Diagnostic Radiography BSc/MSci 2021/22 entry

Course code:

B821

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years full-time (study abroad or work placement)

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2021

 

Fees:
Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 2222
ukadmissions@coventry.ac.uk

Course code:

HLSU241

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years full-time (study abroad or work placement)

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2021

 

Fees:
Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 2222
ukadmissions@coventry.ac.uk

Overview

These Diagnostic Radiography courses are intended to develop you into a radiographer who has a good understanding of all aspects of radiography and patient care who can respond to a rapidly evolving health delivery service.

Delivering effective and compassionate patient care is at the centre of the course. You will have the chance to learn how to understand and manage the patients’ needs, the importance of communication and care alongside the science and technology of diagnostic imaging and how it is used in this dynamic care profession.

Diagnostic Radiographers use the latest technology including Conventional Radiography, Computed Tomography (CT), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Radionuclide medicine (RNI) and Ultrasound (US) to examine the body and facilitate the effective and timely diagnosis of various medical conditions.

As a diagnostic radiographer you will work directly with patients and produce, process and assess images of body structures - for example, skeletal and soft tissue injuries or abnormalities which are used to support and guide direct interventional treatments, procedures and therapies. Throughout the course you will be given the opportunity to develop knowledge of health related sciences including, human anatomy, physiology, medical physics and technology to support the operation, interpretation and diagnostic processes of radiographic imaging. In addition, you will explore patient interaction, care and protection - including safe radiation practice - a fundamental responsibility for diagnostic radiographers. You will also examine the crucial role diagnostic radiographers play in health screening programmes such as cancer screening.

Practice placements*, which are sourced for you by the University, are an integral part of the course and aim to enable you to develop clinical skills and work as part of a multidisciplinary team. In addition, you will have the opportunity to learn about performing various aspects of diagnostic radiography practices alongside other healthcare students in the University’s purpose built Simulation Centre, using the latest equipment that would normally be found in clinical settings. The University has a strong partnership with the healthcare sector and placement providers who provide a diverse range of clinical placements including acute, district and community services.

We take a ‘learning through exploration’ approach enabling you to put the knowledge and skills you develop in to practice variety of cutting-edge innovative simulated scenarios. Coventry University has invested over £2m in a purpose built new diagnostic radiography suite featuring the latest diagnostic radiography equipment.

The professional requirements for this course meet the Health and Care Profession Council (HCPC), the Society and College of Radiographers (SCoR), and the European Federation of Radiographer Societies (EFRS) standards. Therefore, on successful completion of the course, you are eligible to apply for registration as a radiographer with the HCPC (additional costs apply) making a variety of diagnostic radiography career opportunities available within the UK and abroad.

* Please note that practice placements may be subject to additional costs (e.g. travel, visas and accommodation etc.).

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

COVID-19

The University may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via emerging online technologies and methods across all courses. In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are prepared for courses due to start in or after the 2020/2021 academic year to be delivered in a variety of forms. The form of delivery will be determined in accordance with Government and Public Health guidance. Whether on campus or online, our key priority is staff and student safety.

Due to the ongoing restrictions relating to Covid-19, some facilities (including some teaching and learning spaces) and some non-academic offerings (particularly in relation to international experiences), may vary from those advertised and may have reduced availability or restrictions on their use.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

Successful completion of the course enables you to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

Practice Educators

Practice Educators

We aim to enhance your learning through the involvement of practitioners, service users and carers in programme development and delivery. In partnership with practice educators, you will have the opportunity to be exposed to a variety of placements* which may be across the NHS and independent sectors. * Please note that practice placements may be subject to additional costs (e.g. travel, visas and accommodation etc.). We are unable to guarantee any optional placements and these may be subject to additional costs (e.g. travel, visas and accommodation etc.), competitive application, availability and/or meeting any applicable visa requirements. To ensure that you fully understand the requirements in this regard, please contact the International Office for further details if you are an EU or International student.

Society of Radiographers (SoR)

Society of Radiographers (SoR)

You are eligible to become a member of the Society of Radiographers (SoR). Additional costs may apply.

