Foundation Degree in Hearing Aid Audiology

Course overview

Entry requirements

  • GCSE requirements (2019 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.
More information

Key dates

  • On campus events
  • Application deadline
    28 June 2019

Earn while you learn on this 15 month foundation degree

Option to progress to BSc Healthcare Science (Audiology)

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

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.

Entry requirements for 2019

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.

How to apply:

  • Apply here
  • All applications must be received by the deadline 28 June 2019.

For information on entry requirements for progression onto Year 3 of BSc Healthcare Science (Audiology) course please see “Your future career prospects”

Fees for 2019

Tuition fees for full course duration (15 months) for 2019-entry:

  • Home / EU students: £13,700
  • International students: £27,700
Professional accreditation

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

Graduates are eligible to apply for HCPC registration.

Criminal Records Check (DBS) & Fitness to Practise information

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

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. 

The application deadline is 28 June 2019.

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.

What you will study

In the first stage, you are introduced to a range of basic sciences related to hearing and audiology. You will also focus on clinical procedures and the skills needed to manage patients. You will put these skills into practice in your workplace.

In your second stage you will build on the skills developed in the first stage. You will be introduced to topics such as hearing aids and counselling skills. You will also be developing related clinical competencies as you work with patients/clients in the workplace. 

Stage 1

Core modules*:

  • Adult Auditory Assessment - provides students with a theoretical and practical understanding of audiological test procedures and related clinical issues in adult auditory assessment.
  • Rehabilitation in Audiology - develops an understanding of the rehabilitative process.
  • Introduction to Auditory Sciences - provides students with a sound theoretical understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the auditory and vestibular systems.
  • Skills Foundation I - develops skills in audiological assessment procedures, following British Society of Audiology (BSA) and British Academy of Audiology (BAA) recommendations.
  •  Practical Placement I - provides students with an opportunity to learn about audiology practice.

  Stage 2

Core modules*:

  • Auditory Sciences II - This module provides an introduction to psychophysical methods and the psychophysics of hearing and introduces students to the perceptual effects of deafness.  The module will introduce models of pitch perception and frequency selectivity.  Students will also learn about the perception of loudness, masking, temporal processing, and the perceptual effects of binaural stimulation gain an overview of speech production and perception.
  • Hearing Aids – this module provides an understanding of routine hearing aids systems, and how to select and fit them and verify, evaluate and modify their performance.
  • Improving Healthcare – this module provides an awareness of patient perspectives and an understanding of how to improve services.
  • Skills Foundation II - this practical-based module aims to develop skills in audiological assessment and rehabilitative procedures, following BSA/BAA recommended procedures.
  • Practice placement II - provides supervised training in practise to complete the Individual Record of Clinical Practice and continue to build a portfolio of evidence.
  • Professional Studies – Business Practice – this covers the legal knowledge and business skills required to dispense hearing aids in the private sector as an independent or employed dispenser.

*Details provided are intended to give an overview of the proposed aims and content in modules, they are not a complete exhaustive and definitive description of module content. 

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.

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)  

 

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.

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.
Staff

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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