Course overview

If you aspire to enhance your career prospects within audiology field in the NHS or an independent sector, our Foundation Degree will provide you with the qualifications you need.

Aston University provides you with expert teaching staff, cutting edge facilities, and technology that’s not available at any other UK university. The programme covers the science of hearing and audiology, integrating clinical, psychological, and scientific concepts. Strongly focusing on clinical procedures and the skills required to manage patients, which you will apply in your workplace.
 

Why choose Aston University?

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Gold standard teaching
Aston University was awarded Triple Gold - the highest possible rating for the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF, 2023)
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Earn a salary while you study this 15 month foundation degree
Gain workplace experience as a full-time employee, as you study for degree
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A comprehensive support structure
Apprentices are supported by a professional skills coach, an academic, and a professional supervisor

Course description

Foundation Degree Hearing Aid Audiology FDSc

You’ll gain a qualification alongside your full-time job by combining online learning with leading expertise, facilities, and technology.

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What will we provide 
We will provide you with mentorship and guidance from experienced professionals and lecturers, sharing theory and practical knowledge.

On successful completion of this apprenticeship, you will gain:

  • A FDSc (Hons) in Healthcare Science (Audiology)
  • An apprenticeship certificate.
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What will you provide
As an apprentice, you will be required to balance academic work, full-time employment, and on-the-job training. You will be expected to engage with teaching materials, online lectures, and in-person sessions. You will need to submit coursework and other assessments in a timely manner.

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What skills will we teach
Throughout the apprenticeship, you’ll likely to develop a diverse range of skills including being able to prioritise own workload as appropriate, excellent presentational, communication and interpersonal skills, be self-motivated and using your own initiative and prioritise workload. Also develop customer service skills, sensitivity and understanding, be thorough and pay attention to detail, thinking and reasoning skills, knowledge, and having an active listening and a non-judgemental approach, the ability to work well with others and to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device. 

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Career prospects
The Level 5 Hearing Aid Degree Apprenticeship creates a pathway to becoming an audiologist, offering opportunities in hospitals and health clinics to assess and manage conditions like hearing loss, tinnitus, and balance disorders. To advance your career, you may choose to pursue further studies, such as BSc Healthcare Science (Audiology).

 

How you will learn

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 two to three 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 .
 

What you will learn

You will learn essential skills in the diagnosis and treatment of hearing and balance disorders. This includes gaining expertise in audiometric testing, patient care, and advanced technology. The programme prepares you for careers as skilled audiologists while simultaneously gaining practical work experience through apprenticeships.

Facilities

At Aston University, apprentices enjoy full access to all the facilities available to regular students. This inclusive approach ensures that apprentices can take advantage of the university's library, labs, study spaces, cafes and more. By providing equal access to these facilities, Aston University supports apprentices in their educational journey, enabling them to thrive in both academic and practical aspects of their chosen fields.

Course objectives

  1. Produce graduates who meet the National Occupational Standards for Associate Practitioner in Audiology within the NHS, and for Hearing Aid Dispenser in the private sector. Both groups can then register with the Health and Care Professions Council to work as Hearing Aid Dispensers.
  2. Provide students with an intellectually rigorous and up-to-date education in specific limited and defined areas within audiology that will help to achieve their personal, academic, and professional goals.
  3. Provide an environment where staff research and clinical activity inspire and inform student learning.
  4. Produce graduates who can bring qualities of critical judgement and reasoning to their chosen occupation, and who can apply both academic and clinical audiological knowledge.
  5. Respond to the needs of able mature students, those with non-traditional entry qualifications, and students with A-levels.
     

Modules and learning outcomes

Stage 1 modules 

Module title Credits 
Audiological procedures and professional skills 130
Healthcare study skills 15
Diagnostics audiology 15
Science in audiology30
Aural health and hygiene30
Total120

Stage 1 outcomes

  • Identify effective oral and written communication skills
  • Identify the role of professionalism and reflective practice in healthcare
  • Relate audiological procedures, referral pathways and the psychological theories relevant to rehabilitation
  • Describe concepts surrounding anatomy and physiology of the auditory and vestibular system when working well and in disease
  • Describe concepts of physics and acoustics of sound and how they relate to audiological measurement and management
  • Recognise appropriate management strategies for cerumen removal.
     

