Diagnostic Radiography - BSc (Hons)

UCAS Code:
B821Part-time: apply direct to the University
Full Time (3 years), Part Time (6 years)
September 2018
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You will develop specialist skills at the university by accessing our well-equipped X-ray room, Wards, Operating Theatre, Image viewing facilities and Virtual Body projection system. These skills will be honed by regular Clinical placements within a variety of Imaging departments.

What's covered in the course?

Your academic studies include subjects which form the core of diagnostic radiography practice and include the study of human anatomy and physiology, radiation physics and imaging technology. You will also study the social and psychological aspects of the needs of patients.

As you advance your knowledge of diagnostic radiography practice and the application of imaging technology to differing pathologies, you will develop analytical skills and will explore the research evidence that forms the basis of current and emergent practices.

In your final year you will develop your skills of applying research strategies to health and care practice, and will consolidate your clinical skills and knowledge that are necessary for your transition to registered practitioner status.

At least 50% of your time will be spent in clinical practice where you will develop the necessary practical skills and expertise that enable you to demonstrate radiographic  practice, in a safe and competent manner.

“If we weren’t radiographers we would be detectives, our job is to find out what is going on... I was x-raying patients from the first hour of my first day.” Adam Robinson

Why Choose Us?

  • We are the largest training centre for diagnostic radiography in the  Midlands region
  • Established links with NHS Trusts  with whom we work in partnership
  • We focus on the student, and provide a friendly, supportive environment so all our students get the most out of their time here
  • Employment rates following graduation are consistently above 90% for diagnostic radiography graduates, with approximately two-thirds of qualifying students choosing to take up employment within the region.

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Where our students go

Our students have gone on to work with companies such as:

  • University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trustl
  • St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Manchester Royal Infirmary

And in jobs such as:

  • Radiographer
  • Diagnostic Radiographer

Approved by:

College of Radiographers

Entry Requirements

We now recruit to the values of the NHS Constitution. This influences our selection criteria and especially the values we are seeking to be demonstrated in both your application and interview, which we view as essential in any individual involved in patient care.

A minimum of 120 UCAS tariff points:

Level 2 qualifications which must be achieved PRIOR to application:
GCSE at Grade 4 or above in five subjects, which must include English Language, Mathematics and either Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Double Science. (GCSE equivalents are not accepted, e. g. Key Skills Level 2, Adult Numeracy, Adult Literacy) or
Irish Leaving Certificate - see level 3 requirements
Scottish qualifications, a minimum of five Intermediate Standard 2 or above, must include English, Mathematics and a Science subject.
A particularly high standard of spoken and written English is necessary to cope with the clinical work on the Diagnostic Radiography and Radiotherapy courses. However, there is a great need for Radiography students who are fluent in more than one language and graduates with such skills would be a valuable addition to the profession; such candidates are therefore encouraged to apply.

Applicants who have not received their secondary school education in English will require an overall IELTS score of 7, with no subtest below 6.5

