Foundation Degree in Hearing Aid Audiology

Course overview

Entry requirements

  • GCSE requirements (2020 entry)
    GCSE Maths and English at grade C/4 (level 2 equivalents considered)
  • Other requirements
    Applicants must be employed in order to meet the entry requirements.
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Key dates

Earn while you learn on this 15 month foundation degree

Option to progress to BSc Healthcare Science (Audiology)

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

Approved by the HCPC

Course summary

This course is for you if you wish to gain a recognised HCPC-approved qualification while you are employed in the audiology industry.

Key information for applicants, fees and entry requirements

Fees: Tuition fees for full course duration (15 months) for 2020-entry:

  • Home / EU students: £13,850
  • International students: £28,300*

A 10% discount is available for providers (or individual NHS trusts) sending 5 or more students. A 20% discount is available for providers (or individual NHS trusts) sending 8 or more students.

Tuition fees are reviewed annually and may increase in subsequent years in line with inflation linked to the Retail Price Index (RPI) to take account of the University’s increased costs of delivering the Programme. When undertaking a placement year a placement year fee applies.

Mode of delivery: Part time, work based learning (you must be employed full-time in the field of audiology at the start of this course and for the duration of it)

Duration: 21 days of on-campus teaching and assessment across 15 months

Please note:

  • This course requires all applicants to uphold professional standards of behaviour.
  • Accreditation of previous learning experience (APEL): Applicants who hold a relevant academic qualification in Audiology such as BSc Hons Hearing Sciences or other interim award from a BSc Hons Audiology programme will be considered for entry to the second stage of the programme. This will also require an assessment of clinical competence which will be arranged by the University.
  • The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications.
  • Find out more about our admissions policy.

Entry requirements: 

  • You must be employed full-time in the field of audiology and a letter of support from your employer must be included with the application.
  • If you are not currently employed in this field, you may wish to contact one of our partners, Scrivens Hearing Care, who may be able to support you. Find out more about Scrivens Hearing Care.
  • GCSE Maths and English at grade C/4 (level 2 equivalents considered)
  • Offer is subject to successfully passing an Audit of your clinical work based environment.

Application deadline: 30th April 2020

Criminal Records Check (DBS) & Fitness to Practise information: 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.

Progression onto final year of the BSc Healthcare Science (Audiology) course: 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)  



Professional accreditation

The course is a HCPC (Health & Care Professions Council) approved programme for professional development.

Graduates are eligible to apply for HCPC registration.

Course outline

This course is for people already employed in the audiology field who wish to gain a recognised qualification to register and practise in this area.

You will receive around 21 days of on-campus teaching and assessment. 

What you will study


Stage 1

During stage 1, you will be introduced to a range of sciences related to hearing and audiology. You will focus on clinical procedures and the skills needed to manage patients, getting the opportunity to put these skills into practice in your workplace. Alongside developing skills in audiological assessment procedures, following British Society of Audiology (BSA) and British Academy of Audiology (BAA) recommendations, you will also get to grips with the application of clinical, psychological and scientific concepts.

  • Science in Audiology 
  • Rehabilitation in Audiology 
  • Adult Auditory Assessment 
  • Skills Foundation I
  •  Practical Placement I 

Stage 2

In your second stage, you will build on the skills developed in stage one, whilst being introduced to new topics such as hearing aids and counselling skills. You will be developing related clinical competencies as you work with patients and clients in the workplace, which will allow you to continue to build your portfolio. The modules you study will provide you with an understanding of routine hearing aids systems, how to select, fit and verify them, as well as evaluating and modifying their performance. Your legal knowledge and business skills will also be developed giving you the ability to dispense hearing aids in the private sector as an independent or employed dispenser.

  • Auditory Sciences II
  • Improving Healthcare
  • Hearing Aid Audiology
  • Skills Foundation II 
  • Practical placement II 


Applicants holding an appropriate Foundation Degree in Hearing Aid Audiology, awarded with Distinction, may enter year 3 of the BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science (Audiology) programme. Please see the below ‘Your future career prospects’ tab for full details.

Your future career prospects

After the course

As an Aston University graduate of this course, you will:

  • Be able to register with the Health & Care Professions Council and provide aid services to customers within the independent sector.
  • Be eligible to work as an Associate Practitioner in the NHS.

You will also have the opportunity to progress onto year 3 of the Aston BSc Healthcare Science (Audiology) course. Please see entry requirements tab for more details. 

Personal development

It is important that students working in healthcare have a wide range of interpersonal skills. These include presentation skills, team working, report writing, negotiation and IT skills. This course aims to help students recognise this need and develop the appropriate skills.

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.

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


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.

A wide range of highly experienced staff teach on this Foundation Degree programme.

Meet the Audiology team

Find out more

Discover more in the following ways: 

What was the highlight of your time at Aston?

Working in the audiology skills lab was invaluable hands on learning experience. The staff are fantastic and made it such an enjoyable learning experience.

What advice would you give to someone thinking of studying at Aston?

Studying at Aston gave me some of the most rewarding moments of my life. Sign up for something you are passionate about and try to remember to enjoy it!

Why did you choose to study with Aston?

I had to combine studying with full time work and a family, the flexibility of the course allowed me to do this. Also the accessibility of Birmingham, with excellent train links made the journey very easy. I stayed at the Conference Centre which was very convenient and had great facilities.

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