Diagnostic radiographers employ a range of sophisticated equipment to produce high quality images to diagnose or assess an injury or disease. Imaging includes use of X-rays, CT scans, ultrasound, MRI and nuclear medicine. Each examination is different requiring good interpersonal skills, technical skills, precision and problem-solving skills.
This course provides a supportive environment for students to develop the full range of professional radiographic skills as well as generic graduate key skills. Students develop the ability to make positive contributions to a multidisciplinary team in a modern healthcare setting, ensuring patients and the needs of service users are their primary concern.
The course is accredited by The College of Radiographers and graduates are eligible to apply for registration with the Health Professions Council.
The majority of graduates proceed into careers as diagnostic radiographers. Some students work towards postgraduate qualifications in specialist areas so they can become advanced or consultant practitioners. There are also opportunities in education, industry or research. Graduates will be eligible to apply for professional registration with the Health Professions Council and membership of the Society and College of Radiographers. There are also opportunities to work abroad.
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Content and Modules
A sound knowledge base in the principles and practice of radiography is developed in the first year with tutor led activities, guided reading and closely supervised practice. Studying more complex elements in the second year involves reflecting on practice and developing analytical, critical and problem-solving skills. Students have the opportunity for greater autonomy in the third year of study with increased responsibility for their own learning and continuing professional development.
Each of the three years includes 20 weeks in clinical practice placements. Students are taught the practical aspects of this course at hospital sites throughout East Anglia, these sites are:
UCS will make every effort to place students in their preferred hospital site, but cannot guarantee their first choice. Applicants will be asked to state their preferred placement site at interview stage.
Students also have the opportunity to participate in the Erasmus exchange programme.
Students do not have to pay fees for these courses, and are entitled to apply for an NHS bursary. For details please visit www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/Students
Assessment for this course is through a variety of methods such as written, practical and oral examinations, essay, poster or media-based assignments, practice portfolios of evidence, and seminar or small group presentations.
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