Plus one of the following Level 3 qualifications which you may be working towards:
GCE A/A2 level 120 UCAS tariff points from a maximum of three A/A2 Level passes, which must include one science subject from Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Human Biology and Applied Science. Psychology and Sociology are only accepted in conjunction with one of the former. A typical offer would be BBB. General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted.
GCE AS/A1 level Two subjects accepted with two GCE A/A2 levels, which must include one from Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Human Biology and Applied Science, at Grade B or above. Psychology and Sociology are only accepted in conjunction with one of the former. A typical offer would be BBB. Must achieve a minimum of 120 UCAS tariff points. General Studies and Critical Thinking not accepted.
BTEC National Diploma in Science Minimum Grade DDM required (120 tariff points).
International Baccalaureate Diploma Minimum Grade 30 required.
Access to HE Diploma in Radiography or Science Full award (60 credits) of which a minimum of 45 must be at Level 3 including 30 at Merit or Distinction with a minimum of 18 in a Science subject with 6 credits at level 3 in Physics and 15 ungraded credits at either Level 2 or 3. Must possess GCSE Mathematics and English at Grade 4 or above.
The Open University Minimum of 30 Credits at OU Level 1 or above passed in subjects that include Chemistry, Biology or Physics such as SK143 Topics in Health Sciences, S142 Topics in Science, or SK277 Human Biology. Candidates must already hold Level 3 qualifications or above, such as A-Levels or a Degree. Typical candidates will be considered on the basis that their prior education is non science related or has fallen outside the 5 year recent study requirement.
Irish Leaving Certificate Maximum of five Highers at Grade H3 or above to achieve 120 UCAS tariff points, which must include either Human Biology, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Applied science or Science. In addition Maths and English are essential at Grade O4 minimum Unless already achieved at the higher Level. 
Scottish Qualifications Maximum of 5 Advanced Highers at Grade C or above to achieve 120 UCAS tariff points, which must include either Human Biology, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Applied Science or Science. 
Welsh Qualifications Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate - Skills Challenge CertificateWelsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma - Corewhich must include either Human Biology, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Applied Science or Science at A Level Grade B or BTEC Distinction to achieve a minimum of 120 tarrff points. 
Other qualifications

If you have a qualification that is not listed in the table please refer to our full entry requirements on UCAS.

Further guidance on tariff points can be found on the UCAS website.

In addition:

Applicants must have evidence of study within the last five years.

Applicants are required to undertake a face-to-face engagement, normally in the format of an interview.

An experience visit to a clinical department is MANDATORY and a condition of a place being offered. Clinical visit evidence forms are required as part of this process.

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A second reference for Access/BTEC students from the original referee is to be provided to the institution by the end of June of the enrolment year.

Places are subject to a satisfactory Occupational Heath Check, Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check and registration with the Independent Safeguarding Authority.

Applicants should be aware that qualifications, personal statement, and references all form part of the selection criteria for this course.

Applications from mature candidates offering alternative qualifications will be considered.

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BSc (Hons) Sep 2018 FT 3 years £9,250 per year Apply via UCAS
PT 6 years £4,625 per year

International Students

Sorry, this course is not available to international students.

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form and equal opportunities PDF form instead. The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

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Personal statement

Your personal statement is a highly important part of your application. It gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.

Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:

Course choice

Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?

Career plans

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Work experience

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School or college experience

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Non-accredited skills or achievement

eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.

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Additional costs

Addiotional costs include books, writing materials, travel and accomodation at clinical placement sites. 

We offer a wide range of professionally accredited and vocational courses that require the purchase of, among other things, equipment, subscriptions, professional body memberships and DBS checks, and may require you to pay to attend conferences or participate in placements.

The link below provides our estimate of the possible costs associated with key activities on specific courses. Please bear in mind that these are only estimates of costs based on past student experience and feedback. The actual costs to you could vary considerably (either greater or lower than these estimates) depending on your choices as you progress through the course. We set out where we can, based on experience, where these indicative costs are for activities that are optional or compulsory.

All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.

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Learning Support Fund

From 1 November 2017 you may be able to apply for elements of the learning support fund if:

  • you are studying a pre-registration healthcare course
  • are studying in England and
  • your course started on or after 1 August 2017

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This course is available part-time

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What's included in your course fees

Included in your course fees are uniforms for clinical placement. 

Year 1

The Emerging Practitioner

This module will emphasise the importance of good communication and an appreciation of the patient perspective to improve patient care, taking into account the wide cultural, religious and ethnic population you will be caring for in clinical practice. 

Diagnostic Technology & Physics

This core module is essential to enable your understanding of the theory and practical applications of physics in the context of radiography. This module enables you to develop your understanding of the principles of image production and management.

