Diagnostic Imaging Practice Degree Apprenticeship

This degree apprenticeship provides a unique opportunity for those working in the National Health Service (NHS) and private healthcare sector to become a qualified Diagnostic Radiographer, while employed in their workplace.


When a patient is first admitted to hospital, they’ll undergo diagnostic assessment to ensure they receive the treatment they need. At this stage, a Diagnostic Radiographer will play a critical role in obtaining and examining images of the patient’s body to start the diagnosis process.

To produce and interpret diagnostic images, radiographers are equipped with broad knowledge and skills, including patient care and management, anatomy, physiology, professional practice and digital technology. Due to the specialist expertise needed and pressures on healthcare services, Diagnostic Radiographers are in high demand, providing vital practice care and supporting the patient through their diagnostic pathway.

Our BSc(Hons) Diagnostic Imaging Practice Degree Apprenticeship enables practitioners working in the NHS and private healthcare sector to train as qualified Diagnostic Radiographers, over a three-year period. You’ll study the science that underpins effective diagnosis, using specialist imaging equipment to help diagnose surgical, medical or vascular conditions, cancer and complex injuries.

Throughout the course, you’ll develop your skills and knowledge in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Ultrasound, Computed Tomography (CT) and Nuclear Medicine, plus interventional studies and image reporting. By the end of the course, you’ll become a confident, compassionate practitioner who can provide ethical, effective care for patients. As you build your skillset, your experiences and practice will provide valuable insights for your Continuous Professional Development (CPD) and lifelong learning opportunities. The course will also prepare you to develop your specialism further by studying a master’s degree in a dedicated field.

On completion, you’ll be eligible to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Course details

Indicative content 

Level 4

  • Fundamentals of Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Foundation Of Imaging Science and Technology
  • Fundamentals of Radiographic Imaging Technique
  • Fundamentals of Diagnostic Imaging and Applied Anatomy
  • Radiographic Imaging Practice 1

Level 5:

  • Professional Behaviour and Health Psychology
  • Informing Practice through Research and Inquiry
  • Applications of Diagnostic Imaging Equipment
  • Health Psychology and Wellbeing for Radiographers
  • Intermediate Imaging Theory
  • Radiographic Imaging Practice 1

Level 6:

  • Healthy Futures
  • Research and Evidence in Practice
  • Specialist Practice
  • Radiographic imaging Practice 3
  • Image Commenting and Application

End point assessment

This blended course integrates practical experience and clinical practice with underpinning theory, supported by UWE Bristol’s track record as a respected provider of Diagnostic Radiography education.

You’ll mostly be assessed through exams, presentations, patient examinations and coursework. In your final year, you’ll also complete a research dissertation project and end point assessment.

Qualification, professional registration and accreditation

On completing the end point assessment, successful apprentices will attain a BSc(Hons) Diagnostic Imaging Practice Degree Apprenticeship, accredited by the Society and College of Radiographers. 

By the end of the apprenticeship, you’ll be eligible to apply for registration by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), which is required to practice as a registered Diagnostic Radiographer.

Health and Care Professions Council accreditation logo

Duration and delivery

Throughout the course, around 80% will be based in a clinical practice environment with your employer, and the remaining 20% will comprise of off-the-job training. 

For 30 weeks of the academic year, you’ll spend one day per week undertaking online distance learning. You’ll also complete two days a week working in your current role, where you can put your learning into practice. The rest of your time will be spent on assessed placement activity in clinical settings within your own workplace.

You’ll undertake one clinical practice module per academic year, as well as three one-week off-site placement blocks at UWE Bristol. This totals 1,500 hours of placement activity over the three-year degree apprenticeship.

Material will be delivered through a mixture of online distance learning and assessed placement activity. The block weeks will be structured to ensure that students have time for class contact, project work and academic support sessions to create a balanced academic experience.

Entry requirements

Applicants will be sponsored by their employer, with experience in health care or social care, and will demonstrate commitment to lifelong learning in addition to the following:

  • A-Level BBC (112 UCAS points) with B in a science subject or BTEC DMM BTEC (extended diploma) in a science/healthcare related subject
  • GCSE Grade C or 4 or equivalent Maths and English (with certification)
  • Prior learning and experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Additional selection criteria

Health assessment/declaration/vaccinations – applicants must be in good health and be up-to-date with routine immunisations e.g. tetanus, diphtheria, polio and MMR. Employers are responsible for ensuring this can be evidenced at the start of the course. Applicants will also be required to confirm their status in respect of a number of infectious diseases and immunisations (tuberculosis, measles, mumps, rubella, chicken pox, varicella, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, HIV antibodies) and be prepared to have all required vaccinations funded by the employer. If vaccinations are not up-to-date this will affect ability to continue on the course. Concerns with regards to vaccinations should be raised at the point of application.