Our Facilities

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Mock Operating Theatre

Our Alison Gingell building includes a full-size mock operating theatre, containing scrub sinks and theatre lights. We also have a mock hospital ward so that we can study a complete patient pathway.

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Ambulance

Our facilities include a mock ambulance, which students can use as part of their studies, to help simulate the patient journey. This gives students the opportunity to learn in situations that mirror real life scenarios.

Hospital Wards

Hospital Wards

We have two fully-equipped mock hospital wards, each containing 4 beds. The wards are built to NHS standards and contain moveable beds, first aid equipment and patient monitoring tools.

Course information

As a student on the Diagnostic Radiography course you will have the opportunity to engage in a wide range of transformative learning opportunities and innovative modules designed to further enhance graduate employability in a dynamic health and social care environment.

This includes a breadth of professional practice experience, service user involvement, inter-professional collaborative education and a range of international learning opportunities. This course is available as either a 3 year BSc (Hons) degree or a 4 year Integrated Master’s MSci degree, with the final year of the MSci studied at Master’s level.

Strong partnerships with clinical placement providers are designed to enable you to practice in a diverse range of educational and professional learning environments such as acute, district and community services, and public, private and charitable organisations. Clinical experience placements embedded within the course meet the requirements of both the Health and Care Profession Council (HCPC) and the Society and College of Radiographers (SCoR).

The course is structured to have both academic and clinical practice components in every year of the course. The core elements of study include human anatomy and physiology, pathology, radiography professional practice, image reporting, medical imaging science and technology, research and interprofessionalism. Each of these elements are introduced, developed and enhanced at each stage of study to allow steady knowledge and skills progression to develop from a novice (year 1 student) to an autonomous skilled radiographer (year 3 student).

Modules

Overview

You will be introduced to the foundation elements of diagnostic radiography through a range of theoretical and professional practice modules. The professional practice component is designed to help enable you to develop the clinical skills required to conduct a range of diagnostic imaging tests and provide excellent person-centred care.

All modules are mandatory

Modules

  • The human body – Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology

    This module aims to introduce you to the human body -anatomy, physiology and pathology. Anatomical knowledge and understanding of physiological systems provide an essential base for radiography practice. It also lays the foundations to enable you to understand human body conditions in order to produce diagnostic images which can affect treatment or management.

  • Imaging Science, Equipment and Technology

    This module aims to introduce you to the principles of imaging science, equipment and technology. The primary focus of the module will be projectional imaging. The knowledge and understanding of projectional imaging systems includes equipment, functional and operational aspects. It will also cover X-ray production, X-ray beam, interaction with matter and image formation. Radiation safety and protection will include ionising radiation legislation. You should also develop the key skills to practice safely whilst upholding image quality.

  • Foundation of Evidence Informed Practice

    Enabling you to become an independent, evidence informed, learner and professional radiographer is the focus of this module. It aims to introduce you to the basic principles of gathering, appraising, interpreting and applying evidence to support your learning and professional development. In addition, study skills will be a feature within the module, helping to support effective academic practice. The module also includes the principles underpinning research and evidence-informed practice in the context of diagnostic radiography.

  • Health and Wellbeing in the Community

    This module aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of the social, political, economic, cultural and environmental factors that influence individual and community health and well-being. The module draws upon key international, national and local initiatives to support your learning.

  • Introduction to Radiography Professional Practice

    The module begins to develop some of the fundamental skills required for effective diagnostic radiography practice. The areas covered in the module fall within the HCPC competency framework for registered radiographers. The module aims to enhance your understanding of the radiographer’s role, skills and attribute required s to undertake projectional imaging techniques of the musculoskeletal system and thorax and abdomen. This module also has a 3 weeks Induction to professional practice-based learning experience placement to explore and understand the role of the radiographer and experience various imaging areas.

  • Image Evaluation

    Successful completion of this module introduces you to the fundamentals, principles and skills to evaluate projectional imaging images for upper & lower limbs, shoulder, thorax and abdomen areas. You will have the opportunity to study a series of diagnostic images to recognise patterns and appearances of abnormalities and injuries.

