Radiography (Diagnostic Imaging) - BSc (Hons)

Studying radiography will give you the skills, resilience, and healthcare knowledge to use cutting-edge medical technology to capture diagnostic images. You will develop your clinical abilities for an exciting career in a dynamic healthcare environment providing outstanding patient centred care.

Year of entry

Course type

  • Single Honours

Location

Subject area / School

UCAS code

  • B821

Duration of study

  • 3 years

Why study Radiography (Diagnostic Imaging) at Keele University?

No.3 in the UK for Radiography (Times Good University Guide, 2024)
Eligible students can apply for a non-repayable £5,000 NHS grant per academic year
Accredited by the Society of Radiographers
Approved by the Health and Care Professions Council
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Professional Recognition

Radiography at Keele University is accredited by the Society of Radiographers and is approved by the Health and Care Professionals Council.‌‌

Teaching Excellence Framework GOLD

Keele University has been awarded the highest rating of gold in the teaching excellence framework (TEF), 2023. The TEF assessment identifies excellence in the educational experience and outcomes of our students, focusing on all undergraduate courses and students.

Keele TEF Gold 2023
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Additional opportunities

There are a range of additional opportunities available when studying this course.
Please note, undertaking one may impact upon the availability of another.

Entry requirements

The following section details our typical entry requirements for this course for a range of UK and international qualifications. If you don’t see your qualifications listed, please contact us to find out if we can accept your qualifications. If you don't think you'll meet the entry requirements specified, you may be able to gain entry to this course via a Foundation Year.

Typical offer

Please ensure that you read the full entry requirements by selecting your qualifications from the dropdown menu below. This will include any subject specific, GCSE/Level 2 Maths, and English language requirements you may need.

A Level: BBB Subject specifics apply
BTEC: DDM Subject specifics apply
T Level: Merit Subject specifics apply

Please select your qualification from the drop-down list below for the full entry requirement information

A Level

BBB in three A Levels including B in Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

Contextual Offer: BBC in three A Levels including B in Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

You will also need: 4 / C in GCSE Maths or Level 2 Functional Skills Maths, plus an English language qualification (see below).

BTEC Extended Diploma / National Extended Diploma

DDM in any of the following BTEC Extended Diplomas / National Extended Diplomas: Applied Science, Health and Social Care.

Contextual Offer: BTEC Extended Diploma not included.

You will also need: 4 / C in GCSE Maths or Level 2 Functional Skills Maths, plus an English language qualification (see below).

BTEC National Diploma / Diploma

Distinction and Merit in any BTEC National Diploma / Diploma and B in Biology, Chemistry or Physics A Level, or Distinction and Merit in Applied Science or Health and Social Care BTEC National Diploma / Diploma and B in any A Level.

You will also need: 4 / C in GCSE Maths or Level 2 Functional Skills Maths, plus an English language qualification (see below).

BTEC National Extended Certificate / Subsidiary Diploma

Merit in any BTEC National Extended Certificate / Subsidiary Diploma and BB in two A Levels including B in Biology, Chemistry or Physics, or Distinction in Applied Science or Health and Social Care BTEC National Extended Certificate / Subsidiary Diploma and BB in two A Levels.

You will also need: 4 / C in GCSE Maths or Level 2 Functional Skills Maths, plus an English language qualification (see below)

T Level

Merit in any of the following T Levels: Health, Healthcare Science, Science.

You will also need: 4 / C in GCSE Maths or Level 2 Functional Skills Maths, plus an English language qualification (see below).

International Baccalaureate Diploma

555 in three Higher Levels including 5 in Biology, Chemistry or Physics, or 30 points including 5 in Higher Level Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

Contextual Offer: 554 in three Higher Levels including 5 in Biology, Chemistry or Physics, or 29 points including 5 in Higher Level Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

You will also need: 4 / C in GCSE Maths or Level 2 Functional Skills Maths, or 3 in IB Middle Years Maths, or 3 in IB Diploma Standard Level Maths (any), plus an English language qualification (see below).

International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme

We encourage applications with the IBCP but recognise that your combination of qualifications may differ depending on where you are studying.

If you are taking a BTEC National Diploma / Diploma with one or more Higher Levels, your offer will be similar to our BTEC + A Level offer (see 'BTEC National Diploma / Diploma') but with an HL requirement of 6 for A, 5 for B, or 4 for C.

For any other combination, please contact the University Admissions Team for advice.

Access to HE Diploma

122 UCAS points in an Access to HE Diploma with Biology, Chemistry or Physics related content, including Distinction in at least 30 Level 3 credits. Please contact the University Admissions Team for advice on whether your chosen course would qualify.

