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Radiography is the science of treating human illness and injuries using radiation techniques. These techniques scan the human body and are used for diagnosis, treatment and prevention. The two types of radiography you can study are diagnostic radiography and therapeutic radiography.
The UCAS points needed to study radiography range from 96 (CCC at A-level; MMM at BTEC level) to 128 points (ABB at A-level; DDD at BTEC level).
|Type||Minimum Grades/Points Required (with Foundation Year)||Minimum Grades/Points Required||Maximum Grades/Points Required||Average Grades/Points Required|
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Most courses will want you to have an A-level in either physics, chemistry or biology/human biology. Some universities will ask for two of these sciences. General studies and critical thinking aren’t often accepted towards your points total.
You’ll need at least one science-based subject within your BTEC qualification in most cases. Some courses will want this to be accompanied by one science-based A-level.
Five GCSEs with a grade C/5 or above is needed. You’ll need English, maths and usually a science within these five.
Most courses ask for three Higher Level subjects. One must be a science-based subject, with some courses requiring at least a grade 6 in that science.
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Using Whatuni’s Find a Course tool will allow you to search, save and compare any radiography degrees you’re interested in.
Using the filters, you can personalise your search based on your grades, location, university and type of course. Click on a course to see the full course information, including the course outline, module choices, entry requirements, fees and key course stats.
Save any courses you’re interested in to your shortlist and then begin your research. Order each university’s prospectus to give you an overview of learning facilities, accommodation, social activities, support and much more.
Booking an open day will let you scope the campus, speak to current students and potential tutors. You’ll get an idea of what student life at the university will be like.
Reading student reviews will also offer an honest insight into what you can expect being a student. Simply enter the university and subject to see what students are saying.
Some radiography degrees may still have places available through Clearing, which opens on at the beginning of July every year. You’ll be able to use Whatuni’s Clearing tool to search for and compare what’s available.
Pre-register for Clearing in the meantime to stay up-to-date. You’ll have access to monthly Clearing content via newsletters, Whatuni’s Clearing Guide and be able to start saving and comparing any radiography degrees that have places in Clearing.
Unis with Clearing courses available for Radiography courses include the likes of London South Bank University, Sheffield Hallan University and De Montfort University. Use our handy Clearing course search tool to see all the unis with open Clearing spaces.
There are other options to study radiography:
- Study a radiography foundation year: Foundation years are specifically designed to prepare students for degree-level study. Entry requirements for these courses are a lot lower but be aware that an extra year of study will add further time and money to your degree.
- Study a radiography apprenticeship: An alternative to a bachelor's, a radiography apprenticeship will give you the chance to work while you study. You’ll have to apply through a healthcare provider and courses are approved by the HCPC. Vacancies can be found on the NHS Jobs website and the Find an Apprenticeship website.
- Study an access to Radiography course: This will typically be a one-year course to prepare you for further degree-level study. Entry requirements are much lower than a bachelor’s degree which makes the course ideal if you didn’t achieve the necessary grades for a radiography degree.
- Take a gap year and resit your exams: If none of these alternatives suit, consider taking a gap year, resit your exams and then apply to start university the following year. You could use your gap year to travel, get work experience and explore both your education and career options.
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