Diagnostic radiography combines the empathy and compassion of healthcare with the expertise of managing advanced technology. High-quality diagnostic imagery is fundamental to modern medicine. As a radiographer you will need to know how your equipment and software work and how a human body works. This vocational degree, developed and taught by our School of Healthcare in collaboration with University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, is challenging and demanding but also incredibly rewarding – just like a career in radiography. Radiographers work with nurses, radiologists and other healthcare professionals, creating detailed imagery and data through a variety of techniques, which clinicians can then use as the basis for accurate diagnosis of medical conditions. Almost 40 million imaging tests take place in the UK each year. On this degree you will develop your knowledge and skills through a mix of academic study and work-based learning. About 50% of your time will be spent on placement in hospitals across Leicester and Leicestershire, where you will be taught, supervised and assessed – by dedicated, experienced professionals – to ensure you have the skills and knowledge to step into the professional environment. The remaining 50% of the course will be spent in lectures and seminars, studying the fundamental topics which underpin the profession, including radiation sciences, imaging technology, anatomy and pathology, and the legal, ethical and professional codes that govern clinical practice. You’ll benefit from outstanding facilities. We have a dedicated, state-of-the-art X-Ray room at the nearby Leicester Royal Infirmary that gives you the chance to train in a genuine clinical setting alongside professionals. Our Clinical Skills Unit allows you to undertake interprofessional training alongside our other healthcare students, including life support. On completing this course, you will be eligible to apply to become a Registered Diagnostic Radiographer. Students on this course are eligible for a grant of at least £5,000 a year, which you do not need to pay back. This course is part of the Armed Forces into Allied Health project, which recognises the qualifications, skills and experience of ex-armed forces personnel. Please note that this three-year course runs on its own timetable (see Teaching and Learning section for details) rather than the standard university academic year.
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- Health and Care Professions Council
How to apply
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
There may be a small number of applicants who are currently employed within the NHS, Radiology assistant practitioners, looking to increase qualification level and progress to radiographers. Any mature student, 21 years and over, who in the judgement of the university submit sufficient evidence of serious previous study in the health and social care sector, and the academic aptitude to pursue a programme in Diagnostic radiography, along with relevant work experience may be eligible for admission. Radiography is committed to working with the development of the Armed forces into healthcare application process. Any applicants from the NHS or Armed forces will be considered on individual experience and merit.
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Additional entry requirements
Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)
Occupational Health Clearance
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