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BSc Healthcare Science (Audiology)

This course is designed to meet the needs of audiologists providing services in the NHS and hearing aid dispensers working in the independent sector
Audiology

Why choose this course?

  • This subject line at Aston is currently ranked 1st in the UK in the latest Sunday Times and Guardian University Guides.
  • This subject line at Aston is currently ranked in top 3 in the UK for employability in all major UK publications (Sunday Times, Complete University Guide, and Guardian)
  • Top 10 in the UK for Student Satisfaction according to the latest Sunday Times University Guide.
  • 96% of 2012 leavers from Audiology found employment within 6 months of leaving Aston University
  • Healthcare Science at Aston is ranked 1st in the UK regarding Career Prospects in the 2014 Guardian University Guide
  • This programme is accredited by the Registration Council for Clinical Physiology
  • Includes integrated placement experience
  • Fully functioning Audiology clinics which are used by the general public
  • Aston is ranked 1st in the UK for subjects allied to medicine in the 2014 Sunday Times University Guide.

3 years full-time with integrated placements  

UCAS Code: B611

Typical offers: 

A Levels: Three A Levels are required and must include one Science subject from Biology, Chemistry or Physics (Biology preferred).  A typically minimum offer would be ABB/BBB at A level or 320 tariff points.  This offer may be increased where A levels are being retaken for the first time.  Additional AS levels are taken into account when making offers.

IB: Applicants with an IB qualification must offer six predominantly science subjects. Three subjects must be taken at Higher level, including two science subjects.  Three further subjects must be taken at Subsidiary level.  A minimum offer would usually be 34 points.

BTEC, Access & other: Applications from students studying BTEC National Diploma or Extended Diploma in Science subjects are considered on an individual basis.

Access Certificates in science or social science subjects are considered on an individual basis and performance in a formal interview.

Specific subject requirements: A level in a Science subject. GCSE English Language & Mathematics grade B.

Tuition fees: £9,000

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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

The BSc in Healthcare Science (Audiology) programme is designed to meet the needs of audiologists providing services in the NHS and hearing aid dispensers working in the independent sector.  It is part of the Modernising Scientific Careers suite of qualifications and fits within the Neurosensory Sciences strand.   It is a 3-year programme, with integrated placements in each year in clinical practice.

Students are expected to become competent in many areas of audiological practice during the course.  This means graduates will be eligible to apply to register with the Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists and the Health & Care Professions Council.

Audiology teaching staff

In the first year students are introduced to a range of basic sciences related to healthcare science.  They will also receive more detailed teaching in the related areas of neurophysiology and vision science as part of the neurosensory sciences strand.  They will be introduced to clinical procedures and the skills needed to work with and manage patients.

In the second year, more advanced areas of audiology are introduced, such as hearing assessment and hearing aid provision. In addition, hearing sciences are addressed in more depth and students learn about research methods.

The final year prepares students for a professional career as an audiologist. They have the opportunity to research a chosen audiology topic in depth in the dissertation component, and learn how to relate research to developing good clinical practice. They are introduced to specialised areas of audiology such as the assessment of children and balance disorders.

Year 1

  • Clinical & Professional Practice
  • Applied Physics and Measurement
  • Introductory Sciences I
  • Introductory Sciences II
  • Introductory Sciences III
  • Introductory Sciences IV

Year 2

  • Clinical & Professional Practice
  • Research Methods
  • Applied Physiological Measurement & Instrumentation
  • Auditory Sciences
  • Audiological Assessment
  • Auditory Intervention
  • Child Development

 Final Year

  • Clinical &Professional Practice
  • Research Project
  • Speech, Language & Auditory Perception
  • Specialist Audiological Assessment
  • Advanced Auditory Intervention 

Students are provided with placement opportunities in each academic year.  Placement experience is also very important for the development of a wide range of interpersonal skills such as working in clinical teams, managing time etc. 

Clinical placements are an essential and compulsory component of the BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science (Audiology) programme. Students are informed both prior to, and at the start of the course, that placements cover a large geographical area within the West Midlands as well as areas further afield. There is no guarantee that clinical placement will be within your locality.  By registering for the programme you accept this aspect of the programme. Exceptional Circumstances would apply, if prior to the start of placement, an event occurred that would prevent you from attending that placement.  Exceptional Circumstances do not apply to an on-going or pre-existing constraint that might affect your ability to comply with programme requirements. 

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Professional Accreditation

The programme is accredited by the Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists, which is relevant to practise in the NHS, and by the Health and Care Professions, which is relevant to the independent sector.  

Career Progression

Many audiologists and hearing aid dispensers work as part of healthcare teams, liaising with medical, education, and research professionals. A desire to work with and help people is essential and is an important component of the programme.

The ageing population means that demand for both hearing assessment and treatment services is set to rise substantially over the coming years.  Our graduates will be well placed to enter careers in hospitals, community-based and independent practice, and also audiological and neurosciences research.

The programme is designed to formally meet the requirements of the profession and builds on Aston’s established links and extensive experience of health education.

Personal development

It is important that students working in healthcare have a wide range of interpersonal skills.  These include good communication skills, 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.

Facilities

Students are primarily taught in recently refurbished lecture theatres, which make use of latest AV technology.
 
The audiology Clinical Skills laboratory is equipped with the latest audiometric instruments, identical to those that the students will encounter in practice.
 
The virtual learning environment, Blackboard, is used throughout the course in all areas of teaching from revision to assessment.

Students can obtain course texts and relevant journals from the library either electronically or in book form.

Learning, teaching & assessment

As audiology cohort numbers are small we can use a wide range of teaching approaches.  These include traditional lectures, seminars, tutorials, group work, problem based learning etc. In year 3 students undertake a project, which helps them develop their research skills.

We have a fully equipped Clinical Skills Laboratory and we also use the virtual learning environment to support all teaching activities.  This includes using a computerised patient to help students develop their clinical skills along with simulations of clinical situations.

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

Student Profile

Student Profile

Jack Bennett
As I have a hearing loss I’ve always want to help other people like me. The great practical and interpersonal experience gained on this course coupled with the academia makes it a great course for someone like me who loves to do as many things as I can. I attended an open day and it solidified the magic Aston factor for me.

Accommodation

Accommodation

Employable Graduates; Exploitable Research