Diagnostic Radiographer Apprenticeship

Our Diagnostic Radiographer Apprenticeship has a contemporary focus and aims to develop passionate, modern radiographers who have the emotional intelligence to critically and clinically reason using evidence based practice. It has been designed to support the development of essential knowledge, skills and behaviours required by Diagnostic Radiographers registered with the Health and Care Professions Council.

Duration: 3 years

Qualification: BSc (Hons) Radiography (Diagnostic Imaging)

Application: We generally require applications 6 weeks before the start of the programme. This will be through your employer in the NHS Trust

The UK healthcare sector is facing several challenges, including a significant shortage of Diagnostic Radiographers and a rising demand from employers for highly skilled, qualified professionals. This apprenticeship programme is an exciting new route into the radiography profession and offers an excellent opportunity to upskill the future healthcare workforce.

We use a blended approach to education on this programme using a mixture of on-the-job learning, online teaching and an in-situ day every six weeks at our specialised Radiography Suite and Image Analysis Digital Health Hub on campus.

As a student on our radiography apprenticeship you will focus on applying the subject theory into your clinical practice. You will develop the ability to reflect on and respond proactively to change, undertaking a range of diagnostic imaging tests whilst maintaining excellent patient and client care.

A minimum of 20% of your contractual working time will be protected for study over the calendar year throughout the three years of this radiography apprenticeship. This programme has been designed to be flexible around your needs, workloads and current clinical pressure.

Our blending learning consists of:

  • Asynchronous learning material to be reviewed at a time most suitable for you within the working week
  • Synchronous learning material to be reviewed online at a set time with lecturer support
  • In-situ days (approximately five a year) on the Keele University campus

Indicative modules include:

  • Axial and Appendicular Anatomy, Image Evaluation and Radiographic Practice
  • Foundations of Research and Radiographic Science
  • Histology and Pathology
  • Imaging Technologies
  • Principles and Research
  • Radiographic Skills and Image Interpretation 2
  • Initial Image Commenting
  • Evidence-based Project
  • Patient Pathways
  • Leadership, Management and Organisation
  • Dedicated Practice Experience modules across all levels of study

We typically require apprentice applications six weeks before programme starts. In order to complete an apprenticeship, you must be employed in a healthcare organisation that offers a high amount of all types of radiographic training, and you must have secured your employer's support .

By undertaking this apprenticeship you commit to completing the integrated End Point Assessment (EPA). The maximum period of time for studying this degree is six years from when you start the programme.

This apprenticeship programme has the same eligibility criteria as the traditional route BSc (Hons) Radiography (Diagnostic Imaging). However, our dedicated Apprentice Team and Business Managers will work in partnership with you to ensure you are supported throughout the apprenticeship application process

Our Business Engagement Manager will provide tailored support and guidance on applying for an apprenticeship at Keele University. They can also give direction on eligibility, contracting, or any other questions you may have.

From the beginning of your studies on this apprenticeship programme you will find a supportive learning environment and receive guidance from our dedicated Work-Based Learning Officer. Our personalised approach ensures that you have the assistance you need from us as your training provider, every step of the way. You will be allocated an Academic Mentor from our lecturing team and be able to access additional personal support from our Student Experience Officer and the wider Keele University Student Services team.

Why Keele University?

Keele University is proud to offer a variety of apprenticeships across different sectors and specialisms.
Our apprenticeship approach has been praised by Ofsted (Monitoring Visit, June 2021) and we have a growing portfolio of apprenticeship programmes, based on employer needs through consultation.