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Radiotherapy and Onconology (BSc (Hons))

University of Portsmouth the United Kingdom

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BSc (Hons)

How long you will study
3 Years

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About Radiotherapy and Onconology at University of Portsmouth

Why take this course?

The modern therapeutic radiographer is an important member of the hospital team. Radiotherapy essentially focuses on the treatment process for some cancers with specialist areas including treatment planning, dosimetry, technical developments and emotional support.

This course consists of academic and clinical blocks during which you’ll gain the relevant professional knowledge and train in clinical techniques.

Values and the NHS Constitution:

We endeavour to recruit students to our health and social care courses who have the right values base and demonstrate appropriate behaviours. We embed the values of the NHS Constitution throughout our admissions processes and they are an essential part of the curricula. Find out more about the values we look for.

We recommend that if you are interested in applying you complete a clinical visit in a Radiography department. Please download this Clinical Visit Report Form and return it to


What will I experience?

On this course you can:

  • Shadow and receive mentoring from experienced practitioners and undergo simulated training tasks before putting your learning into action in the hospital setting
  • Observe, examine, assess and engage with real patients at a vulnerable part of their time in hospital during specialist practice placements


What opportunities might it lead to?

Therapeutic radiography is found in large specialist centres for the treatment of cancer. You’ll be well qualified and sought after by employers in all spheres of clinical practice, with future career prospects in the UK and overseas.

Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

  • management
  • research
  • teaching
  • manufacturers’ sales and promotion


Module Details

Year one

In this first year you will find that you are working alongside many diagnostic students as you cover core topics in the science of radiography, human anatomy, physiology and pathology.

Core units in this year include:

  • Introduction to radiotherapy
  • Basic radiation physics
  • Essential anatomy & practices for therapeutic radiographers
  • Anatomy & radiotherapy practices for digestive, renal and transport systems
  • Employability skills 1 
  • Radiotherapy work based learning 1

Year two

One of the key features of this course is the emphasis on professional practice. In this year you’ll engage in interprofessional learning with one or more other professional groups.

Core units in this year include:

  • Biological Principles and Applications for Therapeutic Radiographers 3
  • Employability Skills and Career Development for Radiographers
  • Inter-Professional Skills for Radiographers 2
  • Radiotherapy Equipment
  • Principles of Radiotherapy Planning
  • Work-Based Learning for Therapeutic Radiographers 2

Year three

Through the integration of theory and practice you are sure to develop a broad clinical skills base. In addition to the normal standards of proficiency expected of all newly-qualified radiographers, you’ll also develop further skills that will prepare you for therapeutic radiography practice.

Core units in this year include:

  • Developing Project Skills
  • Management of Professional Practice
  • Advanced Oncology Practice 1
  • Advanced Oncology Practice 2
  • Work-Based Learning for Therapeutic Radiographers 3


Programme Assessment

Face-to-face learning via lectures, seminars and practical work will make up the majority of your campus-based learning. However, you will also be expected to apply the theoretical and practical components of the course to your hospital placements.

On this course there is a balance of formal examinations and coursework assessment. What’s more, as you’ll spend a large amount of your time in clinical practice, clinical capability is not only assessed, but counts towards your degree classification.


Student Destinations

Radiography is a rapidly changing profession. As the scope of practice extends and technology develops, the modern radiographer will find their specialist knowledge and skills in high demand.

As a qualified radiographer you’ll be eligible for a range of posts and a high percentage of our graduates are accepted for NHS posts in radiography with start dates soon after graduation.

There are also many opportunities to specialise within radiography and of course, there’s always the option to take up postgraduate study.

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Notes about fees for this course

As a result of the 2015 Comprehensive Spending Review, there may be changes to funding mechanisms for courses which are currently NHS funded. Exact funding requirements are yet to be confirmed but are likely to affect students applying for courses due to start September 2017 onwards.

Entry requirements

112 points from 3 A levels, or equivalent, including 32 points from a Science subject (preferably Biology, Chemistry or Physics, but will accept Applied Science, PE, Psychology or Sports Science) or Mathematics. Access awards are also welcomed. All shortlisted applicants are subject to interview. All offers are subject to Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance and Occupational Health clearance.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 7.0 with no component score below 6.5.

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