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Radiotherapy and Oncology (BSc)

  • B822

3 years (full-time) / n/a (part-time) / n/a (distance / e-Learning)

The School of Healthcare Sciences is the leading provider of education and research for Allied Health Professionals in Wales, and one of the leading Schools in the United Kingdom.

The 2012 Times Good University Guide ranked the University as joint 4th in the UK for the quality of its healthcare programmes (‘Subjects Allied to Medicine’) on the basis of student satisfaction, entry standards and graduate prospects. Our students also rate their experience highly: overall student satisfaction with teaching was 90% in 2011, one of the highest scores in the University.

Validated by the Radiography Board of the Health & Care Professions Council and the Society & College of Radiographers, the BSc (Hons) Radiography & Oncology degree offers excellent career opportunities. You will spend much of the course – 1400 hours – on clinical placements throughout Wales, applying your skills alongside practising professionals.

The fees for students from the UK and European Union are paid by the Welsh Government - who commission around 20 student Therapeutic Radiographers each year - and you will also be eligible for a non means-tested bursary of £1,000 and possibly up to a further £5,000 in means-tested bursaries.

The School also provides pre-registration programmes recognised by the UK Health & Care Professions Council, in Occupational Therapy, Operating Department Practice, Physiotherapy and Diagnostic Radiography and Imaging. These professional strengths contribute to vibrant inter-disciplinary environment, with opportunities for shared learning and inter-professional education that are not available at many institutions.

A wide range of post registration and postgraduate programmes are also offered, supported by a rapidly developing research profile. Substantial investment is taking place to ensure that the facilities and staff - the environment within which you will be studying – are at the forefront of the expansion of knowledge and expertise in healthcare.

Key Facts

UCAS Code B822
Duration 3 years
How to apply
Typical places available c.20 Home/EU Welsh Government funded places
Typical applications received 160
Scholarships & Bursaries

Funding for Healthcare related courses

Fees and Funding

Typical A-level offer BBB
Admissions Tutors Mrs Keren Williamson
Tel Number 029 2068 7538
Email address
School website

Therapeutic radiographers play a vital role in the treatment and care of patients with cancer, using high energy ionising radiations in the treatment of cancer and non-malignant disease.

They work closely with doctors, medical physicists and other members of the healthcare team to provide a supportive patient-centred service and are closely involved in many stages of a patient’s treatment including pre-treatment support, planning the radiotherapy, application and evaluation of the treatment, management of radiotherapy side effects and post-treatment follow-up and support.

Our Radiotherapy and Oncology BSc is a full-time programme, including clinical placement combined with academic modules. Placements are in radiotherapy departments throughout Wales.

The programme is validated by Cardiff University, the Health & Care Professions Council and the Society and College of Radiographers, and leads to eligibility to apply for registration as a therapeutic radiographer with the Health & Care Professions Council.

The course structure is as follows:

Year One

Radiotherapy and Oncology students will be introduced to behavioural, imaging and radiation sciences, to radiotherapy practice and oncology. You will undertake extended clinical placements in this year. There is a range of academic assessment including coursework and examinations and your clinical competence is also assessed.

Year Two

In Year 2 you will continue your education in the professional and clinical aspects of radiotherapy and oncology. You will also be introduced to the wide range of therapeutic or imaging technologies in use today. You will also learn the basic principles of research and data analysis. You will be assessed as in Year 1.

Year Three

This year you will carry out your research project and complete your professional and clinical radiographic education. In addition to the normal academic and clinical assessments, your project work will contribute to your final degree award.

Visit the Cardiff School of Healthcare Studies website for more information about modules and credits.

The School of Healthcare Studies has an international reputation for its education provision, rating strongly in formal audits of its programmes, as well as by the students themselves. The School has scored consistently highly in the National Student Survey, in 2011 scoring 88% for overall student satisfaction with teaching. Within the survey, areas relating to learning & assessment score strongly, particularly ‘Teaching on my course’ (87%), ‘Learning Resources’ (93%) and ‘Personal development’ (91%).

The 2012 Times Good University Guide ranked the University as joint 4th in the UK for the quality of its healthcare programmes (‘Subjects Allied to Medicine’) on the basis of student satisfaction, entry standards and graduate prospects.

All our programmes of study have been designed to be stimulating, flexible and relevant to the needs of a professional healthcare career. Great emphasis has been placed on the practical and clinical aspects of the programmes, all of which have been accredited by the relevant professional bodies.

A diverse range of learning and teaching methods are used throughout the Schools Programmes, reflecting the module content students’ developing knowledge and expertise. All modules have a formalised teaching and learning structure which will employ, for example, formal lectures, seminars, workshops, skills laboratories, virtual environment radiotherapy and case scenarios, as and when appropriate.

The modular structure also includes and embraces the teaching and learning opportunities available in the clinical environment, where you will spend 1400 hours on placement. The acquisition of knowledge and skills through the practical experience in which you engage is key to the Cardiff Radiotherapy and Oncology degree.

As in the professional environment, a greater emphasis is being placed in working in a multi-disciplinary team, and opportunities for shared learning and inter-professional education – training alongside students from other disciplines – are increasingly embedded.

Information Technology

The School of Healthcare Studies has a wide range of information systems and facilities available to students, designed to support your learning and development. Our virtual learning environment is accessible on a variety of desktop and mobile devices, and ensures students have access to a variety of electronic resources from anywhere in the world. In addition, onsite dedicated computer labs, student study rooms, campus-wide WiFi networks, printing facilities and a brand-new Healthcare library are available year-round for students' use. Staff are also available onsite to assist students in getting configured and to provide support and advice.