Introduction to Diagnostic Imaging Practice

This Core module provides a grounding in diagnostic imaging with a holistic approach to the patient. The module provides the necessary theory and practical experience to enable you to competently perform clinical radiographic imaging examinations. The syllabus includes normal anatomy; patient care and communication; and standard radiographic examination procedures.

Year 2

The Developing Practitioner

This module enables you to increase your awareness of the ethical and legal issues inherent in healthcare provision, to facilitate autonomous practice.

It helps you develop a pro-active lifelong learning approach in order to provide consistent service user focussed care: This includes those patient groups who require extra.

Evidence Based Practice

In this module, you can expect to work with and learn from students from other healthcare disciplines, enabling you to become a self-directed learner who is capable of competent and autonomous practice. It will focus on the skills necessary to manage your own online learning tasks and apply what you learn to your own professional development.

Diagnostic Imaging Practice

This module provides the necessary theory and practical experience to enable students to competently perform radiographic imaging examinations. The syllabus includes normal and abnormal anatomy; service user care and communication; radiographic examination procedures to include radiographic technology and other modalities.

Year 3

The Competent Practitioner

This module is designed to be a continuation of the Practitioner modules at Level 4 & 5. The module is intended to help you bridge from being a student to being a Registered Practitioner. To enable this development, you will be supported in developing the skills required in a reflective practitioner and documenting these within an e-portfolio.

Radiography Research

The module provides you with experience of devising a research proposal. It will develop your skills of enquiry, and advance the present state of knowledge.  You will develop a clear link between research methodology and clinical practice which will further develop your understanding of the ethical implications and management of risks in research & radiographic practice.

Advancing Diagnostic Imaging Practitioner

The syllabus will include abnormal anatomy; patient care & communication; modified radiographic examination procedures.

You will be supported in developing practical radiographic techniques and adapting these in complex referrals, including clinically unwell and challenging patients.You will be encouraged to develop the necessary communication skills required to comment on complex pathology within the trauma setting.

Radiography is a complex mix of technology, compassion and professionalism. This course will develop your knowledge and understanding of, radiographic technology, professional practice and the psychosocial issues surrounding healthcare. Once developed, these skills will enable you to use specialist technology to produce diagnostic images of patients, as well as supporting the medical teams during the subsequent treatments.

We place a strong emphasis on clinical experience, which we offer via  placements. These are your chance to be a part of the working world of health and social care as it really is: your first taste of your career.

Placements help you with your confidence, by putting theory from the classroom into practice. We make sure you get a quality experience and that you are fully supported by a workplace mentor and clinical liaison on hand throughout your placement. In addition you are regularly supported by your personal tutor from the university.

Your time spent at the university involves accessing learning opportunities that support your knowledge of radiographic practice. You will be accessing a wide range of teaching session including lectures, seminars, and small group workshops and electronic resources. You will work closely with other students in your group and will collaborate with students from other year groups and other courses.

In your final year you will produce a research proposal for research into an area of your own interest.

Number of hours in the classroom per week

You will study a minimum of 18 hours per week within taught sessions at the university. The nature of this contact time may vary from week to week dependent on the activities you will access (such as lectures, seminars, workshops or tutorials).

Examples of classroom activities

You will be employing your team working skills within the classroom setting within teaching workshops. This may include collaboration with more senior students who may work with you as mentors to help guide you with respect to practical skills within the X-ray room for example.

You will also be learning within our Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS) rooms where you can practice image review and interpretation of radiographs and the virtual environment originally for radiotherapy training (VERT) to show cross sectional imaging.

Accreditation or professional associations

This Course is approved by the Society and College of Radiographers https://www.sor.org.

Additional support

If you are dyslexic, have a specific learning difference or a disability, we have a Disability Tutor who can help and support you. 

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We offer extra technical and learning support.

Assessment Breakdown

Year 1- 3X examinations, portfolio & clinical competencies.

Year 2 - 2X examinations, presentations, written assignments, & clinical competencies.

