Healthcare Science Practitioner: Audiology Degree Apprenticeship

Study an Audiology Degree Apprenticeship at Aston University, Birmingham and continue to work full-time while studying towards a National School of Healthcare Science accredited and Health and Care Professions Council approved BSc qualification.

Start dates: January, September

Course type

Work-based degree (Hons)

Course format

Work-based learning

Duration

Typically 5 years

UCAS code(s)

N/A

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Overview
Healthcare Science Practitioner: Audiology Degree Apprenticeship at Aston University
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Healthcare scientists in audiology work in hospitals and health clinics, assessing and managing conditions such as hearing loss, tinnitus and balance disorders.

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"Developing my skills and knowledge further has been great. I’m enjoying the challenges of education and I know my apprenticeship will give me the ability to help my patients even more than I can now.”

Liz Barker

Degree apprentice at Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Healthcare Science Practitioner: Audiology Degree Apprenticeship testimonial image

"Developing my skills and knowledge further has been great. I’m enjoying the challenges of education and I know my apprenticeship will give me the ability to help my patients even more than I can now.”

Liz Barker

Degree apprentice at Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Course outline

Healthcare scientists in audiology work in hospitals and health clinics, assessing 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, so enjoying interaction with people and having excellent communication skills are essential for the role.

Audiology Degree apprentices at Aston University range from new employees who have no previous experience in healthcare, to existing staff who are looking to develop their career and register as a healthcare scientist in the field of audiology. You’ll get to study and learn as you work in this exciting field of healthcare.

By successfully completing this apprenticeship, you will be awarded a BSc (Hons) in Healthcare Science (Audiology). You will also achieve an apprenticeship certificate that is graded at pass, merit or distinction. Once you have graduated, you will be able to register as a Healthcare Scientist in the field of Audiology.

What accreditations does the Audiology Degree Apprenticeship course at Aston have?

The course is accredited by the National School of Healthcare Science, allowing students who successfully complete the course to register and work as healthcare scientists in audiology.

The programme is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council, which enables graduates to be eligible to apply to register as hearing aid dispensers.

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

By studying at Aston, you gain a qualification alongside your full-time job by combining online learning with leading expertise, facilities, and technology.

On this five-year course you will study healthcare science, audiology, clinical practice and research methods while putting your knowledge and skills into practice on a daily basis.

You will:

  • Learn all about how the structure and function of the ear is affected by different problems.
  • Learn about the eyes and the nervous system and how people can be protected from disease.
  • Learn how to test patients hearing by looking at their brain waves.
  • Learn how to select, fit and verify hearing aid systems, as well as evaluate and modify how well they are performing.
  • Learn how hearing loss in children affects their physical and mental development.

 

Year 1
  • The structure and function of the body and how disease affects it.
  • The structure and function of the ear, and how this can be affected by different ear problems.
  • Introduction to working in a clinical setting, including hearing tests.
Year 2
  • The structure and function of the eyes and nervous system.
  • The distribution of health disorders in the general population, public health medicine, protecting people from and screening for disease.
  • The theory and technology used in measuring sensory functions.
Year 3
  • Methods of hearing assessment.
  • Measurement of sensory functions.
  • Developing audiology skills in a clinical setting, including hearing aid fitting.
Year 4
  • How people speak, and how they hear sound and speech.
  • Methods of managing hearing loss.
  • Physical and mental development in children.
  • Methods of carrying out research, including data analysis and reporting.
Year 5
  • Sensory signal processing in the brain and how this can be affected by different health conditions.
  • Testing and treating children’s hearing and balance disorders.
  • Work-based project designed to use the research skills learned in Year 4.
  • Using patient-centred skills, to test and treat people in the audiology workplace.

Entry requirements

You will need to apply for a degree apprenticeship role or already be employed in a job within an audiology department that can provide the clinical experience required for this post. Please see the about section for more information.

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.

Entry requirements include:

  • Three A Levels are required and must include one science subject from Biology, Chemistry or Physics (Biology preferred). A typical minimum offer would be ABB at A Level.
  • At least Grade 4 or C GCSE Maths and English.

You will also need to meet the government's eligibility criteria:

  • Have been a UK/EU/EAA resident for the past three years or more prior to starting the course
  • Have left full-time education when the apprenticeship you are applying for is due to start
  • Be aged at least 16 years old to meet government funding criteria.

Please note:

  • Your employer may have additional requirements.

DBS and fitness to practice

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 & Barring Service Enhanced Check

You will be required to complete an online enhanced Disclosure & 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 £44, 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.

Learning, teaching and assessment

Learning and teaching

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 three to five 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.

Assessment

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.

In the final year of your apprenticeship, we will visit you and your supervisor in the workplace to ensure you are progressing with your clinical practice and able to undertake your clinical and your endpoint assessments when due.

Claire Wilkes, Teaching Fellow in Audiology

“Audiology sees patients from new-born 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

How to apply and info for employers

How do I apply?

Those not employed in the industry:

The first step in joining our Degree Apprenticeship programme is to find and apply for a relevant job vacancy. You can find out more information and roles available here.

Those already employed in the industry:

If you are already employed in this industry, you should discuss with your manager if your organisation is working in partnership with Aston University. If they are, you will make an application through your employer.

If your employer is not yet an Aston partner, they can get in touch with our Apprenticeships Team to find out more information about working with us.

What about costs and funding?

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 £27,000. 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.

Information for employers

If you are an employer or you want to send information about this degree apprenticeship to your manager, take a look at the course page dedicated to employers.

Current vacancies

The first step in joining our Degree Apprenticeship programme is to find and apply for a relevant job vacancy. All our current degree apprenticeship vacancies are updated on a regular basis. Please check back regularly for new vacancies.

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Frequently asked questions

How is an apprenticeship degree different?

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 three to five 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.

How is off-campus teaching delivered?

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 facilities will I have access to when I am on campus?

This course is delivered in block learning sessions, during which you will benefit from our specialist on campus facilities, 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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