Diagnostic Radiography BSc (Hons)

UCAS CodeB821
QualificationBSc (Hons)
Duration3 years
Study modeFull-time
Typical offer120 UCAS Tariff points

About this Course

HCPC

HCPCThe BSc (Hons) programme in Diagnostic Radiography will allow you to gain an honours degree and eligibility for application for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council.

Radiography is one of the professions allied to medicine. Diagnostic radiography is an invaluable aid in the diagnosis of disease. Diagnostic radiographers are responsible for the production of images involving the use of Xrays and other methods including ultrasound, computed tomography (CT), radionuclide imaging (RNI) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). 

Radiographers comment on image appearances for referrers after an examination is completed; they can also issue full reports after specialist postgraduate training.

At postgraduate level they may develop their roles to include reporting on images, educating student radiographers, postgraduate training of radiographers or carrying out fluoroscopic, angiographic and endoscopic procedures.

Radiographers work in many areas in a hospital, in addition to the imaging department, including A&E, operating theatres and on hospital wards. 

This course can accept self-funded overseas applicants with an IELTS of at least 7.0 however, places are very limited.

Why choose Bangor University for this course?

  • Bangor University is the only university in Wales to be awarded Gold in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework.
  • No.1 in the UK for Radiography in the National Student Survey 2016 with 100% overall Student Satisfaction and 100% agreeing that the course was ‘Intellectually Stimulating.
  • We are rated top in the UK for Radiography (Times Good University Guide 2017).
  • Ranked 1st in the UK for Radiography in the Complete University Guide 2017.
  • Our staff have a wide range of clinical experience at the forefront of their professional fields, and work in partnership with health providers across Wales (north and west) and England (north west and north midlands) to ensure our students’ learning is of the highest quality.
  • We are leading research programmes which are transforming the quality and delivery of healthcare in Wales and internationally.
  • Graduates from our Diagnostic Radiography course eligible for application for state registration with the Health and Care Professions Council.
  • Our graduates to date have an excellent record of gaining employment with many gaining offers of employment well before they finish their course. 100% graduate employment rate in 2015 for this course.
  • Over half your learning will be in a clinical environment - all clinical placements are in modern well-equipped settings and the university itself has a modern digital X-ray suite at the Archimedes Centre. No other university offers more clinical weeks throughout their Diagnostic Radiography course.
  • We provide a high level of support and guidance and use small group teaching whenever possible.
  • The School undertakes Healthcare and Medically related research that has had impact across the NHS and beyond – see the news section for some recent examples.
  • 95% of health research at Bangor University was recognised as world-leading or internationally excellent in REF 2014.

Key Facts from UniStats

Course Content

For more on studying degree courses see our Study at Bangor section.

You will typically spend 35 hours a week on the course when on clinical placement (including a half-day of study) and approximately 20 hours when in academic study. You will be expected to complete assignments/ projects and some practical work in your own time and prepare for clinical assessments. Practical work is extremely important and experiments using equipment and phantoms (dummies and test tools) are a major feature. Assessment includes written assignments, poster presentations, practical experiments, clinical assessments, oral presentations, problem-based learning and the research project.

For me personally, the best thing about the school are the tutors. Their mission is to provide the best possible experience to their students and are working hard to achieve this.

Andrea Thomas
Healthcare Sciences

What will you study on this course?

Year 1

This is an extended year involving 16-17 academic weeks and 24 clinical weeks. Unlike many other courses, clinical experience typically begins in week 9 so that you will quickly become familiar with professional aspects of the course.

Modules:

  • Radiographic Practice 1
  • Radiographic Theory 1
  • Human Sciences 1
  • Healthcare Practice 1

Year 2

Emphasis is placed on the application of knowledge to the clinical field. In addition to 15-16 academic weeks you will spend 25 weeks on clinical placement, including elective placements. You will also begin to prepare for the research project in year 3.

Modules:

  • Radiographic Practice 2
  • Radiographic Theory 2
  • Human Sciences 2
  • Healthcare Practice 2

Year 3

There are 10 academic weeks and 22 clinical weeks. You will apply your learning to a research project and develop skills in advanced applications and techniques.

