Healthcare Science Practitioner: Audiology Degree Apprenticeship

Course overview

Entry requirements

  • A Levels
    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.
  • Further requirements
    Minimum of Grade C or 4 GCSE Maths and English
  • Employment
    You'll need to be in a full time paid role that is relevant to the apprenticeship. This could be an existing job role you are in or a new degree apprenticeship position you are applying for.
More information

Key Dates

  • On campus events
  • Programme start date
    September
  • Application deadline
    1 July 2019

Achieve a degree alongside relevant and practical work training

No tuition fees

Learn through a combination of distance learning, on-campus study and workplace training

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

Course summary

An apprenticeship that will allow you to train and qualify as an audiologist while working in the industry. Audiologists are healthcare professionals responsible for the diagnosis and rehabilitation of hearing, balance and associated disorders in patients of all ages.

Entry requirements

Qualification

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.

Start date

September.

Tuition fees

You will not have to pay tuition fees as a degree apprenticeships, 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.

Entry requirements

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. 

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, you can supply your own clinical toolkit from your workplace. 

Your employer may also have additional requirements.

 

Course outline

Programme overview

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 new-born babies to elderly people, so enjoying interaction with people and having excellent communication skills are essential for the role. Audiologists work in multidisciplinary teams, liaising with patients as well as medical, education, and research professionals. A desire to help people is important and the ageing population means demand for hearing assessment and treatment services is increasing.

Upon successful completion of the course, you will become competent in many areas of audiological practice. 

Who is the apprenticeship for?

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. By completing this degree apprenticeship you will have acquired the knowledge and skills needed to register as a Healthcare Scientist in Audiology. 

Programme content

You will learn about the following topics on this apprenticeship programme:

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 & assessment

Learning and teaching

Apprenticeships are structured differently to a traditional degree. You'll spend the majority of your time working full time in your clinical job but will be released for study time to complete your academic learning. You will study through a combination of online learning resources and sessions on campus where you will learn through tutorials, lectures and practical sessions. You will attend campus for several blocks of study (usually three to five days at a time) in each year, plus assessments and/or exams. It is a great opportunity for you to meet face-to-face with your peers and our academics.

Your off-campus distance learning teaching will be delivered via our virtual learning environment, Blackboard. You will access theoretical learning materials for general study, revision and assessment. This platform allows you 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 your apprenticeship, we will visit you and your supervisor in the workplace to ensure you are progressing with your clinical practice and able to undertake your clinical and your 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.

Programme Director

Rosemary Monk

Rosemary is the Programme Director for the BSc in Healthcare Science (Audiology) and the Healthcare Science Practitioner in Audiology Apprenticeship. She teaches hearing rehabilitation for adults in Stage 2, and vestibular assessment and management in Stage 3. She also teaches on the Foundation Degree in Hearing Aid Audiology, the MSc in Clinical Science (Audiology), and the PhD in Hearing Therapy. Her areas of research interest include adult auditory rehabilitation, and vestibular assessment and rehabilitation.

How to apply

I am not employed in the industry

The first step in joining our Degree Apprenticeship programme is to find and apply for a relevant job vacancy. All our current degree apprenticeship vacancies are updated on a regular basis. Please check back regularly for new vacancies.

Find out more about applying for degree apprenticeships

I am already employed in the industry

If you are already employed in this industry, you should discuss with your manager if your organisation is working in partnership with Aston University. If they are, you will make an application through your employer. 

If your employer is not yet an Aston partner, they can get in touch with our Apprenticeships Team to find out more information about working with us.

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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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