Healthcare Science (Audiology) BSc Direct entry to Final Year 2021

By studying Healthcare Science (Audiology) with direct entry to final year at Aston University, Birmingham you’ll gain the knowledge and experience you need to further develop your career in audiology.

Location: Aston University, Birmingham

Course type

Full-time

Course format

Work-based learning

Duration

1 year

UCAS code(s)

B61F

Start date

Overview
Explore Healthcare Science (Audiology) BSc (Direct entry to Final Year) at Aston University
ali jaffer

“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.”
Ali Jaffer, Clinical Audiologist, HearWell Audiology Clinic

claire wilkes

“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.”
Claire Wilkes, Teaching Fellow in Audiology

charlotte white

“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.”

Charlotte White

Graduate role: Audiologist, Wye Valley NHS Trust

charlotte white

“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.”

Charlotte White

Graduate role: Audiologist, Wye Valley NHS Trust

Course outline and modules

This course has been designed specifically for students who have previously completed the foundation degree in Hearing Aid Audiology at Aston, or a similar course at a recognised UK institution.

You’ll gain direct entry into the final year of our BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science (Audiology) course, where you will learn a blend of healthcare sciences, audiology, clinical practice and applied research methods.

By continuing to work full time while you study; you will be able to earn while you progress your career.

During your time on the course you will:

  • Learn advanced auditory intervention techniques aimed at helping children and adults.
  • Learn in detail about the hearing and balance mechanisms, their structure, function and rehabilitation.
  • Develop your professional practice techniques in our clinical skills lab.
  • Develop your knowledge and skills in a specialised area of audiology.
  • Carry out and complete your own in-depth research project.


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.

Course outline 

Throughout your time at Aston, you’ll learn a range of skills like; how to test the hearing of new-born babies, how to help people hear with cochlear implants, and how to test a patient’s hearing by looking at their brain waves.

You will have access to leading expertise, facilities, and technology not available at any other UK university and we ensure you experience hands-on learning that will prepare you for a rewarding career that changes and improves people’s lives.

During this year long course, you’ll continue to work in the audiology field, whilst studying at Aston.

You will study the following core modules:

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

In addition to carrying out routine audiology practice, your employer MUST arrange your placement access to the specialist areas of vestibular sciences and paediatric audiology.

Entry requirements

2020 entry

Please note, applications must be submitted via UCAS by 30 March to allow time for compulsorily audits to be performed.

We welcome applicants who have completed the Aston University Foundation Degree in Hearing Aid Audiology, as well as those who have completed a similar Foundation Degree in Hearing Aid Audiology at a recognised UK institution to apply for this direct entry to final year progression route. This Level 6 Top-up programme is suitable for practicing Hearing Aid Audiologists with relevant professional body registration (e.g. Registered Hearing Aid Dispenser with Health and Care Professions Council). Please see full details below:

Aston University Graduates from the Foundation Degree in Hearing Aid Audiology

Applicants will need to meet the following academic requirements:

  • Must achieve Distinction in Foundation Degree Audiology, you will be required to provide your transcript as part of your application.  If you have passed your Aston foundation degree achieving a specific grade upon completion not meeting our entry requirements, then grades will be determined by our admissions team upon review of your current CV, references and full application.
     
  • If the Aston University Foundation Degree in Hearing Aid Audiology is older than 5 years then you will also need to complete a QAA-recognised Access to Higher Education 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. Subjects Accepted: Applied Science, Biology combined with Chemistry, Biomedical Science, Biosciences, Combined Sciences, Health Sciences, Health Sciences Professions, Life Sciences and Sciences.
     
  • Must pass the workplace clinical audit. This will be arranged with you by a member of Audiology teaching staff via email.
     
  • Demonstrate competence in performing the Scope of Practice in the FD role- HCPC or RCCP registration to be supplied by the candidate.
     
  • Must be able to gain access to the specialist areas (Paediatric and Vestibular) - Written confirmation from the Head of Service confirming formal arrangements in place between the service and the specialist service(s) (either Private or NHS).
External Foundation Degree in Hearing Aid Audiology Graduates 

Applicants will need to meet the following academic requirements:

  • GCSE Maths and English at grade C/4 or Functional Skills in Literacy and Numeracy with a pass
     
  • Must have passed the Foundation Degree in Hearing Aid Audiology with a Distinction or if you have passed your external foundation degree achieving a specific grade upon completion not meeting our entry requirements, then grades will be determined by our admissions team upon review of the programme specification, current CV, references and full application.
     
  • If the Foundation Degree is older than 5 years then you will need to complete a QAA-recognised Access to Higher Education 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. Subjects Accepted: Applied Science, Biology combined with Chemistry, Biomedical Science, Biosciences, Combined Sciences, Health Sciences, Health Sciences Professions, Life Sciences and Sciences.
     
  • Pass the workplace clinical audit. This is organised by Aston University once the application has been received and undergone initial admissions review.
     
  • Demonstrate competence in performing the Scope of Practice in the FD role- HCPC or RCCP registration to be supplied by the candidate.
     
  • Be able to gain access to specialist areas (paediatric and vestibular) by having a formal arrangement in place between your employer and the specialist service(s) (either Private or NHS Provision). The confirmation of this from your employer and Head of Service MUST be provided along with the application.

Learning, teaching and assessment

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.

Fees and scholarships

For 2021 entry:

UK / EU students: £9,250 per year

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.

You can explore the costs involved in studying at university and the financial support that may be available to you here.

*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.

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.

Graduates from our BSc Healthcare Science (Audiology) course 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) Direct entry to Final Year at Aston?

This course will allow you to use the knowledge gained in your Foundation Degree to gain direct entry into the final year of the BSc Healthcare Science (Audiology) degree. You will continue to work with your employer whilst studying at Aston via blended learning.

You’ll further develop your professional skills and on successful graduation, be qualified to work in the NHS as a Healthcare Scientist or Audiologist, or in the private sector. 

What accreditations does the Audiology course at Aston have?

The course has been designed for students who want to continue to work full-time as they expand on their knowledge. If you’ve done a Foundation course, this will help you increase it to a BSc level; which is accredited by the National School for Healthcare Science and the Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists and  approved by the Health and Care Professions Council. When you graduate, you’ll be eligible to apply to register with the Academy of Healthcare Science, Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists and the Health & Care Professions Council.

What learning facilities can I expect?

As you’ll be studying via block learning, you’ll mostly be studying remotely. However, whenever you are on site at Aston University, 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

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