Access to HE Radiography

Access to HE Diploma (Radiography)

This course is for Learners who want to work as radiographer assistants in radiology departments or progress to study for degrees in health-related subjects and have careers working as diagnostic and therapeutic radiographers. The Access to HE Diploma provides learners with the necessary skills and education to apply for jobs as radiographer assistants.

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The total credit achievement for the Access to Higher Education Diploma is 60 credits. Of these 60 credits, 45 credits must be achieved at Level 3 from graded units which are concerned with academic content and 15 ungraded credits must be achieved from units at Level 2 or Level 3. Full unit details can be found in the relevant subject sets. Subject sets should be read alongside the Diploma Rules of Combination, Research units, and the ungraded unit specifications. 

Other than Biology, Human Physiology, and Physics, learners will learn about:


  • The subatomic components of an atom.
  • Beta (β) and gamma (γ) radiation decay equations using a periodic table.
  • The mechanism of gamma (γ) rays indirect ionisation.
  • Characteristic radioactive decay curves and the ‘spin-spin’ interaction.
  • Calculations of decay rates, values of half-lives, and of half-value thickness for absorption.
  • The health hazards of using ionising radiation.

Use of X-rays

  • Labeling the structure of an X-ray tube.
  • Detecting and measuring radiation intensity via photographic film, via the ionising effect of radiation detected electronically, and via scintillation caused by chemical fluorescence.
  • Suitable techniques of image processing for diagnostic and dosimetric evaluations.
  • Comparing and contrasting the use of 2D tomography to computed 3D tomography.
  • How the CT scan can produce coronal and sagittal images of the body.
  • How CT scanning can be used in diagnosis.


Ascentis is an award-winning provider of cutting-edge qualifications for education, training, and business in the UK and overseas. We’ve been committed to delivering exceptional customer service and creating life-changing opportunities for all since 1975.

Ascentis is distinctive in that it is both:

  • An Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, CCEA, and Qualification Wales
  • An Access Validating Agency for Access to Higher Education Diplomas, licensed by the Quality Assurance Agency

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  • Biology
  • Human Physiology
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Radiology
  • Healthcare Professionals
  • Health Studies
  • Practical Scientific Project

Assessment and Examination Details Typically, a Diploma will require a minimum of TWO Core Unit Assessments (CUA) per subject set selected, but refer to the individual Diploma Rule of Combination for further clarification. The CUA is an Ascentis-devised assignment covering the content found in the core unit. 

The assessment methodology for an individual unit can take a variety of forms and these are described in the unit specification. Examples of these are:

  • Essay ▪ Timed Assessment/End Test
  • Presentations (with hand-outs/notes)
  • Laboratory Report
  • Micro-Teach
  • Case Study ▪ Report

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  • Award: Diploma
  • Level: 3
  • Unit/s: 7 Units
  • Structure: Online and Practical Assessments
  • Guided Learning Hours: 350
  • Duration: 12 Months
  • Fee: 750
  • Career type:

    After completing an Access to HE Diploma in Radiography, learners go on to study Radiography at the degree level and have careers working in the NHS or private sector as radiographers or radiographer assistants. 

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