This course is for mature students who wish to progress to a degree programme in Radiography. You will follow subjects that will aid your application to a Bachelor of Science programme, including physics, mathematics, biology, and wider sciences, plus a work experience placement with the NHS. You will also have a weekly tutorial.
About the Course
You will study:
- X-ray tubes/X-ray production
- Medical Physics
- Energy and Waves
- Clinical Imaging and Radiotherapy
- Cell Structure and function
- Chemistry: Structure and properties of biological molecules
- Human Biology
- Introduction to matter
- The Blood
- The Cardiovascular System
- Reading and comprehension of texts
- Writing standard English
- Using IT
- Statistics and probability
Universities require learners to have GCSEs to progress onto a degree and West Thames College can help you get these alongside your Access course. The GCSEs you will be asked to have are in English, Maths and Science. To join an Access course, students must already have a GCSE in maths and science and be prepared to study your GCSE in English if you don't have this. If you need to study more than one of the above GCSEs then why not enrol on our Adult GCSE courses for an academic year and then join your Access course. Please note that this is a very demanding course, equivalent to an A-Level programme, so you will need to have a good level of literacy and numeracy (GCSE grade A*-C / grade 9-5 standard) in order to succeed. You will have an initial assessment to assess your suitability for the course. If successful, you will be invited for an interview. If you are not quite ready for the Access course we may offer you another course that will prepare you for the Access course.
You will need to have a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check for this course.
On completion of this course you will receive an OCN London Diploma and you may progress to a degree programme in radiography or other healthcare related course.
Your development and progress on the course will be assessed on a regular basis both informally and formally. You will receive regular feedback from your tutors about your progress.
The assessment procedures vary from module to module and so will depend on what you are studying; there will be some set essays, coursework projects, and tests throughout the course. All of the modules use continuous assessment processes, which means that there is no dependence on final examinations (except GCSE Maths, English and Science).
As you go through the course you will know whether you are meeting the requirements or not, and you will be given opportunities to catch up and make good any problems.