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BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography and Imaging (Degree Apprenticeship) - 2020 entry

Please note: The below is for 2020 entries. Click here for 2021 entries.
UCAS code None
Duration 3 years
Entry year 2020 (March)

Phone: +44 (0)1392 727617
Website: Degree Apprenticeships

Entry requirements

A levels: BBC
IB: 28

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Streatham, Exeter

Discipline Medical Imaging (Radiography)


  • 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)   

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Consistently rated one of the best for diagnostic radiography in the country

Very strong academic, clinical and practice focus

Entry requirements

Qualification Required grades Required subjects
A-Level BBC (112 UCAS points) 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
Contextual Offer

A-Level: BBB
IB: 30

Specific requirements must still be achieved, therefore where a grade A is required, offers will be ABC or ACC. Find out more about contextual offers.

International equivalences

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NB General Studies is not included in any offer.

Other qualifications

  • 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

Standard entry 

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

Candidates not fulfilling the above criteria will need to submit an application to the non-standard entry panel with a letter of from their employer detailing how they will be supported through the degree apprenticeship.

All Candidates

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.

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Course content

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.

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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 3 -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.

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Your future

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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