Disclosure of Criminal Background – the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 does not apply and all convictions, including those which are spent, must be disclosed. This is in accordance with the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975. Employers must ensure that applicants who are offered a place have an up-to-date enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.


Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an interview.

Prior Certificated Learning

Students wishing to transfer from other institutions will be considered on an individual basis if they meet the course requirements and there is capacity available within the programme. Applicants whose first language is not English must have a minimum IELTS score of 7 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in any section (or equivalent).

The core values of the NHS Constitution are embedded throughout the programme and within its recruitment process.

Health checks

You must be in good health and up-to-date with all routine immunisations that are required for working in health and social care settings. The Department of Health (Nov, 2021) has stated that all health and social care workers (including students and volunteers) MUST be fully vaccinated for Covid-19 by the 1st of April 2022. If your course includes placements in any health or social care settings, you will be required to show proof of your Covid vaccinations.

If you are offered a place on one of our health and social care programmes, you will be required to complete a questionnaire and must be prepared to undergo a medical examination. You will also be required to confirm your status in respect of a number of infectious diseases (tuberculosis, measles, mumps, rubella, chicken pox, varicella, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, HIV antibodies, Covid-19) and be prepared to have all required vaccinations. Please note that the list of required vaccinations may change, in response to advice from the Department of Health.

If your vaccinations are not up-to-date, this will affect your ability to continue on your course. If you have any concerns with regards to vaccinations please raise this at the point of application.

If you were vaccinated outside of the UK and want to check if your Covid-19 vaccine is recognised in the UK please check the UK government website.

How to apply

Prospective students may only apply for a degree apprenticeship through their employer. If you are interested in any of our degree apprenticeship programmes, speak to your employer in the first instance.

Your employer will then need to contact UWE Bristol’s Apprenticeship team at apprenticeships@uwe.ac.uk or call us on +44 (0)117 32 84888.

Please note: our Diagnostic Imaging Practice Degree Apprenticeship is currently subject to approval.

Benefits for businesses

Our BSc(Hons) Diagnostic Imaging Practice Degree Apprenticeship benefits healthcare services looking to ‘grow their own’ qualified Diagnostic Radiographers from their existing employees. The course offers a new way to plan for your future workforce, investing in the training and education of your staff, whilst retaining talent in house.

Throughout their clinical placement activity, apprentices will develop an empathic, reflective approach to their practice. They’ll gain the emotional awareness and quality assurance needed to contribute safe and ethical therapeutic interventions to your workplace. Plus, to meet the needs of your organisation, you’ll have the flexibility to spread their placement hours over the whole year or in discrete blocks.

On completion, your employee will gain a deep understanding of the science that underpins effective diagnosis, applied to a range of clinical settings in your workplace environment. They’ll train as confident, autonomous radiographers, not only offering strong clinical skills, but strong interpersonal skills to match.

Why UWE Bristol?

UWE Bristol has developed this course in line with the core values of the NHS Constitution, ensuring relevant content is embedded from recruitment through to teaching. From the start, you’ll benefit from our established reputation as a radiography educator, thanks to our expert teaching, specialised facilities and continual assistance.

Our experienced lecturers offer a broad range of expertise across a range of imaging modalities, patient types and clinical settings. This breadth ensures you’ll be adaptable to a range of challenges within your workplace. They’ll mostly teach you through online learning in our virtual classroom, using a mixture of virtual simulations and live teaching, enabling you to learn from a distance.

During your off-the-job training, you’ll have access to our industry standard facilities on Glenside Campus, our dedicated health community. These include state-of-the-art Shaderware virtual reality software, for practical X-ray simulations, as well as a virtual classroom experience, a fully operational CT scanner and imaging equipment.

Benefit from a range of student support during your apprenticeship, including guidance from a mentor and practice educator, and regular tri-partite reviews to monitor your progress. You’ll also have access to UWE Bristol’s library and support services, plus IT support, whether you’re on campus or at your workplace.


Contact the Degree Apprenticeship Team

To find out more about the course, or for more information about the levy, funding available and degree apprenticeships, please email our Degree Apprenticeships Team at apprenticeships@uwe.ac.ukor call us on +44 (0)117 32 84888.

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