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University of Portsmouth

Radiotherapy and Oncology

UCAS Code: BB82

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


112 Tariff points from 3 A levels, including a Science subject (preferably Biology, Chemistry or Physics, but will accept Applied Science, PE, Psychology or Sports Science) at grade C or Mathematics.

112 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma (Science) /122 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma (Health-based), with no more than 6 level 3 credits at Pass in science subjects.

Cambridge Pre-U score of 54, to include a Principal Subject in Science (preferably Biology, Chemistry or Physics, but will consider Applied Science, PE, Psychology, Sports Science or Mathematics) at M3.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C or above, or equivalent/GCSE English and Mathematics at grade 4 or above, or equivalent.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

29

29 points from the IB Diploma, with either 754 or 655 at Higher Level, to include 5 points from a Higher Level in a Science subject (preferably Biology, Chemistry or Physics, but will accept Applied Science, PE, Psychology or Sports Science) or Mathematics. 4 points from Standard Level English and Mathematics (if not passed at GCSE grade C).

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H3,H3,H3,H3,H4

To include a Higher Level Science Subject (preferably Biology, Chemistry or Physics, but will accept Applied Science, PE, Psychology or Sports Science) or Mathematics at H3.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DMM

Must be in a Science subject.

112 Tariff points from 3 Advanced Highers, including a Science subject (preferably Biology, Chemistry or Physics, but will accept Applied Science, PE, Psychology or Sports Science) or Mathematics at grade D.

UCAS Tariff

112

112 points from 3 A levels, or equivalent, including 32 points from a Science subject (preferably Biology, Chemistry or Physics, but will accept Applied Science, PE, Psychology or Sports Science) or Mathematics. Access awards are also welcomed. All shortlisted applicants are subject to interview. All offers are subject to Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance and Occupational Health clearance.

50%
Applicants receiving offers

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About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Therapeutic imaging

**Overview**
Do you have an interest in applying the latest advances in medical care to help people at their most vulnerable?

This BSc (Hons) Radiotherapy and Oncology degree course trains you to use radiation to treat people with cancer. You’ll tackle all aspects of this field, from planning and delivering treatments to taking care of patients' emotional wellbeing. When you complete the course, you'll have the medical knowledge and technical skills for a career as a therapeutic radiographer and be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Radiographer.

We are currently seeking approval from the College of Radiographers to show that this course maintains and develops the highest standards of clinical imaging and oncology practice and conduct.

**On this course you'll:**
- Learn about all areas of radiation science, radiotherapy practice, oncology and human anatomy

- Use our on-campus radiography clinical skills suite, featuring a 3D virtual environment Radiotherapy unit (VERT), treatment planning suite and ultrasound facilities

- Practise your skills in our Centre for Simulation in Health and Care, where you can experience simulations of real-life scenarios that hone your skills in a safe and supportive environment

- Enhance your classroom learning with significant time spent in hospitals and specialist radiotherapy centres, engaging with patients

- Improve your communication skills

- Get valuable insight with mentoring from experienced radiographers and care teams

- Work experience and career planning

You'll spend about a third of your time on this course on placement in a clinical setting, shadowing and working with experienced practitioners.

Placements are on the south coast, in organisations such as:
- Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

- Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust

- University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust

- Royal Sussex County Hospital

We can help you find further relevant work experience during your course. We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies.

**Careers and opportunities**
When you graduate from this course, you'll be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a therapeutic Radiographer. This allows you to work in a clinical setting right away.

You can also do postgraduate study or go into research, management or teaching. Whatever you do next, our Careers and Employability service will give you career advice and support for up to 5 years after you graduate.

**Professional approvals**
This BSc (Hons) Radiotherapy and Oncology degree course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). This means the course meets standards set by the HCPC and makes you eligible to apply for HCPC registration when you complete the course.

You can apply for student membership to the Society and College of Radiographers for the duration of the course, and full membership upon completion.

Modules

The first year of the course introduces the core knowledge for the underlying concepts and principles for Radiotherapy & Oncology. The second year of the course builds upon the units studied in the first year to allow you to develop existing skills and acquire new competencies by applying theory to practice. The third year of the course builds upon the units that have been studied in preceding years to ensure that you meet the standards of proficiency expected of all newly-qualified radiographers. In this year, you will also develop skills that will prepare you for advanced practice, whilst also having the opportunity to undertake a dissertation that may involve supervised research.

Assessment methods

This course has a balanced approach towards assessment including essays, presentations, written examinations, objective structured examinations (OSE’s) and portfolios of evidence and practice outcomes to assess clinical capability which count towards your degree classification.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Portsmouth

Department:

Faculty of Science

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

51%
low
Therapeutic imaging

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Medical technology

Teaching and learning

70%
Staff make the subject interesting
79%
Staff are good at explaining things
58%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
83%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

73%
Library resources
88%
IT resources
67%
Course specific equipment and facilities
4%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

99%
UK students
1%
International students
24%
Male students
76%
Female students
71%
2:1 or above
14%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Medical technology

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£22,500
med
Average annual salary
98%
low
Employed or in further education
99%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

100%
Health professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

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.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Therapeutic imaging

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£22k

£22k

£27k

£27k

£33k

£33k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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