BSc Healthcare Science (Audiology)

Qualify to work as an audiologist, providing services in the NHS or dispensing hearing aids in the independent sector
  • Accredited by the Registration Council for Clinical Physiology
  • Includes integrated placement experience
  • Fully functioning Audiology clinics which are used by the general public
  • A highly regarded programme achieving record student satisfaction.
    • 4th in the UK in the Complete University Guide 2017
    • Healthcare Science at Aston is ranked 1st in the UK regarding Career Prospects (Guardian University Guide 2014)
    • 2nd in the UK for student satisfaction (Complete University Guide 2017)

3 years full-time with integrated placements  

UCAS Code: B611

All candidates are considered on an individual basis based on previous and predicted qualifications, experience, references and motivation. We also require all applicants to our course to uphold professional standards of behaviour. 

Unfortunately we are not currently able to consider international students for entry to this programme due to restrictions on placements. 

Typical offers

A Levels: Three A Levels are required and must include one Science subject from Biology, Chemistry or Physics (Biology preferred).  A typical minimum offer would be ABB at A Level. You would also be required to successfully complete the practical element of your Science subject.

IB: Three subjects must be taken at Higher Level, including two Science subjects (Biology preferred). Three further subjects must be taken at Subsidiary level.  A minimum offer would usually be 33 points.

BTEC, Access & other: Applications from students studying BTEC National Diploma or Extended Diploma in Applied Science along with Science A Levels (Biology, Chemistry, Physics) are considered on an individual basis.

Access Certificates in Science are considered on an individual basis. The Access route is only considered for mature students (age 21+).

Foundation Programme in Science (Aston University)
For students with good A-level (or equivalent) grades, but who narrowly miss our standard requirements, it is also possible to gain entry to this programme by completing a
Foundation Year, although please note the progression requirements to our programmes.
Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. Find out more about our English language requirements.The minimum A level grades we consider for entry to Healthcare Science programmes via the Foundation Programme in Science are BCC, including a science subject. We encourage you to apply for entry direct to the 1st year in the first instance.

Specific subject requirements    
A levels At least one Science from Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

GCSE Five GCSEs at A*-C including English Language & Mathematics grade B.

Whilst the grades listed here are our entry requirements, we understand that predicted grades are only an estimate. We will therefore consider applicants with predicted grades that fall slightly below these entry requirements if the application is of a high standard. However, any offer made will not be lower than stated above.


  • We welcome applications from students who have taken BTEC qualifications as a first option and who achieved five or more GCSEs at grade C or above (including Maths and English Language grade B).
  • We do not consider applications from students who are unsuccessful in obtaining the required number and/or standard of A-levels for admission to our programmes and subsequently embark on a BTEC as a second option. Instead we would encourage you to resit your A Levels (see our resit policy below).

Resit Students

  • We welcome applications from students who have tried to improve their examination grades by taking a maximum of one set of resits. We treat these applications in exactly the same way as other applications. However, if you have had more than one attempt at improving your grades, your application will be considered on an individual basis and we reserve to make an amended (higher) offer, or not make an offer.

Please note, your full educational background is taken into account and all qualifications are considered when we make a decision on your application.

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. Find out more about our English language requirements 

Tuition fees

£9,250 - UK/EU students (2017)

More on Fees.

Students enrolling onto certain programmes within the School of Life and Health Sciences at Aston University will be required to undertake an Enhanced Level Criminal Records Bureau check. Also in line with national requirements for programmes leading to a health professional qualification, a number of degree programmes in the School of Life and Health Science are subject to Fitness to Practise Regulations.

For more information please follow the link: DBS Checks & Fitness to Practise

The BSc in Healthcare Science (Audiology) programme is designed to meet the needs of audiologists providing services in the NHS and hearing aid dispensers working in the independent sector.  It is part of the Modernising Scientific Careers suite of qualifications and fits within the Neurosensory Sciences strand.   It is a 3-year programme, with integrated placements in each year in clinical practice.

Students are expected to become competent in many areas of audiological practice during the course.  This means graduates will be eligible to apply to register with the Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists and the Health & Care Professions Council.

