Therapeutic radiographers use the latest technology to treat cancer. They work to high levels of accuracy to help ensure the patient's tumour receives exactly the right dose of radiation, at the same time as ensuring the surrounding normal tissues receive the lowest possible dose. (NHS Careers). They have regular contact with patients before, during and after their treatment. Most therapeutic radiographers are based in hospitals, working as part of the oncology team in the radiotherapy department. Radiotherapy is used in cancer treatment in a number of different ways including • to cure the cancer • to reduce the chance of a cancer coming back after surgery • to control a cancer and reduce its impact on patient health • as part of the wider management of cancer that includes surgery, hormone therapy and chemotherapy. Oncology is the medical study and a treatment of cancer. This degree being focused towards the role of a therapeutic radiographer, however our graduates have also gone on to work for radiotherapy equipment manufacturers, chemotherapy drug companies, research departments, cancer charities and roles within oncology. **What you study** Take advantage of an increasing demand for graduate therapeutic radiographers in the health service. Key areas include • principles of radiation oncology • principles of anatomy and image interpretation • applications of radiotherapy science • clinical education • research methods • imaging and treatment planning • preparation for practice • accuracy and reproducibility. You learn to use radiation equipment, software and systems for treatment and treatment planning to treat cancer patients. You also learn to apply theory to practice and tailor the treatment to the patient by accurately targeting high dose radiation beams and sparing surrounding normal tissues. Our goal is to equip you with the knowledge, skills and values that enhance your employment opportunities, give you a strong professional identity as well as confidence in working with different professional groups and agencies. **Facilities** Your on-campus training includes use of state-of-the-art virtual environment for radiotherapy training (VERT). It creates a life-size 3D replica of a linear accelerator (equipment which is used to treat cancer patients) and the potential to walk around the room. We also have 20 networked Eclipse planning computers with specialist staff on hand to teach you radiotherapy planning. **Placements and work experience** Your studies are put into practice in clinical practice placements that give you essential professional experience and skills. Placements take place at • St James’s University Hospital, Leeds • The Royal Derby Hospital, Derby • Leicester Royal Infirmary, Leicester • Lincoln County Hospital, Lincoln • Freeman Hospital, Newcastle • Nottingham City Hospital, Nottingham • Queens Centre for Oncology and Haematology, Castle Hill Hospital, Hull • Weston Park Hospital, Sheffield • James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough. You are based at one hospital for the majority of your training, but at the end of year two you complete an elective placement at a different training site of your choice. This broadens your knowledge and experience of radiotherapy services and your chosen career. Some students have gone on self-funded trips to observe radiotherapy practice abroad. **Membership to the Society and College of Radiographers** Your student membership fees for the Society and College of Radiographers are paid, enabling you to access all the services they provide. **Professional recognition** This course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Graduates are eligible to apply to register with the HCPC and apply to become members of the Society and College of Radiographers. You must be registered with the HCPC in order to practise as a therapeutic radiographer in the UK.