The School of Healthcare Studies has recently implemented an unprecedented level of investment in new facilities and equipment, ensuring some of the best technology and modern facilities at your disposal throughout your career as a student. These include a dedicated Research Centre for Clinical Kinesiology with cutting-edge equipment, a completely refurbished radiographic imaging suite, a Virtual Environment Suite allowing for 3D simulations and brand-new dedicated occupational therapy and operating department suites, and mould room allowing for training and research in industry-standard environments reflecting real-world conditions.


The School of Healthcare Studies is committed to engagement within the community, with programmes such as 'Physios supporting athletes across all abilities', an all-Wales initiative that will give participants the chance to feed into a world-class volunteer support service provision for all international teams based in Wales prior to the 2012 Games in London, and establishing a legacy network of support for sport in Wales well beyond 2012 (and which is open to students across the School, not just those in Physiotherapy). The School has also recently launched App Iechyd Da, a mobile app highlighting the importance of the Welsh language within allied healthcare in Wales, and providing information about a variety of Welsh language-specific initiatives such as demographic trends, political directives, economic influences and useful Welsh language communication guides. The app is freely available to all via the Apple App Store. Further investment in engagement is planned with the opening of a community children's play clinic as well as a physiotherapy clinic, both open to the public.

A broad general education is required with preference given to applicants who have five GCSEs obtained in one sitting at grade C or above, to include English/Welsh language, Maths, Physics and one other science or Science Double Award. Scottish, Irish and International applicants must offer equivalent GCSE qualifications.

In addition to the GCSE requirements applicants are expected to have achieved:

Typical A-level Offer

BBB from three GCE A-levels achieved in one sitting, to include a science

General Studies, Critical Thinking and Citizenship are not acceptable at GCE AS or A-level

Typical WBQ Offer Grade A in the Core plus BB from 2 A-levels achieved in one sitting to include a science
Typical Int Bacc Offer 34 points and at least one science subject must be offered at Higher Level grade 6. In addition, English, Maths, Physics plus one other science subject must be offered at Subsidiary or GCSE level
Degree / Other

Consideration given to any degree at 2:2 or higher.
Please find here further information about alternative entry requirements for this degree programme.

Please find here further information about admissions and selection criteria for this degree programme.

Open Days

Prospective students are encouraged to attend one of the four Cardiff University Open Days. Details can be found via our website.

Prospective students are welcome to visit the Department of Radiography prior to making their application. Please contact for further details.

Additional Requirements for Admission

Health Checks

All offers given by the School of Healthcare Sciences will be conditional upon a satisfactory health check. A Health Declaration form will be sent to applicants when offers are made. Applicants who have decided to accept offers given by Cardiff University will be sent an 'Occupational Health Questionnaire' which they are required to complete and return to the University's Department of Occupational Health by 31st July in the year of entry.

Criminal Record Check

Admission is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974) Section 4(2)(Exemption) Order 1975 and DHSS Circular HC(88)9 guidelines regarding child protection and criminal record checks. It is also considered important to ensure that an applicant's attitudes and values are such that they can reasonably be admitted to the profession. All offers given to applicants will therefore, include a condition relating to a satisfactory criminal record check. This condition must be satisfied by 31st July in the year of entry. Applicants will be required to complete the University's own Criminal Record Disclaimer form and also to complete the Disclosure and Barring Service process (at the "Enhanced" level). DBS application forms will be sent to applicants who decide to accept Cardiff University's offer, in their year of entry.

Information on the Disclosure process can be found on the Disclosure and Barring Service Website. Enrolment on to the course cannot take place until a satisfactory disclosure has been received from the Disclosure and Barring Service. Delay in returning the DBS form may also compromise an applicant's university accommodation options. Those who are known to be travelling overseas at the relevant time should endeavour to authorise another individual to deal with this correspondence on their behalf.

Detailed information will be given to successful applicants with letters offering places. Information on the Disclosure process can be found on the Disclosure and Barring Service Website. All information will be treated in absolute confidence and applicants with convictions to declare will be assessed as to their suitability for the programme to be studied.

Resit Candidates

The School of Healthcare Sciences will consider resit applicants on an individual basis.

UCAS Personal Statement

The personal statement is an important part of the selection process and assessment of this may have implications on the conditions set for entry. Demonstrating that you are making an informed choice of career is vital in your personal statement.

International Applicants

While the majority of applicants offer A-level subjects, some other international qualifications are acceptable.

Academic IELTS (International English Language Testing System) with an overall score of 7.0 with not less than 7.0 in listening and reading and not less than 7.0 in writing and speaking. (Please note: this applies to overseas students who have pre-arranged application arrangements.)

The school will consider applications from international fee-status students subject to the availability of suitable clinical placements. Such students will need to make their own arrangements to meet tuition, placement and living costs.

Please find here further information about admissions and selection criteria for this degree programme.

Our graduates have the third highest job prospects of the 72 institutions in ‘Subjects Allied to Medicine’ in the Times Good University Guide 2012, and within 12 months 93% of our 2011 graduates had found graduate employment or gone on to further study. Employers included: NHS Trusts, private clinics, community health services, local government social service departments plus organisations such as Age Concern and the Cardiff Blues rugby team. Career destinations included: occupational therapist, physiotherapist, diagnostic radiographer, therapeutic radiographer and operating department practitioner.

We are committed to supporting the School's recent graduates in finding meaningful employment. Bespoke online and text message-based early warning systems have been established to highlight job postings, relevant courses that would strengthen CVs, advice on job applications and plenty of other useful information to help in the preparation of job applications, such as writing a personal statement and practice interview questions.

Next intake: September each year

School Contact

Name: Healthcare Sciences Admissions Team  

Telephone: +44 (0)29 2068 7538 



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