Short course

Assistant Practitioner to Radiographer

Course details

Course code


Course level

Level 5

Course credits

60 credits

Next course date

January (subject to sufficient numbers)


6 months (including 17 weeks clinical placement)


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

Course description

This short full-time course offers Assistant Practitioners the opportunity to progress from Band 4 to Band 5 in their career. It’s a course which upon completion will allow you to gain entry to the final stage of a BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography course. By successfully completing the BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography course you will be eligible to apply for registration as a diagnostic radiographer.

Currently the programme is restricted to level 5 qualified Assistant Practitioners in plain film radiography. However if you are an assistant practitioner qualified at a different level to this and would like to discuss your particular career aspirations,  we would be happy to offer possible further training routes in conjunction with your employers.

We consider this, just one part of our plan to enhance the skill set within the East Midlands, and to recognise the valuable work that Assistant Practitioners do on a daily basis within our hospitals and clinics.

Who this course is for

Assistant Practitioners in general radiography.

Course team

Our course team includes:

Structure, certificates and assessment

How you’ll be assessed

Entry requirements

Fees and funding

Self-funded CPD

If you are funding your own study, the module price will be confirmed shortly. Unfortunately no student finance package is available for this course as it does not qualify for student loan support. If you wish to progress to the final year of the BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography to gain your registration to practice, you would be eligible to apply for a student loan for fees and living expenses.

For more information on payment options, please contact our Student Records and Fees team by phone on +44 (0)1332 591063 or email at

Additional costs and optional extras

How to apply

Level 5

LBR applications

Apply directly to the University

Self-funded applications

Who will teach you

Julie de Witt
Programme leader

Julie is an experienced senior lecturer and a HCPC registered Diagnostic Radiographer. She is also an experienced external examiner (UK and international), and a member of the College of Radiographers Approvals and Accreditation Board (AAB).    

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Contact us

Course: Julie de Witt (Programme Leader) +44 (0) 1332 593073
College of Health and Social Care +44 (0)1332 591992

If you want to find out more about studying a short course, please contact us and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

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Additional information about your studies

Additional costs and optional extras

We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, excellent facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.

The information below is correct for entry in the academic year September 2020 - August 2021 only. Entry for future academic years may be subject to change.

Included in your fees
Mandatory costs not included in your fees
Optional costs not included in your fees

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