Modules:

  • Radiographic Practice 3
  • Image Interpretation
  • Evaluation of Practice: Radiography (Dissertation)
  • Preparation for Practice: Radiography

Where will I study?

The taught elements of this course are only delivered the Wrexham Archimedes Centre campus. Placements for Radiographers take place both within the BCUHB area and in surrounding NHS trusts.

Modules for the current academic year

Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change. Find out what our students are currently studying on the Diagnostic Radiography Modules page.

Programme Specification

Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.

Careers and Employability

Career prospects in Diagnostic Radiography continue to be good. For the last 11 years our graduates have found 100% employment within 3 months of graduation, mainly within the NHS. Career development is linked to continuous professional development with the opportunity to achieve postgraduate qualifications. Once qualified it is possible to specialise in a particular imaging modality or further develop your career within Radiography as an advanced or consultant practitioner.

Please see the Careers and Employment Opportunities page for more information on career prospects for graduates of this course.

Employability and the School of Healthcare Sciences

Graduates in nursing, midwifery and radiography from the School of Healthcare Sciences gain both an academic and professional qualification that is well-regarded by Betsi Cadwaldr University Health Board, Bronglais Hospital, Aberystwyth, University Hospital of North Staffordshire, the Countess of Chester Hospital and other educational partner placement providers in Wales and England.

Our employability record is excellent and you can view current statistics as well as other essential information about our programmes at Unistats:

Careers advice

Careers advice is gained from healthcare professionals both in practice and in dedicated careers sessions and NHS Careers has more details of the career opportunities that are available to Midwifery graduates. You are also eligible to register for the Bangor Employability Award to further enhance career prospects and advice is also available form the Bangor University Careers & Employability Service.

The School offers a wide range of post-graduate and post-registration opportunities to further enhance career prospects such as Masters degree programmes and courses leading to qualifications for specialisms including intensive care nursing or specialist practice awards. The post-graduate award programmes involve research leading to Masters and Doctoral qualifications, which includes our Professional Doctorate aimed at individuals in advanced clinical or organisational roles which combine elements of practice, research and service improvement in healthcare.

All students are well-supported in practice placements and the Nursing and Midwifery Council have favourably assessed the quality of mentorship provision and student support in clinical placements concluding 'the university and its partners are commended for their excellent partnership relationships at strategic and operational levels' (NMC UK Wide Quality Assurance Framework Programme Monitoring Report 2011).

Opportunities at Bangor

The University’s Careers and Employability Service provides a wide range of resources to help you achieve your graduate ambitions. Developing your personal skills and enhancing your employability while at university is becoming increasingly important in today’s job market.

The Bangor Employability Award (BEA)

The Bangor Employability Award enables students to build on their transferable skills through the recognition of activities they become involved in during their university life. Students can gain points towards the award through extra-curricular activities such as volunteering, attending workshops or actively participating in the Students’ Union’s clubs and societies.

The Award is open to everyone and taking part in the scheme can make a major difference to your performance in the graduate job market.

Internships

Bangor University runs undergraduate and postgraduate internship schemes twice a year, which allow students to work in a professional environment while learning relevant skills and earning money.

Internships offer valuable experience in a professional work place and there is a range of internships you can get involved in.

Student Volunteering

Not only is volunteering worthwhile – it also improves your employability and widens your experience.

The Students’ Union has a dedicated Student Volunteering Office (SVB) which currently contributes a total of 600 hours each week, promoting a close relationship between the university and the local community. Find out more on the Student Volunteering pages of the Bangor Student’s Union website.

Working while you Study

The JobZone is the University’s Student Employment Bureau; they advertise the following opportunities:

  • Graduate jobs – Local, National and International
  • Full-time, part time, permanent and temporary jobs
  • Work experience / internships
  • Voluntary opportunities
  • GO Wales opportunties

To access these opportunities you need to register with the Careers and Employability Service.

Entry Requirements

For 2018 entry:

The entry requirements below outline the minimum educational requirements. Applicants will be expected to attend for an interview if shortlisted, and undergo further screening for entry into radiography. The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) identify general entry requirements for admission and state that all applicants must demonstrate that they have good health and good character. The School will require candidates to meet with DBS approval (criminal record check) and other requirements for demonstrating good character; there are also requirements for good health, assessed via occupational health screening. The course admissions team are able to provide further information on request (please e-mail rdse01@bangor.ac.uk with any questions you may have).

  • 120 tariff points including a level 3 qualification* in Biology or Physics. *Level 3 qualifications include A levels, BTEC, Access, Irish Highers, International Baccalaureate, Welsh Baccalaureate, Scottish Advanced Highers and others – for a full list, please refer to the new UCAS tariff at www.ucas.com.
  • We also welcome applications from mature applicants, individuals with European qualifications and international applicants (subject to minimum English language requirements - IELTS score of 7 with no element below 7)
  • GCSE (grades A-C) or equivalent in English/ Welsh and Maths is also required for all candidates.

For 2017 entry (new UCAS tariff for courses starting in September 2017):

The entry requirements below outline the minimum educational requirements. Applicants will be expected to attend for an interview if shortlisted, and undergo further screening for entry into radiography. The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) identify general entry requirements for admission and state that all applicants must demonstrate that they have good health and good character. The School will require candidates to meet with DBS approval (criminal record check) and other requirements for demonstrating good character; there are also requirements for good health, assessed via occupational health screening. The course admissions team are able to provide further information on request (please e-mail rdse01@bangor.ac.uk with any questions you may have).

  • 120 tariff points including a level 3 qualification* in Biology or Physics. *Level 3 qualifications include A levels, BTEC, Access, Irish Highers, International Baccalaureate, Welsh Baccalaureate, Scottish Advanced Highers and others – for a full list, please refer to the new UCAS tariff at www.ucas.com.
  • We also welcome applications from mature applicants, individuals with European qualifications and international applicants (subject to minimum English language requirements - IELTS score of 7 with no element below 7)
  • GCSE (grades A-C) or equivalent in English/ Welsh and Maths is also required for all candidates.

General University entry requirements

Here at Bangor, we accept students with a wide range of qualifications and backgrounds. We consider each application individually.

All students need to have good basic skills and the University also values IT and communication skills.

As part of the University’s policy we consider applications from prospective disabled students on the same grounds as all other students.

To study a degree, diploma or certificate course you’ll be asked for a minimum of UCAS Tariff points. Normally, all GCE A and AS levels, VCEs and Key Skills can be used to calculate your overall points.

For a fuller explanation of the UCAS Tariff Points, please see the UCAS website.

Qualifications currently not in the Tariff Framework:

Access courses and mature entry: We welcome your application if you’re taking a recognised Access course. We also consider applications from other older students who can demonstrate the motivation and commitment to study a university programme. Each year we enrol a significant number of mature students. For more help and advice about being a mature student at Bangor, please visit the Study at Bangor site.

International students entry requirements

For information and further detailed guidance on entry requirements for International Students, including the minimum English Language entry requirement, please visit the Entry Requirements by Country pages on the International Education Centre section of our website.

More information

Home/EU students

E-mail for General Admissions: admissions@bangor.ac.uk or write to:

Admissions Office
Bangor University
Gwynedd
LL57 2DG

Telephone: +44 (0)1248 382017

International students

Email to International Education Office: international@bangor.ac.uk or write to

International Education Centre
Bangor University
Gwynedd
LL57 2DG

Telephone: +44 (0) 1248 382028

How to Apply

Interview and selection for Radiography

All shortlisted applicants will be required to attend a group interview and attend an X Ray department in a hospital for the equivalent of 2 full days before March 15th. After the interview candidates will be notified via UCAS so please do keep a close eye on your UCAS account. Please visit the interview and selection page for Radiography to find out more.

How to apply through UCAS

Apply online via UCAS

UCAS stands for Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. All university applications are processed through UCAS and then passed on to the universities listed.

Students may apply for a maximum of five courses. For Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary courses students are only allowed to apply for four courses.

The application form is found on the UCAS website, under ‘Apply’.

The early closing date is October 15 for all Oxbridge, Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary students. The main closing date for all applications is January 15.

Your Personal Statement

Writing your Personal Statement is the part of the application form that requires most work. You are only allowed 47 lines or 500–550 words to explain why you wish to study the course and the skills you have that are essential for university study.