You will also need: 4 / C in GCSE Maths or Level 2 Functional Skills Maths, plus an English language qualification (see below).

Welsh Baccalaureate / Bagloriaeth Cymru

The Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate is equivalent to one full A Level at the same grade and can be included alongside 2 other A Levels in a standard A Level offer for this course (see A Level). All subject specific requirements will still need to be met.

Scotland - Highers and Advanced Highers

BBBCC in five Highers in Biology, Chemistry or Physics Higher, or CC in two Advanced Highers and CC in two Highers including Biology, Chemistry or Physics Higher or Advanced Higher, or CCC in three Advanced Highers including Biology, Chemistry or Physics Advanced Higher.

You will also need: C in National 5 Maths, or 4 / C in GCSE Maths or Level 2 Functional Skills Maths, plus an English language qualification (see below).

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

If you have B or higher in the EPQ and are studying A Levels, BTEC, the International Baccalaureate Diploma, or an Access to HE Diploma, you will typically receive an alternative offer which will be lower than the standard offer. Please see 'Alternative and contextual offers' below.

Core Maths

If you have B or higher in Core Maths and are studying A Levels, BTEC, the International Baccalaureate, or an Access to HE Diploma, you will typically receive an alternative offer which will be lower than the standard offer. Please see 'Alternative and contextual offers' below.

Ireland - Leaving Certificate

H3, H4, H4, H4, H4, H4 in the Irish Leaving Certificate including H4 in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or Physics and Chemistry (combined).

You will also need: O4 / H6 in Maths, plus an English language qualification (see below).

China - Gaokao

73% in the Gaokao including 70% in Chemistry, Biology or Physics.

You will also need: 60% in Senior Secondary School or Gaokao Maths, plus an English language qualification (see below).

India - Standard XII

Average of 70% from four subjects including 70% in Chemistry, Physics or Biology in the ICSE, CBSE or Western Bengal Standard XII, or average of 75% from four subjects including 75% in Chemistry, Physics or Biology in any other Standard XII.

You will also need: 6 or C2 in Secondary School Examination Maths, or Pass in Standard XII Maths, plus an English language qualification (see below).

Germany - Abitur

2.2 overall average in the Abitur including 12 in Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

You will also need: 10 in Maths in the Abitur, plus an English language qualification (see below).

France - Baccalaureate

13 in the French Baccalaureate / International Option Baccalaureate including 13 in Biology or Chemistry / Physics, or 12.5 in the Baccalauréat Français International including 12.5 in Biology or Chemistry / Physics.

You will also need: 10 in Maths in the Baccalaureate, plus an English language qualification (see below).

Hong Kong - Diploma

444 from two electives and one core subject in the HKDSE including 4 in Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

You will also need: 2 in HKDSE Maths, plus an English language qualification (see below).

Spain - Bachillerato

Overall average of 7.4 in the Título de Bachillerato including 8 in Chemistry, Physics or Biology.

You will also need: 5 in Graduado en Educación Secundaria (GES) Maths or 6 in Título de Bachiller Maths, plus an English language qualification (see below).

Italy - Diploma di Esame di Stato

80% in the Esame di Stato including 8 in Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Natural Science.

You will also need: 5 in Maths in the Diploma, plus an English language qualification (see below).

Cyprus - Apolytirion

18 / 86% in the Apolytirion including 18 in Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

You will also need: 14 in Maths in the Apolytirion, plus an English language qualification (see below).

Portugal

Overall average of 15.5 in a Secondary Certificate including 16 in Chemistry, Physics or Biology.

You will also need: 10 in Secondary Certificate Maths, plus an English language qualification (see below).

Canada - Diploma

65% / BBBCC in five courses in the Grade 12 Diploma including 70% in Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

You will also need: 50% in Grade 11 Maths, plus an English language qualification (see below).

Kenya - KCSE / Diploma

We do not accept the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education for direct entry. However, you can apply to study an International Foundation Year at Keele University International College. On successful completion, you can progress to an undergraduate degree at Keele.

We may accept a two year Diploma. Please contact the University Admissions Team for advice.

Nigeria - Senior School Certificate / OND

We do not accept the Senior School Certificate (WAEC or NECO) for direct entry. However, you can apply to study an International Foundation Year at Keele University International College. On successful completion, you can progress to an undergraduate degree at Keele.

We may accept an Ordinary National Diploma with GPA of 2.5 or a Merit / Lower Credit. Please contact the University Admissions Team for advice.

USA - Advanced Placement

444 from three Advanced Placement subjects including 4 in Biology, Chemistry or Physics (any).

You will also need: C in Grade 12 High School Diploma Maths, plus an English language qualification (see below).

