To practice as a radiographer, you must be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). To register you must first successfully complete an approved training programme in diagnostic or therapeutic radiography.
These are offered at undergraduate degree (full-time and part-time) and at postgraduate degree/diploma level at a number of universities across the UK.
You can find a list of all approved programmes on our coursefinder.
Students who successfully complete programmes which are approved by the HCPC, are then eligible to apply for registration with the HCPC. Once registered, practitioners are required to retain their names on the register, by paying an annual retention fee.
Diagnostic radiography training is composed of study and clinical placement (approximately 50% of each) and the majority of courses are three years, however some can be four.
A typical course will usually consist of two years of studying the majority of the scientific content (anatomy and physiology, physics etc) followed by further training in the fields of sociology, management and ethics, and the practice and science of imaging.
A small number of universities provide accelerated courses at postgraduate master/diploma level for suitably qualified graduates enabling them to train to become diagnostic radiographers. These are usually 2 years in length
The courses integrate theory and practice.
Therapeutic radiography training is composed of study and clinical placement (approximately 50% of each) and the majority of courses are three years in duration, however some can be four.
A typical course will usually consist of one year of studying the majority of the scientific content (anatomy and physiology, radiation science etc) followed by further training in the fields of oncology, psycho-social studies, and further extensive modules.
A small number of universities provide accelerated courses for suitably qualified graduates enabling them to train to become therapeutic radiographers.
The course aims to encourage the development of an enquiring, reflective, critical and innovative approach to therapeutic radiography within the context of the rapid changes occurring in the health service. It enables the student to develop professionally by providing the opportunity for students to integrate theory and practice, in order that they might acquire knowledge, skills and attitudes identified as appropriate for safe, effective and caring practice.
The minimum academic entry requirements for degree courses in radiography are several A-C grade GCSEs and usually three GCE A/A2 levels (including a science) at grade C or above. Alternatives to A levels are also considered, such as an approved Access course, OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health & Social Care, VCE and Scottish qualifications.
A small number of universities run two-year accelerated programmes at masters/postgraduate diploma level for graduates with a relevant first degree such as biology or a health-related subject.
However it is essential that intending applicants check directly with the universities they are considering before applying. Find university providers on our course finder.
Although there are no specific health requirements, educational centres usually require an occupational health examination prior to acceptance on a course.
Applications for full-time degree and accelerated programmes are administered by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).