  • Radiography Professional Practice Experience

    This module provides a professional practice-based learning experience (6 weeks), which is sourced for you by the university.* It aims to enable you to further understand the role of the diagnostic radiographer and their contribution to the multi-disciplinary team and inter-professional working.

    * Please note that practice placements may be subject to additional costs (e.g. travel, visas and accommodation etc.).

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

In year 2, you will explore the importance of evidence-informed practice in diagnostic radiography and build on your understanding of the radiographer’s role in various imaging areas and person-centred care. The content aims to further develops your theoretical understanding and practical application of diagnostic radiography practice.

All modules are mandatory

Modules

  • Developing Radiography Professional Practice

    This module aims to further build on your learning from year 1 to enhance your radiography knowledge and skills for practice. It is designed to allow you to explore complex and advanced examination techniques through effective, safe and evidence-based practice. It further develops your patient centred skills for service users with different physical, mental health and cultural needs. By successfully completing this module you will begin to develop autonomy and practice within professional, ethical and legal frameworks that underpin diagnostic radiography services. It is designed to enable you to gain an understanding of various imaging approaches and apply theory to practice whilst considering the patient’s condition, diagnostic pathways, safety, contrast use and radiation protection. This module provides a professional practice-based learning experience (4 weeks), which is sourced for you by the University.*

  • Imaging Science and Radiation Protection

    Developing your understanding of scientific principles related to digital X-ray imaging equipment including mobile, dentals and mammography units is the primary objective of this module. The design and functionality of each of these imaging units will be explored and discussed in terms of image process, workflow and storage image quality, quality assurance procedures, radiation protection, safety and technology.

  • Human Body Systems and Pathology

    This module aims to build on your previous learning focusing on the organisation of the human body and the structure and function of the physiological systems. You will continue to explore the systems of the human body and relate this to the pathophysiology and management of conditions and diseases commonly presented within radiography professional practice.

  • Developing Evidence Informed Practice

    This module aims to enable you to apply the theoretical knowledge, ethical principles and evidence informed skills developed in the Foundations of Evidence-Informed Practice module to clinical settings. You will explore how to design and justify empirical or literature-based study, relevant to diagnostic radiography and/or medical imaging science, demonstrating the application of sound ethical reasoning. In order to achieve this, it will introduce you to a diverse range of approaches to research, reviews and audits (qualitative, quantitative and participatory) and relevant health and social care policy and legislation. This module will encourage you to explore how the profession specific core values and beliefs can complement those of other health and social care professions, drawing on differing research traditions.

  • Imaging Science for Modality Systems

    During this module you will examine scientific principles and applications related to imaging techniques - interventional, fluoroscopy, Computed Tomography (CT), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Ultrasound (US) and Radio Nuclide Imaging (RNI).The design and functionality of each of these imaging tools will be explored including interaction processes, biological effects, image quality and technology advances.

  • Image Interpretation

    This module is designed to build on your image interpretation skills of images of the body systems studied in year 1.

  • Advancing Radiography Professional Practice

    This module is designed to further explore radiographic skills with various imaging techniques to develop understanding, knowledge and skills in imaging body systems. The tools studied in depth include interventional/fluoroscopy, CT, PET, MRI, US and RNI. This module provides a professional practice-based learning experience (5 weeks), which is sourced for you by the University.*

  • Student Elected Radiography Professional Practice Experience

    The Student Elected Radiography Practice Experience is designed provide you with the opportunity to broaden and gain specialist radiography professional practice, knowledge and skills. You can select a clinical placement nationally or internationally to further develop your clinical competencies within radiography. Through this experience you should be able to demonstrate a range of clinical skills by conducting a range of radiography examinations under supervision. This module requires a professional practice-based learning experience (6 weeks), which is sourced by the student, supported and vetted by the University for health and safety.

