|Entry year||March and September 2022|
- The BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography and Imaging (L6 Diagnostic Radiographer Degree Apprenticeship) is an employment based route into the profession of Diagnostic Radiographer. Working in partnership with employers we offer an excellent work based learning package supported by the educational excellence of University of Exeter.
- To undertake this apprenticeship you must be employed within a radiography department and your employer must have arrangements in place with the University of Exeter to support your apprenticeship education.
- Funded apprenticeship route into the profession of diagnostic radiography
- You’ll have extensive workplace learning and practice within your imaging department, supported by academic learning at the university and distance learning
- You’ll have full access to our state-of-the-art, purpose-built facilities including X-ray room, MRI scanner and lab space
- First cohort - Spring 2020
- Programme approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
Earn whilst you learn
Consistently rated one of the best for diagnostic radiography in the country
Very strong academic, clinical and practice focus
Entry requirements (typical offer)
|Qualification||Typical offer||Required subjects|
|A-Level||BBC||B in a science subject*. GCE AL science includes: Biology/Human Biology; Chemistry; Computing; Design and Technology; Electronics; Environmental Studies; Geography; Geology; Maths/Pure Maths/Further Maths*; Life and Health Sciences; Physical Education; Physics; Psychology; Science (applied); Statistics|
|IB||28||IB science HL5|
|BTEC||DDM||BTEC (extended diploma) in a science/healthcare related subject. Applicants studying a BTEC Extended Diploma will also require GCE AL Biology and Chemistry grade A|
|GCSE||Grade C or 4 or equivalent (with certification)||Maths and English|
Specific requirements must still be achieved, therefore where a grade A is required, offers will be ABC or ACC. Where a grade A is required in two subjects, offers will be AAC. Find out more about contextual offers.
|Other UK, EU and International equivalences|
NB General Studies is not included in any offer.
Grades advertised on each programme webpage are the typical level at which our offers are made and provide information on any specific subjects an applicant will need to have studied in order to be considered for a place on the programme. However, if we receive a large number of applications for the programme we may not be able to make an offer to all those who are predicted to achieve/have achieved grades which are in line with our typical offer. For more information on how applications are assessed and when decisions are released, please see: After you apply
- 12 Level 3 credits at merit or above – Access to Science or Access to Healthcare or
- 60 credits at 60 % or above in a relevant foundation degree
All applications are considered individually on merit. The University is committed to an equal opportunities policy with respect to gender, age, race, sexual orientation and/or disability when dealing with applications. It is also committed to widening access to higher education to students from a diverse range of backgrounds and experience. Candidates must satisfy the general admissions requirements of the University of Exeter. Candidates must satisfy the admissions criteria above.
BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography and Imaging does not follow the standard UCAS application process.
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
You must be employed with a radiography department and your employer must have arrangements in place with the University of Exeter to support your apprenticeship education. Your employer is responsible for ensuring you meet the Fitness to Practice requirements of the programme. Pre-employment checks will include occupational health screening and criminal record checks; fulfilment of these to the satisfaction of your employer is a prerequisite for entry onto this programme.
Non Standard Entry
The aim of the entry requirements is to ensure successful applicants have sufficient knowledge and skills to be successful on the programme. All applicants must, therefore, hold GCE A ‘Levels or another level 3 qualification deemed acceptable by the University.
Evidence of the ability to study science is required at Level 3 or above.
Access to Higher Education Diploma to Health Science or Science to include: 25 Level 3 credits at Distinction Grade and 20 Level 3 credits at Merits Grade, including at least 13 Level 3 credits at Merit Grade in a relevant Science subject.
All other Access to Higher Education Diploma applicants will be required to have grade B in an acceptable GCE AL science subject.
Applicants who hold qualifications that demonstrate some ability to study science will be considered provided they have relevant workplace experience and the support of their employer.
Employers are advised to discuss potential candidates who do not meet the non-standard requirements as outlined above but who have suitable workplace experience. In these instances, suggestions for suitable qualifications that would prepare the candidate for the programme will be made so that they are able to apply for a subsequent entry.
it is a requirement of the programme that all applicants have GCSE Maths and English grade C or 4 or equivalent (with certification).
How to apply
Apply directly to the department offering diagnostic radiography apprenticeship vacancies. Once you hold the offer of a post, your employer will notify the University. You will then be required undertake an application for the University. If you have been successful you will be offered a position. Your place will be confirmed by us, and we will send further information about how to enrol as a student.
The University of Exeter has offered a BSc (Hons) Medical Imaging (Diagnostic Radiography) since 2004 and is consistently rated as one of the best in the UK.
Successful completion of this apprenticeship programme will ensure you have the skills required to successfully embark on a career as a Diagnostic Radiographer. You will gain the skills and knowledge needed to continually learn, develop and use the evidence base to improve practice.
The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.
Employer negotiated module
In the final year, there is an employer negotiated module. This enables you to gain further experience in a particular area of the department or modality, or gain additional skills such as cannulation.
As an apprentice you will be a full salaried member of your organisation; the banding / salary arrangements will vary between employers. Fees will be funded via the degree apprenticeship levy.
Funding eligibility criteria
As a condition of the government funding support for this programme, to be eligible candidates must be: a citizen of a country within the European Economic Area (EEA) or other countries determined within the EEA, including those with bilateral agreements such as Switzerland, or have the Right of Abode in the UK, and have been ordinarily resident in the EEA or other countries determined within the EEA, including those with bilateral agreements such as Switzerland, for at least the previous three years on the first day of learning.
A non-EEA citizen is eligible for funding if they have permission granted by the UK government to live in the UK, which is not for educational purposes, and have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least the previous three years before the start of learning.
* Please note that the fees for students starting in 2022 have yet to be set. The fees provided above are the fees for students starting in 2021 and are for guidance only. We will post the fees for 2022 entry shortly.
The University of Exeter is offering scholarships to the value of over £4 million for students starting with us in September 2021. Details of scholarships, including our Global Excellence scholarships for international fee paying students, can be found on our dedicated funding page.
Learning and teaching
BSc Diagnostic Radiography and Imaging is delivered through a combination of work-based practice and on-campus teaching. The on-campus teaching is a mandatory block attendance at the University of Exeter, consisting of 3 blocks of 5 days per year. You will also have protected study time during your working week.
E-learning elements of the course, including lectures, seminars and online collaborative work, are undertaken through the University’s electronic learning environment. This will supplement and further your learning, as well as providing academic support.
Degree apprenticeship roles are developed with a strong emphasis upon the close relationship between employer and university. The academic curriculum will, for a large part, follow real delivery in the workplace with the day-to-day challenges faced in a work environment.
Radiography provides for a very diverse range of careers. There is consistently a great need for radiographers with strong clinical skills who enjoy working with patients. There are opportunities for advanced and consultant practice, including radiographer reporting and radiographer led-discharge. Radiography is an area of practice that is constantly evolving and is another reason why the career of diagnostic radiography is so rewarding. In addition, career opportunities exist within research, further developing the profession, as well as within leadership and management.
A Medical Imaging degree is a passport to an interesting job and a fulfilling career. There is a grading structure that sees an individual’s salary increase as they move up the profession.
Radiographers trained in the UK are recognised as being among the best in the world and the health providers of many countries recruit in the UK. On graduation you will be eligible to apply for registration as a diagnostic radiographer with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and for membership of the Society and College of Radiographers.
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