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.
48 UCAS Points
Maths and English at Grade C or Level 4
Or Level 2 Functional Skills Literacy and Numeracy
UCAS code TBC
UCAS institution code P63
Duration Two years
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.
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
“ 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.”
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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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.
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.
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.
DBS, Occupational Health and Vaccinations (where required).
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