    * Please note that we are unable to guarantee any elective placement and that any such opportunities referred to on this webpage may be subject to additional costs (e.g. travel, visas and accommodation etc.), competitive application, availability and/or meeting any applicable visa requirements. To ensure that you fully understand the requirements in this regard, please contact the International Office for further details if you are an EU or International student.

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

In the 3rd year, which is the final year for students on the BSc course, you will examine the different pathways, advances and developments in radiography and have the opportunity to conduct a research project in an area of radiography of interest to you. In addition, you can study leadership and management in a diagnostic radiography context and undertake professional practice-based learning experience to move towards becoming an autonomous practitioner.

All modules are mandatory

Modules

  • Developing the skilled radiographer

    The module aims to prepare you to develop as a skilled radiographer by enhancing the knowledge and skills you acquired in years 1 and 2. Successful completion of year 3 will enable you to demonstrate your understanding of conducting clinical practice in a professional, ethical and safe manner in accordance with HCPC and SCoR guidance.

    By successfully completing this module you will work towards performing radiographic procedures demonstrating the knowledge and skills required to practice autonomously by applying appropriate radiographic techniques for a range of conditions, following local protocols and national guidelines for radiographic professional practice. You will have the opportunity to participate in a mentorship programme to explore the mentor’s role. This module provides a professional practice-based learning experience (4 weeks), which is sourced for you the by the University.*

  • Imaging- Pathways, Advances, Applications and Developments

    The aim of this module is to prepare you to develop and advance your understanding and knowledge of imaging techniques -computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), radionuclide imaging (RNI) and ultrasound (US). The module is designed to enable you to make decisions related to the service user's imaging journey and the assessment of imaging protocols.

  • Leadership and Management for Healthcare Professionals

    This module aims to support the development of leadership behaviours and management skills required to function effectively as a newly qualified registered healthcare professional working within a multi-professional team delivering high-quality care.

  • Evidence-Based Research Project

    This module provides you with the opportunity to undertake an in-depth exploration of an area of professional interest. On completion of this module, you will have an enhanced understanding of the research process (either literature based or empirical) and the potential of informing future practice.

  • Contemporary Diagnostic Imaging

    The module aims to explore contemporary issues in relation to diagnostic radiography practice. You will explore the systems and structures of health and social care, methods and tools for service delivery, and pressures on service planning, quality and delivery. The module will also explore macro and micro levels of resources that influence the functionality of the imaging department and complexities related to practice.

  • Development of Image Reporting Skills

    The aim of this module is to consolidate the image interpretation skills developed in years 1 and 2 to provide you with the essential skills required of a newly qualified radiographer. Successful completion of the module will provide you with the detailed knowledge and skills needed to analyse and critically appraise the significance of the medical images produced.

  • Transition to Autonomous Practice

    The primary aim of this key clinical education module is to support you in demonstrating your ability to undertake the role of an independent, autonomous and reflective clinician in a way that reflects the practice of a newly qualified radiographer. It gives you the opportunity to show how you can perform effectively and safely in practice in a range of radiography areas. This module provides for a professional practice-based learning experience (6 weeks), which is sourced for you by the University.*

    * Please note that practice placements may be subject to additional costs (e.g. travel, visas and accommodation etc.).

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

In the final year of the MSci course you will study at Master’s level. You will have the opportunity to explore in- depth knowledge and skills in enhanced imaging practice, with a focus on projectional and cross-sectional imaging areas. You will also further explore global health, leadership and research

Modules

  • Enhanced Imaging Practice

    The Enhanced Imaging Practice module aims to provide you with in-depth knowledge of projectional imaging focusing on complex musculoskeletal cases including paediatrics, geriatric, forensics and breast imaging. Successful completion of this module is designed to enable you to enhance your diagnostic capabilities within plain film/projectional imaging areas whilst promoting best practice and developing detailed image reporting skills. You will have the opportunity to undertake a placement experience within a selected enhanced imaging area to grow your knowledge and skills. This module provides a professional practice-based learning experience (3 weeks), which is sourced by either the student or the University within a specialised area of interest.

