Healthcare Science (Audiology) BSc (Hons) -Direct entry to Final Year

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Opportunity for those already working in audiology to expand their career options

2nd for Research Quality (Aural & Oral Sciences, Complete University Guide, 2020)

5th in the UK for graduate prospects (Aural & Oral Sciences, Complete University Guide, 2020)

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

Course Summary

Gain direct entry into the final year of our BSc Healthcare Science (Audiology) course at Aston University. You’ll learn the skills needed to provide a range of audiology healthcare services as an audiologist working in the NHS or independent sector.

Key information for applicants, fees and entry requirements

Fees for 2020: £9250 (UK/EU students)

Mode of delivery: Full-time work-based degree (with blocked attendance at Aston University)

Duration: 1 year                                              

Application: Must be submitted via UCAS by 30 March to allow time for compulsorily audits to be performed

Start date: September

Entry requirements:

Healthcare Science (Audiology) BSc (Hons) – Direct entry to Final year

Entry requirements:

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- Transcript to be provided along with the 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.

 

Course outline and modules

Healthcare scientists use scientific methods to test and treat people who have a range of health conditions. Those specialising 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 are key medical professionals who work to identify and treat disorders that occur in the auditory and vestibular system. With a rising demand for professionals in this field, our audiology course is designed to equip you for practice in the healthcare industry.

Why Aston?

Specifically designed for students who have previously completed a 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.

What you will study

Study a series of taught modules listed below, whilst continuing to be employed by your audiology employer. 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.

Modules

  • Advanced Auditory Intervention
  • Audiological Science
  • Clinical & Professional Practice
  • Specialist Audiological Assessment
  • Research Project
Assesment

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

Professional accreditation

The course is accredited by the National School of Healthcare Science (NSHCS) which is part of healthcare Education England (HEE) and by the Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists (RCCP). It is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

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

Career prospects

After graduating with us, you will be qualified to work in the NHS as a Healthcare Scientist or Audiologist. You can also go to practice as a Hearing Aid Dispenser in the commercial sector.

Graduates from our BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science (Audiology) course enter a variety of careers in hospitals, commercial sector, community-based practice, audiological and neurosciences research, or other roles dedicated to improving hearing problems, while some undertake postgraduate courses. The most common roles include: audiologist, hearing aid audiologist and NHS Scientist Training Programme Trainee.

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
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