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Diagnostic Radiographer Degree Apprenticeship

Final award: 

  • IfATE Level 6 Diagnostic Radiographer Degree Apprenticeship
  • MSc Diagnostic Radiography and Imaging (pre-registration)
Duration 2 years
Entry point(s) November
Application deadline

Dependent on employer, see How to apply

Campus St Luke’s Campus, Exeter and Online Learning



  • For graduates holding a BSc (Hons) or BEng (Hons) degree seeking an accelerated route into Diagnostic Radiography
  • Designed in collaboration with partners to deliver evidence-based practice to gain clinical competence with a focus on holistic compassionate care, this MSc ‘fast track’ Degree Apprenticeship builds upon our well-established BSc programme
  • Apprentices will undertake extensive workplace learning and practice within their imaging department, underpinned by a strongly academic programme delivered through blended learning
  • Full access to our recently upgraded imaging facilities including X-ray room and clinical skills laboratories
  • Programme approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the Society and College of Radiographers (SCoR)

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Fully funded route into a profession in high demand

Consistently rated one of the best institutions for Diagnostic Radiography in the UK

Very strong academic, clinical and practice focus

Excellent career prospects within the NHS and independent healthcare sector


I have been involved with the Degree Apprenticeship Diagnostic Radiographer course since its conception and had confidence that the University of Exeter would run this course with success.

The University have been extremely open to feedback since the concept and have involved all the interested departments from the beginning. It has been really refreshing that they have tried to adapt to what our departments need.

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Radiology Educational Lead PGH and Accredited Advanced Practitioner at the NHS

Entry requirements

An upper second-class (2:1) honours degree (BSc or BEng) or equivalent. GCSE Maths and English grade C or 4 or Functional skills Maths and English Level 2 or equivalent.

Apprentices must also have a valid and eligible residency status to gain entry onto the apprenticeship – please see the ESFA guidance for further information.

Apprentices whose first language is not English need to meet IELTS requirements of at least 7.0 overall and no less than 6.5 in any other section.

How to apply

Applicants will need to be employed or hold an unconditional offer of employment as an apprentice radiographer within a Radiology department of an NHS hospital or independent provider.

Employers will need to have access to the full range of imaging modalities, and be willing to support the apprentice for the duration of the programme. This may be offered internally to existing staff or may be advertised externally via NHS jobs directly into apprenticeship positions to undertake the programme at the University.

Supported by the employer, candidates will submit an application to the University for a place on the programme.


Full programme cost: £24,000

The employer fully covers the cost of the apprenticeship; apprentices do not pay for any of the eligible training costs. The apprentice will be an employee of the organisation, gaining a University of Exeter award alongside working and earning a salary.

Employers who pay the Apprenticeship Levy will pay for the apprenticeship fees directly through that contribution.  See further information on the Apprenticeship Levy funding.

Employers who do not pay the Levy will be able to claim 95 per cent of the cost of the apprenticeship from the Government. Up to 100 per cent Government contribution may be available if the employer has fewer than 50 employees and:

  • Recruits an apprentice aged 16-18
  • OR an apprentice aged 19-24 who has previously been in care or who has a local authority education, health and care plan

Employers must pay their apprentices a salary at least consistent with national legislation.

Funding eligibility criteria

  • To be eligible for funding apprentices must meet the criteria listed in the ESFA guidance.
  • They must also have a valid and eligible residency status to gain entry onto the apprenticeship – please see the ESFA guidance for further information

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Course content

The UK faces a significant skills gap for Diagnostic Radiographers within our healthcare workforce with rising employer demand for highly skilled, qualified professionals. The Diagnostic Radiographer Degree Apprenticeship programme offers a new route into the profession for graduates holding a BSc (Hons) or BEng (Hons) degree.

This two year programme will, through specialised modules, build upon knowledge gained in a first degree or equivalent, providing apprentices with:

  • Radiographic knowledge and an understanding of professional practice
  • Intensive training in a radiology department
  • The skills and knowledge to progress to full qualification and to work with patients in a healthcare setting.

“Studying a degree apprenticeship at Exeter has been an exciting, challenging but hugely rewarding experience. The team behind my apprenticeship are always on hand if there are any issues and will quickly resolve them. There is regular communication and a real drive to gain both positive and negative feedback to make the course the best it can be.”


Diagnostic Radiographer Degree Apprentice


Approximately 20 per cent of an apprentice's contractual working time will be given over to study. Our model is designed to be flexible around the needs of apprentices and workloads. 

The blended learning format incorporates:

  • One five-day study block per year at the University of Exeter
  • Six virtual masterclasses per year
  • Online learning made up of: virtual tutorials, webinars as well as full access to extensive study materials in the University library.

Our dedicated Degree Apprenticeship partnerships team liaise closely with employer partners throughout the programme to ensure ongoing support. Each apprentice is allocated a workplace mentor and an academic mentor to help ensure their successful completion of the programme.

Apprenticeship Standard

Alongside working towards a level 6 apprenticeship, completing the Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours of the apprenticeship standard, apprentices will also study for a MSc Diagnostic Radiography and Imaging (pre-registration) degree.

This programme aligns with the level 6 Diagnostic Radiographer (integrated degree) standard. 

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The Diagnostic Radiographer Apprenticeship has been designed to focus on the needs and requirements for skilled diagnostic radiographers to fill the growing skills gap the health sector faces.

Designed in collaboration with employers from across the sector, apprentices will achieve their apprenticeship and graduate as an integral member of their team, after gaining the skills, knowledge and behaviours required to deal with a range of patients using a wide range of modalities.

Employer information

Offer an accelerated route to science or engineering graduates working within your organisation looking to train in Diagnostic Radiography and Imaging. You can offer your employees a two-year route to gain the requisite range of clinical competence so that they are fully equipped as informed, evidence-based practitioners. Apprentices will learn to be responsible for the safe use of imaging equipment and the safe conduct of examinations, including the radiation protection of patients, themselves, staff and visitors.

Our dedicated education team will work with you and the apprentices to ensure that the work-based learning component of the programme is designed to meet both the requirements of the clinical department as well as complying with the University’s educational standards.

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