  • Advanced Applied Research

    This module builds on the research knowledge and skills you gained at undergraduate level. The module will aim to further develop your understanding of health research by exploring complex forms of research approaches, design and data analysis. Both quantitative and qualitative research will be explored in depth.

  • Global Health, Policy and Advocate for Radiography

    This module aims to develop your critical and conceptual understanding of complex healthcare. Throughout the module you will explore the process of health policy making within areas such as politics, internal relationships, governance, power, human rights and finance. You will explore health systems and factors that influence reform such as global organisations, social determinants of health, sustainability and stakeholders. The module develop your understanding and knowledge of health and healthcare through local, international, political, social and economic contexts.

  • Enhanced Cross-sectional Imaging

    This module aims to provide you with in-depth knowledge and skills in cross-sectional imaging. Computed Tomography (CT) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) will be explored in depth. This module provides a professional practice-based learning experience (2 weeks), which is sourced by either the student or the University within CT or MRI specialised interest area field .*

  • Service Improvement Project

    This research module is designed to allow you to undertake an in-depth individual study in an area of interest relevant to your practice which will demonstrate an understanding and application of research at an advanced level. It will provide you with the opportunity to demonstrate your ability to synthesise information and communicate a critical and evaluative understanding of the research process including the associated ethical, theoretical and methodological issues. You will have the opportunity to consider real-life practice issues within a relevant clinical area and work alongside clinicians in practice to design and plan a service improvement project.

  • Global Professional Development - Coaching and Mentoring

    The aim of this module is to provide you with a practical and theoretical understanding of how coaching and mentoring can be used in a range of settings across different organisations and sectors. You will have the opportunity of working with other students in other disciplines to facilitate an appreciation of how different sectors approach coaching and mentoring, learning from each other to develop novel approaches. You will devise a coaching and mentoring plan and consider how its impact may be evaluated. Alongside coaching and mentoring, you will study the principles and practice of strategic leadership. The topics of leadership and management, leadership styles and issues such as empowerment and trust will be considered. You will consider how leadership can set or influence an environment in which coaching and mentoring can flourish. The module is designed to engage you in wide-ranging debates and problem solving exercises using examples from organisations, small businesses, communities and the third sector.

    * Please note that practice placements may be subject to additional costs (e.g. travel, visas and accommodation etc.).

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

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In more detail...

  • The opportunity to learn within the state of art teaching facilities and gain a wealth of professional practice experience from various imaging areas local, national and international.

Based in the multimillion pound Alison Gingell Building featuring a purpose built analytical suite, the largest Class II containment teaching lab in Europe.

The course aims to cover all the key areas required to enable you to become an effective radiographer including:

  • Imaging science
  • Technology advances
  • Safe practice
  • Imaging modalities/specialist areas
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Pathology
  • Clinical skills and clinical reasoning
  • Research
  • Leadership
  • Professionalism
  • Reflective practice
  • The radiographer’s role
  • Enhanced practice
  • Image assessment
  • Medical imaging regulations

This course is taught utilising a variety of methods including the use of simulation, role play, and service user input. You will have a mixture of lectures, workshops and practical sessions and a problem-based learning approach is taken to enhance your understanding. Throughout the course you will have the opportunity to participate in interprofessional events with other healthcare students.

The University may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via emerging online technologies and methods across all courses. In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are prepared for courses due to start in or after the 2020/2021 academic year to be delivered in a variety of forms. The form of delivery will be determined in accordance with Government and Public Health guidance. Whether on campus or online, our key priority is staff and student safety.

Due to the ongoing restrictions relating to Covid-19, some facilities (including some teaching and learning spaces) and some non-academic offerings (particularly in relation to international experiences), may vary from those advertised and may have reduced availability or restrictions on their use.

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include coursework, tests, essays, practical or project work, formal examinations, presentations and posters and group work.

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes. Assessments may include exams, individual assignments or group work elements.

