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FdSc Hearing aid audiology

Make a difference to someone's life by improving their hearing, allowing them to connect with their surroundings and giving them back their confidence. This is what makes our role as hearing care professionals really worth it.

A hearing aid audiologist assessing a patient's hearing using a large pair of headphones

Aim for career success, access real world education from leading global experts in the field

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48 UCAS Points

Maths and English at Grade C or Level 4

Or Level 2 Functional Skills Literacy and Numeracy


UCAS institution code P63

Duration Two years

Course Summary

The first year of study provides you with the knowledge and understanding of the environment which you will work and the wider industry, you'll be fully aware of what it means to be a registered professional and the expectations associated more widely with this. You will study the foundations of the physics of sound but most importantly the anatomy and physiology of the hearing and balance system. You'll begin to recognise the clinical signs and symptoms of various conditions, diseases and illnesses and be able to recognise how these relate to real life examples as well when to refer for a further opinion. Clinically, you'll be able to examine a patients ears, undertake a thorough history and conduct a basic assessment of a patient or clients hearing. You'll learn the basic fundamentals of rehabilitation and the hearing aid technology that is available to support the patient or client. You will be required to undertake a certificate of competence in aural microsuction.

In year 2, you'll continue your clinical placement activity as well as gaining a deeper understanding of some of the diagnostic tasks available to you but also some of the advanced verification processes which support expert hearing aid fitting. You'll learn how to run a small business and also the legislation that surrounds this. You'll be equipped with the leadership skills to ensure that you are successful in your role as a Registered Hearing Aid Dispenser.

Why study Hearing Aid Audiology at Marjon?

Play an active role and develop your clinical knowledge and skills in the onsite patient facing clinics

Experience placement learning with one of our partners within the region promoting our 'Study Local, Stay Local" ethos

Make use of state of the art simulation suites providing access to the best technology enhanced learning opportunities available

Gather feedback and be mentored by our valuable and expert "People Who Use Services" group

Receive expert tuition from specialists from the industry and from around the globe, providing the opportunity for strong international connections

Extensive and structured support in placement from our own clinical facilitators but also from specially trained supervisors and assessors

Modules for this course

Course Snapshot

This foundation degree enables you to progress your knowledge, understanding and proficiency of skills across the field of Hearing Aid Audiology in order for you to ultimately practice safely and effectively as a registered Hearing Aid Dispenser within the NHS, private sector or within your own business. You'll study a wide range of modules which will deepen your understanding of audiological assessment, intervention and rehabilitation, but above all you'll learn to apply these in the real world environment supported by our expert programme team.
Course snapshot

1st Year

Clinical Practice for Hearing Aid Dispensers 1
Get hands-on experience in providing hearing aid services. Learn how to assess patients' hearing needs, perform basic hearing tests, and recommend appropriate hearing aids. Kickstart your journey as a hearing aid dispenser.
Professionalism and Scope of Practice 1
Understand the ethical and legal responsibilities of a hearing aid dispenser. Explore the boundaries and limitations of your role while promoting professionalism and maintaining high standards of care. Elevate your practice with a strong foundation.
Applied Clinical Skills for Hearing Aid Dispensers 1
Hone your clinical skills as a hearing aid dispenser. Learn to fit, adjust, and maintain hearing aids, troubleshoot common issues, and provide personalised care to improve patients' hearing experience. Be the expert in optimising auditory devices.
Applied Anatomy and Physiology of the Audiovestibular System 1
Dive into the intricate workings of the audiovestibular system. Explore the anatomy and physiology of the ear and the interconnectedness with balance and hearing. Gain a deeper understanding of how hearing loss occurs and its impact.
Applied Hearing Aid Technology and Rehabilitation 1
Embrace the latest advancements in hearing aid technology. Discover cutting-edge devices, accessories, and assistive technologies that enhance hearing and improve communication. Learn rehabilitation techniques to maximise the benefits of hearing aids.
Medical Physics and Physiological Measurements 1
Grasp the fundamentals of medical physics and physiological measurements relevant to hearing healthcare. Explore the principles of acoustics, sound measurement, and the assessment of auditory function. Equip yourself with the scientific knowledge behind audiology.

2nd Year

Clinical Practice for Hearing Aid Dispensers 2
Build upon your clinical practice skills in this advanced module. Refine your expertise in hearing aid fitting, troubleshooting complex cases, and providing comprehensive follow-up care. Gain confidence in handling diverse patient scenarios.
Pathophysiology and Clinical Interventions 2
Delve into the pathophysiology of hearing disorders and explore various clinical interventions. Understand the underlying causes of hearing loss, balance disorders, and associated conditions. Learn about intervention strategies to improve patients' outcomes.
Professional Autonomy and Clinical Decision Making 2
Develop your autonomy as a professional in the hearing healthcare field. Enhance your decision-making skills through critical thinking, evidence-based practice, and effective communication. Take charge of your patients' well-being.
Applied Hearing Aid Technology, Verification and Rehabilitation 2
Expand your knowledge of hearing aid technology and its verification methods. Dive into real-world case studies, fine-tune hearing aid programming, and optimise patient satisfaction through comprehensive rehabilitation techniques.
Psychology Counselling and Wellbeing 2
Recognise the psychological impact of hearing loss and develop counseling skills to support patients' emotional well-being. Learn effective communication strategies and psychological interventions to address the social and emotional aspects of hearing impairment.
Preparing for Registered Practice 2
Get ready to enter the world of registered practice as a hearing aid dispenser. Explore regulatory requirements, professional development opportunities, and strategies for ongoing learning. Prepare yourself to excel in your career and make a positive impact on patients' lives.

Please note: This course is subject to validation which means that it is either a new course or that the content is currently being updated. You can apply for this course now while some of the details of the course are being finalised by the University. Please contact the course leader if you would like further information.

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How you’ll be taught and assessed?

How will you be taught?

The programme is taught in a blended format, you'll study online as well as face to face on campus in short blocks. You'll be taught in real clinic environments both in the practice setting and on the university campus.

How will you be assessed?

You'll be assessed through a combination of written assessment and examination tasks as well as through presentations. You will also be assessed clinically in practice throughout the duration programme, the final assessment is a clinical examination which assesses knowledge and skills across the patient and client journey.

Claire Langman

Claire Langman

Course leader

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Fees and funding

Fees UK students: £9250

This fee covers your tuition and access to course-specific equipment and facilities, as well associated services including access to the library, study skills support, IT support, student support and wellbeing services and membership of the Student Union.

Additional costs:

DBS, Occupational Health and Vaccinations (where required).

Funding available for this course

Our Student Funding Advisors offer confidential and impartial advice about your funding options.

Fees and funding

Frequently asked questions

Q1   Can I set up my own business after this course?

Yes this is possible. We recommend that you make use of the programme teams mentorship capabilities in order to ensure you get off to a flying start.

Q2   What salary could I potentially earn on graduation?

£34,000 -£64,000

Q3   Do I have to find my own placement?

No, our dedicated placement team will arrange all your placement activity.

Q4   Can I become an Audiologist after this programme?

On successful completion of this programme you are eligible to apply for registration as a Hearing Aid Dispenser. You can, following this programme apply for the BSc top up programme which will enable you to become an audiologist.

Q5   If I don't live in Devon can I still undertake this programme?

Yes, absolutely! You would need to travel to the University for the study for the residential study blocks throughout the programme but our placement team can arrange to support you with a placement close to home.

Q6   Can I get a job in the NHS with this qualification?

NHS organisations are more commonly hosting their own separate private clinics but often seek RHAds to join their diverse teams.

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