To practice as a diagnostic radiographer in NHSScotland, you must be registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC). You will need to study an approved pre-registration programme, which can take 2 - 4 years full-time.
In Scotland the following universities offer undergraduate programmes in diagnostic imaging or diagnostic radiography:
The minimum academic entry requirements for these degree courses vary, but most universities in Scotland require SQA Higher BBBC grades, including English and two science subjects. A pass in SQA National 5 English and Maths grade A - C is also required if these subjects are not achieved at SQA Higher grade.
Students with an SQA HNC in a science-based subject may be allowed entry to year 1.
You may wish to consider visiting a radiology / diagnostic imaging department at your local hospital before applying. This will give you valuable insight into what the job entails and support your personal statement in your application.
Entry requirements vary depending on the university, or other education providers. Specific entry requirements, including other accepted qualifications, are provided on each university website.
To apply for a diagnostic imaging or diagnostic radiography programme you must use the UCAS application process.
You can visit the HCPC website for a full list of approved educational institutions and diagnostic radiography programmes across the UK.
Scottish Wider Access Programme (SWAP) – Access to Health & Life Sciences (SCQF Level 6) or Access to Allied Health: Specialised Programmes (SCQF Level 6)
These programmes are for adults returning to education, perhaps changing career or seeking to gain the equivalent university entry qualifications needed for a diagnostic radiography undergraduate programme. There are no formal entry qualifications, but applicants should have a good standard of general education and have been away from formal education for a minimum of 2 – 3 years.
Successful completion of the course could lead to:
- A degree in diagnostic imaging or diagnostic radiography by applying to universities that participate in the SWAP partnership programme
- HNC Applied Sciences
Please visit the Scottish Wider Access Programme (SWAP) website for more information or you can view the following videos:
If you already have a relevant degree and healthcare experience, you can take a postgraduate diploma or masters in diagnostic radiography. These courses usually take two years. The HCPC website provides details of approved postgraduate programmes in the UK. Queen Margaret University in Scotland offers a post-graduate pre-registration 2-year course for graduates.
Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme
You will require a satisfactory (PVG) check to show that you are suitable to work as a diagnostic radiographer. This scheme is managed by Disclosure Scotland.