Ghana

We do not accept the West African Senior School Certificate Examination for direct entry. However, you can apply to study an International Foundation Year at Keele University International College. On successful completion, you can progress to an undergraduate degree at Keele.

Sri Lanka - Advanced Level

BBB in three Advanced Levels including B in Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

You will also need: C in O-Level Maths, plus an English language qualification (see below).

Malaysia - STPM

BBB in three Principal Level subjects in the STPM including B in Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

You will also need: C in SPM Maths, plus an English language qualification (see below).

Pakistan - Secondary School Certificate

We do not accept the Secondary School Certificate for direct entry. However, you can apply to study an International Foundation Year at Keele University International College. On successful completion, you can progress to an undergraduate degree at Keele.

Singapore - A Levels (H2)

BBB in three H2 Levels including B in Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

You will also need: C in O-Level Maths, plus an English language qualification (see below).

European Baccalaureate

72% overall with 7 in Chemistry, Physics or Biology (4 period).

6 in European Baccalaureate Maths, plus an English language qualification (see below).

NCUK

Pass NCUK Foundation Year with BBB including B in Chemistry, Biology or Physics.

Grade A in EAP English Language module.

You will also need: 4 / C in GCSE Maths or international equivalent.

Uganda - Advanced Certificate of Education

BBB in three Principal Level subjects in the Advanced Certificate of Education including B in Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

You will also need: 6 in UACE or UCE Maths, plus an English language qualification (see below).

Zimbabwe - Advanced Level GCE

BBB in three Advanced Level subjects including B in Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

You will also need: 4 / C in GCSE Maths or Level 2 Functional Skills Maths, plus an English language qualification (see below).

Additional information

Under normal circumstances, students must be 18 years old when they commence the course, or by 1 October of the first Semester, due to the clinical elements of the programme.

Health checks and DBS Clearance
Offers are subject to Occupational Health clearances and an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance. The University follows the DBS Code of Practice in these issues and can provide a copy of the Code on request.

Interview
Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend an interview.

We will also consider applicants with previous degrees, Foundation Degrees, and other health related higher education qualifications. Please contact us for advice. 

English language requirements

All of our courses require an English language qualification or test. For most students, this requirement can be met with a 4 or C in GCSE English. Please see our English Language guidance pages for further details, including English language test information for international students. For those students who require an English language test, this course requires a test from Group D.

Alternative and contextual offers

We're committed to ensuring equality of opportunity to all our applicants with the potential and motivation to succeed, regardless of background. That's why we operate a range of alternative offer schemes with clear eligibility criteria, including contextual offers, offers for those studying within the Keele region, and recognising a range of additional qualifications in your offer.

General information

The entry grades outlined in this section indicate the typical offer which would be made to candidates, along with any subject specific requirements. This is for general information only. Keele University reserves the right to vary offer conditions depending upon a candidate's application.

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Victoria Kent

"I’ve enjoyed my Keele University and Radiography experience so much, mainly due to the amazing teaching from you all and how much our course feels like a family. You’ve all gone above and beyond to ensure we all receive the best university experience and I can’t thank you enough. I’m so glad I chose to come to Keele to study Radiography. I feel I will come out of this a better person and radiographer because of my choice."

Victoria, Radiography (Diagnostic Imaging)

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Clinical Simulation in Radiography

Clinical simulation helps our students to develop their experience, confidence and skills. Take a look at our Radiography simulation equipment including our new portable x-ray machine.

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Max Sherwin Jones

"I have found the Radiography modules incredibly interesting and this has inspired me to read around topics and look up concepts in greater detail."

Max, Radiography (Diagnostic Imaging)

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Radiography facilities

‌Darwin Imaging Suite

State of the art Siemans Multix Fusion digital X-ray suite will allow you to become confident and competent with authentic X-ray equipment before attending clinical placements.

In the Darwin you can practice using the phantom patient to practice your technique in small group sessions. There is also IT facilities and recording cameras to revise your positioning technique as required. All the above facilities in the Darwin Imaging Suite will help you consolidate learning from all academic modules into clinical practice.

Jack Ashley Digital Health Hub

A state of the art IT suite with multiple double screened high definition monitors enabling you to review high quality images in your image interpretation sessions. This facility allows you to independently review radiograph images to aid your learning.

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Foundation year

Our Foundation Year provides an excellent alternative route to Keele, providing a unique opportunity to better prepare for your chosen degree, and with guaranteed entry onto your undergraduate course once you successfully complete your Foundation Year.

This extra year of study can improve your academic skills, expand your subject knowledge, give you a better understanding of higher education and, perhaps most importantly of all, build your confidence.

