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Elaine Pavelle, Impact and Partnership Development Officer

Diagnostic Radiographer (BSc) Degree Apprenticeship

The University of Exeter has offered a BSc (Hons) in Medical Imaging degree programme since 2004. This undergraduate degree course is consistently rated as one of the best in the UK. The apprenticeship route into radiography builds on the success of this existing programme.

Successful completion of the apprenticeship programme will ensure apprentices have the skills required to successfully embark on a career as a Diagnostic Radiographer. This programme has been approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the Society of Radiographers.

Apprentices will also contribute to their employing department by preparing and then undertaking an audit, service evaluation or a research project in their second and third years.

To meet the needs of specific departments, pathways relating to specific imaging modalities are available. This distinctive employer negotiated third year placement, agreed between the employer and the apprentice, enables departments to plan their workforce for the future in the knowledge that they will have new graduates with the skills required for particular aspects of their imaging service.


Apprentices will be full-time employees, gaining a Level 6 Apprenticeship and including University of Exeter degree over three years through:

  • Mandatory block attendance at the University of Exeter (three blocks of three to five days per annum)
  • One day a week protected study time – either local to the apprentice or at a regional hub
  • E-Learning including virtual tutorials and webinars as well as access to ebooks via the University library
  • In the final year, apprentices will undertake an employer negotiated module in an agreed area of practice (this could be to gain cannulation skills, or be within a particular modality or area of the department).

Support is provided for the apprentice by a named academic tutor, and the apprentice will have access to the full range of student support services provided by the University.

Tuition fees for this three-year programme are £19,000.

Employers who pay the Apprenticeship Levy will pay these fees directly through that contribution.

Business who do not pay the Levy will be able to claim 95 per cent of the cost of tuition fees from Government. If you employ fewer than 50 people and recruit an 18-year-old or a care leaver, up to 100 per cent Government contribution may be available. See further information on the Apprenticeship Levy funding.

Employers must pay their apprentices at least a salary consistent with national legislation and cover the costs of any travel and accommodation required to attend any face-to-face teaching.