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Assistant Audiologist / Hearing Care Assistant (HCA) Module

Key information

Credit value: 40

Mode of delivery: Distance Learning and On-campus Learning (compulsory 3 day workshop & 3 day assessment)

Workshop dates: 12, 13, & 14 June 2017

Practical assessments: 21, 22 & 23 August 2017

Location: Aston University, Birmingham

Fee: The total cost of the course, including assessments, is £2200

How to apply: Please complete the online application form.

Application deadline: 1 May 2017

Further information: Contact Sarah Riches s.riches@aston.ac.uk  or telephone 0121 204 4201

Aims

This 40 credit stand-alone module is aimed at currently employed Assistant Audiologists / Hearing Care Assistants (HCA) who wish to develop their clinical skills. Practical skills training is provided according to current BSA/BAA best practice guidelines. The module consists of online distance e-learning, practical workshop training, written and practical assessments and a work-based element where a portfolio is built on procedural tasks completed under the supervision of a work-based supervisor. 

This module can also be used as APEL credit towards the clinical skills module in the First Stage of the Foundation Degree (FD). Please see below for more details.

Summary of content

Once the necessary pre-requisite theoretical e-learning sessions have been completed by the participants in their own study time, a series of workshops will take place in our custom built clinical skills laboratory. These workshops will cover the following topics:

  • Day 1: Otoscopy and impression-taking
  • Day 2: Pure-tone audiometry and tympanometry
  • Day 3: Hearing instrument maintenance and review

After further training in the workplace competence in these clinical skills will be assessed by University Appointed Assessors.

Module outcomes

The module is spilt into 2 key components, Core Professional Competency and Core Clinical Competency. By the end of the module individuals will have demonstrated their theoretical knowledge and clinical competency in the following areas.

Core Professional Competencies:

  • Unit 1: Health and Safety in the Workplace
  • Unit 2: Professionalism
  • Unit 3: Communication
  • Unit 4: Referrals and advice

Core Clinical Competencies:

  • Unit 5: Otoscopy
  • Unit 6: Pure-tone audiometry
  • Unit 7: Tympanometry
  • Unit 8: Impression-taking
  • Unit 9: Hearing instrument maintenance
  • Unit 10: Review and aftercare for the hearing instrument user

APEL credit towards Foundation Degree

This module can also be used as APEL credit towards the clinical skills module in the First Stage of the Foundation Degree (FD). If applicants wish to use this as APEL they must complete the entire module and meet the Foundation Degree academic qualifications entry criteria of:

  • GCSE Mathematics and English Language grade C or higher*  
  • IELTS 7 overall  
  • Applicants MUST be currently employed in the Audiology field 
  • For those applicants who do not have the standard academic qualifications above please contact us for further advice on eligibility for the Assistant/HCA module.

Please note: Completion of the module is not a guarantee of being accepted on to the Foundation Degree course. Applicants for the Foundation Degree will go through the usual application process for undergraduate programmes. Furthermore, this module can only be used as APEL if the individual enrols on to the next available intake for the Foundation Degree Programme.