Access to Higher Education - Radiographer (Distance Learning)

Online/Distance Learning 19+ Learner Loan available

Access to HE (Radiographer) – Distance Learning

Level 3

Length: 8 - 12 months

Campus: Online Course

About the course

The Access to Higher Education Diploma (Radiography) incorporates a blend of science and medicine, to prepare you for a career working within a diagnostic role in healthcare. You will study specific elements physics, chemistry and biology, including atomic structure and anatomy to give you the understanding you need to start your career in radiography.

Part of the course includes the core scientific and medical principles that will allow you to work safely and responsibly with radiation and hazardous materials, how to operate radiological equipment and how to analyse scans.

The course – and the degree you’ll be eligible to study after – will provide you with a diverse range of knowledge and skills that will be invaluable wherever your career takes you.

Life is unpredictable, and circumstances change, which is why you may not want to wait until September to enrol on an Access to Higher Education Diploma (Radiographer). If you want to study you can start right away, or at another time that is convenient for you. The Access to Higher Education Diploma (Radiographer) has been specifically designed to suit people who have been out of the formal education system for a while. Because there are no classes to attend, individuals with family and work commitments can still fulfil their career ambitions by fitting their studies around their schedule. On average student take between 8-12 months to finish their diploma (with the maximum time allowed to complete your diploma being 2 years).

Course content

Unit TitleCredits
Preparing to Study3
Academic Writing Skills3
Preparing a Written Assignment3
Cell Biology6
Electromagnetic Spectrum3
Atomic Structure3
The Human Muscular and Skeletal Systems3
Medical Physics3
The Roles & Responsibilities of Healthcare Professionals3
Human Disease & Prevention3
Periodic Table3
Atomic Structure & Bonding3
Statistical Research6
Chemical Bonding & Structure3
Optics & Sound3

Entry requirements

  • You must be 19 years old

  • You must have a Level 2 Functional Skills in English and maths, or GCSE/O’Levels grade C/4 and above.

  • Have access to IT and WIFI

  • Distance Learning isn’t for everyone. If we feel that this mode of study may not be quite right for you, we will help you to find the one that is.

Where next?

Once you have completed your diploma, you will be able to apply for a university course.

An Access to Higher Education Diploma (Radiography) gives you the skills not only to pursue a career in radiography but sonography, biomedical science, microbiology, dentistry and more.


  • Employment within the NHS, a private hospital, or working overseas, or University progression.

What additional resources will I need?

  • No additional resources are required.

Fees information

  • £3,380

  • You may wish to access the Advanced Learner Loan where the Government cover the course fees, only repayable when you’re earning over £27,295. Please follow this link:

  • For further career guidance, the National Careers Service provides information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work opportunities. This service offers confidential and impartial advice and is supported by qualified careers advisers.


  • For further information about this course please contact a member of the Fast Forward Team on 01793 732892 or email:

  • Start date Anytime

  • Course Code FF2605P