Healthcare Science (Audiology) BSc

By studying Healthcare Science (Audiology) at Aston University, Birmingham you’ll learn cutting edge techniques and have access to technology not available at any other UK university.

Location: Aston University, Birmingham

Course type

Full-time

Course format

Integrated placements

Duration

3 years

UCAS code(s)

B611

Start date

Overview
Explore Healthcare Science (Audiology) BSc at Aston University

Aston Audiology student Chloe Richardson talks about the best bits about studying BSc Audiology!

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“The lecturers and teaching staff were always of utmost support. They always kept in touch with me and ensured that all their content was being adequately understood. They were really helpful with assignments, promptly looking at drafts and providing useful feedback.”

Ali Jaffer, Graduate role: Clinical Audiologist, HearWell Audiology Clinic

Read more about Ali's story here

Name and course:

Ali Jaffer, BSc Healthcare Science (Audiology)

Graduate job:

Clinical Audiologist, HearWell Audiology Clinic

Placement:

Student Audiologist, HearWell Audiology Clinic

Why did you choose to study at Aston? 

Aston is one of the best universities for a degree in Audiology in the UK. I also chose it because Birmingham is known to be an amazing city, especially for students, and I had friends and family who live/study there.

How did the quality of teaching and student support enhance your time at Aston? 

The lecturers and teaching staff were always of utmost support (and still are!). They always kept in touch with me and ensured that all their content was being adequately understood. They were greatly helpful with assignments, promptly looking at drafts and providing useful feedback. All in all, I felt as if the teaching staff were our friends too, rather than just lecturers. The systems set up for student support were greatly helpful too - the library, LDC, supporting material - all invaluably helpful to us as students.

What was the highlight of your time at Aston? 

During my second year, we established the first ever Audiology Society at Aston University, and went on to hold a Charity Gala towards the end of the academic year, which I hosted. The event was enjoyed by all attendees, and a great success in exceeding everyone's expectations, and is definitely one of my most memorable highlights at Aston.

How do you feel your placement prepared you for your future career?

I was given the chance to integrate within the profession and attend numerous conferences and training courses to further my knowledge, experience, and allow me to network during my time on placement. It also allowed me to gain a wide range of experience, which equipped me with the right set of skills to start my career with. I also had the opportunity to work within the NHS for a short time during my final year, which was a very enjoyable and beneficial opportunity.

What was the highlight of your placement experience?

I was given the opportunity to be in the Operating Theatre during Cochlear Implant surgeries and gained first-hand experience of an audiologist's role and importance during the surgery.

Were you involved in any student societies or extra-curricular activities? 

I was the President of the inaugural Aston Audiology Society committee. This was an experience that I cannot appreciate enough, as it provided me with the opportunity to do numerous things, gain various skills, and work with a great group of people. This experience will not only help me professionally, but helped me to grow as a person. I later took on an Advisory role to the committee while I was on placement.

I was also an avid member of the Aston Ahlul Bayt Society, attending most of their events, and hosting a number of workshops and events for the society. I hosted the annual Milad programme in 2017; a charity dinner with over 200 attendees, which was an indescribable experience for myself.

How did you find the Aston campus experience?

The campus is an excellent place - I'd find myself spend many of my 'days off' also chilling on campus. There were always people just relaxing and having a good time, and on warmer days the campus basically burst into life. It was also very convenient to have everything within five minutes of everything else. The campus actually turned into the centre point for our friends' group, being the place everyone meets up before deciding what to do.

What was the best thing about being a student in Birmingham?

Birmingham is a fantastic place to be a student! It is hard to pick a best thing - the town is lively and always bustling, there are students everywhere you go, and you can find literally anything you want there. Personally, I would say the people I met in Birmingham are the reason it was such a great place to be. The diversity is also astounding and very welcoming, and it is definitely a town I will always know as home, even after my graduation.

What advice would you give to someone thinking of studying at Aston? 

Do it!

What would be your top recommendation to new students on what to do or see in Birmingham? 

The museum in town is a must see, and you have to spend your days walking about town, exploring the alleys and canals of the city.

There are so many things to do and see, it’s an overwhelming experience.

If you could go back in time and give yourself one piece of advice as a first year student, what would it be? 

Go out more, take advantage of the social environment at university, make more friends and more experiences.

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“The lecturers and teaching staff were always of utmost support. They always kept in touch with me and ensured that all their content was being adequately understood. They were really helpful with assignments, promptly looking at drafts and providing useful feedback.”

