The typical duration of this programme is three years. Apprentices engage with the university three days per week during academic blocks and also undertake work-based learning. The programme structure provides apprentices with the opportunity to engage in rich peer learning, receive support from the programme team and use a wide range of University facilities. Outside of term time apprentices undertake independent study and develop their knowledge and skills through practical application in the workplace.
Assessments takes place through a range of innovative methods such as case studies, presentations, and exams. The apprentice will need to pass through the EPA (End Point Assessment) Gateway before completing the fully integrated EPA to achieve their qualification.
With support from the employer, apprentices are required to spend over 20% of paid working hours on studies and be able to evidence this. This is a statutory requirement for apprenticeships and the funding is conditional on this being met. Off-the-job learning includes activities which have not previously been a part of the role or furthers apprentices’ development into new areas.
As a student on this course you’ll also get to participate in Schwartz Rounds - hour-long sessions where students come together to listen to stories and share reflections in a supportive and confidential environment. The sessions offer the opportunity to reflect on the emotional aspects of clinical practice and are designed to support students and recent graduates working in complex settings.
Upon completion of the diagnostic radiography degree apprenticeship, apprentices will be equipped to:
- perform a diverse range of radiographic examinations on patients presenting with a range of complexities
- understand key factors influencing the delivery of high quality, patient focussed care in the field of radiography
- evaluate the effectiveness of radiographic examinations
- demonstrate knowledge of the limitations of practice and when to refer for assistance
- effectively use verbal and non-verbal communication skills for interactions with patients and fellow healthcare professionals
- function as an autonomous practitioner and effective member of a multidisciplinary team
- synthesise and apply legislation, local rules and guidelines to individual practice
- demonstrate the attitudes and behaviours commensurate with the professional role of the radiographer
- practice within the ethical boundaries of healthcare and maintain a safe working environment
- critically evaluate clinical evidence and research and make recommendations to inform practice.
- engage in reflective practice and take responsibility for own learning and development to plan and implement progressive change.
Teaching and assessment
With support from the employer, apprentices are required to spend a minimum of 20% of paid working hours on studies and be able to evidence this. This is a statutory requirement for apprenticeships and the funding is conditional on this being met. Off-the-job learning includes activities which have not previously been a part of the role or furthers apprentices development into new areas.
The apprenticeship will be taught alongside the BSc and MSc courses which will diversify knowledge through sharing of experiences. A learner focussed approach to education is underpinned by a variety of teaching methods which include (but are not limited to);
- key-note lectures from subject specialists or expert patients
- facilitated workshops
- learner-led case-based group work
- seminars or webinars
- presentations using a range of media
- pre-recorded content
- guided independent study.
A range of assessment strategies are employed throughout the programme with the aim of helping apprentices with different learning styles to succeed. Individual assessment strategies include:
- clinical assessments and examinations
- oral examinations
- professional development portfolios
- theory assessments
- literature reviews
- case studies
- written examinations
- practical assessments.
At every level of study, one module offers a choice between two assessment options, allowing individuals to choose their preference and maximise their opportunity to meet their potential.
The University of Brighton has a wide range of facilities to support the learning of our health students which enable students to develop their skills in real-life scenarios.
For this new course we will be creating a Clinical Imaging Suite for our diagnostic radiography students which will include:
- X-ray table and tube
- PACS/DICOM image store
- Clinical imaging simulation software
- Learner workstations
- Simulation room with portable X-ray machine
Clinical Skills and Simulation Suite
Clinical skills and simulation rooms on both our Brighton: Falmer and Eastbourne campuses provide an invaluable tool for assessment and monitoring apprentices' progress throughout the course.
Apprentices benefit from practising skills in an environment that simulates real-life professional experiences. Learning by simulation with state-of-the-art mannequins enables apprentices to practice in a safe environment under supervision, so they can apply their knowledge and skills in professional practice with confidence.
Flexible Learning Environment
The Flexible Learning Environment is an adapted home environment in a residential location where apprentices are able to practise skills and learn from others while taking part in realistic training scenarios.
Every room is fitted with cameras and microphones, so that apprentices can be directed and monitored from the control room while the observation room provides the opportunity to review, playback and debrief.
Employer and apprentice commitments
In order to deliver the programme, the employer undertakes to:
- conduct a workplace induction and set out a contract of employment
- provide an appropriately qualified workplace mentor to support the apprentice
- attend apprentice's progress review (twice a year)
- ensure that an Occupational Health Screening and an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check has been undertaken by the employer
- release apprentice for scheduled off-the-job learning
- have an Apprenticeship Agreement in place from the start of the programme.
Throughout the programme, apprentices will:
- attend the workplace for the agreed pattern as set out in the employment contract
- record all training sessions and off-the-job learning
- attend scheduled university learning sessions and complete all assessments as required by the university and End Point Assessment Organisation
- behave in a safe and responsible manner at the workplace and university
- engage with regular progress reviews
- complete, throughout the apprenticeship, a professional development portfolio.
Charlene Wallace, course leader
.Charlene is a Diagnostic Radiographer who has worked both in the NHS and private sector. Charlene initially completed a BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography BSc at the University of Portsmouth. After working in clinical practice for several years, Charlene specialised in ultrasound by completing a PG Diploma in Medical Ultrasound at Kings College London. Charlene holds a range of ultrasound competencies and continued to develop her role by undertaking a Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Postgraduate module at Canterbury Christ Church University.
In 2021 Charlene began a new chapter in her career as Senior Lecturer and Course Leader of the Diagnostic Radiography Degree Apprenticeship at the University of Brighton. Her main areas of lecturing work are professional practice in diagnostic radiography, and anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology.
Charlene is passionate about an apprentice-focused course and wants to inspire radiography apprentices to reach their own unique potential.
View Charlene's full academic profile.
Other members of the team
Fees and funding information for apprentices
As an apprentice the cost of your learning programme is covered by your employer through their Digital Apprenticeship Service (DAS) account.
Higher and degree level apprentices are not eligible for any element of student finance. This is because they receive a salary instead of the student loan package. However, if you are experiencing any financial difficulties, please contact the Student Advice Service on 01273 642 888.
Apprentices studying at Higher and degree level may be able to access funding in relation to additional support but this is available through the university and not Disabled Students Allowance. Apprentices may also be able to apply for Access to Work funding for work-based equipment and software. Please contact the Disability and Dyslexia team on 01273 643 799.
Living costs and benefits
Higher and degree level apprentices must fulfil the standard eligibility criteria in order to apply for means tested benefits such as Universal Credit, Child Tax Credit and Housing Benefit. If you have any questions about entitlement to benefits, please contact the Student Advice Service on 01273 642888.
Higher and degree level apprentices who are undertaking a full-time mode of study can be treated as being exempt from paying Council Tax. Although some programmes require study on a day-release arrangement, this can still be classed as full-time study. You will need to obtain a letter from the Student Information Desk at any campus and send this to your Council Tax department when you enrol on the programme.
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