Radiotherapy is used in the management of approximately half of patients diagnosed with cancer. It works by utilising radiation at high energies to destroy cancer cells so that a patient can either be cured or have their symptoms alleviated.
This course will enable you to graduate as a therapeutic radiographer eligible for state registration. Therapeutic radiographers are the key clinical practitioners responsible for delivering radiotherapy. You will develop skills related to planning and accurate delivery of radiotherapy using a range of specialised technical equipment. You will also develop the vital skills to manage the psychological, social and emotional factors experienced by patients with cancer, their families and loved ones. Because most cancer patients will be treated with a range of modalities (including surgery, chemotherapy and hormone therapy) you will learn about the management of cancer from a holistic perspective. For some learning of core health care values and concepts, this will be alongside other health care practitioners.
Practical experience is a key component of the programme, so your university-based studies will be regularly integrated with clinical practice placements in a range of approved placement sites.
Programme Lead Elaine Long
Admissions Lead Lynne Gordon
Professional Lead Sue Murray
Eligibility to apply for membership of the Society of Radiographers and registration with the Health and Care Professions Council as a Therapeutic Radiographer
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.
The entry level for newly graduated therapeutic radiographers is band 5 on the Agenda for Change pay scales for NHS health professionals. Most graduates can expect to progress to band 6 within 2 years of commencing their first band 5 post.
We ensure that theoretical understanding and practical application is integrated by using a wide range of teaching and learning methods. These include lectures, seminars, tutorials, clinical skills workshops, simulation using our Virtual Environment Radiotherapy Training suite (VERT), electronic and distance learning and placement learning in our partner radiotherapy departments.
Research-informed teaching methods promote lifelong learning, team-working and leadership skills and encourage critical reflection and self-awareness resulting in graduates who are highly responsive to health service needs.
You will spend approximately 16 weeks per year in a radiotherapy department gaining the valuable clinical practice experience that you will need to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills required of a therapeutic radiographer.
Currently clinical placements take place in seven accredited cancer centres in Berkshire, Cambridgeshire, Middlesex, London, Oxfordshire and Northamptonshire. Placements are managed by the Clinical Lead and supported by a dedicated team of university lecturers, administrators, practice placement staff and clinical co-ordinators who work together to ensure that each student’s clinical practice experience is of the highest quality.
The placement blocks are alternated with university blocks each year in order to fully integrate theory with practice learning and reflection.
|An Introduction to Interprofessional Education||15 Credits||Compulsory|
|Radiotherapy Practice 1||30 Credits||Compulsory|
|Radiotherapy Science||15 Credits||Compulsory|
|Foundations of Anatomy and Imaging for Radiotherapy||30 Credits||Compulsory|
|Foundations of Oncology Management and Patient Care||30 Credits||Compulsory|
|Radiotherapy Practice 2||30 Credits||Compulsory|
|Imaging and Equipment for Radiotherapy Practice||15 Credits||Compulsory|
|Radiation Dosimetry and Radiobiology||30 Credits||Compulsory|
|Oncology Management and Patient Care||30 Credits||Compulsory|
|Evidence and Research in Radiotherapy and Healthcare||15 Credits||Compulsory|
|Enhancing Health & Social Care through Inter-professional Education||15 Credits||Compulsory|
|Contemporary Issues in Radiotherapy Practice||15 Credits||Compulsory|
|Radiotherapy Practice III||30 Credits||Compulsory|
|Oncology and Management III||30 Credits||Compulsory|
|Radiotherapy Research Exercise||30 Credits||Compulsory|
Our international fees include the cost of practice placements, occupational health, Disclosure and Baring Service(DBS) check, and uniform.
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.
During the programme you will either travel to your clinical practice placement or stay in the accommodation there. Cost and availability of hospital-based accommodation varies between our placements. Typically you can expect the cost for 4 weeks accommodation to be in the range of £250 to £650.
Costs for travel to/from placement sites will depend on where your term-time address is located and whether you use your own or public transport.
If you are eligible for tuition fee and maintenance loan support from the Student Loans Company (SLC) you should be able to claim back some or all of your travel/placement costs. You can find more information here.
Society of Radiographers student membership. Indicative fee for the first year is £163
*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.
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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|28/09/2020||07/08/2021||Apply online (Full Time)|
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