Ali Jaffer, Graduate role: Clinical Audiologist, HearWell Audiology Clinic

Read more about Ali's story here

Name and course:

Ali Jaffer, BSc Healthcare Science (Audiology)

Graduate job:

Clinical Audiologist, HearWell Audiology Clinic

Placement:

Student Audiologist, HearWell Audiology Clinic

Why did you choose to study at Aston? 

Aston is one of the best universities for a degree in Audiology in the UK. I also chose it because Birmingham is known to be an amazing city, especially for students, and I had friends and family who live/study there.

How did the quality of teaching and student support enhance your time at Aston? 

The lecturers and teaching staff were always of utmost support (and still are!). They always kept in touch with me and ensured that all their content was being adequately understood. They were greatly helpful with assignments, promptly looking at drafts and providing useful feedback. All in all, I felt as if the teaching staff were our friends too, rather than just lecturers. The systems set up for student support were greatly helpful too - the library, LDC, supporting material - all invaluably helpful to us as students.

What was the highlight of your time at Aston? 

During my second year, we established the first ever Audiology Society at Aston University, and went on to hold a Charity Gala towards the end of the academic year, which I hosted. The event was enjoyed by all attendees, and a great success in exceeding everyone's expectations, and is definitely one of my most memorable highlights at Aston.

How do you feel your placement prepared you for your future career?

I was given the chance to integrate within the profession and attend numerous conferences and training courses to further my knowledge, experience, and allow me to network during my time on placement. It also allowed me to gain a wide range of experience, which equipped me with the right set of skills to start my career with. I also had the opportunity to work within the NHS for a short time during my final year, which was a very enjoyable and beneficial opportunity.

What was the highlight of your placement experience?

I was given the opportunity to be in the Operating Theatre during Cochlear Implant surgeries and gained first-hand experience of an audiologist's role and importance during the surgery.

Were you involved in any student societies or extra-curricular activities? 

I was the President of the inaugural Aston Audiology Society committee. This was an experience that I cannot appreciate enough, as it provided me with the opportunity to do numerous things, gain various skills, and work with a great group of people. This experience will not only help me professionally, but helped me to grow as a person. I later took on an Advisory role to the committee while I was on placement.

I was also an avid member of the Aston Ahlul Bayt Society, attending most of their events, and hosting a number of workshops and events for the society. I hosted the annual Milad programme in 2017; a charity dinner with over 200 attendees, which was an indescribable experience for myself.

How did you find the Aston campus experience?

The campus is an excellent place - I'd find myself spend many of my 'days off' also chilling on campus. There were always people just relaxing and having a good time, and on warmer days the campus basically burst into life. It was also very convenient to have everything within five minutes of everything else. The campus actually turned into the centre point for our friends' group, being the place everyone meets up before deciding what to do.

What was the best thing about being a student in Birmingham?

Birmingham is a fantastic place to be a student! It is hard to pick a best thing - the town is lively and always bustling, there are students everywhere you go, and you can find literally anything you want there. Personally, I would say the people I met in Birmingham are the reason it was such a great place to be. The diversity is also astounding and very welcoming, and it is definitely a town I will always know as home, even after my graduation.

What advice would you give to someone thinking of studying at Aston? 

Do it!

What would be your top recommendation to new students on what to do or see in Birmingham? 

The museum in town is a must see, and you have to spend your days walking about town, exploring the alleys and canals of the city.

There are so many things to do and see, it’s an overwhelming experience.

If you could go back in time and give yourself one piece of advice as a first year student, what would it be? 

Go out more, take advantage of the social environment at university, make more friends and more experiences.

Course outline

Studying Audiology at Aston University will provide you with the skills, knowledge and hands on experience to start an exciting and rewarding career as an audiologist.

Once qualified, you’ll have the opportunity to work to positively impact people’s lives, from education to the workplace, helping them make the most of their family and social lives.

Healthcare scientists in audiology work in hospitals and health clinics, assessing people’s hearing and balance, and managing conditions such as hearing loss, tinnitus and balance disorders. They deal with people from all walks of life and all ages, from new-born babies to elderly people and work in multidisciplinary teams liaising with medical, education, and research professionals to provide the best care for patients. Enjoying interaction with people and having excellent communication skills are essential.

Integrated placements

You’ll complete an integrated clinical placement in each academic year, helping you to deepen your knowledge while giving you the opportunity to put your clinical and practical skills to use. A large proportion of your final year will take place on a clinical placement, helping to prepare you for your first graduate role.

Placements can take place in locations across the UK, and you will be fully supported by the Aston audiology team throughout.

What accreditations does the Audiology course at Aston have?

