Foundation Degree in Hearing Aid Audiology

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Entry requirements

Please see below for full details

This course is for you if you wish to gain a recognised HCPC-approved qualification while you are employed in the audiology industry.

Earn while you learn on this 15 month foundation degree
Option to progress to BSc Healthcare Science (Audiology)
2nd for Student Satisfaction (Aural & Oral Sciences, Complete University Guide, 2017)
Approved by the HCPC

Mode of delivery: Part time, work based learning (you must be employed full-time in the field of audiology at the start of this course and for the duration of it)

Duration: 19 days of on-campus teaching and assessment across 15 months

Please note:

  • All candidates are considered on an individual basis based on all previous and predicted qualifications, experience, references and motivation. Offers are not based purely on the qualifications outlined below.
  • This course requires all applicants to uphold professional standards of behaviour.
  • Accreditation of previous learning experience (APEL): Applicants who hold a relevant academic qualification in Audiology such as BSc Hons Hearing Sciences or other interim award from a BSc Hons Audiology programme will be considered for entry to the second stage of the programme. This will also require an assessment of clinical competence which will be arranged by the University.
  • 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.
  • Find out more about our admissions policy.

Entry requirements: 

  • You must be employed full-time in the field of audiology and a letter of support from your employer must be included with the application.
  • If you are not currently employed in this field, you may wish to contact one of our partners, Scrivens Hearing Care, who may be able to support you. Find out more about Scrivens Hearing Care.
  • GCSE Mathematics, English Language and Science Grade C/4 or higher desirable.
  • If candidates do not have standard qualifications they will be considered on an individual basis. Such students will be required to complete a Mathematics and/or English Language assessment at Aston once their application has been received. 

How to apply:

Tuition fees for full course duration (15 months) for 2018-entry:

  • Home / EU students: £13,550
  • International students: £27,150
The course is a HCPC (Health & Care Professions Council) approved programme for professional development.

Graduates are eligible to apply for HCPC registration.

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. 

This course is for people already employed in the audiology field who wish to gain a recognised qualification to register and practise in this area.

You will receive around 19 days of on-campus teaching and assessment. Example dates based on the attendance dates for 2018-entry students are:

Stage 1

  • 5, 6 & 7 September: Induction
  • 11 & 12 October: Teaching
  • 8 & 9 November: Teaching
  • 12, 13, 14 December: Revision & practical assessments 
  • January dates to be confirmed: exams.

Please note that the University will inform you on an individual basis which group you have been allocated to prior to commencing the course.

If you are not currently employed in this field, you may wish to contact one of our partners, Scrivens Hearing Care, who may be able to support you. Find out more about Scrivens Hearing Care.

In the first stage, you are introduced to a range of basic sciences related to hearing and audiology. You will also focus on clinical procedures and the skills needed to manage patients. You will put these skills into practice in your workplace.

In your second stage you will build on the skills developed in the first stage. You will be introduced to topics such as hearing aids and counselling skills. You will also be developing related clinical competencies as you work with patients/clients in the workplace. 

Stage 1

  • Adult Auditory Assessment - provides students with a theoretical and practical understanding of audiological test procedures and related clinical issues in adult auditory assessment.
  • Rehabilitation in Audiology - develops an understanding of the rehabilitative process.
  • Introduction to Auditory Sciences - provides students with a sound theoretical understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the auditory and vestibular systems.
  • Skills Foundation I - develops skills in audiological assessment procedures, following British Society of Audiology (BSA) and British Academy of Audiology (BAA) recommendations.
  •  Practical Placement I - provides students with an opportunity to learn about audiology practice.

  Stage 2

  • Auditory Sciences II - This module provides an introduction to psychophysical methods and the psychophysics of hearing and introduces students to the perceptual effects of deafness.  The module will introduce models of pitch perception and frequency selectivity.  Students will also learn about the perception of loudness, masking, temporal processing, and the perceptual effects of binaural stimulation gain an overview of speech production and perception.
  • Hearing Aids – this module provides an understanding of routine hearing aids systems, and how to select and fit them and verify, evaluate and modify their performance.
  • Improving Healthcare – this module provides an awareness of patient perspectives and an understanding of how to improve services.
  • Skills Foundation II - this practical-based module aims to develop skills in audiological assessment and rehabilitative procedures, following BSA/BAA recommended procedures.
  • Practice placement II - provides supervised training in practise to complete the Individual Record of Clinical Practice and continue to build a portfolio of evidence.
  • Professional Studies – Business Practice – this covers the legal knowledge and business skills required to dispense hearing aids in the private sector as an independent or employed dispenser.

After the course

As a graduate of this course, you will:

  • Be able to register with the Health & Care Professions Council and provide aid services to customers within the independent sector.
  • Be eligible to work as an Associate Practitioner in the NHS.
  • Be eligible to apply for Year 3 entry to the BSc Healthcare Science (Audiology) course. In order to apply, you must pass this course with at least a Merit. Applications are made via UCAS (deadline = 30th March) and each application will be reviewed on an individual basis by the University’s Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies or her/his nominee. All applicants will be required to undertake an interview and Direct Referral Clinical Competency assessment. To achieve the award of BSc Hons, students will be required to complete a further year of study. In addition to this, students will be required to complete a Research Methods module during year 3 of the BSc course.

Personal development

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

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, and using our computerised patient;

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

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;
  • Refurbished lecture theatres and seminar rooms with modern audio-visual equipment;
  • 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.
  • Course texts and relevant journals are available from the library either electronically or in book form. 

A wide-range of highly experienced staff teach on this Foundation Degree programme.

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