Radiotherapy with Foundation Year – BSc (Hons) *
Attendance Full Time (1 year foundation followed by 3 year degree)
If you are looking for a rewarding career that is challenging, has a combination of science and technology, to treat and care for patients who have life threatening conditions, then this might be the course for you.
The only course in the Midlands covering oncology, radiotherapy technology and psychosocial issues surrounding cancer care, our radiotherapy course will teach you to work with patients of all ages, to help relieve and/or cure the symptoms of their cancer.
Tailor your Health Sciences Degree
When you successfully complete your Foundation Year, you will be able to progress onto a range of Undergraduate courses at the Birmingham City School of Health Sciences and School of Nursing and Midwifery. These include:
- BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences
- BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography
- BSc (Hons) Food and Nutrition
- BSc (Hons) Health Studies (Public Health)
- BSc (Hons) Medical Ultrasound
- BSc (Hons) Midwifery
- BSc (Hons) Nursing – Adult
- BSc (Hons) Nursing – Child
- BSc (Hons) Nursing – Learning Disability
- BSc (Hons) Nursing – Mental Health
- BSc (Hons) Operating Department Practice
- BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science
- BSc (Hons) Radiotherapy
- BSc (Hons) Speech & Language Therapy
Why choose a foundation year course?
By studying a foundation year in Health Sciences, your first year will be spent learning a wide range of broad subject areas which then open up opportunities for you to specialise further in your next year – which would be the first year of a full degree programme.
You will study very broad subjects in your foundation year, which is designed to prepare you for a range of courses and not just one particular BSc degree.
So although you are studying a BSc in a specific course – BSc Radiotherapy – the foundation year sets you up for a number of other possible degrees starting the following year. It may be that you don’t end up doing a degree in precisely the same subject as your foundation year.
This flexibility is one of the great things about the foundation year category – Health Sciences, allowing you to find out more about your interests and talents before focusing on a three year degree. The foundation year also helps us at BCU to make sure we help to match you to the degree that fits you best.
Please note: entry requirements for degree course
Upon completion of your Foundation Year, if your chosen course is regulated by a professional body such as the HCPC, you will be required to successfully complete the University’s selection process for the specific programme which will include an interview in order to proceed onto year one of the full degree programme. Entry onto year one of the degree programme will also be subject to a satisfactory DBS and Occupational Health Assessment.
What’s covered in the course?
As the only training centre for radiotherapy in the West Midlands region, our radiotherapy course will prepare you to be a fully qualified radiotherapy radiographer once you have graduated. As a radiotherapist you will be responsible for preparing and administering radiation to cancer patients, operating highly technical radiation equipment, imaging patients with the latest technology, monitoring patients’ progress and giving advice as they progress through radiotherapy treatment.
You will develop specialist skills by spending half of your time on clinical placements within hospital cancer centres, providing you with plenty of experience to develop professionally and gain valuable employability skills. The other half of your time will be spent at our £41 million South City Campus, which features a Virtual Environment for Radiotherapy Training (VERT) and advanced treatment planning facilities, to enable you to confidently develop essential skills within a safe educational environment.
You will learn the science behind radiotherapy practice, as well as the human anatomy and physiology, radiation physics and radiobiology. You will also study the social and psychological aspects of cancer care and the needs of patients to ensure that you leave with all the skills needed to be a professional and expert Radiotherapy Radiographer.
As you advance your knowledge of radiotherapy practice and the science of oncology, you will develop analytical skills and will explore the research evidence that forms the basis of current and emergent practices.
In your final year you will apply research strategies to health and care practice, and merge your clinical skills and knowledge. Successful completion of this course will entitle you to register with the regulator, the Health and Care Professions Council, to gain registered practitioner status and be able to practice in the UK.
Why Choose Us?
- Excellent placement opportunities
- High employability rate
- We are the leading centre for radiotherapy in the West Midlands
- Approved by professional regulatory bodies
- Established links with the NHS
- Learn from experienced staff