Diagnostic Radiography*

Now recruiting for January 2021 start

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3 Years (Full-Time)


Oxstalls, Gloucester

Diagnostic Radiography is an allied health profession which uses cutting edge technology to produce diagnostic images in a clinical setting. On this degree programme you will learn to use a range of imaging techniques to assess injuries and illnesses. We will help you develop the skills and adaptability you need to deliver high quality patient-centred care in a range of settings. You will learn about communication and working as part of a multi-disciplinary team.

You'll study the core subjects of anatomy, physiology, pathology, physics and clinical imaging in order to be able to apply them to clinical situations. Your study will include clinical placements in a variety of NHS and private settings to give you a diverse experience to prepare for your future career as a Diagnostic Radiographer. You will be able to put theory into practice in our new radiography suite which simulates real clinical settings.

The course is developed in partnership with our local healthcare providers and is currently seeking validation with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the Society of Radiographers (SoR). On completion of the degree programme, graduates will be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography Degree Apprenticeship

The degree apprenticeship programme runs alongside the BSc (Hons) in Diagnostic Radiography. This route allows NHS employees to be sponsored by their employer to undertake their programme of study over a three-year period. Applications are made directly to the NHS Trust and applicants undergo an interview selection process with the Trust and University partners. Academic entry requirements are the same as the BSc direct entry programme outlined below. For further information please speak to your Diagnostic Radiography education lead for your Trust to find out if they have upcoming apprenticeship vacancies that you may apply for.

At the end of the three-year apprenticeship programme you will undertake an end-point assessment, which is a holistic and independent assessment of the knowledge, skills and behaviours which have been learnt throughout an apprenticeship standard. This will be managed internally by the apprenticeship team but examined by an external assessor appointed by the University.

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Study style

The degree is available as a direct entry or apprenticeship route. The degree programme uses a blended learning approach with time being spent between university teaching and clinical practice. Approximately 50% of the course is spent in clinical placement settings under the supervision of experienced Diagnostic Radiography mentors who will support you through the programme. Time is spent in university for teaching blocks followed by a day release style programme of study whereby you will spend two days a week in practice and two days in university. Apprenticeship students will also spend one day per week working for their sponsoring Trust.

You'll have the opportunity to learn to put theory into practice using state-of-the-art facilities to support your clinical skills.

Entry requirements

Tariff information for 2020 entry

120 tariff points

Typical offers

BBB at A levels to include Physics, Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, or Applied Science, DDM at BTEC or use a combination of your qualifications to achieve the required 120 tariff points.

Mature Applicants: We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants.

International Students: Please see the full details of entry requirements in your country.

Grade 4/C in GCSE English, Mathematics and a Science subject (or equivalent) are normally required. Please contact our admissions team if you have a question.

If you are offered a place on the course (either direct entry or apprenticeship route) you will be required to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check before you start. The current cost for this is £54.40 which you will be required to pay (direct entry and apprenticeship). Disclosures on this record may affect your ability to obtain a place on the Diagnostic Radiography programme.

If you're offered a place on the programme, you will also be required to complete a ‘Fitness to Practice’ health declaration to ensure you declare your health status and immunisation records before the course starts. The cost of this is met by the university and managed by local NHS Trusts occupational health team (Working Well). When offered a place on the programme of study, you can initiate the screening and vaccinations through Working Well.


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UCAS codes

UCAS codes available for this subject
BSc (Hons) - 3 years full-timeB821


  • NHS or private Diagnostic Radiographer
  • Research
  • Work abroad
  • Medical sales
  • Education
  • Management

*This course is 'subject to validation' which means it is going through the final stages of approval. Courses do normally get approved, but if for any reason this course does not then you would be informed by the university and we would help you find a suitable alternative.

Industry links

The University has a close working relationship with local healthcare providers (NHS and Private) who support a range of healthcare placements across the School of Health and Social Care.

The University aims to support the development a sustainable local workforce to meet the staffing needs of the county’s health employers and beyond.

Associated professional accreditations

This course is subject to accreditation from the Health and Care Professions Council and the Society of Radiographers but has been written in line with frameworks necessary to achieve it.


Industry-standard imaging facilities

Put theory into practice by using the on-site imaging suite. Alongside plain film imaging, you will also learn specialist imaging techniques such as interventional radiography, CT and MRI.


A course designed around you

We are a friendly university offering an educational experience with an intimate feel. Our class sizes are small so we can ensure that your well-being is among our top priorities.

School of Health and Social Care

Our School of Health and Social Care offers you access to the latest equipment, facilities and placements to bring learning to life and make you a confident practising professional. We will support you to care for yourself so you'll be more resilient and efficient when caring for others.

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