Healthcare Science (Audiology) BSc (Hons)

Course overview

  • Course level
    Undergraduate
  • Course type
    Full-time
  • Duration
    3 years
  • Course options
    Integrated placement
  • UCAS code(s)
    B611
  • School

Entry requirements for 2019

  • A Level (2019 entry)
    ABB - BBB (must include one science subject from Biology, Chemistry, Physics OR Maths)
  • BTEC
    Are considered with the relevant A Level subjects, please see below for further details
  • International baccalaureate diploma
    32 – 31 Overall (HL 5, 5, 5 must include one science subject from Biology, Chemistry, Physics OR Maths)
  • GCSEs
    Five GCSEs in total which must include grade B/5 Mathematics, C/4 English Language and the rest at grade C/4
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Key Dates

2nd for Research Quality (Aural & Oral Sciences, Complete University Guide, 2019)

Employed graduates from subjects allied to medicine at Aston earn £10,800 (44%) more than the UK average, three years after graduating (LEO, 2018)

Integrated placements throughout the course

Top 10 Overall (Aural & Oral Sciences, Complete University Guide, 2019)

Course summary

This course is for you if you wish to qualify to work as an audiologist, providing services in the NHS or dispensing hearing aids in the independent sector.

Entry requirements for 2019

Duration: 3 years full-time with integrated placements

UCAS code: B611

Admissions Review Process

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and the whole application is reviewed which includes previous and predicted qualifications, any experience, references and motivation. Whilst the grades listed here are our entry requirements, we understand that predicted grades are only an estimate. We will therefore consider applicants with lower predicted grades if the application is of a high standard which includes a strong personal statement and academic reference. However, any offer made will not be lower than stated below. If you have already achieved your A level grades you may be eligible for our lowered offer scheme - this means that the grades that you will need in order to be accepted on to the course may be reduced. Whilst we normally look for evidence of recent study (which we define as the past 3 years), we also welcome applications from mature students who have achieved grades up to 10 years old, which will be considered on a case by case scenario. You will be required to make a full UCAS application which lists your education and work history up to the time of application along with sufficient references. Find out more about our admissions policy.

Personal Statement: If you have a personal statement referring to another course, you will be required to email an Audiology related version.

Applicant Visit Days

Once you have received an offer, you will be invited to an Applicant Visit Day to discover more about the course and Aston University.

Typical offers

GCSEs:

Total five GCSEs required as follows: B/5 Mathematics C/4 English Language plus three GCSEs at grade C/4. Please note we do not accept Key skills or Functional skills in place of these.

A Levels:

ABB-BBB in three A level subjects which must include one science subject from Biology, Chemistry, Physics OR Maths.

Excluded Subjects: We welcome the following subjects as an additional A level, but not as one of the core three A levels - General Studies, Critical Thinking, Citizenship Studies.

A Level applicants who select this course as their Firm UCAS choice may be eligible for our lowered offer scheme. This means that the grades that you will need in order to be accepted on to the course will be reduced.

Resits: We welcome applications from students who have tried to improve their examination grades by taking a maximum of one set of resits. 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 and we reserve to make an amended (higher) offer, or not make an offer. 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:

We consider BTEC qualifications in any subject which are taken with the relevant A Level subjects as listed below:

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, Chemistry, Physics OR Maths

Diploma (QCF)

National Diploma

Distinction, Distinction (DD) With this BTEC you must also achieve grade B in one A-Level science subject from: Biology, Chemistry, Physics OR Maths.

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, Chemistry, Physics OR Maths.
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, Chemistry, Physics OR Maths.
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, Chemistry, Physics OR Maths.

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.

International Baccalaureate Diploma:

32 - 31 points overall and must include grades 6, 5, 5 – 5, 5, 5 in Higher Level subjects which must include one science subject from Biology, Chemistry, Physics OR Maths. You must also have Standard Level grade 6 in Mathematics and grade 5 in English Language.

For more information about qualifications view our Aston in your country webpage.

Foundation Programme route:

Foundation Programme in Science (Aston University): 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 Foundation Programme in Science at Aston University, however, please note there are specific entry requirements which must be checked: Foundation Entry Requirements.

Non-standard qualifications

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.

Foundation Degree in Audiology applicants for final year.

For Foundation Degree in Hearing Aid Audiology graduates please note you must meet the following entry requirements for progression onto Year 3 of BSc Healthcare Science (Audiology) course:

  • Applications must be made via UCAS (deadline = 30th March: this is to allow for time for the audits to be performed)
  • Must pass the Foundation Degree in Hearing Aid Audiology with a Distinction.
  • Pass both the workplace clinical audit and clinical competency assessments. These are organised by Aston University once the application has been received and undergone initial admissions review.
  • Demonstrate that you are working and maintaining competence in performing the Scope of Practice in the FD role.
  • You must be able to gain access to the specialist areas (Paediatric and Vestibular).
  • You must also have a formal arrangement in place between the service and the specialist service(s) (either Private or NHS Provision) and confirmation of this from the Head of Service and your Employer to state this.
  • To achieve the award of BSc Hons, students will be required to complete a further year of study.
  • Students will be required to complete a Research Methods module during year 3 of the BSc course.
  • For External Graduates of Foundation Degree in Audiology, you must additionally meet the level 2 and 3 entry requirements for BSc Healthcare Science (Audiology)  

External Foundation Programmes from another University:

We consider external foundation programmes for entry into our year 1 programmes on a case-by-case basis. We will always require applicants to have met the following criteria prior to application:

  • 5 GCSE’s at grade C/4 or above including Maths and English.
  • CCC at A-Level

If you meet the above pre-requisite qualifications, we will be required to review the programme specification of your foundation programme. After we have reviewed the programme specification a decision will be made. Any conditional offers made will be based on meeting a specific grade in your foundation programme.