Year 3 - 1X examination, portfolio, defended poster, research proposal & clinical competencies.  

Teaching breakdown

19 Time in lectures, seminars and similar MidnightBlue
46 Time in independent study RoyalBlue
35 Time on placement LightSkyBlue

Student stories

Star Alumni Deirdre Dobson graduated in 2009 and is now a Senior Radiographer.


Student Adam Robinson talks about his experiences on degree course BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography at Birmingham City University.

College of Radiographers
College of Radiographers

This course is approved by the College of Radiographers from September 2017- September 2022. 


These independent reviews show what our students really think:

"On my particular degree, different teaching methods are employed from lectures to workshops to small group tutorials to self study slots to practical sessions to simulations etc. to suit people with all needs. Staff are also available for one-to-one sessions should the student have the need for it."

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Study and work abroad

If you are interested in undertaking part of your studies abroad, the Erasmus scheme may be of interest to you. It allows higher education students to study for part of their degree in another European country.

It is open to undergraduates in their second year (or above) and offers a unique opportunity to enhance your CV and experience new cultures. If you study with us you will have access to an Erasmus co-ordinator, who can provide information about which institutions we have links with.

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Further study

Many of our students continue on to complete Masters level study that supports their professional development to advanced practitioners. All qualified radiographers have a statutory obligation to evidence their Continuing Professional Development.

Overseas Opportunities

Students undertake elective placements at a location of their own choice in years 3 of the course. Previously students have undertaken hospital placements in Australia, Cyprus and Gibraltar.

Trips and visits

Four students and two staff have visited a Canadian Hospital for clinical experience over the last two years. 

Student stories: Charlene Davison

Radiographer at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire

Following my studies at Birmingham City University, I’m now in full-time employment as a radiographer at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire. My studies gave me the qualifications needed to practice, as well as social and communication skills. The university experience has completely changed me as a person – I’m no longer the shy and retiring type; I want to put myself out there and help as many people as I can. There’s no stopping me now!

The course lived up to my expectations with regard to the amount of radiography, anatomy and pathology we learnt. I felt the amount of time offered in clinical placement would aid me in becoming a good radiographer and the new clinical skills suite allowed practice before going out into real-life situations.

Enhancing employability skills

You will be gaining a professional qualification that will enable you to gain employment within the wider NHS. The clinical skills you gain will support your developing competence and enable you to undertake the role of a qualified therapeutic radiographer. You will gain competence in the safe and effective operation of cutting edge medical technologies and develop autonomous practice skills including decision making and care provision.

Your qualification will enable you to seek professional registration with the Health and Care Professions Council and membership with the Society of Radiographers.

You will receive opportunities to develop your employability skills whilst a student. This includes development of your ability to mentor others, practice your interview skills and job application writing skills. 


You will spend at least 50% of your time undertaking hospital-based clinical placement learning. You will gain experience at more than one placement site, and will provide imaging sevices and patient care demonstrating a wide variety of clinical expertise. Students will engage with the latest imaging equipment and techniques and will gain experiences of professional groups in the wider multidisciplinary care teams.

More about our placement opportunities...


OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.


BCU Graduate+

Through our courses we give you the skills and experience needed to get a head start when applying for jobs. But we offer something extra too – Graduate+.

Our unique programme gives you the chance to develop valuable skills outside of the more formal classroom learning. We award points for Graduate+ activities (including firewalking!) and these can be put towards a final Graduate+ award.

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Other student opportunities

To enhance your CV, we offer extra-curricular student opportunities, such as a major incident simulation, that you can get involved in.

Student opportunities

Graduate jobs

Our graduates secure employment as diagnostic radiographers. Diagnostic radiographers are responsible for the  accurate delivery of diagnostic imaging using high energy radiation, as well as the support of the patient as they undergo their examination.  They are the only healthcare professionals who are qualified to do this, working in a multidisciplinary environment, with radiologists, engineers, medical specialists and other healthcare professionals to ensure the holistic care of the patient and their carers is enabled. 

