
The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2020/21 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2020.
In Year One you will complete 1 optional and 1 core module (30 credits)
The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.
Learning and assessment
How will I be taught?
Teaching is mainly through workshops, tutorials and seminars. There are also lectures, and these are followed up by appropriate opportunity to discuss and evaluate the ideas presented. Content is supported by online resources.
Self-directed study forms an important part of the course, and you will be directed in study skills and guided in the areas for study.
How will I be assessed?
You will be assessed through a variety of assessment procedures, such as written assignments, oral presentations, portfolio and work-based projects. There are also clinical examinations in the reporting modules. This enables you to demonstrate your ability at analysing and evaluating a situation but also to use a variety of ways to present your ideas and abilities.
How will I be supported?
This programme gives you the opportunity to share ideas with health professionals from a variety of clinical settings. As well as developing your own intellectual abilities, this sharing of ideas enables you to learn and benefit from the experiences of others. Opportunity discussion and exchange of ideas through seminars and tutorials.
You are given a named personal tutor following registration onto the programme, who is able to assist you with any pastoral care as well as advice on academic issues.
All modules within the programme make extensive use of Cardiff University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Learning Central, on which you will find course materials, links to related materials and assessment exemplars. All lectures are recorded via Panopto and are available to you throughout your programme.
The University offers a wide range of services and activities designed to support you. These include a student counselling service, a student advisory service, day care facilities, sport and exercise facilities, as well as campus information, library and IT services.
Our student app allows you to access Cardiff University services and personalised information in one place in a simple and convenient way from a smartphone via the app store.
- Campus maps
- Student library renewals, payments and available items
- Student timetable
- Find an available PC
- Access to help and student support
- Student news
- Receive important notifications
- Links to launch other University apps such as Outlook (for email) and Blackboard (for Learning Central).
- Links to recommended apps such as nextbike to help make the most of your student experience.
- Links are being developed with the national Imaging Academy for Wales and some sessions may be facilitated at this site.
What skills will I practise and develop?
Knowledge & Understanding:
- Identify and recognise normal and abnormal anatomy, consistent with a mastery of skills in specified specialised areas of radiographic anatomy, pathology and differential diagnoses.
- Formalise a diagnosis in the specified area to a standard where patient care is not compromised
- Produce an accurate, informative written report in a concise and coherent way, utilising specialised problem solving skills
- Respond to ethical dilemmas within this area of professional practice and suggest further imaging options as required
- Critically evaluate research-based evidence with respect to imaging and reporting and debate the implications for professional practice.
- Critical analysis of research.
- Reflection and critical analysis of the radiography profession and of your own practice.
Professional Practical Skills:
- Practical skills in areas of advancing practice
Transferable/ key skills
- Confident communication skills
- Critical academic writing and study skills.
- Time management and self-organisation skills.
- Develop practical research skills and apply them to practice.
UK and EU students (2020/21)
Fees will be invoiced by module. Normally, invoices will be released shortly after enrolment for each individual module. For more information please refer to our tuition fees pages.
Students from outside the EU (2020/21)
This course does not currently accept students from outside the UK/EU.
Will I need any specific equipment to study this course/programme?
Careers and placements
Postgraduate level study is essential if you want to progress to advanced and specialist practice. The Postgraduate Certificate is essential for undertaking radiographic reporting roles within a radiology department. The qualification is validated by the Society and College of Radiographers and is transferable across the UK.
Our modules are varied and challenging and give you the opportunity to consider progression within clinical practice, but also to facilitate a move into academia or research.
Our graduates have gained roles including:
- Clinical specialists
- Reporting Radiographers
- Radiography management positions
- Radiography and clinical education positions.
The clinical modules require a clinical placement, students must be working in the clinical environment to be able to practise these skills. The radiological mentor must be agreed before the start of the programme and verified by the module teams. Cardiff University does not organise the clinical placements.