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.
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.
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.
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 how to apply section below 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.
Disclosure & Barring 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.
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, you can supply your own clinical toolkit from your workplace.
Your employer may also have additional requirements.