Stage 2 modules 

Module titleCredits
Audiological procedures and professional skills 2 30
Research methods 15
Auditory management and devices 30
Psychoacoustics and speech15
Auditory rehabilitation 15
Introduction to healthcare and professional practice15
Total 120

Stage 2 outcomes

  • Develop critical thinking, and literature search skills.
  • Apply evidence-based practice to the assessment and management of hearing related conditions.
  • Demonstrate the principles of patient-centred care and shared decision making.
  • Implement theoretical concepts of audiological sciences when considering patient care and management choices.
  • Critically evaluate different approaches to problem solving in the field of audiology.
  • Demonstrate professional knowledge and behaviours required of a Healthcare Professional.
  • Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills. 

Entry requirements

You will need to apply for this role or already be employed in a job within an audiology department that can provide the clinical experience required for this post.

Entry requirements are set by the hiring business and not Aston University so they vary between organisations. Apprentices are selected based on their applications, an interview and an assessment process which is tailored to your apprenticeship position.

Indicative entry requirements are given below, but please note that each employer may set their own criteria. 

Please note that your employer may have additional requirements.

Five GCSE’s at C/4 or above, including Maths, English Language or English Literature and science (level 2 equivalents considered. 

One A level science-Normally at 32 UCAS tariff points or equivalent.

  • BTEC National Diploma: Science BTEC with Pass/Pass/Pass
  • BTEC National Certificate: Distinction/Merit. Must meet Science requirement
  • BTEC National Award: only in combination with other accepted qualifications. Must meet Science requirement
  • BTEC Extended Diploma (3 A2s): Science BTEC with Merit/Merit/Pass 
  • BTEC Diploma (2 A2s): Science BTEC Distinction/Merit
  • BTEC 90 credit Diploma: Distinction/Distinction
  • BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (1 A2): only in combination with other accepted qualifications. Must meet Science requirement
  • BTEC certificate (1 A1): only in combination with other accepted qualifications. Must meet Science requirement

Access to HE Diploma: Pass in Access to Science. English and Maths GCSE equivalency required, 12 level 2 credits in each subject
International Baccalaureate: 26+ points
Employed in full time clinical Audiology.

DBS and fitness to practise

As this course includes clinical placements where students interact with members of the public we are required to ensure that students have completed the following checks:

Disclosure and barring service enhanced check

These should be completed by your employing NHS trust. Documentary evidence of this will be requested during the application process. 

DBS check guidance

Occupational health check

This should be completed by your employing NHS trust. Documentary evidence of this will be requested during the application process.  

Course fees

You will not have to pay tuition fees as a Degree Apprentice as the costs are 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. 


The funding band for this Degree Apprenticeship is £13,000. This is the full cost of your apprenticeship which will be paid for using your employer's apprenticeship levy.
*Employers may require students to pay the fees for resits.
 

Assessment

The programme will be assessed through a combination of written and oral examinations, class tests, individual and group coursework, projects, presentations, and practical assessments.
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.

Throughout each stage of the programme, we will use various mechanisms to monitor successful development of your clinical and academic skills. We will regularly discuss your progress with yourself and your employer. This is essential in order for you to meet the apprenticeship funding rules and be eligible to undertake your end-point assessment at the end of the programme. 
 

Career prospects

The Level 5 Hearing Aid Audiology degree creates a pathway to becoming an audiologist, offering opportunities in hospitals and health clinics to assess and manage conditions like hearing loss, tinnitus, and balance disorders. To advance your career, you may choose to pursue further studies, such as BSc Healthcare Science (Audiology).

Frequently asked questions

Why study for a Foundation Degree in Hearing Aid Audiology at Aston University?

A combination of world-class facilities, hands-on training and teaching expertise give all students a great learning experience. Our links to industry and healthcare make studying at Aston the ideal place to continue your learning in audiology.

How will studying this course help my personal development?

If you work in any healthcare setting, good interpersonal skills are vital. With us, you’ll learn about these, alongside presentation skills, team working, report writing, negotiation and IT skills.

What facilities will I get to use?

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

  • A clinical skills laboratory which is equipped with the latest audiology equipment
  • Simulated patients, to help to develop your clinical skills
  • Lecture theatres and seminar rooms with audio-visual equipment
  • A virtual learning environment to support 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.
     

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