Key Facts: All courses are accredited by the College and Society of Radiographers and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). The skills obtained are transferable to all NHS Trusts and recognised Overseas.
Entry Requirements: You should possess a BSc (Hons) in Diagnostic / Therapeutic Radiography or equivalent qualification e.g. a Diploma of the College of Radiographers. Applicants who are applying outside of the UK require an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 7 with no element below 6.5.
For reporting qualifications you should be currently practising, with at least two years’ post-qualification experience as a radiographer.
If you apply for the named Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) reporting awards in Adult Chest and Abdomen, CT Head, Appendicular and Axial Skeletal reporting you must also have a clinical supervisor within your own department who is willing to support you through the course, together with written approval from the Trust or hospital employing you for clinical practice.
Course overview: The Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences has a reputation for developing innovative courses to meet the demands of NHS Trusts who require staff training in order to meet the demands of an ever changing NHS.
The courses are aimed at those with a current qualification and registration as radiographer, or other health care professional, registered with the HCPC who wish to enhance their qualifications and skills and to prepare themselves for the extended roles that they are expected to embrace. Applications are welcome from nurses who wish to enhance their scope of practice.
The available courses are designed to enable you to evaluate the relationship between technology, managerial responsibility and policy. As increasing emphasis is being placed on hospital-based research to support evidence-based practice, the courses also aim to enhance your abilities to critically evaluate research findings to benefit service provision, and thus ensure that the patient remains at the centre of everything that we do.
We'll equip you with specialist knowledge and skills to meet the ever-changing needs of this fast developing sector. All modules are delivered by highly skilled lecturers with the support of dedicated visiting lecturers from the clinical setting. 90 per cent of course delivery is face to face.
Course structure: The available accreditations can be studied part time to fit around your personal and professional commitments.
Each single module requires a notional 200 hours of study. Most single modules are delivered either during the afternoon or evening or, on the named pathways, on a two or three day block-release basis, with the clinical component taking place in your workplace under the direction of a clinical supervisor.
Most students are successful at their first attempt of assessment.
The named pathways for Appendicular and Axial Skeletal Reporting have attracted students from as far afield as Denmark and Holland.
Learning Experience / Modules Studied: The suite of courses offers opportunities to study Radiography at Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert), Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) or Master’s (MSc) level:
Regardless of the specialist area, a PgCert involves three single 20 credit modules or one double (40 credit) and one single (20 credit) module. The PgDip involves an additional three single or one single and one double module provided you have already gained the PgCert. Otherwise, the PgDip involves a total of six single modules or two double and two single modules. You must study the single module Leadership for Advanced Professional Practice for the PgCert and Research; Methods of Enquiry module for the PgDip award as this will help prepare you for your dissertation towards your MSc Radiography.
For a Master’s, you must have completed a total of 120 credits. You will then undertake a research project where you will be offered workshops and tutorials and will be required to submit a dissertation not exceeding 20,000 words. Available 20 credit single modules, which can also be accessed on an individual basis, include:
Leadership for Advanced Professions; Practice (compulsory for all PgCert awards) Cross Sectional Anatomy Image Interpretation for Comment Systems Fundamentals of MRI MRI Principles and Practice MRI Student Negotiated MRI Specialist Techniques Introduction to Image Interpretation of the Chest and Abdomen Technological Developments in Radiotherapy Applications of Imaging and Verification in Radiotherapy Paediatric Imaging Forensic Radiography Ethical and Legal Issues For Advanced Practice Research: Methods of Enquiry (compulsory for PgDip)
Available 40 Credit modules which can also be accessed on an individual basis are:
Foundations and Practice of Appendicular Skeletal Reporting Foundations and Practice of Axial Skeletal Reporting Foundations and Practice of Adult Chest and Abdomen Reporting Foundations and Practice of CT Head Reporting Advanced CT Applications and Imaging Science
Each named award has its own clinical and academic requirements. Expected durations may also vary slightly. Applicants are advised to contact the Faculty for more detailed course information.
Assessment: Modules are assessed independently using a variety of methods, which may include assignments, annotated bibliography, student presentations and objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs)