BSc Healthcare Science (Audiology)

Audiology UG Student Profile
The reputation of the school came highly recommended." 

Corinne, BSc Healthcare Science (Audiology) Graduate, NHS Scientist 
Training Programme: Audiological Clinical Science

Entry requirements

A Level: ABB

IB: 32 points

This course is for you if you wish to qualify to work as an audiologist, providing services in the NHS or dispensing hearing aids in the independent sector.

1st for Graduate Prospects (Aural & Oral Sciences, Complete University Guide, 2018)
Employed graduates from subjects allied to medicine at Aston earn £12,500 (51%) more than the UK average, three years after graduating (LEO, 2017)
Integrated placements throughout the course
4th Overall (Aural & Oral Sciences, Complete University Guide, 2018)

Duration: 3 years full-time with integrated placements  

UCAS Code: B611

Please note:

  • All candidates are considered on an individual basis based on all previous and predicted qualifications, experience, references and motivation. 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, initial offers will not be lower than stated below).
  • This course requires all applicants to uphold professional standards of behaviour.
  • Unfortunately we are not currently able to consider applications from international or EU students for entry to this course due to restrictions on placements. Home students who have completed their qualifications outside of the UK will still be considered on a case by case basis. 
  • 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.
  • GCSE requirements: Five GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above including English Language and Mathematics at Grade B/5 and above

  • If you have questions after reading the entry requirement information, you may wish to consult our FAQ.

  • Find out more about our admissions policy.

  • The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.

  • We are not able to accept applications for second year entry to this course.

  • Take a look at our FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions

Typical offers:

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/BBB at A Level. You would also be required to successfully complete the practical element of your Science subject.

A Level applicants who select this course as their Firm UCAS choice may be eligible for our lowered offer scheme. This means that the grades that you will need in order to be accepted on to the course will be reduced.

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.

32 points overall, to include 655 at HL, which must include at least two Sciences (Biology preferred and Maths not considered as a science).

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

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 A Level resit policy in the A Levels section).

Applicants studying an Access to Science qualification will be considered on an individual basis, and may be interviewed. Our standard offer is 45 level three credits, with at least 30 at distinction (the rest must be at merit or distinction).

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 our Foundation Year Programme, (although please note the progression requirements to our programmes). 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. Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. We encourage you to apply for entry direct to the 1st year in the first instance.

International qualifications: Unfortunately we are not currently able to consider applications from international or EU students for entry to this course due to restrictions on placements. Home students who have completed their qualifications outside of the UK will still be considered on a case by case basis, visit our international pages for more details on the qualifications we accept. 

Disclosure & Barring Service Enhanced Check

As you will be working with the public you will be required to complete an online enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check prior to the start of the academic term and this must be renewed as required throughout the duration of the course.   An enhanced DBS check covers all previous convictions, including spent ones.

The cost of the DBS check is £44, which you will pay via the University on-line payment system.

Aston can check a pre-existing Enhanced DBS certificate for the Adult and Child Workforce if you have signed up to the DBS update service.  We will require your permission in writing by email to access this information through the Update Service.

You can find out further information about the DBS check including guidance on the application process from their customer service department on 0300 0200 190, or on their website

Occupational Health Check

You will be required to undertake a confidential online Health Check prior to the start of the academic term and further occasional health assessments may also be required. Once completed, the Audiology Department receives a report detailing whether or not there are any health concerns that need to be addressed before starting the course.   

The cost of the initial Health Check is covered by the University. 

Audiology is a varied discipline, involving elements of biological sciences, engineering, psychology, physics, electronics, speech and language development and research.

Audiology courses at Aston are designed to meet the needs of professional audiologists in both the NHS and independent sectors. Audiologists work in multidisciplinary teams, liaising with patients as well as medical, education, and research professionals. A desire to help people is important and the ageing population means demand for hearing assessment and treatment services is increasing.

This course 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. 

Upon successful completion of the course, you will become competent in many areas of audiological practice. This means you will be eligible to apply to register with the Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists and the Health & Care Professions Council.

