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Sheffield Hallam University

Radiotherapy and Oncology

UCAS Code: B822
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) years full-time 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Medical technology
Student score
86% MED
% employed or in further study
97% LOW
Average graduate salary
£21.9k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
Not Available

Scottish Highers
Not Available

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

UCAS tariff points

120 UCAS points from A levels (including at least 32 points from a natural science subject (such as Biology, Chemistry or Physics) or social science (Psychology or Sociology), or equivalent BTEC National qualifications (including suitable natural or social science modules). We do not accept AS levels. We do not accept General Studies.

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 120 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers


Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support


Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

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Course description

Therapeutic radiographers use the latest technology to treat cancer. They work to high levels of accuracy to help ensure the patient's tumour receives exactly the right dose of radiation, at the same time as ensuring the surrounding normal tissues receive the lowest possible dose. (NHS Careers). They have regular contact with patients before, during and after their treatment. Most therapeutic radiographers are based in hospitals, working as part of the oncology team in the radiotherapy department. Radiotherapy is used in cancer treatment in a number of different ways including • to cure the cancer • to reduce the chance of a cancer coming back after surgery • to control a cancer and reduce its impact on patient health • as part of the wider management of cancer that includes surgery, hormone therapy and chemotherapy. Oncology is the medical study and a treatment of cancer. This degree being focused towards the role of a therapeutic radiographer, however our graduates have also gone on to work for radiotherapy equipment manufacturers, chemotherapy drug companies, research departments, cancer charities and roles within oncology. What you study Take advantage of an increasing demand for graduate therapeutic radiographers in the health service. Key areas include • principles of radiation oncology • principles of anatomy and image interpretation • applications of radiotherapy science • clinical education • research methods • imaging and treatment planning • preparation for practice • accuracy and reproducibility. You learn to use radiation equipment, software and systems for treatment and treatment planning to treat cancer patients. You also learn to apply theory to practice and tailor the treatment to the patient by accurately targeting high dose radiation beams and sparing surrounding normal tissues. Our goal is to equip you with the knowledge, skills and values that enhance your employment opportunities, give you a strong professional identity as well as confidence in working with different professional groups and agencies. Facilities Your on-campus training includes use of state-of-the-art virtual environment for radiotherapy training (VERT). It creates a life-size 3D replica of a linear accelerator (equipment which is used to treat cancer patients) and the potential to walk around the room. We also have 20 networked Eclipse planning computers with specialist staff on hand to teach you radiotherapy planning. Placements and work experience Your studies are put into practice in clinical practice placements that give you essential professional experience and skills. Placements take place at • St James’s University Hospital, Leeds • The Royal Derby Hospital, Derby • Leicester Royal Infirmary, Leicester • Lincoln County Hospital, Lincoln • Freeman Hospital, Newcastle • Nottingham City Hospital, Nottingham • Queens Centre for Oncology and Haematology, Castle Hill Hospital, Hull • Weston Park Hospital, Sheffield • James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough. You are based at one hospital for the majority of your training, but at the end of year two you complete an elective placement at a different training site of your choice. This broadens your knowledge and experience of radiotherapy services and your chosen career. Some students have gone on self-funded trips to observe radiotherapy practice abroad. Membership to the Society and College of Radiographers Your student membership fees for the Society and College of Radiographers are paid, enabling you to access all the services they provide. Professional recognition This course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Graduates are eligible to apply to register with the HCPC and apply to become members of the Society and College of Radiographers. You must be registered with the HCPC in order to practise as a therapeutic radiographer in the UK.


**Year one modules** • principles of radiation oncology 1 and 2 • principles of anatomy and image interpretation • foundations for effective collaborative practice • applications of radiotherapy science • clinical education 1 **Year two modules** • principles of radiation oncology 3 and 4 • developing capability for effective collaborative practice • introduction to research methods • imaging and treatment planning • clinical education 2 **Year three modules** • dissertation • enhancing quality of services through effective collaborative practice • preparation for practice • accuracy and reproducibility • clinical education 3

Sheffield Hallam University

Adsetts Learning Centre

Sheffield has all the excitement of a major city but the friendliness of a small town. The university and students' union work together to enhance the student experience; your employability is at the top of our agenda. We have lots of societies, sports clubs and volunteering opportunities, plus the largest number of students in Britain on courses with a year's paid work placement.

How you'll spend your time

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How you'll be assessed

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What do the numbers say for

The percentages below relate to the general subject area at this uni, not to one course. We show these stats because there isn't enough data about the specific course, or where this is the most detailed info made available to us.

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were taking courses within this subject area about things such as the quality of facilities and teaching - useful to refer to when you're narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether overall satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 93%
Student score 86% MED
Able to access IT resources


Staff made the subject interesting


Library resources are satisfactory


Feedback on work has been helpful


Feedback on work has been prompt


Staff are good at explaining things


Staff value students' opinions



Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
2% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
76% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
64% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
348 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
75% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
2% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 97% LOW
Average graduate salary £21.9k MED
Graduates who are health professionals


Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
The stats here mainly cover radiography graduates (diagnostic radiography more than therapeutic). With a lot of modern medicine (and dentistry) using high-tech equipment, there are big opportunities for medical technology grads, although most early careers are spent operating these complex instruments, rather than designing or developing them. We are short of graduates in these roles, with radiography a particular area of concern and becoming one of the most in-demand specialities in the health industry and whilst this cannot guarantee you a job, outcomes are very good for graduates and this looks likely to continue.
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