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Healthcare Science Practitioner: Audiology Degree Apprenticeship

Assistant Audiology - CPD
   

  Entry requirements:

  • Three A Levels (or equivalent) including one science subject
  • Minimum of Grade 4 or C GCSE Maths and English
  • In paid employment in a relevant role.

 

This course is for you if you are looking for an apprenticeship that will allow you to train and qualify as an audiologist while working in the industry. Audiologists are health care professionals responsible for the diagnosis and rehabilitation of hearing, balance and associated disorders in patients of all ages.

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Achieve a degree alongside relevant and practical work training
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No student fees
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Learn through a combination of distance learning, on-campus study and workplace training
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Builds on Aston's well established links and extensive experience in health education

Qualification

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.

Start date

September.

Tuition fees

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.

Entry requirements

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. 

Clinical Toolkit

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. 

Other routes

This course is also delivered as BSc Healthcare Science (Audiology) through the traditional university route. 

Find out more.

Programme overview

Audiology is the study of the ear, hearing and balance, and Healthcare Science is the use of scientific methods to test and treat people who have health conditions. Healthcare Scientists in Audiology work in hospitals and health clinics, assessing people’s hearing and balance, and managing conditions such as hearing loss, tinnitus and balance disorders. Audiologists deal with people from all walks of life and all ages, from new-born babies to elderly people, so enjoying interaction with people and having excellent communication skills are essential for the role. 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.

Upon successful completion of the course, you will become competent in many areas of audiological practice. 

Who is the apprenticeship for?

Apprentices can range from new employees who have no previous experience in healthcare to existing staff who are looking to develop their career in audiology. By completing this degree apprenticeship you will have acquired the knowledge and skills needed to register as a Healthcare Scientist in Audiology. 

Programme content

You will learn about the following topics on this apprenticeship programme:

Year 1:

The structure and function of the body and how disease affects it. The structure and function of the ear, and how this can be affected by different ear problems. Introduction to working in a clinical setting, including hearing tests. 

Year 2: 

The structure and function of the eyes and nervous system. The distribution of health disorders in the general population, public health medicine, protecting people from and screening for disease. The theory and technology used in measuring sensory functions. 

Year 3:

Methods of hearing assessment. Measurement of sensory functions. Developing audiology skills in a clinical setting, including hearing aid fitting. 

Year 4:

How people speak, and how they hear sound and speech. Methods of managing hearing loss. Physical and mental development in children. Methods of carrying out research, including data analysis and reporting.

Year 5: 

Sensory signal processing in the brain and how this can be affected by different health conditions. Testing and treating children’s hearing and balance disorders. Work-based project designed to use the research skills learned in Year 4. Using patient-centred skills, to test and treat people in the audiology workplace. 

Learning and teaching

Apprenticeships are structured differently to a traditional degree. You'll spend the majority of your time working full time in your clinical job but will be released for study time to complete your academic learning. You will study through a combination of online learning resources and sessions on campus where you will learn through tutorials, lectures and practical sessions. You will attend campus for several blocks of study (usually three to five days at a time) in each year, plus assessments and/or exams. It is a great opportunity for you to meet face-to-face with your peers and our academics.

Your off-campus distance learning teaching will be delivered via our virtual learning environment, Blackboard. You will access theoretical learning materials for general study, revision and assessment. This platform allows you to access a comprehensive range of study materials, recorded lectures, online tutorials, scientific journals, e-journals, databases and much more. 

Assessment

We use a wide variety of assessment types, including essays, practical assessments, portfolios of written work, exams, and online tests. Clinical assessments are carried out in our fully-equipped Audiology Clinical Skills Laboratories at Aston, or in the workplace. In the final year of your apprenticeship, we will visit you and your supervisor in the workplace to ensure you are progressing with your clinical practice and able to undertake your clinical and your end point assessments when due. 

The course is accredited by the National School of Healthcare Science and the Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists, allowing students who successfully complete the course to register and work as Healthcare Scientists in Audiology. 

Approval by the Health & Care Professions Council is pending, and, if granted, would give graduates eligibility to apply for HCPC registration as a Hearing Aid Dispenser.

Rosemary Monk

Rosemary is the Programme Director for the BSc in Healthcare Science (Audiology) and the Healthcare Science Practitioner in Audiology Apprenticeship. She teaches hearing rehabilitation for adults in Stage 2, and vestibular assessment and management in Stage 3. She also teaches on the Foundation Degree in Hearing Aid Audiology, the MSc in Clinical Science (Audiology), and the PhD in Hearing Therapy. Her areas of research interest include adult auditory rehabilitation, and vestibular assessment and rehabilitation.

I am not employed in the industry

The first step in joining our Degree Apprenticeship programme is to find and apply for a relevant job vacancy. All our current degree apprenticeship vacancies are listed below and are updated on a regular basis. Please check back regularly for new vacancies.

Find out more about applying for degree apprenticeships

I am already employed in the industry

If you are already employed in this industry, you should discuss with your manager if your organisation is working in partnership with Aston University. If they are, you will make an application through your employer. 

If your employer is not yet an Aston partner, they can get in touch with our Apprenticeships Team to find out more information about working with us.

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