The course is accredited by the National School of Healthcare Science and the Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists. It is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council.

Graduates from the course are eligible to apply to register with the Academy of Healthcare Science, Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists and the Health and Care Professions Council.

Degree apprenticeship

You can also study this subject through a degree apprenticeship, meaning you’ll get to study for your degree whilst working. Your employer pays you a wage, and your fees are paid by your employer and the government, so you have no student debt when you graduate. The application process is different to a standard degree, and you’ll need to apply directly to an employer for your apprenticeship. Find about the Healthcare Science Practitioner: Audiology Degree Apprenticeship.

Course outline

By studying Audiology at Aston, you will get access to leading expertise, facilities, and technology.

On this course you will study healthcare science, audiology, clinical practice and research methods. In addition, you’ll get to put your knowledge and skills into practice by completing work-based learning in a variety of integrated clinical placements.

During your time on the course you will get the opportunity to:

  • Find out how we can help people to hear with cochlear implants.
  • Learn how to test patients hearing by looking at their brain waves.
  • Discover more about advancements in the field, such as the latest hearing aid technology.
  • Hear from a range of specialist guest speakers.
  • Have access to the most up to date technology in our clinical skills labs including equipment that is not available in any other UK university such as our ear scanner.

 

We place a strong focus on preparing you for your future career, which is why we provide you with lots of opportunities such as:

  • Our annual inspirational careers event where you will get to mix with audiology students from all over the UK and network with professionals from a wide variety of audiology backgrounds.
  • Being a, part of our ever-growing Audiology Public Involvement Community, where you can enhance your communications skills by talking to patients inside and outside of a clinical setting.

 

Modules

Year 1

You’ll be introduced to a range of basic sciences related to healthcare, clinical procedures such as hearing tests, the skills needed to work with and manage patients and complete your first clinical placements.

Core modules:

  • Introductory Sciences I
  • Introductory Sciences II
  • Introductory Sciences III
  • Introductory Sciences IV
  • Clinical & Professional Practice
  • Applied Physics and Measurement
Year 2

Learn more about hearing science and clinical audiology including hearing assessment and management of hearing loss, be introduced to speech and development, and develop your clinical skills further with more time in clinical placements.

Core modules:

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

Study specialist clinical areas of audiology like balance assessment, research a chosen area of audiology in your dissertation, and prepare for your future career by putting your theoretical learning and clinical skills into practice in your final year placement.

Core modules:

  • Advanced Auditory Intervention
  • Audiological Science
  • Clinical and Professional Practice
  • Specialist Audiological Assessment
  • Research Project

 

 

Charlotte White Graduate role: Audiologist, Wye Valley NHS Trust

“I feel like my placement taught me a large part of the skill set necessary to be an Audiologist. Being able to learn in a professional setting gives you a better idea of what to expect in your professional role and enables you to engage with patients as well as develop your skills.”

Charlotte White

Graduate role: Audiologist, Wye Valley NHS Trust

Read more about Charlotte's story

Name and course:

Charlotte White,  BSc Healthcare Science (Audiology)

Graduate job:

Audiologist, Wye Valley NHS Trust

Placement:

Student Audiologist, Wye Valley NHS Trust

Why did you choose to study at Aston? 

I feel like it was best suited to me as it was one of the few universities that offer the course and I liked the fact it was a small campus university with a community feel but still just a few minutes’ walk away from the city centre.

How did the quality of teaching and student support enhance your time at Aston? 

Overall I thought the teaching was great at Aston, I especially loved the more practical side of our learning. You could tell you were being taught by well-established professionals who were passionate about their profession.

What was the highlight of your time at Aston? 

I enjoyed all my time at Aston, different parts for different reasons. I really enjoyed second year as you were more settled and I was living with people I was familiar with. Although you also can't beat the excitement of first year!

How do you feel your placement prepared you for your future career? 

I feel like my placement taught me a large part of the skill set necessary to be an Audiologist. Being able to learn in a professional setting gives you a better idea of what to expect in your professional role and enables you to engage with patients as well as develop your skills.

What was the highlight of your placement experience? 

I really enjoyed being part of the department, seeing how audiologists work and learning about the practical side of the job role.

Were you involved in any student societies or extra-curricular activities? 

I was briefly part of the Aston Go society joining in on several social gatherings which I thoroughly enjoyed. I also loved doing the Zumba classes on offer at the on-campus sports centre. A great way to stay active and meet new people.

How did you find the Aston campus experience? 

I like the fact it was a small campus university as everything was so close by making things so much more convenient and it gave it that community feel.

What was the best thing about being a student in Birmingham? 