Audiology teaching staff

In the first year students are introduced to a range of basic sciences related to healthcare science.  They will also receive more detailed teaching in the related areas of neurophysiology and vision science as part of the neurosensory sciences strand.  They will be introduced to clinical procedures and the skills needed to work with and manage patients.

In the second year, more advanced areas of audiology are introduced, such as hearing assessment and hearing aid provision. In addition, hearing sciences are addressed in more depth and students learn about research methods.

The final year prepares students for a professional career as an audiologist. They have the opportunity to research a chosen audiology topic in depth in the dissertation component, and learn how to relate research to developing good clinical practice. They are introduced to specialised areas of audiology such as the assessment of children and balance disorders.

Year 1

  •     Clinical & Professional Practice
  •     Applied Physics and Measurement
  •     Introductory Sciences I
  •     Introductory Sciences II
  •     Introductory Sciences III
  •     Introductory Sciences IV

Year 2

  •     Clinical & Professional Practice
  •     Research Methods
  •     Applied Physiological Measurement & Instrumentation
  •     Auditory Sciences
  •     Audiological Assessment
  •     Auditory Intervention
  •     Child Development

 Final Year

  •     Clinical & Professional Practice
  •     Research Project
  •     Speech, Language & Auditory Perception
  •     Specialist Audiological Assessment
  •     Advanced Auditory Intervention

 Students are provided with placement opportunities in each academic year.  Placement experience is also very important for the development of a wide range of interpersonal skills such as working in clinical teams, managing time etc.

Clinical placements are an essential and compulsory component of the BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science (Audiology) programme. Students are informed both prior to, and at the start of the course, that placements cover a large geographical area within the West Midlands as well as areas further afield. There is no guarantee that clinical placement will be within your locality.  By registering for the programme you accept this aspect of the programme. Exceptional Circumstances would apply, if prior to the start of placement, an event occurred that would prevent you from attending that placement.  Exceptional Circumstances do not apply to an on-going or pre-existing constraint that might affect your ability to comply with programme requirements.

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Professional Accreditation

The programme is accredited by the Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists, which is relevant to practise in the NHS, and by the Health and Care Professions, which is relevant to the independent sector.  

Career Progression

Many audiologists and hearing aid dispensers work as part of healthcare teams, liaising with medical, education, and research professionals. A desire to work with and help people is essential and is an important component of the programme.

The ageing population means that demand for both hearing assessment and treatment services is set to rise substantially over the coming years.  Our graduates will be well placed to enter careers in hospitals, community-based and independent practice, and also audiological and neurosciences research.

The programme is designed to formally meet the requirements of the profession and builds on Aston’s established links and extensive experience of health education.

Personal development

It is important that students working in healthcare have a wide range of interpersonal skills.  These include good communication skills, presentation skills, team working, report writing, negotiation and IT skills.  The audiology course aims to help students recognise this need and develop the appropriate skills.


Students are primarily taught in recently refurbished lecture theatres, which make use of latest AV technology.
The audiology Clinical Skills laboratory is equipped with the latest audiometric instruments, identical to those that the students will encounter in practice.
The virtual learning environment, Blackboard, is used throughout the course in all areas of teaching from revision to assessment.
Course texts and relevant journals are available from the library either electronically or in book form. Students will be required to buy a clinical toolkit for use during this programme. This must be purchased before the end of October and will be available at the special discounted price of £185 for September 2016 entry. Information regarding how to order this will be provided to all new students when beginning the course. 

Learning, teaching & assessment

As audiology cohort numbers are small we can use a wide range of teaching approaches.  These include traditional lectures, seminars, tutorials, group work, problem based learning etc. In year 3 students undertake a project, which helps them develop their research skills.

We have a fully equipped Clinical Skills Laboratory and we also use the virtual learning environment to support all teaching activities.  This includes using a computerised patient to help students develop their clinical skills along with simulations of clinical situations.

Assessments are varied and include exams, essay writing, practicals, report writing, seminars and presentations.

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Jack Bennett
As I have a hearing loss I’ve always wanted to help other people like me. The great practical and interpersonal experience gained on this course coupled with the academia makes it a great course for someone like me who loves to do as many things as I can. I attended an open day and it solidified the magic Aston factor for me.



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