Keele University is consistently ranked among the top universities for student satisfaction, and we have over 70 years' experience of teaching a foundation year to students. On the Keele Foundation Year, you'll study on campus, joining our undergraduate community from the outset, with access to all the facilities and support that you'd get as an undergraduate student at Keele.

The information in this Foundation Year section is for UK/Home applicants. Where an international Foundation Year is available, please see the 'Information for international students' tab.

The information within this page is for students wishing to start their studies in September. If you would like to start this course in January, please visit our January pages for further details.

Course Content

Our Foundation Year allows you to develop your critical thinking, academic reading, writing, and communication study skills along with subject-specific knowledge and skills. Upon meeting the progression criteria and successfully completing our Foundation Year, you will automatically progress into your Keele undergraduate degree with the confidence that you have the skills, and knowledge needed to successfully complete your course.

The Foundation Year is a is a two semester programme which provides a tailored pre-degree programme of study to better prepare you for the BSc (Hons) Radiography. For example, in the Academic and Professional Development for Health module you will begin to develop an awareness of professional standards that you will be working to in your degree and professional career.  Course content has been developed in collaboration with degree teaching teams, so that by the time you begin Year 1, you will be ready to excel at your studies, as the majority of our Foundation Year students do.

You will gain a greater appreciation of historical and contemporary approaches to health and social care within the UK, considering key health issues and challenges facing health and science services. At the same time, we will advance your knowledge of human biology and chemistry, giving you a solid grasp of body systems, science and lab work. You'll develop safe, professional laboratory skills and get to know the mathematical techniques and quantitative methods used across health science-related and social care programmes.

Throughout the programme, you will develop subject-specific and broad based skills that will be invaluable in your academic career and beyond. You can find out more about our Foundation Year, Including Information on learning, teaching and assessment methods and further opportunities available to you by visiting our homepage

Course structure

The module details given below are indicative and will give you a good idea of the range of subjects that we teach. We regularly review our teaching to ensure that the modules we offer are up-to-date; therefore, the modules available to study are liable to change.

Semester one modules

FYO-00237 Foundations of Human Biology for Health 15 credits
FYO-00245 Foundations in Health and Society 15 credits
FYO-00213 Foundations of Numerical and Quantitative Methods for Health Students 15 credits

Semester two modules

FYO-00239 Advancing Human Biology for Health 30 credits
FYO-00336 Advancing Health and Society 15 credits

Year long modules (semesters one and two)

FYO-00181 Academic and Professional Development 30 credits

Entry requirements

The entry grades outlined in this section indicate the likely offer or range of offers which would be made to candidates along with any subject specific requirements. This is for general information only. Keele University reserves the right to vary offer conditions depending upon a candidate’s application. Read more about our undergraduate entry requirements.

  • 120 UCAS points including at least one Level 3 qualification (such as an A Level, BTEC, Access Course, or T Level), or 96 UCAS points including A Level / Scottish Higher / IB Diploma Physics, Chemistry or Biology, T Level Health, Healthcare Science or Science, or BTEC Applied Human Biology or Applied Science (any level).
  • Plus C in GCSE English / Level 2 Functional Skills English and C in GCSE Maths / Level 2 Functional Skills Maths.

How to apply

  • Visit UCAS for applications. You should apply for BSc (Hons) Radiography (Diagnostic Imaging) with Foundation Year.
  • UCAS code: B822

Direct entry students

If you already have your qualifications, are not expecting any further results and only wish to apply to Keele, please contact the Admissions Office directly.

The information in this Foundation Year section is for UK/Home applicants. Where an international Foundation Year is available, please see the 'Information for international students' tab.

We also offer a January start for some of our Foundation Year courses. Adopting a blended learning approach, the January start is particularly useful for students wishing to return to education following time out of studying, or who are seeking a flexible approach to their Foundation Year studies. Our January start is available across most of our Science, Humanities, Social Science and Business courses.

Whilst still being a full-time course, our blended delivery model combines live teaching sessions - both online and on-campus - with self-directed study, enabling you to predominantly study at a time that suits your lifestyle. You will benefit from weekly online taught sessions which encourage you to engage with your teachers and peers.

In addition to online study there will be a series of full study days that you will be required to attend throughout each semester. These sessions may include lab-based activities, group work, review of course and assessment materials studied online. They will emphasise opportunities for you to deepen your knowledge and understanding of your chosen route.

Please refer to the September start tab for more information about the entry requirements and what you will study. The modules that you will take on a January start Foundation Year will be similar to those for the September start, but in a slightly different order and pattern.

For more information, including fees, the UCAS code for this course, how to apply, and how you will be taught, please visit our January Start Foundation Year webpage.

Our International Foundation Year is delivered on campus through Keele University International College (KUIC). Find out more about the International Foundation Year options on the KUIC website.

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