Healthcare Science Practitioner: Audiology Degree Apprenticeship - Employer Information

Course overview

  • Course level
    Undergraduate, Degree Apprenticeship
  • Course type
    Work-based degree
  • Duration
    Five years
  • Course options
    No placement
  • School

Entry requirements

  • A Levels
    Three A Levels (or equivalent - please see the 'Key information and entry requirements' section below for more details)
  • Further requirements
    Grade 4 or C GCSE Maths and English
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Key dates

  • Programme start date
    September
  • Applications open
    1 November 2019

Ranked 15th in a Top 50 list of the UK's apprenticeship training providers (RateMyApprenticeship, 2019)

Triple accredited by professional bodies allowing graduates to register as Healthcare Scientists in Audiology and Hearing Aid Dispensers

Apprentices will gain a BSc (Hons) in Healthcare Science (Audiology) alongside clinical skills training

Employer information

An apprenticeship designed to meet the needs of professional audiologists in the NHS. 

This level 6 degree apprenticeship will provide the practical and theoretical training required to work in the healthcare sector as an audiologist. Students will complete a BSc (Hons) in Healthcare Science (Audiology). 

Key information and entry requirements

Degree Apprenticeship Standard

This programme aligns to the Level 6 Healthcare Science Practitioner degree apprenticeship standard. You can find more information about the standard on the Institute for Apprenticeships website.

Qualification

By successfully completing this apprenticeship, your learners will be awarded a BSc (Hons) in Healthcare Science (Audiology). They will also achieve an apprenticeship certificate that is graded at pass, merit or distinction. 

Duration of programme

The duration of the programme is normally five years, but previous qualifications or experience in audiology may be taken into consideration and occasionally apprentices may complete the course in as little as three years.

Start date

September.

Tuition fees

The funding band for this degree apprenticeship is £27,000. This is the full cost of the apprenticeship which will be paid for using your apprenticeship levy.

Entry requirements

You can specify your own requirements in addition to the University’s. Our usual offer is 3 A Levels at ABB, but where an applicant for the apprenticeship has significant work experience and/or alternative qualifications we will consider their suitability on a case by case basis. Additional entry requirements from the government include:

  • A minimum of Grade C or 4 in GCSE Mathematics and English or equivalent by the start of the apprenticeship
  • Be a UK/EU/EAA resident for at least three years prior to starting the course
  • Have left full time education when the apprenticeship starts
  • Be at least 16 years old
  • Right to work in the UK.

Disclosure & Barring Enhanced Check 

Apprentices 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.

Aston can check a pre-existing Enhanced DBS certificate for the Adult and Child Workforce if the learner has signed up to the DBS update service.  We will require the apprentice's 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 from their customer service department on 0300 0200 190, or on their website

Occupational health check

Apprentices 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 the course.   

The cost of the initial Health Check is covered by the University. 

Clinical Toolkit

Apprentices will be required to buy a clinical toolkit for use during this course. This must be purchased before the end of October in the first year of the apprenticeship at the discounted price of £240.34. Information regarding how to order this will be provided at the start of the apprenticeship. Alternatively, apprentices can supply their own clinical toolkit workplace.

Who is this apprenticeship for?

This level 6 degree apprenticeship will provide the practical and theoretical training required to work in the healthcare sector as an audiologist. Apprentices can range from new employees who have no previous experience in healthcare to existing staff who are looking to develop their career in audiology. 

Course outline

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. 

Learning, teaching and assessment

Learning and teaching

Apprenticeships are structured differently to a traditional degree. Learners will spend the majority of their time working full-time in your clinical setting but will be released for study time to complete their academic learning.

Apprentices will study through a combination of online learning resources and sessions on campus where they will learn through tutorials, lectures and practical sessions. Apprentices will attend campus for several blocks of study (usually three to five days at a time) in each year, plus assessments and/or exams.

Off-campus distance learning teaching will be delivered via our virtual learning environment, Blackboard. Apprentices will access theoretical learning materials for general study, revision and assessment. This platform allows apprentices 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 the apprenticeship, we will visit your apprentice and their supervisor in the workplace to ensure they are progressing with their clinical practice and able to undertake the clinical and endpoint assessments when due. 

Professional accreditation

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 & Care Professions Council which enables graduates to be eligible to apply to register as Hearing Aid Dispensers.

Information for prospective apprentices

If you are considering undertaking a degree apprenticeship yourself, or you want to pass on information to a colleague who might be interested, take a look at the course page dedicated to prospective apprentices.

Liz's story

"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

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