Fees for 2019

For 2019 entry:

  • UK / EU students: £9,250 per year
  • International students: £18,500 per year

 

Explore the costs involved in university and the financial support that may be available to you.

Criminal Records Check (DBS) & Fitness to Practise information

As the course includes clinical placements where students interact with members of the public we are required to ensure that entrants are Fit to Practice in terms of their character and health. We do this by performing the following checks:

Disclosure & Barring Service Enhanced Check

As you will be working with the public 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 from their customer service department on 0300 0200 190, or on their website

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 the course.

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

Course outline

Audiology is the study of the ear, hearing and balance, and Healthcare Science is the use of scientific methods to test and treat people who have health conditions. 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. Audiologists deal with people from all walks of life and all ages, from newborn babies to elderly people, so enjoying interaction with people and having excellent communication skills are essential for the role.

 

On this course you will study healthcare science, audiology, clinical practice and research methods. You will undertake work-based learning in clinical placements where you can put your knowledge and skills into practice.

 This course is part of the NHS Practitioner Training Programme in Neurosensory Sciences. It is a 3-year programme, with integrated placements in each year in clinical practice. Once qualified you may work in the NHS as a Healthcare Scientist or Audiologist, or you may practice as a Hearing Aid Dispenser in the commercial sector.

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

Degree apprenticeship

You can also study this subject through a degree apprenticeship. On an apprenticeship you study for your degree whilst working for your employer. 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.


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What you will study

Year 1

In the first year, students are introduced to a range of basic sciences related to healthcare science. You will also learn about the eyes, ears and nerves, and how disease affects them, about health disorders in the general population. Alongside this, you will be introduced to clinical procedures (including hearing tests) and the skills needed to work with and manage patients. You will go on your first clinical placements.

Year 2

In the second year, you learn more about hearing science, and clinical audiology, including hearing assessment and management of hearing loss. There are also introductions to speech and child development, and you will learn about research methods to prepare you for your dissertation in the final year. You will develop your clinical skills in audiology, and spend more time in clinical placements.

Final Year

Final year prepares you for a professional career as an audiologist. You have the opportunity to research a chosen audiology topic in the dissertation component, and learn how to relate research to developing good clinical practice. You will also learn about specialist clinical areas of audiology such as the assessment of children, and balance assessment and rehabilitation. You will have the opportunity to put your theoretical learning and clinical skills into practice in your final year placement.

Throughout the course:

It is important that healthcare professionals have a wide range of interpersonal and self-management skills. Our course helps students to develop their verbal and written communication skills, their presentation skills, and their ability to work in a team. You will also become familiar with IT and clinically relevant technology, and will develop your problem solving, critical thinking and reflective skills.

Integrated placements

Clinical placements are integrated in each academic year, and are an essential and compulsory part of the course. The learning experiences you will encounter in clinics will help you develop your clinical and practical skills, and will deepen your knowledge. You will also develop skills such as team working, managing your time and organising your clinical workload, and much more.

Clinical placement locations cover a large geographical area across the West Midlands and the rest of England, and locations offered may vary from year to year. Whilst we make every effort to take your personal circumstances into consideration we are unable to guarantee a clinical placement in your preferred location, and it may be necessary for students to relocate for the duration of the placement. By registering for the course you accept this aspect of the programme. 

Professional accreditation

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.

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

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Your future career prospects

Audiology courses at Aston teach the skills needed to become audiologists able to work in the NHS and independent sectors. Audiologists and hearing aid dispensers work in multidisciplinary teams, liaising with medical, education, and research professionals. 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.

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. 

Roles of recent graduates include:

  • Audiologist, Boots
  • Audiologist, East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust
  • Audiologist, George Elliot Hospital
  • Audiologist, Princess Royal Hospital
  • Audiologist, Specsavers
  • Audiologist, Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
  • Audiologist, Wolverhampton Hospital
  • Audiologist, Worcestershire Royal Hospital
  • Audiologist, Wye Valley NHS Trust
  • Clinical Audiologist, Hearwell Audiology Clinic
  • Hearing Aid Audiologist, Hidden Hearing
  • Hearing aid Audiologist, Specsavers.
  • NHS Scientist Training Programme Trainee, Royal Berkshire Foundation NHS Trust
Facilities

You will benefit from excellent facilities that will aid your learning, such as:

  • A clinical skills laboratory which is equipped with the latest Audiology equipment;
  • Simulated patients, to help to develop your clinical skills  
  • Lecture theatres and seminar rooms with audio-visual equipment;
  • A virtual learning environment to support general study, revision and assessment. This platform allows you to access a comprehensive range of study materials, scientific journals, e-journals, databases and much more.
  • Course texts and relevant journals are available from the library either electronically or in book form. 

You will be required to buy a clinical toolkit for use during this course. This must be purchased before the end of October in your first year and costs the discounted price of £240.34. Information regarding how to order this will be provided to you when beginning the course.

Learning, teaching & assessment

You will encounter a wide range of teaching approaches, such as 

  • Lectures
  • Seminars 
  • Tutorials
  • Group work
  • Problem based learning
  • Practical skills training in the clinical skills laboratory
  • Dissertation.

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

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Discover more in the following ways: 

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

I was able to integrate my learning from Aston University into the working, clinical environment with the support of university staff.

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 of 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.

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.

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