Student satisfaction for this course is very high, in fact we are ranked second for student satisfaction in Aural and Oral Sciences in the 2017 Complete University Guide. Our student and graduate profiles will give you an insight in to why so many of them are happy to be part of Audiology and the School of Life and Health Sciences at Aston.

Degree apprenticeship

You can also study this subject through a degree apprenticeship. This is a new way to get the experience you need. Put simply, you'll get paid to work and study over the course of your degree. Your employer and the government pay your fees meaning you have no student debt when you graduate.

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Year 1

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

  • Clinical & Professional Practice
  • Applied Physics and Measurement
  • Introductory Sciences (4 modules).

Year 2

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 you will learn about research methods.

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

Final Year

Final year prepares you for a professional career as an audiologist. You 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. You will also discover specialised areas of audiology such as the assessment of children and balance disorders.

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

Placements are integrated in to each academic year. The experiences that you will encounter are very important for the development of a wide range of practical skills and deepening your knowledge. You will also develop interpersonal skills such as working in clinical teams, managing your time and much more. You will also discover more about the career options that are available in this area.

Clinical placements are an essential and compulsory component of this course. 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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The course is designed to formally meet the requirements of the profession and builds on Aston’s established links and extensive experience of health education. 

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

Aston is ranked second for graduate prospects in Aural and Oral Sciences in the 2017 Complete University Guide. 

The ageing population means that demand for both hearing assessment and treatment services is set to rise substantially over the coming years. 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.

Our graduates enter a variety of careers in hospitals, community-based practice, audiological and neurosciences research or other roles dedicated to improving hearing problems or, some undertake postgraduate courses. 

Roles of recent graduates include:

  • Audiologist, Boots
  • Audiologist, East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust
  • Audiologist, George Elliot Hospital
  • Audiologist, Hidden Hearing
  • Audiologist, Princess Royal Hospital
  • Audiologist, Specsavers
  • Audiologist, Wolverhampton Hospital
  • Audiologist, Worcestershire Royal Hospital
  • Audiologist, Wye Valley NHS Trust
  • Audiologist, Your World Healthcare
  • Analyst, AEON
  • Branch Manager and Audiologist, Amplison Hearing Aids
  • Hearing Aid Audiologist, Boots
  • Hearing Aid Audiologist, Specsavers
  • Hearing Aid Dispenser / Audiologist, Specsavers
  • Hearing Aid Dispenser, Boots.

Personal development

It is important that healthcare professionals have a wide range of interpersonal skills. These include:

  • Good communication skills
  • Presentation skills
  •  Team working
  •  Report writing
  •  Negotiation 
  •  IT skills.

 The audiology course aims to help you recognise and develop the appropriate skills, including:

  • Problem solving
  • Critical thinking
  • Reflective skills.

You will benefit from excellent facilities that will aid your learning, such as:

  • A clinical skills laboratory which is equipped with the latest audiometric instruments, identical to those that you will use in practice;
  • A computerised patient which helps you develop clinical skills along with simulations of clinical situations;
  • An onsite fully-functioning Audiology clinic which will allow you to encounter real patients;
  • Refurbished lecture theatres and seminar rooms with modern audio-visual equipment;
  • A virtual learning environment used for general study, revision and assessment. This platform allows you to access a comprehensive range of study materials, scientific journals, e-journals, databases and much more.
  • Course texts and relevant journals are available from the library either electronically or in book form. 
  • You will be required to buy a clinical toolkit for use during this course. This must be purchased before the end of October in your first year and costs the discounted price of £240.34. Information regarding how to order this will be provided to you when beginning the course.
You will encounter a wide range of teaching approaches, such as 
  • Lectures;
  • Seminars; 
  • Tutorials;
  • Group work, 
  • Problem based learning;
  • Practical skills training in the clinical skills laboratory, computerised patient and Audiology Clinic;
  • In year 3 students undertake a project, which helps them develop their research skills.

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

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