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What makes the Diagnostic Radiography BSc (Hons) at Worcester special?

This course is designed to educate you to become a practising Diagnostic Radiographer. Graduates of this course are taught to examine patients safely using X-Ray, CT scanning, Fluoroscopy, MRI and more.

Successful completion of the course gives you eligibility to apply for registration with Health and Care Professions Council and membership of the Society of Radiographers (SoR). Throughout the course you will spend 50% of your time on clinical placement, gaining experience within a local NHS integrated care system and a private setting. The Diagnostic Radiography BSc is underpinned with a School-wide commitment to interprofessional learning that aims to develop skilled and compassionate practitioners who have the confidence to engage with and promote professional, social, and political change in health and social care.



Key features

  • Throughout your 3 years of study with us you will spend 2 days a week, each week, gaining placement experience
  • Funding – Allied health profession students will receive at least £5,000 a year in additional funding for maintenance and associated study costs. A Specialist Subject payment of £1000 may also be available
  • We work in partnership with service users and carers to inform the design of the programme as well as involving them in aspects of delivery, enabling you to directly interact with, and learn from, service users and carers
  • You will develop effective team working and communication skills through inter-professional learning, projects and placements. This will empower you to work within a multi-disciplinary team
  • Practice placements will be supported by a team of expert educators and our placement team


Successful completion of the course gives you eligibility to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council and membership of the Society of Radiographers.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

UCAS tariff points

Entry Requirements

A-levels or BTEC

  • A-level BBB (120 UCAS Tariff points) with grade B in a science subject – biology, human biology, physics or chemistry
  • BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science with Distinction, Distinction Merit (DDM) profile; or BTEC Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care with DDM profile plus 1 A level grade C or above from an A level Science subject or Mathematics

Or, Access to HE Diploma

  • The Access Diploma to include 30 Level 3 credits at Merit and 15 at Distinction in Biology, Physics and/or Chemistry, plus GCSE English Language and Mathematics (minimum grade 4 or C), or specified equivalents
  • Successful completion of the course will require you to gain 60 credits with at least 45 to be achieved at Level 3 (with the remainder at Level 2). In some cases we will require you to have gained Merit or Distinction grades in a number of units or in nominated subjects


  • Merit in Science T-Level. Other T-levels are not accepted


  • GCSE (minimum grade C or grade 4) At least three subjects including English language and maths. If you do not have the required GCSEs contact us to find out which equivalent qualifications, we accept instead

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from the UCAS website.

Further Entry Requirements

  • English language requirements: IELTS 7.0 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in each element
  • To successfully meet the entry requirements applicants will be expected to attend an interview. The interview consists of an individual interview and a written test. The individual interview will assess your knowledge of the profession and your suitability for the role of diagnostic radiographer. The written test will take 20 minutes under exam conditions and will test your knowledge of transferrable skills such as teamworking skills and the application of NHS values. The combined nature of each part ensures that you can showcase your skills communicating in written and spoken form
  • DBS Disclosure: satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Scheme (DBS) report
  • If you have lived outside the UK for six months or more in the past five years, we will need to see a criminal record check from the country you were living in. For applicants living in the Republic of Ireland, we will need to see an Irish Garda clearance

Occupational Health Clearance

  • A satisfactory occupational health clearance is required

Don't quite meet the entry requirements?

Applicants who do not meet the above entry requirements for the 3 year BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography course may be eligible to apply to the 4 year Diagnostic Radiography BSc (Hons) with Foundation Year course.

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Course content

Course content

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative. 

Year 1

  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Research Methods: Introduction to Evidence
  • Essential Science for Diagnostic Radiography
  • Diagnostic Imaging Practice 1
  • Diagnostic Imaging Practice 2

Year 2

  • Developing Professional Skills, Values and Attributes
  • Research Methods: Developing the Evidence
  • Science and Technology in Imaging
  • Cross-Sectional Anatomy, Physiology and Pathophysiology
  • Diagnostic Imaging Practice 3
  • Diagnostic Imaging Practice 4

Year 3

  • Leadership in Diagnostic Imaging
  • Dissertation
  • Diagnostic Imaging Practice 5
  • Diagnostic Imaging Practice 6
  • Evolution in Imaging
Teaching and assessment

Teaching and assessment


Teaching and learning are student-centred, reflecting the philosophy of constructivism whereby students are active participants in their learning experience, and learn with and from each other. Methods of assessment include assessment of knowledge, skill, application and evaluation in preparation for employment.  Examples of learning and teaching methods used include:

  • Lead lectures
  • Practical classes
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Problem-solving
  • Oral presentations
  • Tutorial/seminar discussions
  • Use of e-learning (pre-reading, pre-recorded lectures, self-assessment quiz and online discussions)
  • Student-led Problem-Based Learning
  • Case Study based Scenarios

The spiral approach to learning is introduced in level four with the learning and teaching of fundamental imaging techniques, science and patient-centred care. These are then further enhanced and developed in levels five and six introducing more complex imaging and adaptation of technique.  Research and critique of published evidence is introduced at level 4 and developed at levels 5 and 6, culminating in students conducting a research project.

