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Oncology is the study and practice of treating cancers. One method of treatment is radiotherapy, which uses radiation at high energies to destroy cancer cells and relieve a patient’s symptoms. This course will give you the training to become a highly skilled practitioner, capable of planning and administering radiotherapy. Using a range of technical equipment, you’ll learn to deliver accurate doses of radiation to destroy diseased tissue, while minimising the amount of radiation to surrounding healthy tissue. You’ll also develop the vital skills to manage the psychological and emotional aspects of cancer in order to support patients and their families. Practical experience is vital, so around half your time each year will be spent in the clinical environment.

Why choose this course?

  • The course prepares you for a demanding but rewarding career in therapeutic radiography.
  • It is a full and varied course that gives you the therapeutic radiography skills, knowledge and attributes expected of the highly skilled practitioner.
  • It has been designed in collaboration with practitioners and health service managers and combines both academic and clinical placements.
  • 99.6% of our Health and Social Work graduates went on to employment or further study within 6 months according to the latest national Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey.

What job can I get?

Upon graduation you’ll be eligible to register with the Health and Care Professions Council as a therapeutic radiographer. Therapeutic radiographers work in specialist treatment centres within both public and private hospitals, and there are excellent prospects to branch out into advanced practice, education and research.

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Key staff

Lynne Gordon

Professional Accreditations

Eligibility to apply for membership of the Society of Radiographers and registration with the Health and Care Professions Council as a Therapeutic Radiographer

What our
students say

The Radiotherapy and Oncology team provide excellent standards of tuition to their undergraduate students. They prepare them for clinical placement as well as graduating and how to interview well for jobs.
They are happy to help students on a one to one or group basis with any work they are finding difficult, but are also available to listen and advise if students are having a tough time academically or personally. They should be acknowledged for all the hard work they put into making the programme the best it can be for current and forthcoming students.
The high standards of this team are reflected in Unistats with this course being one of the top performing courses in Radiotherapy and Oncology in the UK.​

Briony English, BSc (Hons) Radiotherapy & Oncology graduate 2017

Course details

Careers

Successful completion of this radiotherapy and oncology course leads to an honours degree and eligibility to apply for state registration with the Health and Care Professions Council as a Therapeutic Radiographer.

Radiotherapy provides excellent career prospects with the opportunity for continuous career development and opportunities to work in various specialties such as advanced practice, education, research and as an application specialist. The qualification is also recognised by other countries around the world providing prospects to work abroad.

99.6% of our Health and Social Work graduates went on to employment or further study within 6 months according to the latest national Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey.

Teaching methods

A variety of teaching methods are employed in order for you to learn and develop the necessary skills to become a competent practitioner. These can include lectures, small group tutorials, seminars and clinical practice.

We also spend time in our radiotherapy labs including our planning suite, our VERT simulation centre and our imaging lab

Work Placement

As a student on the BSc (Hons) Radiotherapy and Oncology course, you will spend approximately 18-20 weeks per year on clinical placement gaining the valuable radiotherapy experience that you will need when you graduate and pursue a career as a Therapeutic Radiographer.

The placements will give you the opportunity to link the theoretical knowledge you gain via the lectures and seminars with the practical experiences.

Clinical placement are arranged in seven accredited cancer centres in Berkshire, Cambridgeshire, Middlesex, London, Oxfordshire and Northamptonshire. They are managed and supported by a dedicated team of university lecturers, practice placement staff and clinical co-ordinators who work together to ensure that each student’s clinical practice experience is of the highest quality.

Structure

Level 4

Core Modules

  • An Introduction to Interprofessional Education - 15 Credits
  • Radiotherapy Practice 1 - 30 Credits
  • Radiotherapy Science - 15 Credits
  • Foundations of Anatomy and Imaging for Radiotherapy - 30 Credits
  • Foundations of Oncology Management and Patient Care - 30 Credits

Optional

Level 5

Core Modules

  • Radiotherapy Practice 2 - 30 Credits
  • Imaging and Equipment for Radiotherapy Practice - 15 Credits
  • Radiation Dosimetry and Radiobiology - 30 Credits
  • Oncology Management and Patient Care - 30 Credits
  • Evidence and Research in Radiotherapy and Healthcare - 15 Credits

Optional

Level 6

Core Modules

  • Enhancing Health & Social Care through Inter-professional Education - 15 Credits
  • Contemporary Issues in Radiotherapy Practice - 15 Credits
  • Radiotherapy Practice III - 30 Credits
  • Oncology and Management III - 30 Credits
  • Radiotherapy Research Exercise - 30 Credits

Optional

Fees & funding

Fees 2018

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £9250 for the 2018/2019 academic year

International Students

Full time
  • £16500 for the 2018/2019 academic year

Our international fees include the cost of practice placements, occupational health, Disclosure and Baring Service(DBS) check, and uniform.

