By successfully completing this apprenticeship, you will be awarded a BSc (Hons) in Healthcare Science (Audiology). You will also achieve an apprenticeship certificate that is graded at pass, merit or distinction.
Duration of programme
The duration of the programme is normally five years, but previous qualifications or experience in audiology may be taken into consideration and occasionally apprentices may complete the course in as little as three years.
Apprentices do not have to pay for tuition fees*. The total fee of £27,000 will be met by the UK government and your employer. In addition to your fees being paid, you will also earn a salary while you study, so there is no need to apply for Student Finance.
* Employers may require students to pay the fees for resits.
You will need to apply for an apprenticeship post within an audiology department that can provide the clinical experience required for this post. These posts are advertised on the government's apprenticeship vacancy website. Employers may have additional requirements to the academic requirements specified by Aston University.
Entry requirements include:
- Three A Levels (or equivalent). Aston University's usual offer is AAB, including a science subject. But where applicants have significant work expereince and/or alternative qualifications, their suitability will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
- A minimum requirement is that applicants hold at least Grade 4 or C GCSE Maths and English.
You will also need to meet the government's eligibility criteria:
- Have been a UK/EU/EAA resident for the past three years or more prior to starting the course
- Have left full time education when the apprenticeship you are applying for is due to start
- Be aged at least 16 years old to meet government funding criteria.
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.
Apprentices will be required to buy a clinical toolkit for use during this course. This must be purchased before the end of October in the first year of the apprenticeship at the discounted price of £240.34. Information regarding how to order this will be provided at the start of the apprenticeship. Alternatively, you can supply your own clinical toolkit from your workplace.
Your employer may also have additional requirements.
This course is also delivered as BSc Healthcare Science (Audiology) through the traditional university route.
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