On successful completion of the courses you should be able to:

  • Practice as a person-centred, accountable, professional and autonomous radiographer within the ethical and legal frameworks as set by the HCPC and SCoR
  • Implement diagnostic radiography principles to aid diagnosis, management and treatment of diseases and conditions
  • Evaluate the underpinning theory, evidence, technology and safety measures applied to diagnostic imaging tests
  • Demonstrate your abilities as an effective reflective practitioner who is innovative, creative and engages with the evolving technological, political and social landscapes
  • Demonstrate the use of diagnostic Imaging equipment and technology safely, maximising engagement with evolving healthcare advances for the benefit of patient care
  • Practice as a healthcare professional who can demonstrate intercultural competence in their practice in all settings, with the ability to appraise your continuing intercultural development through lifelong learning
  • Utilise collaborative capabilities that promote integrated learning and working within public, private and third sector organisations, for the health and well-being of people in the community
  • Interpret, apply and contribute to research activities as informed practitioners within the context of health and social care
  • Act with emotional intelligence and resilience, and manage their health and well-being with insight and self-awareness, accessing support when needed

You will normally have around 15-20 hours per week of teaching which can consist of lectures, small group teaching and practical workshops.

In addition, you will be expected to undertake a further 15-20 hours minimum of self-directed study each week.

You are encouraged to consider your potential contribution to the wider global community, with opportunities to take part in international activities such as online international learning events, field-trips and international exchanges in Europe and further afield.

Fieldtrips for this course are optional. Some field trips may be fully or partially subsidised whilst the cost of other field trips shall be borne by the student. All fieldtrips are subject to availability, application and meeting any applicable visa requirements.

In year 2, you have the opportunity to elect an international professional practice-based learning experience.

Please note that we are unable to guarantee any study abroad or international opportunities and that any such opportunities referred to on this webpage may be subject to additional costs (e.g. travel, visas and accommodation etc.), competitive application, availability and/or meeting any applicable visa requirements. To ensure that you fully understand the requirements in this regard, please contact the International Office for further details if you are an EU or International student.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2018/19, we were able to provide a total of 5,469 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni 2016/17


5,469

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2018/19


12,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally since 2016


12

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

Entry Requirements

University Course Code: HLSU210
A Level BTEC Access Foundation Science degree Irish Leaving Certificate Degree International Baccalaureate
Applicants must have A levels at grade BBB levels with at least one subject from a Science subject (Biology, Physics or Chemistry). A pass in the Science practical of each taken subject will be required. 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
Successful completion of the access course, including 45 credits at level 3, with 24 credits at Distinction including 9 credits from a Science subject, with the remaining credits at Merit Average profile of 60% or higher 120 points from 5 Higher level subjects to include B1 from a Science Honours degree at 2:2 classification or above in a Science or Health subject 120 points from 1 Higher Level (HL) subject at Grade 5 or above and 1 HL subject at Grade 4 or above to include a life science or maths subject.

Applicants must have at least 5 GCSEs which includes:

  • English Language Grade 5 (or C)
  • Maths Grade 5 (or C)
  • Two Sciences Grade 5 (or C). This can be obtained from either Double Award Science or single sciences, any two from Biology, Chemistry or Physics

Functional Skills Level 2 in English is acceptable
Functional Skills Level 2 in Maths is acceptable

All shortlisted applicants will be invited to an interview to assess their suitability for the course as part of the admissions and selection process.

Applicants are strongly advised to undertake an observational visit at a Radiology or X-ray or Medical Imaging department. Arrangements can be made directly with any local hospital (NHS or private). Although, work experience is not a compulsory element of the application or selection process, it will provide you with an insight into the radiography profession, radiographer’s role, and professional placement experience. We understand that this may be difficult with Covid restrictions, therefore we encourage you to research the role of a radiographer and be able to demonstrate your understanding of the role

Enrolment on the course is subject to a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and an Occupational Health (OH) assessment to assess fitness to undertake the clinical component of the course.

A-Levels

A-Level applicants are required to have three A Levels. In some courses it may be necessary for entrants to have passed specific A Levels in nominated subjects.

