BSc (Hons) Radiotherapy and Oncology

  • New government grants available from September 2020 for new and continuing degree-level students. You may be eligible for additional support of at least £5,000 a year which you won't need to pay back.
  • You may also be eligible for an additional £1,000 towards childcare costs to help balance your studies with family life.
  • 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.

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. 

Why choose this course?

  • 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.          

What will I study?

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.

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

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.

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. 

'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

BSc (Hons) Radiotherapy and Oncology