Assistant Radiographic Practice (Clinical Imaging)

Cardiff University
1 year
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available

About this program

Assistant Radiographic Practice (Clinical Imaging)

Our one-year programme is the only course of its kind in South Wales and is accredited by the Society of Radiographers and is an exciting opportunity to extend your role as an NHS support worker to become an Assistant Practitioner and a valued member of the radiography team.

As a clinical imaging assistant practitioner you will be responsible for providing care for patients from new born children to the elderly, producing images to be used in the diagnosis of injury and disease. By the end of the programme you will have a thorough knowledge of the professionaland clinical aspects of assistant radiographic practice in the clinical imaging environment, including an awareness of the wide range of imaging technologies in use today.

People are at the heart of our practice and the development of skills to aid your care of individuals is a central focus of the programme. The School provides an interdisciplinary environment, with opportunities for shared learning and inter-professional education. Therefore, opportunities to learn with and from other healthcare students, especially in respect of person-centred care will be part of the programme.

The Certificate in Higher Education Assistant Radiographic Practice (Clinical Imaging) programme is designed to educate practitioners for a challenging and changing career. The programme is delivered on a block release basis, which will see you studying alongside the undergraduate students, whilst still remaining in paid employment.

Admission requirements

Typical A level offer

Extended/International Project Qualification: Applicants with grade A in the EPQ/IPQ will typically receive an offer one grade lower than the standard A level offer. Please note that any subject specific requirements must still be met.

English language requirements


Grade C or grade 4 in GCSE English Language.

IELTS (academic)

At least 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each subskill.


At least 90 overall with minimum scores of 17 for writing, 17 for listening, 18 for reading and 20 for speaking.

PTE Academic

At least 62 overall with a minimum of 59 in all communicative skills.

Trinity ISE II/III

  • II: at least two Distinctions and two Merits.
  • III: at least a Pass in all components.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2022/23 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2022.

Year one

  • Professional Practice and Patient Care in Radiography
  • Imaging Technology
  • Practice of Imaging
  • Clinical 1

Scholarships & funding

For more information about scholarships, please visit the university website.


For more information about tuition fee, please visit the university website.


What skills will I practise and develop?

The Learning Outcomes for this Programme describe what you will be able to do as a result of your study at Cardiff University. They will help you to understand what is expected of you.

The Learning Outcomes for this Programme can be found below and arealigned with the Society and College of Radiographers Education and Career Framework for the Radiography Workforce (2013).

Knowledge Understanding

  • Apply the core knowledge and skills associated with safe and effective assistant radiographic practice in clinical imaging, with due regard to radiation protection, organisational assistant practitioner protocols and the ethical, social, political and legal aspects of care.

Intellectual Skills:

  • Appreciate and understand research evidence including healthcare guidelines, and apply to individuals; needs and personal/professional experience to provide effective practice in line with clinical guidelines and protocols.

Professional Practical Skills:

  • Adhere to the role of operator within IRMER (2017 or subsequent amendments) as required within professional practice.
  • Be aware of the impact of culture, equality and diversity on practice and ensure the provision of patient centred care in a non-discriminatory manner.
  • Work effectively with all members of the Radiology team (Inter-professional) as well as other healthcare professionals (cross-professional boundaries).

Transferable/Key Skills:

  • Demonstrate a wide range of effective communication skills, including verbal, visual and written, and adapt these skills to ensure a collaborative approach to giving and receiving of information to a diverse range of audiences.
  • Apply effective reasoning skills in the application of professional activities within the scope of practice as defined within the employing organisation.
  • In accordance with SCoR requirements, take responsibility for own lifelong learning within a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) framework.

Career paths

Careers and placements

Career prospects

On completion of the course, Assistant Practitioners will be able to seek employment in the following area of radiographic practice: Clinical Imaging.

Assistant Practitioners inClinical Imagingperform non-complex diagnostic radiographic procedures on ambulant adult patients. Their work is mainly based in General X-ray rooms where they perform many of the basic radiographic examinations. They may work in other radiographic imaging areas in accordance with the NHS Health Board;s agreed protocols.


Students will undertake required clinical placement learning with a minimum number of 460 attendance hours required by all students, which will be monitored through your clinical professionalism records. Placement lengths allow students sufficient opportunity to develop the required skills but also provides some flexibility should they need to pay back hours.

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Cardiff University

CF10 3AT Cardiff

Phone no: +442920874432

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