 Learning in the university setting is complimented by practical sessions and placement learning.  Placements will be based in integrated care systems across the West Midlands. Students are supported to achieve the required level of competency, moving from basic skills acquisition to advanced skills requiring complex reasoning. Assessment of practice skills is done by imaging staff during the students’ practice placement. With opportunities for interprofessional learning both within the university and the clinical practice setting, including during simulated practice where students have the opportunity to work with a range of health professionals.  

Student meetings with personal academic tutors (PAT) are scheduled on at least four occasions in the first year and three times in each of the other years of a course. 

Contact time

In a typical week at levels 4 and 5 students will have 10-15 contact hours of teaching per week. Placement hours will make up between 15 and 24 hours per week.  Remaining hours will be used for independent study to add up to 38 hours per week.  At level 6 students will normally have slightly less contact time (10 hours) to facilitate independent study.  

Students will undertake placement hours at levels 4, 5 and 6. A two day a week placement, throughout the academic year, will be facilitated in a local integrated care system, with some time spent with a private provider.  Students are expected to work out of hours, including weekend shifts.  All these learning hours will be formally recorded and signed by the supervising radiographer. 

Independent self study

In addition to the contact time, students are expected to undertake around 20 hours of personal self-study per week.  Typically, this will involve using resources to revise taught content and read more widely around the subject.  

Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including the Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources.   


3 years Full time


Timetables are normally available one month before registration. Please note that whilst we try to be as student friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week; and some classes can be scheduled in the evenings.  

Teaching staff

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners. Service users and practicing professionals, who may deliver sessions related to their clinical speciality or health condition and experiences, as well as supporting your teaching. 

Teaching is based on research and consultancy; all permanent members of the Diagnostic Radiography staff have a higher education teaching qualification or are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. You can learn more about the staff by visiting our staff profiles.


The approach to assessment is based on achieving the learning outcomes that relate to the knowledge, skills, values and behaviours of a practicing diagnostic radiographer at the end of the degree course. The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or 'formative' assignments. Each module has one or more formal or 'summative' assessments which is graded and count towards the overall module grade.  

Assessments used are inclusive and will include:

  • Oral examination
  • OSCE (Observed Structured Clinical Examination)
  • Written essays and reflective essays
  • Research Proposal
  • Dissertation
  • Individual and group presentations
  • Case Studies
  • Portfolios
  • Practice Assessment Documents  

Through inclusive assessment, students will develop the skills required of a practising lifelong learner, including developing a personal portfolio.  The course will also develop academic skills such as scientific writing, researching and critical thinking, utilising the current evidence base in readiness for employment.  

A typical summative assessment pattern is:  

Level 4

  • Portfolio, 2 essays, a practical exam, a written exam, an OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination) and a practice assessment document.  

Level 5

  • Portfolio, research proposal, essay, individual presentation, OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination), a group presentation, case study, reflective essay and a practice assessment document  

Level 6

  • Portfolio, dissertation, case study, individual presentation, essay and a practice assessment document 

Programme specification

For comprehensive details on the aims and intended learning outcomes of the course, and the means by which these are achieved through learning, teaching and assessment, please download the latest programme specification document.



Graduates will be eligible to apply for registration with the HCPC as Diagnostic Radiographer. This will enable you to pursue careers within the NHS and private sector. 


Fees and funding

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard fee for full-time home and EU undergraduate students enrolling on BA/BSc/LLB degrees and FdA/FdSc degrees in the 2024/25 academic year is £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international students enrolling on BA/BSc/LLB degrees and FdA/FdSc degrees in the 2024/25 academic year is £16,200 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students enrolling on BA/BSc/LLB degrees and FdA/FdSc degrees in the academic year 2024/25 are £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20-credit module, £2,312 per 30-credit module, £3,083 per 40-credit module, £3,469 per 45-credit module and £4,625 per 60 credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Course-related costs not included in the fees

We offer a wide range of professionally accredited and vocational courses that require the purchase of, among other things, uniforms, equipment, subscriptions, professional body memberships and Enhanced DBS checks, and may require you to pay to attend conferences or participate in placements. Students are required to meet all costs associated with placement e.g. travel costs to and from placement.

Sources of Financial Support

Most financial support is available from Student Finance England. The University’s Money Advice Service can provide information about student money; this can be accessed through Firstpoint. 


Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience. Our halls of residence are home to friendly student communities, making them great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our range of student halls. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Chestnut Halls' at £131 per week to 'Oak Halls' at £221 per week (2024/25 prices).

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