Taught course

Radiotherapy

Institution
University of Liverpool · School of Health Sciences
Qualifications
PGDip

Entry requirements

You will normally present with a 2:1 Science degree. If you are presenting with a Social Science degree, you must also offer a Science A-Level at a minimum of Grade B. Alternatively, you will have a professional qualification from another health care profession with evidence of recent study at Level 6. In addition, GCSE in English Language and Mathematics at Grade B is required. The University of Liverpool operates an APL scheme which recognises relevant prior learning. The minimum claim allowed under the APL scheme is equal to the smallest module within a given programme, the maximum credit for APL which can be offered is normally one third of any given programme. Applicants who think they may be eligible should contact the School. Clinical Experience: All prospective students are expected to visit a radiotherapy department for a minimum of half a day. This may be one of the practice placements sites linked to the University of Liverpool’s BSc (Hons) Radiotherapy/PGDip Radiotherapy programmes or it could be a department nearer to a student’s home. The visit is an opportunity to gain an insight into radiotherapy as a career. It is also an opportunity to see the equipment used, talk to members of staff and students and to observe patients being treated. Download a Clinical Visit form to record your visit experience ‌. This would normally be completed and returned with your application form. Applicants who have not visited a radiotherapy department will be required to do so before any offer of a place is made.

Months of entry

January

Course content

The University of Liverpool, the Health Professionals Council and College of Radiographers have recently approved this new and exciting professional programme, intended for graduates from a health, science, biomedical or social science background. Successful completion of the two-year programme allows you to practise as a Therapeutic Radiographer within the National Health Service or private health sector.

Therapeutic radiographers play a vital role in the treatment of cancer patients, they are the only health professional qualified to plan and deliver radiotherapy. Crucially, they also support and care for patients throughout their treatment. This innovative pre-registration programme is designed to produce practitioners who are competent, discerning and committed to personal and professional development whilst at the same time ensuring that their patients receive the treatment and care appropriate to their needs.

This programme is studied full time over two calendar years, commencing in semester two (January). It is a vocational programme, taught and assessed predominately at level 7 but does not involve a substantial piece of independent work such as a research dissertation. The programme structure follows the University Framework for Modular Postgraduate Programmes, with students expected to take modules worth 60 credits in each year of study. The programme is a mixture of academic and professional practice blocks, with 51 weeks of the programme delivered at the University integrated with 43 weeks of work-based experience. The blocks of radiotherapy practice placement experience will be delivered in NHS Cancer Centres and their satellite units in the North West.

The programme is delivered over four semesters and two post-semester periods to facilitate the completion of professional practice. There are two assessment points in each year of study (normally May/June and December/January), one at the end of each semester. The structure and pattern of the delivery of the programme ensures that theory and practice are fully integrated.

Information for international students

Applications from international students are not accepted.

Fees and funding

Tuition Fees are currently paid for by the NHS Student Grants Unit for Home/EU students.

Qualification and course duration

PGDip

full time
24 months

Course contact details

Name
Sean Hollywood
Email
pgdipshs@liverpool.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)151 794 9490