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Admissions criteria - Diagnostic Radiography

This information applies to the BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography and Imaging.

UCAS personal statement

The personal statement is an important part of the selection process and assessment of this may have implications on the conditions set for entry.A-level, Welsh Baccalaureate and International Baccalaureate

A-level, Welsh Baccalaureate and International Baccalaureate requirements can be found in Course Finder.

General Studies, Critical Thinking and Citizenship are not acceptable at GCE AS or A-level.

Other qualifications

Applications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome, as are those who may have combinations of qualifications or other relevant work/life experience.  If you would like to know the entry requirements for a specific qualification not listed here, please contact our admissions team on either admissions@cardiff.ac.uk or +44(0)29 2087 9999.

Further information

As well as academic achievements, it is expected that applicants to this programme should have carried out either relevant work experience or some voluntary work and to have looked into the various aspects of the profession. Applicants can also gain a broad knowledge of the breadth and diversity of radiography through reading radiography journals and by speaking with radiographers. Information can be obtained from the Society and College of Radiographers.

Additional requirements for admission

Health check

All offers given by the School of Healthcare Sciences will be conditional upon a satisfactory health check. A Health Declaration form will be sent to applicants when offers are made. Applicants who have decided to accept offers given by Cardiff University will be sent an Occupational Health Questionnaire which they are required to complete and return to the University's Department of Occupational Health by 31 July in the year of entry.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

Admission is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974) Section 4(2) (Exemption) Order 1975 and DHSS Circular HC (88)9 guidelines regarding child protection and criminal record checks. It is also considered important to ensure that an applicant’s attitudes and values are such that he or she can reasonably be admitted to the profession. All offers given to applicants will therefore, include a condition relating to a satisfactory criminal record check. This condition must be satisfied by 31 July. Applicants will be required to complete the University’s own Criminal Record Disclaimer form and also to complete the Disclosure and Barring Service process (at the "Enhanced" level). DBS application forms will be sent to all applicants who decide to accept Cardiff University's offer, in their year of entry.

Enrolment on to the course cannot take place until a satisfactory disclosure has been received from the Disclosure and Barring Service. Delay in returning the DBS form may also compromise an applicant's university accommodation options. Those who are known to be travelling overseas at the relevant time should endeavour to authorise another individual to deal with this correspondence on their behalf.

Detailed information will be given to successful applicants with letters offering places. Information on the Disclosure process can be found on the Disclosure and Barring Service website.

All information will be treated in absolute confidence and applicants with convictions to declare will be assessed as to their suitability for the programme to be studied.

Enrolment

Following confirmation of offers enrolment/continuation on the programme will be conditional upon a satisfactory health screening and Enhanced Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) Disclosure/Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) registration.

Prospective students should undertake a short period of clinical/practical observation in a clinical radiography department, as this can help applicants to decide whether diagnostic radiography is for them. Students should organise this themselves via their college/school, or directly if they wish, with the X-ray department in their local hospital. Unfortunately we are unable to make the arrangements for clinical/practical observations ourselves.

Note that students who are successful will have to undertake clinical placements outside of Cardiff, and this may require them to travel or even stay at that particular hospital during their placement period.

All applications for a place on any of the Healthcare Sciences degree schemes must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) application service.

Offers are made to all students who either meet, or have the potential to meet, the entry requirements for the relevant degree programme and these selection criteria should be read in conjunction with those requirements. Potential is assessed by reference to the entirety of the information included on the UCAS application form, and in light of any special circumstances relating to an applicant of which the School has been informed.

The personal statement is an important part of the selection process and assessment of this may have implications on the conditions set for entry.

All applications are reviewed to ensure that candidates either possess or are working towards qualifications which meet the school's minimum entry criteria. If so, the application will progress to the next stage and will have the personal statement scored using predetermined shortlisting criteria.

Shortlisting selection criteria
  • Motivation
  • Communication skills
  • Insight into the nature and demands of the programme
  • Insight into chosen area of practice
  • Insight into the emotional demands of care and caring when responding to patient/client needs
  • Transferable skills and attributes
  • Those applications with the highest shortlisting scores at this stage will be invited to interview (MMIs).

Please note: Applicants who are invited to the interview days and have disabilities or additional support needs are encouraged to indicate this in your response to the Admissions Team email: hcareadmissions@cardiff.ac.uk. We will contact you to discuss your access requirements so that appropriate adjustments can be arranged.

Applications which have not met the required threshold score will not be invited to the Interview Day (MMIs) and will be informed by UCAS that their application has been unsuccessful.

Unsuccessful applicants who wish to obtain feedback should contact admissions@cardiff.ac.uk.

Following the Assessment and Interview stage each applicant is awarded a total application score. This is the sum of their assessment and interview scores.

Offers are made to candidates who have achieved the highest total application scores and who have provided a satisfactory statement of character.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their selection process via UCAS tracker; direct applicants by the university. Unsuccessful applicants who wish to obtain feedback should contact admissions@cardiff.ac.uk.

All applications are reviewed in order to ensure that applicants possess, or are working towards, the academic qualifications required for entry.  In addition, applicants will need to demonstrate that they possess the personal attributes and qualities required of a therapeutic radiographer in order to be able to provide the necessary care and support for cancer service users. This will be achieved through the personal statement which will be scored according to the following predetermined criteria for shortlisting:

  • A knowledge of and commitment to the profession of therapeutic radiography
  • A caring attitude towards people
  • A willingness to accept responsibility
  • Evidence of working as part of a team
  • Evidence of a broad spectrum of interests and personal achievements.
  • Together with consideration of referee information, those applicants who achieve the highest shortlisting scores will be invited to interview (MMI’s).

Please note that no offers are made to applicants without an interview.

Please note: Applicants who are invited to the interview days and have disabilities or additional support needs are encouraged to indicate this in your response to the Admissions Team email: HCAREAdmissions@cardiff.ac.uk

We will contact you to discuss your access requirements so that appropriate adjustments can be arranged.

Applications which have not met the required threshold score will not be invited to the Interview Day (MMIs) and will be informed by UCAS that their application has been unsuccessful.

Unsuccessful applicants who wish to obtain feedback should contact: admissions@cardiff.ac.uk

Following the Assessment and Interview stage each applicant is awarded a total application score. This is the sum of their assessment and interview scores.

Offers are made to candidates who have achieved the highest total application scores and who have provided a satisfactory statement of character.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their selection process via UCAS tracker; direct applicants by the university.

Unsuccessful applicants who wish to obtain feedback should contact: admissions@cardiff.ac.uk

Selection interview

Diagnostic Radiography & Imaging Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) dates are:

  • 18, 19 December 2019
  • 8, 10 ,16, 17, 29 January 2020
  • 10, 11, 12, 19, 26 February 2020
  • 4, 11 March 2020

The interview process is an opportunity to meet applicants in person and fully assess attributes such as personal qualities and communication skills that are not easily transferred from the personal statement. For the BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography programme at Cardiff School of Healthcare Sciences, interviews are undertaken using the Multiple Mini Interview (MMIs) format.

MMIs are made up of a series of short, carefully timed interview stations which provide interviewers with information about applicants’ ability to think on their feet, appraise information, communicate information and ideas and demonstrate that they have thought about some of the issues relevant to the profession of therapeutic radiography.  It is important to know that there are no right or wrong answers for the MMI stations; the interviews are not intended to test prior knowledge of radiotherapy.

There will be six stations in total and each station will last a maximum of five minutes

School values

The School of Healthcare Sciences expects, and looks to admit, students who will demonstrate exemplary standards of behaviour at all times and will show respect and courtesy towards service users, teaching and support staff of the School and to each other as students of the healthcare professions.

Offers

Offers are made using the total application score (from personal statement and MMIs). Applicants will be notified of the outcome of the selection process via UCAS.  Please be aware that you may not receive a decision until all interviews are complete.

All applicants must meet the Society and College of Radiographers' good health and character, fitness to practice requirements.

This will be achieved by providing a satisfactory CRB disclosure and registration. These costs will be met by the applicant. Applicants will also be required to provide a ‘Statement of Character’ in addition to their UCAS reference.

All applicants will be required to have a satisfactory health screening prior to enrolment on their programme of study. This is conducted independently by the University’s Occupational Health department.

Advice regarding all these processes will be provided by the schools’ selection and admissions department during the application process.

However, should applicants require any other guidance regarding good health and character requirements the selection and admissions department would be delighted to meet their needs.

All applicants are treated on an individual basis and any information disclosed will be treated in confidence. Health and character requirements are conditions of enrolment. Therefore they are independent to the selection process and do not influence selection decisions.

The School of Healthcare Sciences will consider resit applicants on an individual basis.

The School of Healthcare Sciences has no objection to the possibility of deferred entry providing the intervening year is spent in a positive and worthwhile way. Application is made through UCAS in the usual way, although the UCAS application must be amended appropriately.

Transfers with credit from another Higher Education institution

The School of Healthcare Sciences will consider applications from students wishing to transfer to Cardiff from other Healthcare Schools only where there are compelling personal circumstances supporting a transfer, and where the applicant, (a) meets the entry requirements for the relevant degree scheme, and (b) has achieved a satisfactory level of performance in each module taken at his/her current institution.

Transfer with credit from another programme at Cardiff University

Applications for transfers from students wishing to transfer to Year one from other Schools within Cardiff University are considered where the applicant meets the entry requirements for the relevant degree scheme and is able to demonstrate motivation to study healthcare.