NHS Funding for UK/EU Students

Students studying on nursing, midwifery or allied health professional courses funded by Health Education England, who start from September 2017 will have access to the same student loans support package and support for living costs as other students. The new arrangements also apply to students planning to take these courses as a second qualification.

The NHS will no longer grant bursaries. There will be, however, additional funding by the NHS Business Services Authority for some nursing, midwifery and allied health professional students because of the compulsory clinical placement required by these courses. This funding will cover students with child dependants and severe hardship. It will also cover travel and accommodation expenses incurred over and above the daily travel costs to university and for those who need dual accommodation.

For more information about the changes visit the gov.uk website and the Funding Clinic.

Discounts are available for International students if payment is made in full at registration

*Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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Scholarships

Find out more about scholarships for UK/EU and international students

Other financial support

Find out more about other financial support available to UK and EU students

Living costs / accommodation

The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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Entry requirements...

2019 entry

96-168 UCAS Points

A Levels

• Minimum of 96 UCAS points from GCE A2/AS levels to include either  Science subjects or Mathematics

BTEC

BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science or  Health & Social with DDM profile

Access

• Access to HE in Science or Health Studies (or similar) to include: 45 credits at level 3 of which 24 credits are Distinction including 9 credits from a Science subject and 21 credits are Merit For those applicants who do not have GCSE english grade C or equivalent we require 6 credits in English and for those that do not have GCSE Maths Grade C or equivalent we require 6 credits in numerical subjects.

• Extended Degree in Science UH progression route, average mark of 60% or greater.  Must also have completed including a minimum of 60% in Mammalian Physiology and 55% in Maths for Science. Students may also find it useful to take Physics.(If internal, Progression Request Form)

Other qualifications 

  •  Irish Leaving cert 96 points calculated from 5 higher level subjects to include B2 or above from science
  •  A science based foundation degree in which all modules are passed with an average mark of 60% over all

International Baccalaureate

96 points from 1 HL subject at grade 5 or above and 1 HL subject at grade 4 or above to include a life science or maths subject.

• For a science based degree minimum of 2:2 classification achieved

For all applicants where English is not their first language IELTS at level 7 (with no less than 6.5 achieved in any one band) are required.

If you do not have the required IELTS or equivalent for direct entry on to your degree programme, our Pre-sessional English and International Foundation courses can help you to achieve this level.

For country specific qualifications, please visit our Your Country page.

Find out more information here

GCSE

  • 5 GCSEs grade A-C or above* including Maths, English and Science taken at one sitting. Grade 4 for Maths and English Language

The University of Hertfordshire is committed to welcoming students with a wide range of qualifications and levels of experience. The entry requirements listed on the course pages provide a guide to the minimum level of qualifications needed to study each course. However, we have a flexible approach to admissions and each application will be considered on an individual basis.

All offers will be subject to the applicants demonstration of the NHS constitution’s “Values and Behaviours”, satisfactory interviews, health screening and the Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) checks. In addition applicants will need to provide evidence of a clinical visit/work experience. You can view the full NHS Constitution for England on the Government website: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-nhs-constitution-for-england

Normally all applicants attend for interview and undertake an admissions test in addition to providing evidence of a clinical visit and/or work placement. Offers are subject to occupational health and DBS checks.

Guidelines for work experience and clinical visits

Clinical Placement Visit Form

Clinical Visit Reflection Form

How to apply

2019

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28/09/201907/08/2020Apply online (Full Time)
28/09/201915/08/2020Apply online (Full Time)
28/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Full Time)

2020

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28/09/202007/08/2021Apply online (Full Time)
28/09/202015/08/2021Apply online (Full Time)
28/09/202020/05/2021Apply online (Full Time)