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Assistant Radiographic Practice (Screening Mammography) (CertHE)

Entry year

The Certificate in Higher Education in Assistant Radiographic Practice (Screening Mammography) aims to deliver practical knowledge and skills in breast imaging practice for screening purposes.

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Course overview

Distinctive features

The day-release nature of the programme allows continuous link between theory and practice, while the split between clinical and academic components enhances the acquisition of practical skills and allows continuous student exposure to an appropriate range of work-based experiences

Applying for 2018 or 2019

UCAS codeDirect entry
Next intakeJanuary 2019
Duration1 years
ModeFull time

Entry requirements

The entry requirements shown are for students starting in 2019. Entry requirements for 2020 will be available in August 2019.

Extended Project Qualification: Applicants with grade A in the EPQ will typically receive an offer one grade lower than the standard A level offer. Please note that any subject specific requirements must still be met.

The Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate will be accepted in lieu of one A-Level (at the grades listed above), excluding any specified subjects.

Alternative qualifications may be accepted. For further information on entry requirements, see the School of Healthcare Sciences admissions criteria pages.

IELTS (academic)

At least 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each sub-score.


At least 90 with minimum scores of 17 for writing, 17 for listening, 18 for reading and 20 for speaking.

PTE Academic

62 with a minimum of 51 in all communicative skills.

Trinity ISE II/III

II: at least two Distinctions and two Merits.
III: at least a Pass in all components.

Other accepted qualifications

Please visit our English Language requirements page for more information on our other accepted language qualifications.


The programme is aimed at recruiting Radiography Support Workers employed by NHS Trusts in Wales. The recruitment process involves joint selection interviews by Cardiff University and respective Radiology Services Managers or their appointed representatives.

Tuition fees

UK and EU students (2020/21)

Tuition fees are funded by the Workforce, Education and Development Services (WEDS). Students in NHS employment will continue to receive their salaries from their employer. Applicants domiciled in Wales with NHS employment as a support worker are eligible for funding.

Students from outside the EU (2020/21)

NHS employment is a required part of this course. Therefore, this course is not available for international students.

Additional costs


We have a range of residences to suit your needs and budget. Find out more on our accommodation pages.

Course structure

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.

Year one

The programme runs over a calendar year and comprises 25% academic-based and 75% work-based learning.

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

Other information

What do current students say about this Programme?

Previous programme evaluations have been positive several assistant practitioners have gone to study for the BSc (Hons) Radiography degree at Cardiff and other universities.

What do employers think about this Programme?

Feedback from employers suggested satisfaction that the programme prepared assistant practitioners who were appropriately prepared to perform their role and meet the expectations of their scope of practice.

Mode of delivery

Some employers suggested a preference for some aspects of the programme to be delivered by distance learning. This view was seen by employers as advantageous for those students whose base hospitals are geographically far from Cardiff University, for example North Wales. The programme team appreciates the demands placed on such students in terms of travel time, distance and financial cost to the employer. However, the team feels that the regular face-to-face contact afforded by the 2 academic days per week in term time provided continuous academic support and far outweighed the inconvenience and discomfort of travel to and from Cardiff.

Scope of practice

In view of the diversity of radiographic practice, increasing service demand, and the need to improve patient flow, some radiology services managers would welcome the development of appropriate assistant practitioner modules in techniques / technologies such as dental radiography, ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging.


Career prospects

On completion of the course, and depending on the chosen  pathway, Assistant Practitioners will be able to seek employment in one of the following areas of radiographic practice:

  • Screening Mammography.
  • Diagnostic Radiography

Assistant Practitioners in screening mammography perform basic mammographic examinations within the asymptomatic breast screening programme. Working on mobile screening vans, they assist radiographers in providing and maintaining an efficient breast screening service.

Data from Unistats is not yet available for this course.

Data from Unistats is not yet available for this course.


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Friday 5 July




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Applying for 2018 or 2019