Radiotherapy radiographers work as part of the health care team and are involved in decisions about radiotherapy patient management. They provide care and support to patients and their families throughout the cancer journey.
GCU is the largest provider of therapeutic radiography education in Scotland. The teaching team work closely with practice colleagues in the NHS and with their professional body to ensure the programme is relevant and up-to-date.
You will have use of a dedicated radiotherapy treatment planning laboratory and digital image viewing equipment. Practice placements will provide you with experience in both large and smaller cancer centres.
Your careerCompletion of an Honours degree in Radiotherapy and Oncology leads to eligibility to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), and membership of the Society of Radiographers.
Our degree is internationally recognised and offers a range of career opportunities in hospitals and other clinical settings. You can also progress towards clinical specialisation, management, teaching and research careers.
Applied Clinical Anatomy, Radiotherapy and Oncology, Fundamentals of Human Physiology, Foundations for Interprofessional Practice, Preparation for Radiotherapy Practice.
Physics for Radiotherapy and Oncology Practice, Practice Education, Radiotherapy and Oncology 2, Working in Interprofessional Teams.
Practice Education, Radiotherapy Treatment Planning and Brachytherapy, Radiotherapy and Oncology 3, Teams in Interprofessional Practice, Research Methods for Effective Practice.
Practice Education, Leadership in Interprofessional Teams, Honours Project, Supportive Care in Oncology.
Download the Programme Specification for a detailed breakdown of its structure, what you will learn and other useful information.
"GCU delivers a course with both extensive theory and practical placements: this is essential in giving students the skills they need. Having placement learning at one of the leading radiotherapy centres in the UK, the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre, I had the opportunity to learn with the latest equipment and advanced techniques: this reinforced my studies at GCU."Gillian Adair,
All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.
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Standard entry requirements
SQA Higher: BBBB including English and two sciences, from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics, plus Nat 5 Maths at B
A level: BCC, excluding General Studies, but including two sciences with one at B, plus GCSE English, a Science and Maths at C/4
ILC Higher: H2 H2 H3 H3 including English and 2 Sciences at Higher and Ordinary level Maths at 02
IB Diploma: 24 points must include a Science and English. Physics is recommended at standard level
BTEC: Extended Diploma in Science/Applied Science DMM plus GCSE English, Maths at B/6 or Double Science at BB/66
College HNC: Science-based HNC with B in graded unit.
Applicants must also hold literacy and numeracy equivalent to National 5 level, with English being preferred at Higher level. Communications 4 and Literature 1 are acceptable in lieu of Higher English.
SWAP: Access to Radiography at BBB
Accepted as equivalent to one Higher as part of the overall grade profile of Highers required for entry. Any essential subjects at Higher should still be achieved in addition to the Foundation Apprenticeship.
- Before applying it is advisable to visit a Radiotherapy department.
Other academic and vocational qualifications
Each application to GCU is considered on an individual basis. If you do not have the typical academic entry qualifications, but can demonstrate relevant work experience and/or credits from recognised professional bodies, you may be eligible to enter this course via the University's Recognition of Prior Learning scheme.
English languageApplicants whose first language is not English will normally be required to hold IELTS of overall 7.0 with 6.5 in each element or equivalent.
If you do not meet the English language requirements, you may be eligible for our pre-sessional English programme which is taught at our Glasgow campus.
Completion of an Honours degree in Radiotherapy and Oncology leads to eligibility to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
For new international students, particular care is taken around our induction events which begin on 13 September 2019 to welcome you to the UK and GCU prior to the start of teaching. There will be a whole host of fun and informative activities taking place during this period, including campus tours, city tours and social events where you can meet other international students. Where possible, we encourage you to arrange travel to allow you to arrive in time to enjoy these.
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Tuition fees 2019/20
*Total tuition fees for RUK students completing a three or four year degree are capped at £27,750.
**Specific fees are subject to confirmation by the Scottish Government and may change once confirmed.
Fees are subject to change and published here for guidance only. Fees and refund policy.
Additional costs for fee paying students
Self-funded students are required to cover the cost of the following:
- Uniforms, approximately £15 each. The number of uniforms you require depends on duration of your course and can range from two to four.
- Occupational health checks and vaccination, approximately £200.
- Membership of Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme. New applications cost £59. Updates to existing scheme record costs £18.
As a student at the University, there are additional fees and costs which may or may not apply to you, but that you should be aware of.
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