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Degree Apprenticeship in Healthcare Science Practitioner – Audiology (BSc)

Assistant Audiology - CPD
   

  Key facts:

  • Three to five years
  • Blended learning
  • Degree apprenticeship

 

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

Duration: Minimum 3 years /maximum of 5 years.

Method of teaching delivery: Teaching is delivered through a combination of off-campus distance learning and on-campus study at Aston University, Birmingham. In addition you will learn in the workplace from your employer.

Start date: October 

Entry requirements: 

  • You must have obtained an appropriate apprenticeship.
  • You must be eligible to work in the UK and not in full-time education (at the time you enrol on the programme).
  • Academic entry requirements for an apprenticeship are more flexible than for a standard undergraduate degree programme and will be considered on a case by case basis.  However, it is required that applicants hold GCSE grade A* to C (or 4 to 9) in English and maths.

How to apply: See below for further details.

Other routes: This course is also delivered as BSc Healthcare Science (Audiology) through the traditional university route. Find out more.

Students do not pay fees for the programme, the fees are being met jointly by the UK Government and the student’s employer (note that employers may require students to pay the fees for resits).

In addition to your fees being paid, you will earn while you learn, so there is no need for student finance.

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 allows you to study towards this qualification, while being employed in an appropriate role. This integrated degree apprenticeship programme will typically take between three years and five years (depending on the learner and the requirements of the employer) to complete.

You will develop your knowledge, skills and understanding via teaching from Aston University. The teaching will involve practical and academic learning as well as assessments. Teaching will be delivered in the following ways:

  • On-campus teaching sessions where you will attend Aston University for short blocks. In stages 1 and 2 these will take place at the start and end of each semester (there are two semesters per year). In the final stage these will take place monthly. 
  • Off-campus distance learning. These will happen continuously during all three stages.

The majority of your time will be spent in the workplace. Your employer will give you in day-to-day training and the opportunity for you to develop your skills and knowledge. You will immediately be able to see how the theory that you are learning from Aston works in 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.

The apprenticeship is split in to three stages.

Stages 1 and 2:

During stages 1 & 2 you will be required to take a minimum of 60 credits during each academic year, over a maximum of 4 years. This is equivalent to 3 modules per year as all stage 1 and 2 modules are worth 20 credits each (with the exception of Stage 2 modules “Child Development” and “Research Methods” which are worth 10 credits each).

You will study the following modules:

Stage 1:

  • Introductory Sciences 1: The overall aim of this module is to ensure you develop the underpinning knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pathology, biochemistry, immunology, genetics and microbiology to provide the foundations for study.
  • Introductory Sciences 2: You will develop a deep understanding of anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology within the Neurosensory Sciences of vision and the neural system. This will inform and develop the specialism specific pathways and modules.
  • Introductory Sciences 3: This module aims to provide you with a thorough understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the ear and the function of the auditory/vestibular system. It will deliver knowledge surrounding the clinical and practical aspects of ear diseases (Central, Peripheral and Vestibular disorders), the potential causes and their management.
  • Introductory Sciences 4: The overall aim of this module is to ensure that you have the underpinning knowledge of psychosocial dimensions of health to provide the foundations for study in any of the three divisions of healthcare science.
  • Clinical and Professional Practice: The aim of this module is to enable you to apply and contextualise the knowledge and skills you have gained so far to the workplace. You will be expected to perform some routine skills and develop and build your professional practice in accordance with Good Scientific Practice.
  • Applied Physics and Measurement: This module will provide you with a background of the concept of instrumentation used in neurosensory sciences together with an appreciation of the physical and mathematical principles that underpin these concepts and measurements. 

