Healthcare Science (Audiology) BSc (Hons)

Healthcare Science (Audiology) BSc (Hons)

De Montfort University
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About the course

Audiology is the study of hearing and balance (dizziness). The BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science (Audiology) is one of several courses offered by the Audiology Division. The course is designed to develop you as a clinician to test for hearing and balance conditions.

The course will develop your understanding on how we hear and how we maintain our balance from the first day of life. This will involve investigating the theories behind hearing, in particular the world of psychoacoustics.

It is an applied course and you will develop into an independent clinician, applying a host of tests for investigating hearing and balance function for the young and old.

Audiology is a broad subje…

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About the course

Audiology is the study of hearing and balance (dizziness). The BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science (Audiology) is one of several courses offered by the Audiology Division. The course is designed to develop you as a clinician to test for hearing and balance conditions.

The course will develop your understanding on how we hear and how we maintain our balance from the first day of life. This will involve investigating the theories behind hearing, in particular the world of psychoacoustics.

It is an applied course and you will develop into an independent clinician, applying a host of tests for investigating hearing and balance function for the young and old.

Audiology is a broad subject and there are opportunities to specialise in:

  • Paediatrics
  • Diagnostics
  • Rehabilitation
Reasons why you should choose to study a degree in Healthcare Science Audiology at DMU
  • The course is approved by Medical Education England, allowing graduates to be eligible to practice in the NHS
  • The course is approved by the Health Professions Council, allowing graduates to be eligible to register as a Hearing Aid Dispenser and hence work under this protected title in the private sector
  • The course has Inter-professional education which allows you to gain a broader view of issues and debates in the healthcare sector
  • Career opportunities are varied and posts can be found within the NHS but also in the private sector, many of our graduates have gone on to postgraduate studies as well as careers with hearing aid and audiology equipment manufacturers at home and abroad
  • De Montfort university is one of the first universities offering an undergraduate degree in Audiology and it is the home of the ‘Education in Audiology’ conference. It can offer a range of placements and its graduates enjoy over 95% employment, this is based on its excellent reputation as a leader in Audiology education


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Key facts

UCAS course code: B61A

Duration: Three years full-time

Institution code: D26

Entry and admission criteria

2013/2014 GCSEs At least 5 GCSEs at grade C or above including Maths, Science and English. Plus one of the following: A Levels From a minimum of 2 a levels with a Science subject** at grade B or above
  • BTEC National Diploma Science BTEC Distinction/Distinction/Merit
  • BTEC National Certificate only in combination with other accepted qualifications. Must meet Science requirement
  • BTEC National Award only in combination with other accepted qualifications. Must meet Science requirement
  • BTEC Extended Diploma (3 A2s) Science BTEC Distinction/Distinction/Merit
  • BTEC Diploma (2 A2s) only in combination with other accepted qualifications Must meet Science requirement
  • BTEC 90 credit Diploma only in combination with other accepted qualifications. Must meet Science requirement
  • BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (1 A2) only in combination with other accepted qualifications. Must meet Science requirement
  • BTEC certificate (1 A1) only in combination with other accepted qualifications. Must meet Science requirement

Access Course
Pass in Access to Science. English and Maths GCSE equivalency required, 12 level 2 credits in each subject

Interview: No

Work Experience: No

International Baccalaureate: 30+ with 6 higher level points in a Science subject

You must complete an occupational health check, declaration form and enhanced CRB disclosure application form before starting the course, which needs to be cleared in accordance with DMU's admission policy. Contact us for up-to-date information.

International students:
If English is not your first language, we require an English language level of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

Personal Statement selection criteria

  • Clear communication skills, including good grammar and spelling
  • Information relevant to the course applied for
  • Interest in the course demonstrated with explanation and evidence
  • If relevant for the course - work and life experience.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching sessions include lectures, seminars, tutorial discussions, practical workshops and inter-professional learning with students from other healthcare professions.

Timetables vary each year with approximately 15 hours of teaching time each week. This does not include the time you spend on placements and some practical sessions. Compulsory placements are scheduled throughout the course. You will be required to prepare plans and activities for your placement and evaluate them at the end.

Assessment includes:

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Assignments
  • Presentations
  • A portfolio
  • A dissertation

Learning outcomes on completion of the course are closely linked to Health Professions Council’s ‘Standards of Proficiency’. Student learning is supported by personal tutoring from teaching staff.

Course modules

First year core modules:

  • Professional Healthcare Science Practice 1
  • Generic Healthcare Science modules (Anatomy and Physiology, Biochemistry, Physics and Maths)
  • Clinical Placement 1
  • Plus Audiology specific modules

Second year core modules:

  • Research Methods
  • Plus Audiology Specific modules (including Paediatrics and Balance Assessment)
  • Clinical Placement 2

Third year core modules:

  • Professional Healthcare Science Practice 2
  • Research Project
  • Clinical Placement 3

Academic expertise

The teaching staffs have a range of backgrounds and specialist areas. There is a combination staff with a strong clinical background and staff with a strong academic background.

One of the strengths of the team is their diversity and this has made students feel able to approach staff for help and relate better with their tutors.

The division has several projects and areas of research and is very active in the professional body.

Industry links and professional accreditation

The course is fully accredited by the Medical Education England and graduates are eligible to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HPC) to practice as Hearing Aid Dispensers in both the NHS and the private sector. The division has close links with NHS departments across England and with private hearing aid dispensers and manufacturers.

Work experience and placements

  • Clinical Placement 1 - There is a 10 week work based learning component (Partly on campus)
  • Clinical Placement 2 - There is a second 15 week work based placement which will begin in June of year 2
  • Clinical Placement 3 - There is a final 25 week work based placement which will begin after the year 2 placement

The course offers a range of placements both locally and nationally, distances do vary and this should be considered when applying, as no guarantee of location can be given.

The majority of placements are within a 50 mile radius of the university, but students have been placed in the north (Middleborough), east (Gt. Yarmouth) and the south (Bournemouth). Placements can be in the NHS as well as in the private sector, the ultimate aim of the university is to ensure that a suitable placement is found.

Graduate careers

The programme has been developed in reaction to the governments ‘Modernising Scientific Careers’ agenda and so is designed around preparing students to work as Healthcare Scientists in the NHS.

The course has been approved by the Health Professions Council|, this allows graduates to be eligible to apply for registration and hence practice as a Hearing Aid Dispenser in the private sector. Hence graduates can decide on completion of the programme which career pathway suits them: NHS or private or both.

Previous graduates have also worked for hearing aid and audiology equipment manufacturers and have studied further at various levels.

This is one of a series of progressive courses including a Doctorate in Health Sciences DHSci |

Fees and funding

UK/EU Full-time £9000 Part Time 2013/14 4 Year Course £5925 6 Year Course £3950 Per Module (15 Credits) £988 International
Full-time Band 1 £10,750 Band 2 £11,250

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Scholarships

Learn more about our Undergraduate scholarships| and awards information.

Facilities

Continued investment at DMU means that you will benefit from a newly refurbished Health and Life Sciences| building with improved learning and teaching facilities, including state-of-the-art lecture theatres with new technological equipment, and social hubs where you can spend your time doing group focused study.

The audiology division boasts 3 dedicated clinical areas:

  • The Rehabilitation Suite
  • The Diagnostic Suite
  • The Balance/Vestibular Laboratory (Located at the Leicester Royal Infirmary)

All clinical areas contain some of the latest equipment and are designed around teaching and research needs. The Rehabilitation and Diagnostic suites are accessible to students in their free time and when not in use for teaching, allowing practice of key skills.

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