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University of Leeds

Diagnostic Radiography

UCAS Code: B821

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements

A level


ABB including a science subject (biology, human biology, chemistry, physics or applied science). We consider all A-level subjects for the remaining grades, except general studies or critical thinking.

Access to HE Diploma


Access to Higher Education 45 credits at Level 3, which must be at Distinction and include 15 credits from science subjects. Applicants should also have 5 GCSE’s at grade C or above (new grading 4-9) to include maths, English and science. Applicants are strongly advised to contact the Admissions Team to discuss the suitability of their chosen Access course.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

5 A*-C, including maths, English and science –or new grading 4-9.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)


BTEC Extended Diploma grades Distinction/Distinction/ Distinction and must contain 60 credits in approved Science modules.

Scottish Higher


ABB, including 1 science. We consider all subjects for the remaining grades.

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Full-time | 2021


Diagnostic imaging

Radiography is a fast-moving and continually changing profession which combines science, technology and patient care and is at the heart of modern healthcare.

As a Radiographer, you will use a range of different imaging techniques and technology to produce high quality images, which play a vital role in patient diagnosis and treatment. You will be at the forefront of emerging and developing technology, such as digital imaging, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography and ultrasound. Radiographers work as part of a multidisciplinary team and there are opportunities to specialise in many areas, including ultrasound, CT scanning, image reporting, teaching and management.

Diagnostic Radiography at Leeds offers a comprehensive training in technical knowledge and professional skills, with first-class placement opportunities.

**Excellent employment prospects**
We have an excellent employability record. 90% of our graduates go on to work and/or further study (Discover Uni, 2020); many in the placement site where they trained.

**Why choose Leeds?**
- 2nd place ranking for radiography in the Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2021.

- You will be introduced to clinical environments from the first semester of your course.

- The clinical/theory ratio is a 40:60 split, providing you with a considerable amount of time on clinical placement.

- Clinical placements are undertaken within departments across the Yorkshire and Humber region in both small and large hospitals.

- You will also undertake optional modules to explore areas of personal interest, giving you the opportunity to graduate with additional skills.

- Short international placements available as part of a 3rd year optional module, currently in Sweden, Denmark, and Malta.

- You will have the opportunity to broaden your education beyond radiography with optional discovery modules in other subject areas in both year 1 and year 2.

- You will undertake a research project in your final year to develop your evaluation skills and your ability to question practice.

- You will complete a portfolio each year to develop your reflective writing skills and prepare you for continuing professional development (CPD) when you’re a fully qualified radiographer.

- Many of our students have presented their research at conferences or have published in professional journals.

Visit our Radiography webpages for additional course information.

On successful completion of this course, you will be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). The course is also accredited by The College of Radiographers (SCoR).


Year 1 provides an introduction to Radiographic Imaging. The key focus of this year is projection radiography of the musculo-skeletal system, thorax and abdomen. You will also develop essential skills such as communication, patient care, radiographic technique and teamwork.

In year 2 you will further develop your knowledge and skills from year 1 to explore the range of specialist imaging methods available. Such methods include computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, ultrasound and isotope imaging. You’ll learn about how these methods are used to image a range of body systems, including the respiratory system, the gastro-intestinal tract, the cardiovascular system and the urinary system.

Year 3 covers the more challenging and specialist aspects of radiography, where the radiographer has to evaluate and adapt imaging investigations to meet the patient’s needs. You’ll develop a level of independenceand professional responsibility in preparation for graduation and state registration. Optional modules provide an opportunity to focus on a specific area of interest, such as paediatrics, ultrasound and trauma radiography or for a brief period of study abroad.

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University of Leeds


Leeds Institute of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Medicine (LICAMM)

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