Birmingham really is a student hub and has so much to offer as a city. From the Bullring to Star City or the Birmingham Hippodrome to the clubs on Broad Street. I really loved being in such a busy vibrant place. It's also so central and has great travel links with Grand Central (New Street) and the coach station.

What advice would you give to someone thinking of studying at Aston? 

Just enjoy it! You only get to live it once so make the most of it.

What would be your top recommendation to new students on what to do or see in Birmingham? 

Birmingham is great for shops as you have places like the Bullring of course. There's also lots to do at places like Star City which has bowling, cinema, laser tag and rock climbing! There's also a great theatre scene with the Hippodrome and the New Alexandra theatre plus a whole variety of different restaurants.

If you could go back in time and give yourself one piece of advice as a first year student, what would it be? 

Take every opportunity you can and cherish every memory.

Entry requirements

Typical offers:

A Level

ABB (must include one science subject from Biology or Physics).

BTEC

Are welcome with the relevant A Level subjects, please see below for further details.

International Baccalaureate Diploma

32 Overall (HL 6, 5, 5 must include one science subject from Biology or Physics ).

GCSEs

Five GCSEs in total which must include grade B/5 Mathematics, C/4 English Language and the rest at grade C/4. Please note we do not accept Key skills or Functional skills in place of these.

Direct final year entry - Foundation Programme progression

For those who have studied the Foundation Degree in Hearing Aid Audiology at Aston, or a similar foundation programme at a recognised UK institution, please visit our final year entry course page for full entry requirement details.

Further details

A Levels
  • ABB in three A level subjects which must include one science subject from Biology or Physics.

The following subjects will not be considered as one of the core three A Levels - General Studies, Critical Thinking, Citizenship Studies.

We welcome applications from students who have tried to improve their examination grades by taking resits and only your latest grades will be accepted. We treat these applications in exactly the same way as other applications. However, if you have had more than one attempt at improving your grades, your application will be considered on an individual basis. We do not consider applications from students who are unsuccessful in obtaining the required number and/or standard of A Levels for admission to our programmes and subsequently embark on a BTEC as a second option. Instead we would encourage you to re-sit your A Levels.

BTEC

 

BTEC Qualification Name

BTEC grades required

A Level Requirements

Extended Diploma (QCF/National)

Distinction, Distinction, Distinction (DDD)

With this BTEC you must also achieve grade B in one A-Level science subject from: Biology or Physics

Diploma (QCF)

National Diploma

Distinction, Distinction (DD)

With this BTEC you must also achieve grade B in one A-Level science subject from: Biology or Physics

Subsidiary Diploma (QCF)

National Extended Certificate

Distinction (D)

With this BTEC you must also achieve grades BB in two A levels of which one must include a science subject from: Biology or Physics

90 Credit Diploma (QCF)

Distinction, Distinction (DD)

With this BTEC you must also achieve grades BB in two A levels of which one must include a science subject from: Biology or Physics

National Foundation Diploma

Distinction (D)

With this BTEC you must also achieve grades BB in two A levels of which one must include a science subject from: Biology or Physics

 

International Baccalaureate Diploma

32 points overall and must include grades 6, 5, 5 in Higher Level subjects which must include one science subject from Biology or Physics. You must also have Standard Level grade 6 in Maths and grade 5 in English Language.

Access to Higher Education

We accept the QAA-recognised Access Diploma which must consist of 45 credits at Level 3. You must obtain a minimum of 30 distinction and the rest must be at merit or distinction. Please note that we do not accept the English and Maths components within the Access qualification and you must meet the GCSE entry requirement.

Subjects Accepted: Applied Science, Biology combined with Chemistry, Biomedical Science, Biosciences, Combined Sciences, Health Sciences, Health Sciences Professions, Life Sciences and Sciences.

Foundation programmes

Foundation programmes

For students with good A level (or equivalent) grades, but who narrowly miss our standard requirements, it is also possible to gain entry to this course by completing the Aston University Foundation Programme in Science: Health Science.

Degree

Degree

We consider applicants for year 1 entry who are undertaking a degree in a related field elsewhere. You must meet the GCSEs and A Level (or equivalents as listed) requirements, with which a typical offer would be to achieve 60% overall with no fails in any units. It is also expected that you have not previously attempted the second year of a programme elsewhere. In order to be considered you will need to submit a UCAS application as we do not accept direct applications.

Please note we do not accept year 2 transfers in any circumstance. This is due to integrated placements aspect of the course which starts from year one and also the accreditation of the content is for the whole course.

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.