Examples of real graduates and their roles

Our graduates commence their working lives as diagnostic radiographers deploying effective and safe imaging procedures patients. Once further experience is gained radiographers are able to specialise and develop their skills in differing areas of practice. Our graduates have gained expertise and competence as advanced practitioners in the fields of Medical Ultrasound, Computed Tomography (CT), Image Reporting, education and research.


Students studying within the Department of Radiography have accessing to the following dedicated specialists teaching resources:

  • Anatomical Models Lab
  • VERT Suite
  • PACS review room
  • PACS reporting room
  • Diagnostic Digital Radiography imaging suite (‘X-Ray room’)
  • Ultrasound simulator and ultrasound scanner

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.

We boast up-to-date, innovative facilities that simulate the real situations that medical staff may come across.

These resources are essential in offering students a hands-on introduction to health and social care practice. Much of our teaching is carried out within our state-of-the-art, £30m Seacole Building, which houses some cutting-edge learning facilities.

Take a virtual tour of our skills suites at Seacole

In a sector where new techniques are constantly being discovered, we work hard to ensure that students learn using the most up-to-date equipment available. These include the only mock operating theatre in an English university and a cutting-edge radiography virtual clinical training facility, virtual ward and virtual case creator.

Radiography Skills Suite

Our purpose-built Radiography Skills Suite allows you to improve your skills through simulation in a safe and protected environment, and includes:

  • Dedicated PACS (Picture Archiving and Communication Systems) suite;
  • Dedicated Xograph X-ray imaging suite (CR and DR);
  • Fully functioning Mobile X-ray and Image Intensifier units, for use in our on-site Ward and Theatre simulation workshops.
  • Oncentra Masterplan Radiotherapy Planning system;
  • Ultrasim Ultrasound machine;

X Ray room/PACS Room

This is a real, working X-ray room, where students can practice taking x-rays and also to digitise them to view on the PACS system. We also have a fully functioning Mobile X-ray and Image Intensifier units, for use in our on-site Ward and Theatre simulation workshops. We use a portable camera system that can record and stream video to any other classroom on the campus so we can simulate scenarios with our students.

Simulation Mannequins

We have several Simulation men (SIM men) and Simulation babies (SIM babies) which are leading edge, anatomically correct mannequins used for teaching specific techniques such as advanced adult and paediatric life support skills, acute and high dependency clinical skills, first aid and communication skills.

Computer Facilities

The Seacole building houses a large open access IT Suite which comprises of 96 PCs, full colour printers, photocopiers and scanners. Our PCs utilise the latest Intel i5 core technology, all with:

  • Fast (unrestricted) internet connectivity
  • Ability to save files to USB, DVD & CD
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Research and statistical software
  • Storage space which can be accessed from any PC across the University and from home

Our PCs are also designed to support students who may have difficulties with reading and writing, featuring specialised software with zooming/magnification and screen reading capabilities, which may also be customised for individual student needs.

The IT Suite offers extended opening hours and is supported by a specialist Open Access Assistant during term time. In addition to the open access PCs within the IT Suite, there are 12 networked student PCs available within Seacole library.

Tracey Perks

Programme Leader BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography

Tracey is a Diagnostic Radiographer with 20 years’ experience, focusing on trauma imaging and student support. She worked clinically in Southampton before moving to Heartlands Hospital as a Senior Radiographer. Tracey moved into academia in 2002 as a senior lecturer with Birmingham City University. She has fulfilled a number of roles within this period including Admissions Tutor and has played a pivotal role in introducing simulation into the BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography. Her interests centre on clinical skills and more recently values based practice.

Tracey took over as Programme Leader for the BSc in July 2017.

UK prospective students:

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+44 (0)121 331 5595

EU / International prospective students:

International enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5389

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