Over 95% of students said they were satisfied with the academic support, teaching and learning opportunities on this course (NSS 2019)
Study for a unique career that combines excellence in patient care and communication with highly specialist technical skills
Therapeutic radiographers are the only health professionals to specialise in cancer treatment from the first day they enroll as a student
About the course
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.
It leads to a BSc (Hons) Radiotherapy and Oncology, and graduates are eligible for state registration with the Health and Care Professions Council as a therapeutic radiographer.
The combination of expert patient care and technical skills provide a unique and rewarding career with the potential for progression into several highly specialised fields.
Our lecturing team are highly experienced, state-registered therapeutic radiographers who all hold postgraduate qualifications in education. We excel at student support and guidance, receiving regular praise for this in student evaluations.
We work closely with ‘experts by experience’ (people who have either had cancer treated with radiotherapy or have experience of other health care interventions), past and current students, clinical practitioners and health service managers in the recruitment of students, development and delivery of the programme.
100% of our Radiotherapy and Oncology graduates went on to employment or further study within 6 months according to the latest national Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey.
Our research informed approach to teaching and learning prepares our students for future postgraduate educational opportunities. If you are a University of Hertfordshire alumni, you are entitled to a 20% fee reduction for postgraduate taught courses.
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
What our students say
I would like to thank the Dean and let her know that as a mature student the decision to come and train at the University of Hertfordshire was the best decision I could take towards my future career as Therapeutic Radiographer. The level of support, understanding and respect we received from the radiotherapy team was vital to our success and second to none in my life as a student.
Eustáquio C. S. Neto
Final Year, BSc (Hons) Radiotherapy and Oncology
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.
What job can I get?
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
The module is designed to give students the opportunity to work in multi-professional groups in order to improve understanding of a range of professional roles and encourage co-operative learning and working. The rationale for and benefits of inter-professional working are explored. Learning will be through multi-professional group seminars and tutorials that require students to access and gather appropriate data from a range of sources and apply this to a series of practice-based, simulated scenarios and exercises
Radiotherapy Practice 1 - 30 Credits
Students will be introduced to the clinical environment where under direct supervision; they begin to develop the skills and competencies required as a therapeutic radiographer. Emphasis is placed on communication with patients and staff, and acting in a professional manner. Students will adhere to safe and appropriate working practices and will be supported to contribute to the individual patient’s treatment set up.
Radiotherapy Science - 15 Credits
This module introduces the scientific material required for informed and safe practice as a therapeutic radiographer. Students will be introduced to radiation science and topics taught will include the physical principles of radiation generation, interaction, modification and protection underpinning radiation therapy. Students will need to have an understanding of the regulations associated with the use of ionising radiation in order to operate in a safe manner whilst in the clinical environment.
Foundations of Anatomy and Imaging for Radiotherapy - 30 Credits
The content of this module will include information that prepares and supports students for placement.
This module introduces students to anatomical and medical terminology and examines from a regional, radiographic and surface anatomy perspective the way in which the human body functions. Students will have an understanding of the basic structure and function of cells, which will be developed further to include an overview of anatomical systems and physiology. This will comprise of regional and cross-sectional anatomy and physiology of the head and neck, thorax, abdomen and pelvis. The student experience will be enhanced using anatomical models and further supported with imaging demonstrated on CT, MRI and other imaging modalities where appropriate. VERT will also be used in a similar way as well as to present case studies, group work and to introduce an awareness of advanced techniques such as image-guided radiation therapy. Students will also make use of available Radiotherapy Treatment Planning Systems (TPS) in order to outline anatomical structures which will support an emerging understanding of the relationship between anatomical structures and radiotherapy planning and treatment techniques as well as appreciate how co-morbidities may influence these.
Students will also be introduced to the principles of health, disease, disorder and dysfunction of the human body relevant to radiotherapy, the process of carcinogenesis and the role of genetics relative to radiotherapy. Students will be introduced to critical thinking and problem solving skills and will be required to research, interpret and present relevant evidence to peers using available imaging modalities.
Foundations of Oncology Management and Patient Care - 30 Credits
This module will consider the principles underpinning epidemiology, aetiology, pathology, signs and symptoms, clinical investigations and diagnostic procedures, staging, grading and spread of disease.
Students will be introduced to a number of topics related to radiotherapy practice including the psychology of health and illness, the psychosocial impact of cancer on a patient and their family and methods of treating cancer.
There will be an emphasis on the role of the radiographer in supporting the patient, their families and carers, with emphasis on professionalism and the radiographer's place within the wider healthcare team.
Radiotherapy Practice 2 - 30 Credits
This module is the second in a series of three that is devoted to developing the clinical skills necessary to become a therapeutic radiographer and providing opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge to the clinical setting. Learning is undertaken in the clinical environment where, under direct supervision, students continue to develop practice-based skills. Rotation through a variety of areas ensures that students have the opportunity to develop key skills which are then assessed through placement documentation.
Imaging and Equipment for Radiotherapy Practice - 15 Credits
Overview of the design and safe operation of radiotherapy equipment including therapy tubes <500kV, megavoltage/electron equipment and proton units. Alternative radiotherapy equipment including Gamma Knife, Tomotherapy and MRI based systems. Principles and applications of Brachytherapy, Stereotactic principles and treatment delivery including Cyberknife. Physical concepts of design, quality control and safe operation of equipment used in radiotherapy imaging including IV contrast, localisation, verification and treatment delivery. Quality Assurance, quality control, recording of errors and audit and review in quality management, including relevant legislation. Dose measurement, room and departmental design
Image Guided Radiotherapy (IGRT) including adaptive techniques, enhancing knowledge of cross sectional anatomy from MRI, CT and kV images. This module reflects the growing need for therapy radiographers to be proficient in utilising images for the purpose of accurate treatment delivery. With developments in IGRT and the variety of equipment used to deliver radiotherapy, the role of imaging and subsequent decision making is becoming an expected skill from graduates which this module will aim to develop.
Radiation Dosimetry and Radiobiology - 30 Credits
Students will undertake lectures covering the principles of radiotherapy planning and radiobiology, together with practical sessions using specialist radiotherapy planning equipment. Face-to-face sessions will be complemented by student-led seminars and tutorials during which students will present to staff and students their research of peer-reviewed literature and evidence related to planning aspects. This will be further complemented by a planning portfolio which utilises inquiry-based exercises that will be used to guide, broaden and support students during student led learning. Radiobiological concepts will be introduced to facilitate the student’s ability to evaluate the clinical implications of radiotherapy plans that they produce. This module is supported by specific planning placements during clinical practice.
Oncology Management and Patient Care - 30 Credits
This module builds on the Foundations of Oncology Management and Patient Care module. The content includes detailed anatomical and oncological information related to common tumours.
Students will study the natural history of these tumours together with how a diagnosis of cancer is made and the impact this may have on the patient, their families and carers.
Students will appraise the evidence-base related to the management of these tumours and will evaluate a variety of radiotherapy applications and post-treatment issues and side-effects. Study of pharmacology including anti-emetics, chemotherapy and hormone manipulation will also be undertaken.
Evidence and Research in Radiotherapy and Healthcare - 15 Credits
The content of the module will draw on and build upon the basic academic and research skills learned across level 4 modules in order to enable students to become confident in identifying, analysing and appraising evidence that underpins, influences and informs healthcare and radiotherapy practice. By exploration of a range of sources they will gain an understanding of research design and the research process.
Enhancing Health & Social Care through Inter-professional Education - 15 Credits
The module is designed to give students further opportunities of working in multi-professional groups in order to improve understanding across professional boundaries and encourage collaborative learning and working that will bring benefit to patient/service-users. The justification for inclusion of inter-professional working within health care is addressed.
The module requires students to bring specialist in-depth knowledge of their profession and professional codes of conduct to a group setting so that health and social care pathways are critically reviewed in the context of professional practice.
Contemporary Issues in Radiotherapy Practice - 15 Credits
This module not only considers current practices and developments in radiotherapy but also extends to other equally important areas such as changes in service delivery and updates regarding statutory and professional body policies and documentation. Additionally it covers key areas related to the expectations of employers post-qualification and provides an opportunity to consolidate employability skills. By making this module broad, it can reflect new and potential practices in service/departments at the time of delivery.
Radiotherapy Practice III - 30 Credits
This module is the last in a series of three that is devoted to developing the clinical skills necessary to become a therapeutic radiographer. Learning is undertaken in the clinical environment where, under direct supervision, students refine their practice-based skills. Students will demonstrate the necessary level of competency required to practise effectively as a graduate radiographer including complex radiotherapy dose calculations.
Oncology and Management III - 30 Credits
This module builds on Oncology and Management II. It will consider the anatomy, oncology and management of a range of adult and paediatric malignancies not previously considered in the level 4 and 5 oncology management modules.
The diagnosis and natural history of these tumours will be covered alongside the impact this may have on the patient and their families. Students will appraise the evidence-base related to the management of these tumours in order to evaluate the role of radiotherapy and post-treatment issues, side-effects and survivorship (living with and beyond cancer).
The role of palliative care and end of life issues in cancer management will be explored.
Radiotherapy Research Exercise - 30 Credits
A series of facilitated workshops/ tutorials covering topics related to the research process will enable students to plan and structure a research proposal. Individual supervision will be provided and supervisors allocated on the basis of the topic identified.
Fees & funding
£9250 for the 2019/2020 academic year
£14000 for the 2019/2020 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.
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.
• Minimum of 96 UCAS points from GCE A2/AS levels to include either Science subjects or Mathematics
BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science or Health & Social with DDM profile
• 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)
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
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.
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.