DBS and fitness to practice

Full details of our DBS and fitness to practice regulations can be found here.

Disclosure and Barring Service Enhanced Check

You will be required to complete an online enhanced Disclosure and 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 £40, which you will pay via the University online 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 here.

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 your placements.

The cost of the initial health check is covered 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.

More advice on applying to Aston can be found here.

View our Admissions Policy. 

Learning, teaching and assessment

As an audiology student at Aston University, you’ll be studying under our experienced audiology teaching and support team, who come from a variety of NHS, independent sector, and research backgrounds.

You’ll encounter a wide range of teaching approaches, from lectures and seminars to group work and problem-based learning. As you’d expect from a hands-on course like ours, you’ll be spending time in our impressive facilities learning and developing your clinical skills, which you’ll then get the opportunity to put into practice when on supervised clinical placements. 

Each year of study is worth 120 credits, with each credit equivalent to 10 learning hours. The learning hours may include but are not limited to lectures, seminars, tutorials, lab sessions, practicals, online activity, reading, other independent study, reflecting on assignment feedback, field trips and work placements.

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

Key course staff

Admissions Tutor: Wahid Zaman

What transferable skills will I gain?

It is important that healthcare professionals have a wide range of interpersonal and self-management skills. During your time of the course, you’ll develop a wide variety of integral skills including verbal and written communication, presentation, team working and time management. You will also become familiar with IT and clinically relevant technology, as well as developing your problem solving, critical thinking and reflective skills.

What learning facilities can I expect?

You will benefit from specialist facilities all of which are on campus, including:

  • A clinical skills laboratory which is equipped with the latest audiology equipment.
  • A computerised patient which helps you develop clinical skills along with simulations of clinical situations.
  • Simulated patients, where you practise your clinical skills on real people and gain confidence before going out into clinics.
  • Refurbished lecture theatres and seminar rooms.

 

Claire Wilkes, Teaching Fellow in Audiology

“Audiology sees patients from newborn to end of life, and we also get to follow patients through their entire pathway, from referral, to diagnostics, to treatment and rehabilitation. At Aston we also get to see how hearing and balance is linked to the brain (neurophysiology) and the eyes (optometry).”

Claire Wilkes, Teaching Fellow in Audiology

Fees and scholarships

UK/EU students (2020/21)

Annual tuition fees: £9,250

During placement year: £1,250

International students (2020/21)

Annual tuition fees: £18,900

During placement year: £2,500

Tuition fees are reviewed annually and may increase in subsequent years in line with inflation linked to the Retail Price Index (RPI) to take account of the University’s increased costs of delivering the Programme. When undertaking a placement year a placement year fee applies.

 

Additional costs

Students will be required to purchase an Aston Audiology polo shirt which will be required for skills lab sessions and on placement. Each shirt costs £9.99 (correct as of June 2020, subject to inflation) and you will require two.

More information on fees

Scholarships

At Aston University we are committed to supporting the most talented and hardworking students to achieve their potential by providing a range of scholarships to help lower tuition and living costs. Find out more about our scholarships here.

Career prospects

The ageing population means demand for hearing and balance assessment and treatment services is set to rise substantially over the coming years, so employment prospects are excellent.

As part of the NHS Practitioner Training Programme in Neurosensory Sciences, our audiology course will provide you with the skills and qualifications required to work in the NHS as a healthcare scientist or audiologist, or as a hearing aid dispenser in the commercial sector.

Our graduates enter a variety of careers in hospitals, community-based practice, audiological and neurosciences research, or other roles dedicated to improving hearing problems, and some undertake postgraduate courses.

Recent graduate roles:

  • Audiologist
  • Clinical Audiologist
  • Hearing Aid Audiologist
  • NHS Scientist Training Programme Trainee

 

Recent graduate destinations:

  • Boots
  • Hearwell Audiology Clinic
  • Hidden Hearing
  • NHS including East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust, Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust, Wye Valley NHS Trust, Royal Berkshire Foundation NHS Trust
  • Specsavers

Frequently asked questions

Why study Healthcare Science (Audiology) at Aston?

Aston provides an ideal blend of theoretical background, links with industry, research capacity, and world-class facilities.  By studying at Aston, you’ll have all the professional skills, accreditations and applicable theoretical framework to go straight into employment and enjoy a long and fulfilling career.

Where might I undertake my placement in the final year?

It is possible that you could undertake your placement anywhere in the UK.

What are the career prospects like for graduates?

There are great opportunities for graduates in audiology, across business, the NHS and manufacturing. It also provides great opportunities for graduates to undertake further research.

 

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