Access to Higher Education Diploma in Radiography


1 year


Rush Green Campus


Sep 2023


Adult 19+

Interested in starting a career in healthcare? This access course in radiography is ideal for those going on to study at degree level and will provide the specific subject knowledge needed for further education.

Radiography is an important part of healthcare practices as it is a technique that is used across the board.

It is used to help diagnose or treat patients by recording images of the internal structure of the body to detect the presence or absence of disease, structural damage, abnormalities or issues.

Previously, a BDC Nursing student won both the Michael Sergeant Award and Keith Fletcher Award for her achievements on the Access diploma.

Many students that have progressed to university have graduated with 1st degrees and now have senior roles in the NHS.

This course will be taught by lecturers with experience in medicine and the health and social care industry and is comprised of the following units:

  • Algebra
  • Finding and Reading Information
  • Report Writing
  • Examination Skills: Preparing for and Succeeding in an Examination
  • Preparation for Higher Education
  • Speaking and Listening Skills
  • Cells
  • Genes and Inheritance
  • Homeostasis and Controlling Factors in the Body
  • The Musculoskeletal System
  • The Digestive System
  • The Endocrine System
  • The Reproductive System
  • Structure and Properties of Biological Molecules
  • The Mole Concept
  • Chemical Kinetics
  • Atomic Physics
  • Properties of Matter
  • Medical Imaging
  • Motion, Energy and Forces
  • X-Ray Imaging

There are no centrally specified formal requirements for qualifications on entry; however there is usually the expectation that the learner will have literacy, communication skills and numeracy at Level 2 or above. In addition to this, it is likely that learners will need to hold GCSEs at grade 9-5/4 (A*-C) in English, Maths and Science, as these qualifications usually form part of the entry requirements for the degree courses that learners progress to.

Course tutors have extensive experience in preparing students for:

  • Further and higher education programmes
  • Employment in related sectors

Learners can work alongside the course as they must only commit to two days a week at college for the diploma. We recommend finding relevant work experience to support their UCAS application, however this is not compulsory.

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On completion of this course, you will have the qualifications needed to attend university, where you can study areas including:

  • Biomedical Science
  • Pharmacy
  • Pharmacology
  • Physics
  • Radiography
  • Chemistry

Full 60 Credit Diploma with 45 credits graded units and 15 ungraded study skills.

Maximum UCAS 144 points from the course