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


Subject area / School

UCAS code

  • B821

Duration of study

  • 3 years

Why study Radiography (Diagnostic Imaging) at Keele University?

2nd in England for Radiography (Guardian University League Table, 2021)
£5,000 non-repayable annual grant to support your studies
Accredited by the Society of Radiographers
Approved by the Health and Care Professions Council
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Professional Recognition

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

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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.

Additional information

General information

Students should normally be 18 and over on commencement of their study due to the clinical elements of the programme.  

Please note, we do not normally consider applications to both our direct entry Radiography (Diagnostic Imaging) programme (B821) and the Foundation Year Route (B822). Please apply to the route of study that best matches your academic profile. If you require any further information, please contact our Admissions team.

Application Process: Application is via UCAS. The UCAS application is scored. Subject to initial scoring you may be invited to interview after which a decision is made in regards to offers.

Candidates who are successful at the initial stage of selection will be required to satisfy 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.

GCSE (or equivalent) requirements: Applicants will normally be required to hold at least five GCSEs (or equivalent) taken at one sitting, at grade C or above (grade 4 or above in the reformed GCSEs (England) including: Mathematics, English Language, Combined or Single Science subjects

You should obtain your GCSE level qualifications before applying. Please note we do not normally accept Maths / English Equivalents or Level 2 key skills; however, we may consider them on a case-by-case basis depending on experience.

English Requirements: If you are an international applicant and English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 7.0 or higher (with no single subset below 6.5)

Science practical: 

A pass in Science Practical will be required if taking A level Biology, Chemistry or Physics (England). General studies, Critical Thinking are not accepted.

Deferred Entry applications: Deferred entry applications will be considered.

Academic entry requirements

The following qualifications are accepted as meeting our minimum academic entry criteria. Please note, evidence of study at Level 3 or higher within the last three years is normally required.


Required Grade Profile

Further Information

A Levels


To include Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry or Physics. 

A pass in Science Practical will be required if you are taking A Level Biology, Chemistry or Physics (England).

Excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking.

Pre-U (Principal Subject)

M2, M2,M2

To include Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

Pearson BTEC National qualifications (1st teaching 2016)

Extended Diploma 180 credits DDM 

Diploma 120 credits DD + C at A Level/ DM + B at A Level

Extended Certificate 60 credits D + BC at A Level

To be taken in Applied Science, Applied Human Biology, or Health and Social Care (must be at Subsidiary Diploma level or above). 

Must contain sufficient science units, please contact us for advice. If your BTEC does not meet the subject specific requirement one of your A Levels must be Biology, Chemistry, Human Biology or Physics. 

International Baccalaureate Diploma

30 IB points

To include Higher Level Biology, Chemistry or Physics at 5 or above.

Scottish Advanced Higher


To include Biology, Chemistry or Physics. In addition, six subjects at standard level taken at one sitting, grade C or above including Mathematics and English Language.

Irish Leaving Certificate

4 Irish Highers at grades H2, H2, H2, H2

 To include Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate

C or above

Applicants are also required to hold 2 A Levels at grades AB one of which must be Biology, Chemistry, Human Biology or Physics.

Previous Degree 

Normally 2.1 or above 

If you have achieved a 2.1 or above, in a degree that includes some Science study you may apply for the programme.  

If you have achieved a 2.1 or above, in an unrelated degree and meet the School entry requirements (A level, BTEC etc) you may apply for the programme.  

Please contact us in regard to any other previous degree queries. 

Access to Higher Education Diploma 

122 UCAS tariff points including a minimum of 30 Level 3 credits at Distinction. 

Applicants who have been out of education for more than three years and who do not possess NQF level 3 qualifications may apply to our programme having completed an appropriate Access to Higher Education Diploma.

To include 15 Level 3 credits in Biology/Human Biology/Chemistry/Physics.  

Candidates should hold GCSE Maths and English Language at Grade C or above before applying - these should normally be passed at 1st attempt.

Foundation Year courses 

Applicants are required to pass all modules across the 120 credits at 60% or above.  

At least 30 credits must relate to the topics of Human Biology / Chemistry/Physics  

A Level profile should normally be CCC or above excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking.

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 .

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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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) Public Health. 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-00241 Foundations of Chemistry for Health 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-00245 Foundations in Health and Society 15 credits

Year long modules (Semesters One and Two)

FYO-00181 Academic and Professional Development 30 credits


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Excluded Subjects

Alternative Qualifications

Additional GCSE requirements

BBC - if A-Level subject does not include Biology,Chemistry or Physics or

General Studies and Critical Thinking


Further information

A minimum of 6 GCSE subjects at grade C (or 4) or above including English Language, Maths and a combined or single Science. These must be taken in one sitting. Applicants should have obtained their GCSE qualifications before applying.

CCC - If A-level subject includes Biology, Chemistry or Physics


How to Apply

UCAS Applications

Visit UCAS for applications. You should apply for Public Health with Foundation Year

UCAS code: B705

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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