Stage 2:

  • Applied Physiological Measurement & Instrumentation: This module will ensure that you understand the principles of physiological and psychophysical measurements within the Neurosensory Sciences and are able to work safely within these environments. The module also investigates the principles and applications of a wide range of physiological techniques, and application of digital signal acquisition, storage and analysis.
  • Auditory Intervention: This module will provide you with the fundamental principles of adult aural rehabilitation, including the use of hearing aids.
  • Auditory Sciences: This module provides an introduction to the perception of sounds, including speech.  A key aim is to give you a theoretical understanding of psycho-acoustics, speech production and perception, in normal and abnormal hearing
  • Audiological Assessment: This module aims to provide you with a theoretical understanding of audiological test procedures and related clinical issues in the hearing assessment of adults. A further aim is to introduce the British Society of Audiology’s recommended procedures for key audiological investigations
  • Child Development: This module will provide an understanding of early auditory and speech system development and how these relate to one another. An understanding of different developmental domains and how they may be assessed both physically and cognitively.
  • Clinical & Professional Practice: The aim of this module is to ensure that you develop your skills with respect to patient centred care and performs a range of procedures as part of the diagnostic assessment of adults. During this module you will apply your learning from the modules and professional practice.
  • Research Methods: The overall aim of this module is to ensure that you have the underpinning knowledge of the importance of research, development and innovation across the NHS and in healthcare science and in particular to provide the underpinning knowledge for the practice-based project.

Final stage:

During the final stage you will complete 120 credits in one academic year.

  • Advanced Auditory Intervention: This module will provide you with the theoretical basis of rehabilitation of complex auditory disorders, including the use of implantable auditory devices.
  • Audiological Science: This module will provide you with the underpinning knowledge necessary to understand central auditory and multisensory processing mechanisms and their effects on brain variability and brain plasticity. You will discover a range of the specialist populations that may have difficulties due to disorders in these central and peripheral neurological systems
  • Clinical & Professional Practice: This module provides you with supervised training on placement in order for you to complete the Individual Record of Clinical Practice (NHS placement route); it enables you to learn the business skills relating to hearing aid dispensing; and to understand the structure of healthcare delivery in your chosen country and healthcare improvement principles.
  • Research Project: You will complete a work-based project and present the results in a report and a poster. This will allow you to demonstrate the knowledge, skills and experience gained in the Research Methods module in Year 2. 
  • Specialist Audiological Assessment: This module will provide a detailed theoretical understanding of vestibular function, vestibular assessment and the full range of paediatric assessment procedures and case management. To include an introduction to the ethos of newborn hearing screening and the tools utilised to deliver a newborn screening program.

Your on-campus learning will be delivered in interactive activity based learning sessions in our clinical skills laboratory which is equipped with the latest audiometric instruments, identical to those that you will use in practice. Lectures will be delivered in our refurbished lecture theatres and seminar rooms with modern audio-visual equipment.

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. 

The assessment approach within the degree has been designed to ensure that you meet the skills, knowledge and behaviour outcomes as defined in the Apprenticeship Standard ensuring that all graduates are suited to meet the future needs of employers.

An extensive range of support systems are available to all Aston University students to ensure successful academic and competency achievement. 

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

During your on-campus teaching sessions:

  • 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; 
  • Refurbished lecture theatres and seminar rooms with modern audio-visual equipment; 

During your off-campus distance learning:

  • A virtual learning environment used 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.
During both:
  • Course texts and relevant journals are available from the library either electronically or in book form.
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We are in the process of applying for accreditation for this course by the Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists and the Academy of Healthcare Scientists (which is relevant to practice in the NHS). The course is designed to formally meet the requirements of the profession and will form part of our portfolio of accredited courses.

The first step in joining our Degree Apprenticeship programme is to find and apply for a relevant job vacancy via the Find an Apprenticeship website.

Reminder: Applicants must be eligible to work in the UK and not be in full-time education at the point that they enrol on the programme.

Successful candidates may be invited to an assessment centre for further tests and interviews with both the employer and Aston.

If you are already employed as an apprentice and would like to enrol on the course please discuss this with your employer and advise them to contact Aston University to discuss this further. 

For more information, contact apprenticeships@aston.ac.uk.

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