Radiotherapy with Foundation Year - BSc (Hons) *

Attendance:
Full Time (4 years)
Starting:
September 2018
Campus:
Fees:
£9,250 per year for UK/EU Full Time 2018 entry (view all fees)

This course is now full for 2018/19. You can apply for 2019/20 via UCAS from September 2018.

If you'd still like to apply for September 2018, take a look at some of our other available courses.

If you are looking for a rewarding career that is challenging, has a combination of science and technology, to treat and care for patients who have life threatening conditions, then this might be the 4 year course for you.

The only course in the Midlands covering oncology, radiotherapy technology and psychosocial issues surrounding cancer care, our radiotherapy course will teach you to work with patients of all ages, to help relieve and/or cure the symptoms of their cancer.

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 Radiotherapy – 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?

As the only training centre for radiotherapy in the West Midlands region, our radiotherapy course will prepare you to be a fully qualified radiotherapy radiographer once you have graduated. As a radiotherapist you will be responsible for preparing and administering radiation to cancer patients, operating highly technical radiation equipment, imaging patients with the latest technology, monitoring patients’ progress and giving advice as they progress through radiotherapy treatment.

You will develop specialist skills by spending half of your time on clinical placements within hospital cancer centres, providing you with plenty of experience to develop professionally and gain valuable employability skills. The other half of your time will be spent at our £41 million South City Campus, which features a Virtual Environment for Radiotherapy Training (VERT) and advanced treatment planning facilities, to enable you to confidently develop essential skills within a safe educational environment.

You will learn the science behind radiotherapy practice, as well as the human anatomy and physiology, radiation physics and radiobiology. You will also study the social and psychological aspects of cancer care and the needs of patients to ensure that you leave with all the skills needed to be a professional and expert Radiotherapy Radiographer.

As you advance your knowledge of radiotherapy practice and the science of oncology, 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 apply research strategies to health and care practice, and merge your clinical skills and knowledge. Successful completion of this course will entitle you to register with the regulator, the Health and Care Professions Council, to gain registered practitioner status and be able to practice in the UK.

Why Choose Us?

  • Excellent placement opportunities
  • High employability rate 
  • We are the leading centre for radiotherapy in the West Midlands
  • Approved by professional regulatory bodies 
  • Established links with the NHS
  • Student-focused
  • Learn from experienced staff 

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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
  • Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
  • Genesis Care Southampton

And in jobs such as:

  • Radiographer
  • Therapeutic 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 2018/19
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 30 points overall
Irish Leaving Certificate Maximum of 5 x Highers to achieve 88 tariff points minimum. Must include either Human Biology, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Applied Science or Science.
Scottish Higher/ Advanced Higher Maximum of 5 Highers to achieve 88 UCAS tariff points, 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.

88
tariff points needed for this course

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UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BSc (Hons) Sep 2018 FT 4 years £9,250 per year Applications Closed

International Students

Sorry, this course is not available to international students.

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.

This course is now full for 2018/19. You can apply for 2019/20 via UCAS from September 2018.

If you'd still like to apply for September 2018, take a look at some of our other available courses in Clearing.

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.

Year One

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

Year Two

Physics for Radiotherapy

In this module you will develop your understanding of the underpinning aspects of physics related to radiography and radiotherapy. 

Professional and Compassionate Care

This module will equip you with the fundamental patient care skills that are needed to practice as a safe and competent therapeutic radiographer.

Principles of Oncology & Radiotherapy

In this module you will be introduced to the core aspects of oncology, cancer management and the principles of radiotherapy treatment techniques and planning.

Radiotherapy Theory and Practice 1

Within this module of study you will develop knowledge of anatomy, physiology, management and radiotherapy treatment techniques of cancers. Your studies within this module will form the foundation of your developing clinical skills.

Year Three

Applied Radiotherapy Technology and Radiobiology

In this module you will cover the principles of radiobiology and the effects of ionising radiation on cells, tissues and body systems.

Evidence Based Practice

In this module you will be developing an understanding of a range of research tools including basic statistics. You will explore how your professional practices are based upon the best evidence available.

Radiotherapy Theory and Practice 2

Whilst studying this module  you will further develop your specialist knowledge relating to cancers that affect the bones, head and neck region, the haemopoietic, endocrine and nervous systems, and will use your clinical practice to apply this learning.

Year Four

Advanced Management of the Oncology Patient

In this module you will be focussing on the needs of the oncology patient on an individual basis. You will be able to discuss clinical decision making with respect to management of cancer, and will also study other aspects of health including dementia, obesity and cardiovascular disease.

The Competent Radiotherapy Practitioner

This module will support your final transition from student to registered practitioner. You will be exploring the role of the therapeutic radiographer within the radiotherapy and oncology settings and across different healthcare systems.

Radiography Research

This module provides you with first-hand experience of devising a research proposal and develop your skills of enquiry and research in your own chosen area of interest. 

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) 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) Social Work
  • BSc (Hons) Speech & Language Therapy

As radiotherapy is one of the main methods used in the treatment of cancer, this course will develop your knowledge and understanding of oncology, radiotherapy technology, professional practice and the psychosocial issues surrounding healthcare. Once developed, these skills will enable you to use specialist technology to relieve and/or cure the symptoms for patients as well as supporting and developing relationships with them during their treatment.

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 on hand throughout your placement.

Your time spent at the university involves accessing learning opportunities that support your knowledge of radiotherapy 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.

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 and offer their advice with respect to study skills for example.

You will also be learning within our virtual environment for radiotherapy training (VERT) where you can practice treatment techniques and study cross sectional anatomy using 3D immersive technology.

Accreditation or professional associations

This Course is approved by the Society and College of Radiographers.

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.

Overseas Opportunities 

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

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 usually accrue experience at more than one placement site, and will provide treatment delivery and patient care within a wide variety of clinical expertise. Students will engage with the latest radiotherapy treatment and imaging techniques and will gain experiences of professional groups in the wider multidisciplinary cancer care team.

More about our placement opportunities...

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 therapeutic radiographers. Therapeutic radiographers are responsible for the planning and accurate delivery of radiotherapy treatment using high energy radiation, as well as the support of the patient as they undergo their treatment.  They are the only healthcare professionals who are qualified to do this, working in a multidisciplinary environment, with medical physicists, engineers, clinical oncologists and other healthcare professionals to ensure the holistic care of the patient and their carers is enabled. 

Examples of real graduates and their jobs

Our graduates commence their working lives as therapeutic radiographers deploying effective and safe treatment to cancer 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 treatment planning, dosimetry, imaging, education and research.

Facilities

Radiotherapy facilities

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

  • VERT Suite
  • Radiotherapy planning system
  • Radiotherapy lasers
  • PACS viewing room
  • Diagnostic Computed 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.

VERT

We are also a major pilot site for a state-of-the-art, radiotherapy virtual clinical training facility, which will help to support you with your training. This unique facility will allow you to simulate x-ray techniques using the latest computer software. With this new technology, we are the best equipped radiography centre in the region.

XRay 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 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.

Mary Seacole Library

The Seacole library, based at City South Campus, is one of the UK's largest specialist health education libraries. The state-of-the art facility offers an extensive range of range of information and reference materials set out in a relaxing environment, conducive to studying. There are comfortable seating areas, group study areas, a silent study area and private study rooms.

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.

Nick White

Senior Lecturer, BSc (Hons) Radiotherapy Programme Director