Entry requirements and training (therapeutic radiographer)

This page has information on the entry requirements and training needed to become a therapeutic radiographer.

To practise as a radiographer, you must be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). In order to register with the HCPC, you first need to successfully complete an approved degree in radiotherapy. Degree courses take three or four years full time, or up to six years part time. There are also some postgraduate programmes that take two years.

Courses cover anatomy, physiology and physics as well sociology, management, ethics and the practice and science of imaging. Courses differ but all involve a lot of practical work with patients.

To get onto a therapeutic radiography degree course you usually need two or three A levels, including physics, chemistry or biology/human biology, along with at least five GCSEs (grades A-C), including English language, maths and science.

Or you could have alternative qualifications, including:

If you already hold a relevant first degree, you can apply for an approved 2 year accelerated programme in radiotherapy/therapeutic radiography.

However, each institution sets its own entry requirements, so it’s important to check carefully. Wherever you study, you will need to show that you have an understanding of radiotherapy. It is a good idea to spend some time with a registered diagnostic radiographer to see what the work is like.

Once you’ve successfully completed a programme approved by the HCPC, you are then eligible to apply for registration with the HCPC. Once registered as a practitioner, you’ll be required to retain your name on the register by keeping your knowledge and skills up to date and paying an annual retention fee.

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