Single Module Level 7

Radiography in Suspected Physical Abuse (Level 7, 15 credits)




One semester

Next enrolment

October 2024


In a nutshell

This course will critically evaluate the current research and legislation relating to suspected physical abuse, how this relates to your practice and how it impacts on the patient and service. 

This module is accredited by the College of Radiographers. 

You will:

  • develop skills for managing and communicating with service users in cases of suspected physical abuse
  • learn to apply a systematic approach to the evaluation of radiographic images
  • increase your skills and knowledge

Course accreditations

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Course details

All about the course

Key note lectures will introduce relevant anatomy and image evaluation, radiographic technique principles, legal frameworks and clinical governance.  You will identify personal learning objectives and will document achievement through completion of a portfolio of evidence to include a reflective log of cases and a critical review of local policy.  In line with the national QAA post-graduate learning descriptors you are expected to develop skills in independent learning, and this module will support you in achieving this. 

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What will I be doing?

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and image viewing workshops. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups. You are able to arrange meetings with your personal tutor.

When not attending timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently.  We advise you should be working in a clinical environment with access to radiographic images at least once a week. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities, including the library and e-learning platform, Blackboard.


Assessment is comprised of portfolio submission including 2 compulsory written assignments: a reflective log of cases including evidence of relevant learning and a critical review of local policy.


You will receive feedback on draft and on summative assessments. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.

We aim to provide you with feedback within 15 working days of hand-in (summative assessment).

*You must achieve a pass mark of 50%

School of Health and Society

The School of Health and Society is a forward-thinking, dynamic school with a commitment to lifelong learning and real world impact.

Our courses are informed by the latest research and we work closely with organisations from both the public and private sector to ensure our teaching is at the forefront of practice.

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What about after uni?

This 15 credit module aims to enable you to effectively manage radiographic investigations for suspected physical abuse. You may choose to engage in further postgraduate or CPD study or progress within your field. 

Career Links

We work with over 100 health and social care organisations so our links with industry are very strong. These relationships will be of direct benefit to you because our academic team work in practice in some of these organisations at a senior level so are able to keep you at the forefront of developments in the sector, which in turn help you provide a better service.


What you need to know

This module is suitable for radiographers wishing to develop their understanding of imaging in suspected physical abuse cases.

The module starts in October. 

You will need to be working in a clinical environment with access to radiography caseload and the support of a clinical mentor.

    Standard entry requirements

    Previous study and experience

    You should have a degree grade 2:1 or above in a relevant discipline, with experience in radiology. 


    Alternative entry requirements

    Accreditation of prior learning (APL)

    We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

    The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

    Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

    How much?

    Type of study Year Fees
    Part-time 2024/25 £735 per 15 credit module
    Part-time 2025/26 £765 per 15 credit module

    Additional costs

    You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

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    Enrolment dates

    October 2024

    October 2025