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Foundation Degree in Hearing Aid Audiology

A HCPC-approved programme that allows you to earn while you study
Audiology

Why choose this course?

  • Earn while you learn
  • Programme is approved by the HCPC (Health & Care Professions Council)
  • 15 month qualification with the option to progress to a BSc
  • Expert staff with many years experience

15 months

We will only consider applicants who are employed in the audiology field.

Apply directly to Aston University, using the online application form. Application deadline: 30th June 2016 

Specific subject requirements: 

  • Applicants MUST be employed in the audiology field.

  • 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

Other Qualifications: Ideally students will also have A Levels, Scottish Highers, Irish Leaving Certificate, BTEC or Access in science. Applicants without formal qualifications may be considered if they have appropriate work experience and are able to demonstrate full employer support and complete a Maths and English assessment. This will be assessed on an individual basis at the time of application.

Successful candidates will be required to pass a criminal record check prior to the start of the programme.

 

Tuition fees (for full 15 months) 2016 entry:

Home / EU: £13,200

OS: £26,000



Students enrolling onto certain programmes within the School of Life and Health Sciences at Aston University will be required to undertake an Enhanced Level Criminal Records Bureau check. Also in line with national requirements for programmes leading to a health professional qualification, a number of degree programmes in the School of Life and Health Science are subject to Fitness to Practise Regulations.

For more information please follow the link: DBS Checks & Fitness to Practise

This programme is aimed at people already employed in the audiology field and wishing to gain a recognised qualification to register and practise.

Earn while you learn – studying to become a hearing aid dispenser with Aston University and Scrivens Hearing Care

Provisional attendance dates for students starting in 2016 are:


7th, 8th, 9th September – induction

13th & 14th October

10th & 11th November

14th, 15th, 16th December – revision

12th & 13th January – exams

2nd & 3rd February

9th & 10th March

5th, 6th, 7th April – revision

11th & 12th May – exams

In the first stage, students 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.

Career prospects


As a graduate, you will be able to register with the Health & Care Professions Council and provide aid services to customers within the independent sector. You will also be eligible to work as an Associate Practitioner in the NHS.

Applicants holding an appropriate Foundation Degree in Hearing Aid Audiology may enter year 3 of the BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science (Audiology) programme.  This requirement will be assessed on an individual basis by the University’s Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies or her/his nominee.

To achieve the award of BSc (Hons), such students will be required to complete a further year of study.  Students will be required to complete a bridging programme comprising a module in Research Methods.

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.  The audiology course aims to help students recognise this need and develop the appropriate skills.

Professional accreditation


HCPC (Health & Care Professions Council) approved programme for professional development and graduates are eligible to apply for HCPC registration.

The programme utilises a range of teaching methods.  These include lectures, seminars, tutorials, group work and problem based learning etc.  

We also use the virtual learning environment to support all teaching activities and you will have access to a computerised patient in the Clinical Skills Laboratory to simulate a variety of clinical situations.

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

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

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