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I want to study Radiotherapy but don't have any science alevels

I completed my A Level studies this summer and achieved decent grades ( ABC). I studied very essay based subjects such English, Sociology and Psychology. Although technically Psychology is a science, all radiography courses don't allow it as part of their A level requirements. I'm on a gap year now because I wasn't sure what to study and I didn't want to rush into uni. I now regret my A Level choices and just don't know what i can do about it. Is there anyway i could get into a Radiotherapy course?
You could study and take science A-Levels.
Reply 2
I would ring up the university admissions teams to see which, and how many science A-levels they'll take to see what you need to do.

Here is a list of all UK UG courses for radiotherapy:

http://www.bcu.ac.uk/courses/radiotherapy-2018-19
https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/2018/radiotherapy-and-oncology-bsc
https://www.city.ac.uk/courses/undergraduate/radiography-radiotherapy-and-oncology
https://www.gcu.ac.uk/study/courses/details/index.php/P01641
https://sgul.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/undergraduate-courses/radiography-therapeutic-bsc-hons
http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/therapeutic-radiography-bsc-hons
https://www.qmu.ac.uk/study-here/undergraduate-study/2018-undergraduate-courses-folder/bsc-hons-therapeutic-radiography/
https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/find-a-course/bsc-honours-radiotherapy-and-oncology-fulltime
https://www.uos.ac.uk/courses/ug/bsc-hons-radiotherapy-and-oncology
http://www.herts.ac.uk/courses/radiotherapy-and-oncology
https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/radiotherapy-bsc-hons/overview/
http://www.port.ac.uk/courses/health-sciences-and-social-work/bsc-hons-radiotherapy-and-oncology/
https://www.ulster.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/201819/radiotherapy-and-oncology-13932
http://courses.uwe.ac.uk/B822/radiotherapy-and-oncology

If you need science A-levels and you are dedicated about radiotherapy then go get those A-levels! If you don't want to study any more then there are lots of careers where you can be in a caring role where you do not need science A-levels, and a careers adviser could help find these areas.

The A-levels you'd need probably are a biology A-level and one other science, they also look kindly on BTEC health and social care as long as you get triple distinction star, which is relatively easy compared to an A-level. Also a bit of volunteering work at a hospital/ care home/ hospice will help your application to university for a radiotherapy course.
Original post by AMBER900
I completed my A Level studies this summer and achieved decent grades ( ABC). I studied very essay based subjects such English, Sociology and Psychology. Although technically Psychology is a science, all radiography courses don't allow it as part of their A level requirements. I'm on a gap year now because I wasn't sure what to study and I didn't want to rush into uni. I now regret my A Level choices and just don't know what i can do about it. Is there anyway i could get into a Radiotherapy course?

i believe SHU ask for just one science A level and psychology is listed

did you end up getting into radiotherapy?
Reply 4
I'm in the same position but I'm not allowed to switch my alevel courses even tho they aren't relevant to the career choice I want because it's too late so I'm just forced to stick with these
Original post by Sabz189
I'm in the same position but I'm not allowed to switch my alevel courses even tho they aren't relevant to the career choice I want because it's too late so I'm just forced to stick with these


What A levels are you studying?
Reply 6
(Original post by normaw)What A levels are you studying?
Classical civilisation, sociology, criminology
So there are several options

1) Get a science A-level (Physics, Biology, Chemistry - it doesn't really matter. 1st year they know some students have one but not the others, so they start with physics and anatomy teaching as if you didn't have the relevant A-level)

2) Do an access to healthcare course

3) Do a foundation year at uni first

4) See if you can get in through clearing

I know radiographers who went through each of these routes. Check your uni entry requirements, speak to the recruitment lead, go on an open day.
Original post by Sabz189
(Original post by normaw)What A levels are you studying?
Classical civilisation, sociology, criminology

In addition to the above, you could also look at repeating year 12 (if you are in year 12 now) with different A levels. That would the cheapest option for you.

Please also note that if you are taking the WJEC criminology diploma, not all unis accept this qualification so do check the Entry Requirements section on the course pages of uni websites.
Reply 9
Thank you for your help these weren't a levels I chose I'm practically being forced to do criminology and sociology and classics we're the only courses that would take me because I don't have a math gcse
Original post by Sabz189
Thank you for your help these weren't a levels I chose I'm practically being forced to do criminology and sociology and classics we're the only courses that would take me because I don't have a math gcse


Are you going to retake you maths GCSE? The majority of unis are going to require at least a grade 4 in maths (and English and sometimes a science). Not having the required GCSEs is the quickest way to being rejected.

Just looking at SHU's entry requirements, sociology is acceptable to fill its science/social science requirement. It's worth working your way through the other unis (there aren't that many that offer radiotherapy) to see if you will be fine with your current A levels.

https://www.shu.ac.uk/courses/radiotherapy-and-oncology/bsc-honours-radiotherapy-and-oncology/full-time

Course finder here:

https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/career-planning/course-finder
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