HNC Allied Health Professions: Diagnostic Imaging candidate information

HNC Allied Health Profession Diagnostic Imaging.The HNC Allied Health Professions: Diagnostic Imaging will equip you with the knowledge, understanding and skills required for success in your present and future employment. It aims to provide you with transferable skills that will enable you to meet changing circumstances, whether these arise from a shift in your own sphere of employment or promotion to supervisory or management roles.

You will undertake a process of learning that will enable you to: improve the quality of patient care and patient experience; understand the specific legislation that impacts on Allied Health Professions; understand the role, responsibilities and values expected of an Allied Health Support Worker;

You will gain a recognised educational qualification for ‘Assistant Practitioners’ in Diagnostic Imaging. This will support future registration of ‘Assistant Practitioners’ by the Society and College of Radiographers.>

Employment and progression opportunities

Typical employment would be at Assistant Practitioner level.

The HNC has been designed to support part-time delivery modes, principally for those already in employment. It could be delivered by flexible delivery/blended learning to support the continual professional development (CPD) of Allied Health Professionals in employment.

The award meets the general theory prerequisites for direct entry to year 2 of degree courses in Radiography at Scottish universities. You would also need to evidence both investigation skills and sufficient clinical experience. This could be achieved by use of the three-credit Unit ‘Work Role Effectiveness’. If you are hoping to progress by this route, you should check with university admissions staff the exact requirements before starting to assemble your portfolio of evidence.

When you complete all aspects of this award, and demonstrate the necessary clinical skill and behaviours by completing ‘Work Role Effectiveness’, you should be eligible for application to join the Society and College of Radiographer’s voluntary register of Radiography Assistant Practitioners.


As with all SQA qualifications, access to the awards will be at the discretion of the centre. The following recommendations are for guidance only.

The majority of candidates will be employed in a clinical environment at the grade of trainee Assistant Practitioner (or its equivalent) and will be recommended by their employers in registering for the award.

If you are entering directly without previous relevant work experience, evidence of successful study at the following levels is recommended:

  • Science (Biology or Physics) at SCQF level 6
  • English and/or Communication at SCQF level 5