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Radiographic Studies

CertHE Radiographic Studies

This is a one year part-time blended learning course for support workers employed within a UK based Diagnostic Imaging department.

This one-year part time in-service course will equip those of you who are UK based radiography clinical support workers with the knowledge and skills to participate in a defined range of routine diagnostic imaging procedures under the supervision of a Registered Radiographer.

Each stage has 3 attendance blocks at RGU, due to COVID-19 for 2020-2021 these will take place in January, April, July/August 2021.

The course is undertaking approval by the College of Radiographers, due to be implemented for 2020-2021 academic year onwards.

This course has one study option

Mode of Attendance

  • Blended

Mode of Study

  • Part Time

Start Date

January 2021

Course Length

1 year

You develop a framework of basic knowledge and skills necessary to fulfil the scope of practice of an Assistant Practitioner in Radiography.

This involves an understanding both of the technical principles of radiography and also radiographic anatomy, specific pathologies and disease processes, team working, patient care and communication skills.

The inclusion of clinical placements commencing in parallel with academic delivery and completing at the end of the academic year will encourage you to apply your learning to clinical practice. 

January 2021 Start

For 2020-2021 this course starts January 2021 only, due to implications of COVID-19.


Modules and delivery order may change for operational purposes. The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our Course and Module Disclaimer for more information.

Detailed module information

This is a part-time practice based blended-learning course.

You will attend university three times per academic year for a total of 14 days. For 2020/21, you are required to attend RGU in January, April, July/August 2021.

On campus learning is delivered through keynote lectures, tutorials, interactive teaching, practical workshops, role play and simulation exercises.

Between attendance periods, modular content is delivered using the online interactive learning environment CampusMoodle, with an expected notional student effort of approximately 8-12 hours per week. 

In addition you will undertake 14 weeks of clinical placement in your employing hospital.


Each 15 credit module represents 150 hours of notional student effort including direct student classroom contact, directed learning and private study. Each 30 credit module represents 300 hours of notional student effort. There is an expected notional student effort of approximately 8-12 hours per week outwith the three RGU attendance blocks, where you will work on your own doing prescribed reading, undertaking online activities, preparing answers to tutorial assignments or researching and writing course reports.


Our staff feature in the annual Support and Teaching staff with Appreciation and Recognition (STAR) awards voted by the students and organised by RGU:Union.

All members of the academic staff team are qualified Diagnostic Radiographers registered with the regulatory body, the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).  In addition they are all members of the professional body, the Society and College of Radiographers (SCoR).  All staff have completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Learning and Teaching or module as required. Most of the team also have a relevant master's degree.

Academic staff members possess both subject expertise and the relevant clinical experience to deliver this course.


The student will be encouraged to create an evidence based portfolio in order to support personal and professional development.

Clinical placement modules are assessed in practice by the supervising Practice Educator, using a continuous clinical assessment mechanism.  To ensure parity between placement sites, Practice Educators assess you against a minimum threshold level with a pass or fail outcome. In addition, clinically focused coursework is used in all clinical placement modules to help you develop skills in reflection and to further integrate theory and practice.

The university has standard assessment periods each year. For this course, some assessments will have submission dates out with the standard periods, due the nature of a part-time blended course.

Assessment is via:

  • Short answer examination
  • Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) examination
  • Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE)
  • Workbooks
  • Coursework
  • Reflections
  • Clinical Assessments
  • Clinical Workbook
  • Clinically Focussed Coursework

We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of hand-in for all written exams, coursework and practical exams. 



The Inclusion Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.

Inclusion Centre


All undergraduate and postgraduate students, whether you are learning on-campus or by online distance learning, benefit from using our collaborative virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle. You will be provided with 24/7 online access to your learning material and resources, along with the ability to interact with your class members and tutors for discussion and support.



The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:

  • Academic writing
  • Study skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
  • Maths and statistics
  • English language
  • Information technology support


Library Support

The Library offers support for your course, including the books, eBooks, and journals you will need. We also offer online reading lists for many modules, workshops and drop-ins on searching skills and referencing, and much more.

University Library


Students will normally undertake a pre-course two week observation period within their place of work to begin an induction and familiarisation process within clinical radiography, e.g. conventional imaging pre-entry.

Compulsory placements:

  • One five week placement and one nine week placement (525 hours). 
  • For 2020-2021 only, the first clinical placement will start February/March 2020. Dates to be set in advance by RGU.

Clinical placements are undertaken at your place of work, in a UK diagnostic imaging department, under supervision. 


This work based course combines a core knowledge base with clinical practice. It provides a platform upon which additional study can be built potentially to degree level and beyond.

Course accreditation and annual monitoring by the College of Radiographers (CoR) ensures that the course meets professional and clinical standards. Successful completion of the CertHE Radiographic Studies course may lead to possible advanced entry to the Robert Gordon University Master of Diagnostic Radiography (MDRad) course. Each applicant will be considered for the MDRad course on an individual basis.


All applicants must be employed within a UK based radiography service e.g. RDA, helper or equivalent, with support of their manager. Applicants must be able to demonstrate skills in the use of a personal computer and common software.


Appropriate entry qualifications include:

  • 1 Higher grade pass or
  • 4 Standard grade passes or
  • SVQ Level 3 Care/Diagnostic and Therapeutic Support or Access to Science/Access to Nursing

Non standard entrants who do not meet the requirements above may also be considered at the course leader's discretion. 


The student must demonstrate an appropriate level of academic performance, which would indicate that there is a reasonable expectation that he or she is able to achieve the standard required for the award. Particular consideration will be given to mature students and student applications supported by employer references.


Applicants holding the HNC in Radiography (or equivalent), plus two years clinical experience and a personal portfolio demonstrating suitable independent study skills and professional development, will be invited to attend for selection interview. All applicants for direct entry to stage two will be invited to attend an interview.


All Students

  • £2,930 per academic year

All Students

  • £2,930 per academic year

The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:

  • The cost of books that you may wish to purchase.
  • Accommodation and living costs
  • Printing
  • Uniforms
  • Travel, subsistence and accommodation for each RGU attendance block



For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter. For further information see:



Have a question about the course? Get in touch with the course leader who will be delighted to help.

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