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Postgraduate Certificate in Paediatric Imaging *

Institution code: 

One year part-time.

Course Dates:

Start week commencing 03 January 2022 (exact dates to be confirmed)

Typical Offer: 

Qualifications and experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Please see Entry Requirements below.

* Subject to validation

This course has been designed to support the advancing practice of radiographers in the field of paediatric imaging.


This course has been designed to support the advancing practice of radiographers in the field of paediatric imaging. Between March 2018 and February 2019, nearly 23.5 million X-ray examinations took place in England alone, with just over 2.8 million of these examinations being carried out on children between the ages of 0 and 14 (Dixon, 2019). It is therefore essential that staff are well prepared and possess the necessary knowledge and skills to support a positive experience for both the paediatric patient and their carers. The imaging of a paediatric patient often presents radiographers with a range of complex issues to consider. This course will allow you to develop your theoretical knowledge and your clinical experience and apply these to current practice. This will support the development of paediatric imaging within your department and equip you with skills and knowledge to evidence your role as a lead paediatric radiographer and advanced practitioner in paediatric imaging.

Course modules

Full downloadable information regarding all University of Suffolk courses, including Key Facts, Course Aims, Course Structure and Assessment, is available in the Definitive Course Record.

During this course, you will learn the theoretical aspects of child psychology and development. The skeletal and developmental differences in the skeleton will be explored alongside the role of projection imaging which will be underpinned by your work-based learning in practice. You will also develop your knowledge and understanding of Suspected Physical Abuse and explore the role of the radiographer within such cases whilst developing an appreciation of the complexities that these cases present. There are three modules, all of which are mandatory:

Children’s Holistic Development:

This module will enhance students’ overall understanding of child development and behaviour and how to support this in their everyday practice. It will also encourage the identification and consideration of determinant factors in order for the radiographer to provide a positive environment for children when visiting an imaging department. It will provide students with a firm theoretical grounding in theories of children’s development in order to underpin and influence their practice.

Projection Imaging of the Paediatric Patient:

Students will learn about the range of projection imaging techniques which are used to diagnose conditions and trauma which are typically presented by paediatric patients. The importance of the diagnostic content of the resultant imaging will be examined and students will be taught the significant radiological features which influences management of the condition. Specific needs and care of children (and their carers) undergoing radiographic procedures will be explored in the context of relevant protocols and legislation. It is envisaged that students will have an opportunity to share their experiences and working practices.

Suspected Paediatric Abuse:

This module will provide students with the necessary knowledge and understanding to deal with suspected physical abuse cases and to be able to provide optimum diagnostic images and initial comments. The imaging of a suspected physical abuse case presents radiographers with 20 Credits University of Suffolk Form Number CP/20/011 Course Proposal Form – Website Information Page 1 of 2 Version 1.0 Template owner: Registry Services complex emotional and management issues to consider and these will be considered alongside current protocols and guidelines underpinned by ethical and legal professional practice. It will also encourage the students to develop a reflexive approach to their practice in order to provide the best possible care for the child and their family/carers.

Career opportunities

All students will already hold posts across the healthcare sector, nonetheless completion of this programme will enable students to progress into advanced practitioner/lead roles in paediatric imaging. Students completing the PGC element of the programme will be encouraged to apply for Advanced Practitioner Accreditation with the Society and College of Radiographers.

Fees and finance


  • Part-time tuition fee: £915 per 20 credits (please contact the Student Centre for further information).


  • Part-time tuition fee: £915 per 20 credits (please contact the Student Centre for further information).

Further Information

At the University of Suffolk, your tuition fees provide access to all the usual teaching and learning facilities that you would expect. However, there may be additional costs associated with your course that you will need to budget for.

* 2022-23 tuition fees are subject to change in line with inflation, or a government change in the fee cap.

Entry requirements


Associate Professor in Diagnostic Radiography

Senior Lecturer in Diagnostic Radiography

Associate Professor in Diagnostic Radiography

Lecturer in Diagnostic Radiography

Facilities and Resources

This course will be delivered using blended learning and require access to the Ipswich Campus. No specialist equipment is required.