Access Diplomas

The Access Diploma to include 30 Level 3 credits at Merit and 15 at Distinction in Biology and/or Chemistry, plus GCSE English Language, Mathematics at grade 9-4, or specified equivalents.

Coventry University welcomes applicants who have completed, or who are studying, the Access to HE Diploma developed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). 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. For more information on the entry requirements for your chosen course please see the relevant course pages.

BTEC Level 3 Diplomas

The University will accept the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma for entry to most courses. In some cases we will require applicants to have studied either certain named modules or a specific named Diploma.

We will accept the Extended Diploma or Diploma in combination with another A Level equivalent.

Select your region to find detailed information about entry requirements:


You can view our full list of country specific entry requirements on our Entry requirements page.

Alternatively, visit our International hub for further advice and guidance on finding in-country agents and representatives, joining our in-country events and how to apply.


English language requirements
 

  • IELTS: 7.0 overall, with no component lower than 6.5.
  • If you don't meet the English language requirements, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course. 
  • For more information on our approved English language tests visit our English language requirements page.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

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Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.

Starts

Fee


September 2021

£9,250 (per year)


Scholarships and bursaries

We offer a variety of scholarships and bursaries to students at Coventry University to help fund the cost of your study. Eligibility may depend on your circumstances and academic achievement.

Starts

Fee


September 2021

£16,300 (per year)


Scholarships and bursaries

There are a number of scholarships available to international students at Coventry University. EU students may be eligible for a transition bursary.

Course essentials at no extra cost

We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments.

This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:

UK field trips

Any mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.

Key material

This can include core textbooks, software and equipment.

Laser prints

1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.

Optional year

Pay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.

This course may incur additional costs associated with any field trips, placements or work experience, study abroad opportunities or any other opportunity (whether required or optional), which could include (but is not limited to) travel, accommodation, activities and visas.

This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following: UK field trips Any mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom. Key material This can include core textbooks, software and equipment.

Career prospects

Graduate Immigration Route visa

Based on current information from the UK Government, international students whose study extends beyond summer 2021 may be eligible for a visa under the UK Government’s Graduate Immigration Route, which will enable students to stay and work, or look for work, in the UK at any skill level for up to two (2) years. Check the most up to date guidance available to check your eligibility and any updates from the UK Government before making an application or enrolment decision.

The applied nature of this course not only provides a stimulating academic experience, but also means that you have extensive opportunities to graduate as an all-round analytical chemist with a thorough training in the applications of forensic science.

This means you should be well-placed for employment in a variety of science areas including public services analysis, for example in air or water analysis laboratories, forensic science services, food manufacturers, beauty care and cosmetics companies, biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies.

The skills of analytical chemists are also in demand for checking the quality of our food and water, protecting the environment and monitoring industrial materials and processes. You may also consider regulatory organisations such as the Foods Standards Agency (FSA), or the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University's Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

Where our graduates work

Previous graduates of this course have secured laboratory positions with forensic providers in both Government and private sector organisations, while others have acquired posts in various analytical labs including those within the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, environmental, geotechnical and waste treatment industries with companies such as Viola Environmental, BP, LGC Forensics, and Charles River Laboratories.

Graduates not wishing to work in laboratory based occupations have previously secured posts in scientific equipment and medical sales, where they can apply their scientific training to real-world problem solving. A number have also gone on to work in managerial positions where their numeracy and analytical skills have been of benefit, for example, as a workflow planning manager for a building supplies company in Cambridgeshire or team leader of the DNA reference samples team of Key Forensic Services Ltd.

11th

for Career Prospects in Forensic Science in the Guardian University Guide 2020 

Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the university. A copy of the 2021/22 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the university will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the university.

The tuition fee for the course that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase is expected to be in line with inflation. Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, EU students should be aware that there may be a change to UK laws following the UK’s exit, this may change their student status, their eligibility to study part time, and/or their eligibility for student finance. We will act in accordance with the UK’s laws in force in relation to student tuition fees and finance from time to time.

For International students the tuition fee that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For international students, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.