Radiotherapy and Oncology BSc (Hons)
BSc Hons Radiotherapy and Oncology
Do you have an interest in applying the latest advances in medical care to help people at their most vulnerable?
This BSc (Hons) Radiotherapy and Oncology degree course trains you to use radiation to treat people with cancer. You’ll tackle all aspects of this field, from planning and delivering treatments to taking care of patients' emotional wellbeing.
When you complete the course, you'll have the medical knowledge and technical skills for a career as a therapeutic radiographer and be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Radiographer.
We are currently seeking approval from the College of Radiographers to show that this course maintains and develops the highest standards of clinical imaging and oncology practice and conduct.
This BSc (Hons) Radiotherapy and Oncology degree course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). This means the course meets standards set by the HCPC and makes you eligible to apply for HCPC registration when you complete the course.
You can apply for student membership to the Society and College of Radiographers for the duration of the course, and full membership upon completion.
Qualifications or experience
- 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.
English language requirements
- English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 7.0 with no component score below 6.5.
- All shortlisted applicants are subject to interview.
- All offers are subject to Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance and Occupational Health clearance.
What you'll experience
On this course you'll:
- Learn about all areas of radiation science, radiotherapy practice, oncology and human anatomy
- Use our on-campus radiography clinical skills suite, featuring a 3D virtual environment Radiotherapy unit (VERT), treatment planning suite and ultrasound facilities
- Practise your skills in our Centre for Simulation in Health and Care, where you can experience simulations of real-life scenarios that hone your skills in a safe and supportive environment
- Enhance your classroom learning with significant time spent in hospitals and specialist radiotherapy centres, engaging with patients
- Improve your communication skills
- Get valuable insight with mentoring from experienced radiographers and care teams
Careers and opportunities
When you graduate from this course, you'll be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a therapeutic Radiographer. This allows you to work in a clinical setting right away.
You can also do postgraduate study or go into research, management or teaching.
Whatever you do next, our Careers and Employability service will give you career advice and support for up to 5 years after you graduate.
The lecturers are always there to support you, and the course provides a solid backbone to start your professional clinical career.
What you'll study on this BSc (Hons) Radiotherapy and Oncology degree
Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.
In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.
Units currently being studied
Core units in this year include:
- Radiotherapy Clinical Learning and Foundations of Patient Care
- Foundations of Oncology Practice
- Foundations of Scientific Enquiry
- Introduction to Radiotherapy
- Principles of Oncology Practice 1
There are no optional units in this year.
Core units in this year include:
- Radiotherapy Clinical Learning and Improving Standards of Care
- Principles of Oncology Practice 2
- Principles of Oncology Practice 3
- Radiotherapy Equipment
- Research Methods
There are no optional units this year.
Core units in this year include:
- Advanced Practice in Oncology
- Radiotherapy Clinical Learning and Professional Practice
- Imaging of Radiotherapy
There are no optional units this year.
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.
Work experience and career planning
You'll spend about a third of your time on this course on placement in a clinical setting, shadowing and working with experienced practitioners.
Placements are on the south coast, in organisations such as:
- Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
- Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust
- University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
- Royal Sussex County Hospital
We can help you find further relevant work experience during your course. We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies.
Academic skills support
As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).
ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:
- Academic writing
- Note taking
- Time management
- Critical thinking
- Presentation skills
- Working in groups
- Revision, memory and exam techniques
If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.
Teaching methods on this course include:
- directed study
- group work
- reflective journals
- clinical placement
Teaching staff profiles
These are some of the expert staff who’ll teach you on this degree course.
Naomi Dickie, Course Leader and Placement Lead
Naomi trained as a Therapeutic Radiographer at the University and before returning as a member of staff, gained considerable clinical experience in a number of hospitals, including Brighton, Torquay and Portsmouth.
During her time at a Portsmouth hospital she progressed from Senior Radiographer to Imaging Specialist Advanced Practitioner, with responsibility for developing policy and practice. Her teaching interests include cell biology, radiotherapy technique and applied anatomy. She is currently working towards an EdD.
Andy Williams, Senior Lecturer
Andy joined the Radiography team in 2006 following many years of clinical experience in a number of Radiotherapy Centres in the UK. His clinical expertise covered all aspects of the radiotherapy pathway, from pre-treatment preparation to treatment delivery and has always been involved in the education, supervision & assessment of students in the clinical environment.
Andy's academic research interests cover the role of simulated and virtual reality environments in the learning, teaching and assessment of clinical and spatial visualisation skills.
Shelley Blane, Deputy Course Leader
Before joining the University, Shelley spent 7 years working in a number of radiotherapy physics departments, including at the Royal Marsden Hospital London. Registered as both a Clinical Scientist and Therapeutic Radiographer with the Health and Care Professional Council, much of Shelley's experience and research has been in the treatment of cancer, and she's been involved in a number of clinical trials which have directly lead to changes in the treatment of patients receiving radiotherapy.
Her specialised teaching areas are radiation physics and radiotherapy planning. As a registered clinical scientist, it's her responsibility to make sure our students are trained in radiation protection and the legislation surrounding this area before they start the clinical components of the course.
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How you'll spend your time
Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:
- Teaching block 1 – September to December (October to December for some courses in 2020/21 only)
- Assessment period 1 – January (and early February for some courses in 2020/21 only)
- Teaching block 2 – January to May (February to May for some courses in 2020/21 only)
- Assessment period 2 – May to June
How you're assessed
You’ll be assessed through:
- written examinations
- objective structured examinations (OSEs)
- portfolios of evidence
- practice outcomes to assess clinical capability
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 practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.
Tuition fees (2019 start)
- UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
- This course isn't open to international students
Additional course costs
These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.
Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.
You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.
You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.
Your uniform is included as part of your course fee: you'll receive five tunics, three trousers and a name badge. You’ll need to pay for extra or replacement uniform: £13.80 for tunics and £14.34 for trousers. You’ll also need to supply your own pair of black shoes which fully enclose the foot, for placements.
You'll need to purchase your own marker pens, 15cm metal ruler and pocket calculator.
Accessory equipment, such as anatomical side markers, are include in your course costs. You’ll need to pay for replacements if you lose them. These costs will vary, but are normally around £5.
You’ll need to meet the costs of accommodation and travel for your clinical placements. Clinical accommodation costs around £400 a month, and travel costs vary. The NHS may meet some of these costs.
How to apply
To start in 2019 you need to apply through UCAS. You’ll need:
- the UCAS course code – BB82
- our institution code – P80
You can start your application now and submit it later if you want.
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