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.
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.
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.
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.
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.