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Therapeutic Radiographer


As a therapeutic radiographer, you’ll be part of a team helping people who are dealing with cancer. Based in a hospital, you’ll work with patients and colleagues to design treatment programmes and support patients until their treatment ends. From taking an initial X-ray, to using a CT scanner or a linear accelerator, you’ll use some of the most complex and advanced technology to treat tumours. Therapeutic radiographers are also central to a wider multidisciplinary team, working and consulting with colleagues across various departments.


Caring, kind and curious, you’ll be a source of hope and care for those diagnosed with cancer. Using radiotherapy, you’ll collaborate with other healthcare professionals to create individual treatment plans that blend technical expertise with emotional support for your patients.


To become a therapeutic radiographer, you must first successfully complete an approved degree or masters in radiotherapy. Degree courses take three or four years full time, or up to six years part time. There are also some postgraduate programmes that can take two years. Once you’ve completed your degree, you need to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) before you can start practising. The other option is to apply for an apprenticeship degree.

Entry requirements for an undergraduate course are typically:

  • two or three A levels, including physics, chemistry or biology/human biology
  • five GCSEs (grades A-C), including English language, maths and science.

Or the equivalent qualifications:

  • a BTEC, HND or HNC, including science
  • a relevant NVQ
  • a science-based access course
  • Equivalent Scottish or Irish qualifications.

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