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Diagnostic Radiography and Medical Imaging

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B

120 points from 3 A levels, or equivalent, including a minimum of 32 points from a Science subject (preferably Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics). A levels in Applied Science, PE, Psychology and Sports Science are considered. BTEC Extended Diploma in a Science based subject and Science based Access to Higher Education awards are also welcomed. All shortlisted applicants will need to attend an interview. Applicants must pass Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and Occupational Health checks before starting the course.

122 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma (Science) /122 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma (Health-based), with no more than 6 level 3 credits at Pass in science subjects.

Cambridge Pre-U score of 56, to include a Principal Subject in Science (preferably Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics) at M3. Applied Science, PE, Psychology and Sports Science are considered.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C or above, or equivalent/GCSE English and Mathematics at grade 4 or above, or equivalent.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

29

29 points from the IB Diploma. 664 at Higher Level, to include 5 points from a Higher Level in a Science subject (preferably Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics). Applied Science, PE, Psychology and Sports Science are considered. 4 points from Standard Level English and Mathematics (if not passed at GCSE grade C).

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H3,H3,H3,H3,H3

To include a Higher Level Science subject (preferably Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics) at H3. Applied Science, PE, Psychology and Sports Science are considered.

Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF)

DDM

Must be in a Science subject.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

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

DDM

Must be in a Science subject.

120 Tariff points from 3 Advanced Highers, including a Science subject (preferably Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics)at grade D. Advanced Highers in Applied Science, PE, Psychology and Sports Science are considered.

UCAS Tariff

120

120 points from 3 A levels, or equivalent, including a minimum of 32 points from a Science subject (preferably Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics). A levels in Applied Science, PE, Psychology and Sports Science are considered.

You may also need to…

Attend an interview

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subjects

Diagnostic imaging

Radiology

**Overview**
Diagnostic radiographers are a vital part of healthcare teams – they use powerful equipment to take images of inside the body, then interpret these images to diagnose and understand patients' health conditions.

This BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography and Medical Imaging degree prepares you for a career identifying illnesses and helping to save lives.

- Learn how to examine patients safely using X-ray, CT scanning, fluoroscopy, MRI, ultrasound and more

- Practise your skills under expert supervision in our Centre for Simulation in Health and Care, complete with digital X-ray suite

- Spend at least 14 weeks each year on clinical placements, working alongside experienced radiographers in real hospitals and NHS Trusts

- Become eligible to register with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) when you graduate, ready for a career as a Diagnostic Radiographer or to train further and enter advanced practice, research, teaching or health management

**Approved by:**
This course was approved by the College of Radiographers for 5 years from 16 March 2020. It's also approved by the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC).

**Careers and opportunities**
Without diagnostic radiographers it would be harder to diagnose, treat and manage illness and disease. They provide essential services to millions of people every year and are often the first people patients and service users come into contact with during their care.

Demand for diagnostic radiographers is rising too. Just before the pandemic, an independent report for NHS England highlighted the need for 3,500 additional radiographers over the next five years, and a 2020 census by The College of Radiographers revealed high vacancy rates in the field.

So, with this degree qualification, you can expect a rewarding career and high demand for your skills.

**What you do with a Diagnostic Radiography and Medical Imaging degree**
Most of our students quickly secure roles as Diagnostic Radiographers in the NHS. As a newly qualified NHS Diagnostic Radiographer in 2021, you could earn a starting salary of £25,655, moving up to £31,354 (Band 5).

With more experience, you could earn up to £39,027 (Band 6), and with a role in management or advanced practice, you could make between £40,057 and £53,219 (Bands 7 to 8a), or more as a consultant.

You could also work as a diagnostic radiographer for independent providers, industrial companies and veterinary clinics as you progress your career.

With experience and additional training, your skills will also open doors into advanced practice in areas such as:

- Postgraduate study or research in specialisms such as computed tomography, medical magnetic resonance, ultrasound, nuclear medicine and medical physics

- Health management through the NHS Graduate Scheme

- Teaching

Our graduates have gone on to work for these institutions:
- Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust

- University Hospital Southampton

- Southampton General Hospital

- Spire Southampton

- Western Sussex NHS Hospital Trust

- Newcastle Royal Victoria Infirmary

- St George's NHS Foundation Trust, London

**Clinical placements**
You'll attend clinical placements on this course, supported by clinical mentors and registered healthcare professionals. You'll have 2 or 3 placement blocks in each academic year, each lasting between 6 and 9 weeks. You'll spend at least 14 weeks on placement each year.

On placement, you'll take part in all imaging modalities, including conventional imaging and remote imaging, theatre imaging, fluoroscopy, CT, MRI, ultrasound and radionuclide imaging. You'll be supervised by an experienced radiographer at all times to ensure a safe environment and the highest levels of patient care.

You'll be looked after by University Link Radiographers, who will monitor your progress, provide expert guidance and support, and oversee all aspects of your placement experience.

Modules

Year 1
Core modules in this year include:
- Core Radiographic Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology
- Foundation of Evidence Based Practice
- Foundations of Diagnostic Radiography Professional Practice
- Radiation Physics

Year 2
Core modules in this year include:
- Applied Diagnostic Radiography Professional Practice
- Engaging with Service Improvement
- Evidence Based Decision Making
- Human Biological Systems
- Imaging Science & Clinical Governance

Year 3
Core modules in this year include:
- Enhancing Diagnostic Radiography Professional Practice
- Image Interpretation
- Medical Imaging Modalities
- Project

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Assessment methods

You’ll be assessed through: examinations, coursework, clinical practice.
You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.
You can get feedback on all formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The Uni


Course location:

University of Portsmouth

Department:

Faculty of Science and Health

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

54%
low
Diagnostic imaging
54%
low
Radiology

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Medical technology

Teaching and learning

77%
Staff make the subject interesting
85%
Staff are good at explaining things
69%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
92%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

69%
Library resources
88%
IT resources
71%
Course specific equipment and facilities
31%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

99%
UK students
1%
International students
23%
Male students
77%
Female students
84%
2:1 or above
7%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
B
D

Medicine by specialism

Teaching and learning

77%
Staff make the subject interesting
85%
Staff are good at explaining things
69%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
92%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

69%
Library resources
88%
IT resources
71%
Course specific equipment and facilities
31%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

99%
UK students
1%
International students
22%
Male students
78%
Female students
82%
2:1 or above
7%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
B
D

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Medical technology

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£22,500
med
Average annual salary
98%
low
Employed or in further education
100%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

100%
Health professionals

Medical technology

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£22,500
med
Average annual salary
98%
low
Employed or in further education
100%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

100%
Health professionals

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Medical sciences

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£25k

£25k

£28k

£28k

£30k

£30k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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