To write a successful personal statement for your UCAS application you must have a good understanding about the course and its content. Remember that you write only one personal statement for your five choices. Make sure that the courses are similar, if not the same, and make sure that you do not mention a specific course or university.

Read our advice on how to draft a winning personal statement or watch our video guide.

After you’ve applied

You should keep an eye on your application on UCAS ‘Track’. Offers from universities will appear on track and you will be able to accept or decline offers.

You can only reply when you have received all your decisions. The types of reply you can make are firm acceptance and insurance acceptance. Usually students reply in early May.

International Student?

If you are an international student, our International Student pages offer further information on applying.

As an international student applying to study one of our undergraduate programmes you can;

Erasmus student?

We receive around 350 exchange students every year from all over the world. 45% of these students come from Europe and the remainder from as far as Singapore, South Korea and Australia.

The University's International Exchanges Office is responsible for welcoming these students.

Confused about your next steps?

Take a look at our Going to University website for information and advice on getting ready for university.

Further Information

Contact us

Mrs Elizabeth Carver, Admissions Tutor: Radiography

Barry Carver: Director of Radiography and Senior Lecturer

Elizabeth Carver: Lecturer in Radiography, Admissions Tutor

Darren Wood: Lecturer in Radiography

Jayne Phillips: Course Secretary

School of Healthcare Sciences
Tel: 01248 383999

Why study with the School of Healthcare Sciences?

  • We have positive links with the local University Health Board (BCUHB) and other care providers in North Wales, and North West England.
  • Our courses are designed to respond to the changing workplace environment.
  • NHS Bursaries available to cover fees for students on Nursing, Midwifery and Radiography undergraduate degrees.
  • There will be opportunities to experience bilingual practice in some parts of the region.
  • We have experienced researchers and lecturers in Health/Social Care and Well Being and are ranked very highly for our Research Activity.
  • We offer conferences, seminars and workshops on key health and social care issues.
  • We offer an accreditation of Prior Learning Schemes, so that previous academic experiences may be accredited.

Funding

NWSSP

Information for Universities and Students regarding implications to changes to the NHS Wales Health Education Bursary scheme for 2017/18.

Student Awards Services implements the NHS Wales Bursary Schemes, which provides funding for healthcare students on NHS funded courses in Wales and Welsh domiciled medical and dental students within the UK. If you are considering a professional career in health care and would like to know more about the financial support you will get during your training, then please contact:

Student Awards Services,
6th Floor, Churchill House,
17 Churchill Way,
Cardiff,
CF10 2TW

Bursary Enquiries: 02920 376854
Childcare Enquiries: 02920 196168
Email: abm.sas@wales.nhs.uk
Website: www.nwsspstudentfinance.wales.nhs.uk/home

Studying at Bangor

Rated Gold for teaching

We have been awarded a Gold rating, the highest rating possible, for the standarad of our teaching in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) assessment. The TEF assessment took into account teaching quality, learning environment and student outcomes and learning gain. We were judged to deliver consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for our students and our teaching is of the highest quality found in the UK.

A top 10 university

The National Student Survey (NSS) results place Bangor amongst the UK’s top 10 universities (excluding specialist institutions) for student satisfaction. This reflects the University’s focus on overall student experience.

Enjoy a university experience that’s amongst the best in the UK

The guaranteed accommodation, student support, low cost of living and stunning location all contribute towards this.

Take advantage of the Bangor Student Experience (ranked in the top 20 in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey) with free membership of student clubs and societies, a new international experience programme and employability award scheme.

Award-winning clubs and societies!

Our clubs and societies have been named the best in the UK at the WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2017.

Unrivalled location

Choose to study in one of the best places in the UK to be a student. Bangor’s location – close to the mountains and the sea - has been described as ‘the best university setting in the UK’.

Investment in facilities

Benefit from continued investment in facilities and services – with an exciting new Arts and Innovation Centre, new Halls of Residence, and improved sports facilities amongst recent developments.

Guaranteed accommodation

We guarantee accommodation for first year students who apply within the deadline and hold Bangor as a firm choice. Our accommodation has been rated in the Top 5 in the UK at the 2017 WhatUni Student Choice Awards.

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