Diagnostic Radiography with Foundation Year - BSc (Hons) *

UCAS Code:
B82A
Attendance:
Full Time (4 years)
Starting:
September 2019
Campus:

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 across the 4 year course.

Tailor your Health and Life Sciences Degree

When you successfully complete your Foundation Year, you will be able to progress onto a range of Undergraduate courses at the Birmingham City School of Health Sciences and School of Nursing and Midwifery. These include:

  • BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences
  • BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography
  • BSc (Hons) Health Studies (Public Health)
  • BSc (Hons) Medical Ultrasound
  • BSc (Hons) Midwifery
  • BSc (Hons) Nursing - Adult
  • BSc (Hons) Nursing - Child
  • BSc (Hons) Nursing - Learning Disability
  • BSc (Hons) Nursing - Mental Health
  • BSc (Hons) Operating Department Practice
  • BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science
  • BSc (Hons) Radiotherapy
  • BSc (Hons) Social Work
  • BSc (Hons) Speech & Language Therapy

Why choose a foundation year course?

By studying a foundation year in Health and Life Sciences, your first year will be spent learning a wide range of broad subject areas which then open up opportunities for you to specialise further in your next year –  which would be the first year of a full degree programme. 

You will study very broad subjects in your foundation year, which is designed to prepare you for a range of courses and not just one particular BSc degree. 

So although you are studying a BSc in a specific course – BSc Diagnostic Radiography – the foundation year sets you up for a number of other possible degrees starting the following year. It may be that you don’t end up doing a degree in precisely the same subject as your foundation year.

This flexibility is one of the great things about the foundation year category - Health and Life Sciences, allowing you to find out more about your interests and talents before focusing on a three year degree. The foundation year also helps us at BCU to make sure we help to match you to the degree that fits you best.

Please note: entry requirements for degree course

Upon completion of your Foundation Year, if your chosen course is regulated by a professional body such as the National College for Teaching and Leadership, you will be required to successfully complete the University’s selection process for the specific programme which will include an interview in order to proceed onto year one of the full degree programme. Entry onto year one of the degree programme will also be subject to a satisfactory DBS and Occupational Health Assessment. 

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.

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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Open Days

Our next Open Day for this course will take place in Autumn 2018. Register your interest and we'll let you know details as soon as they are available.

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This course is not open to International students

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

Subject to approval

This course is in the final stages of design and is due to be reviewed and approved to meet our quality standards.

Entry Requirements

We accept a range of qualifications, the most popular of which are detailed below.

Entry Requirements
Essential

A minimum of 5 GCSEs at Grade 4 or above (formerly Grade C), at the point of enrolment. These must include English language, science and mathematics (or equivalent).

If you do not already have the required GCSEs, (or their equivalent) for entry onto this course, and are not registered to take them, visit Equivalency Testing for further information.

88 UCAS tariff points from A/AS Level

Typical Offers
UK Qualification Requirements 2019/20
GCE A Level/ AS Level 88 UCAS tariff points = CCD. Must include one of Human Biology, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Applied Science or Science.
Access to Higher Education Diploma 60 credits overall in a science related pathway also including GCSE English Language and Maths equivalence if not hold separately.
BTEC Diploma (12-units) DD in Science
BTEC Extended Diploma (18-units) MMM must include either Human Biology, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Applied Science, or Science at B or Distinction
International Baccalaureate Diploma 24 points overall
Irish Leaving Certificate Minimum of 88 tariff points, achieved in four Higher level subjects. Must include either Human Biology, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Applied Science or Science.
Scottish Higher/ Advanced Higher Achieve a minimum of 88 tariff points achieved in either three Advanced Highers or from a combination of two Advanced Highers plus two Highers. Must include either Human Biology, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Applied Science, or Science.
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.

88tariff points needed for this foundation year

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BSc (Hons) Sep 2019 FT 4 years
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International Students

Sorry, this course is not available to international students.

Fees for 2019/20 will be published as soon as possible. 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 up to a maximum of five per cent.

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Additional costs

We offer a wide range of professionally accredited and vocational courses that require the purchase of, among other things, uniforms, 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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Accommodation and living costs

The cost of accommodation and other living costs are not included within your course fees. More information on the cost of accommodation can be found in our accommodation pages.

The additional costs listed here are to be used for indicative purposes only and are based on the additional costs for the 2018/19 academic year. The additional costs for 2019/20 will be published as soon as possible.

Year One

Academic Skills for Success
Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity
Interpersonal Skills and Professional Behaviours
Negotiated Study
Introduction to Human Biology
Health and Well-being in Society

Year Two

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 Three

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 Four

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.

You have the flexibility to transfer to any standard undergraduate programme from the School of Health Sciences or the School of Nursing and Midwifery upon successfully completing your Foundation Year including:

  • BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences
  • BSc (Hons) Health Studies (Public Health)
  • BSc (Hons) Medical Ultrasound
  • BSc (Hons) Midwifery
  • BSc (Hons) Nursing - Adult
  • BSc (Hons) Nursing - Child
  • BSc (Hons) Nursing - Learning Disability
  • BSc (Hons) Nursing - Mental Health
  • BSc (Hons) Operating Department Practice
  • BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science
  • BSc (Hons) Radiotherapy
  • BSc (Hons) Social Work
  • BSc (Hons) Speech & Language Therapy

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.  

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. 

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.

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. 

Placements

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 services 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.

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OpportUNIty

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.

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.

Facilities

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 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.