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Aston University, Birmingham

Healthcare Science (Audiology)

UCAS Code: B611

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B-B,B,B

ABB-BBB in three A levels subjects which must include one science subject from Biology, Chemistry, Physics OR Maths. Excluded Subjects: We welcome the following subjects as an additional A level, but not as one of the core three A levels - General Studies, Critical Thinking, Citizenship Studies. A Level applicants who select this course as their Firm UCAS choice may be eligible for our lowered offer scheme. This means that the grades that you will need in order to be accepted on to the course will be reduced. Resits: We welcome applications from students who have tried to improve their examination grades by taking a maximum of one set of resits. We treat these applications in exactly the same way as other applications. However, if you have had more than one attempt at improving your grades, your application will be considered on an individual basis and we reserve to make an amended (higher) offer, or not make an offer. We do not consider applications from students who are unsuccessful in obtaining the required number and/or standard of A Levels for admission to our programmes and subsequently embark on a BTEC as a second option. Instead we would encourage you to re-sit your A-levels.

Access to HE Diploma

D:30,M:15,P:0

Subjects Accepted: Applied Science, Biology combined with Chemistry, Biomedical Science, Biosciences, Combined Sciences, Health Sciences, Health Sciences Professions, Life Sciences and Sciences.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

Total five GCSEs required as follows: B/5 Mathematics C/4 English Language plus three GCSEs at grade C/4. Please note we do not accept Key skills or Functional skills in place of these.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

31-32

32 - 31 points overall and must include grades 6, 5, 5 – 5, 5, 5 in Higher Level subjects which must include one science subject from Biology, Chemistry, Physics OR Maths. You must also have Standard Level grade 6 in Mathematics and grade 5 in English Language.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DD

With this BTEC you must also achieve grade B in one A-Level science subject from: Biology, Chemistry, Physics OR Maths.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)

D

With this BTEC you must also achieve grades BB in two A levels of which one must include a science subject from: Biology, Chemistry, Physics OR Maths.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDD

With this BTEC you must also achieve grade B in one A-Level science subject from: Biology, Chemistry, Physics OR Maths.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

D

With this BTEC you must also achieve grades BB in two A levels of which one must include a science subject from: Biology, Chemistry, Physics OR Maths.

Scottish Higher

A,A,B,B,B

To include Biology, Chemistry or Physics at higher level.

UCAS Tariff

120-147

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73%
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About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subjects

Audiology

Healthcare science

Our three year BSc Healthcare Science (Audiology) course with integrated placements throughout, has been designed for students who wish to qualify to work in the NHS as a Healthcare Scientist in audiology, or in the independent sector as a hearing aid dispenser.

Audiology is a varied discipline, involving elements of biological sciences, engineering, psychology, physics, electronics, speech and language development and research. As an audiologist you will work in multidisciplinary teams, liaising with patients as well as medical, education, and research professionals. A desire to help people is important as you will work with people from all walks of life and all ages, from new born babies to elderly people.

By studying this course Aston University, you will develop crucial skills completing clinical role play sessions, you’ll learn and practice these newly acquired skills in our state-of-the-art clinical skills laboratory, which is equipped with the latest clinical equipment. In addition you will gain hands-on experience by encountering real patients throughout the course during your integrated clinical placements and at our on-campus audiology clinics.

Our graduates enter a variety of careers in hospitals, community-based practice, audiological and neurosciences research or other roles dedicated to improving hearing problems, we’re currently ranked top 5 in the UK for graduate prospects (Aural & Oral Sciences, Complete University Guide, 2020)

**Key course benefits:**

- Part of the Modernising Scientific Careers suite of qualifications, which is a national education and training programme that aims to equipment the healthcare science (HCS) workforce with the skills and expertise needed to meet the challenges and opportunities of delivering services in future care pathways and fits within the Neurosensory Sciences strand.

- Upon successful completion of the course, you will become competent in many areas of audiological practice, this means you will be eligible to apply to register with the Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists and the Health & Care Professions Council.

- 2nd for Research Quality (Aural & Oral Sciences, Complete University Guide, 2020).

- Employed graduates from subjects allied to medicine at Aston earn £10,800 (44%) more than the UK average, three years after graduating (LEO, 2018).

Modules

Year 1
Following an introduction to basic sciences related to healthcare science, gain an understanding of neurophysiology and vision science. Learn initial clinical procedures and develop the skills needed to work with and manage patients.

Year 2
Learn more about hearing sciences and clinical audiology, including hearing assessment and hearing aid provision, as well as research methods.

Final year
Research a chosen audiology topic in depth for your dissertation, and learn how to relate research to good clinical practice. Discover specialised areas such as the assessment of children and balance disorders.

For more information about what you will study, please visit our website.

Tuition fees

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England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£18,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Aston University, Birmingham

Department:

School of Life and Health Sciences

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

65%
low
Audiology

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Others in subjects allied to medicine

Teaching and learning

61%
Staff make the subject interesting
83%
Staff are good at explaining things
61%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
74%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed

Resources and organisation

78%
Library resources
70%
IT resources
65%
Course specific equipment and facilities
57%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

86%
UK students
14%
International students
33%
Male students
67%
Female students
100%
2:1 or above
3%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
B

Subjects allied to medicine not otherwise specified

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This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

89%
UK students
11%
International students
33%
Male students
67%
Female students
73%
2:1 or above
6%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Others in subjects allied to medicine

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£22,000
med
Average annual salary
97%
med
Employed or in further education
37%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

100%
Health professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

This subject covers a group of related subjects, like audiology, speech therapy and degrees associated with language development. Speech therapy dominates and most graduates in this group go into jobs as speech therapists. About a fifth had studied audiology - there are not many audiology graduates each year in the UK, and they usually go on to jobs as — you guessed it — audiologists (mostly in hospitals but increasingly on the high street). Speech science or therapy graduates often go straight into speech therapy jobs when they graduate, although you don’t absolutely have to be a speech therapist if you take the course. There's a demand for graduates from all these courses and prospects are good.

Subjects allied to medicine not otherwise specified

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£15,000
low
Average annual salary
99%
high
Employed or in further education
65%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

100%
Health professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Courses like this are more usually taken at postgraduate level - very few students take one of these degrees as a first degree. There isn't a great deal of reliable information on the employment prospects for these graduates so bear that in mind when you review the stats. Students tend to go on to further study or pursue jobs within the healthcare sector, but it might be a good idea to go on open days and talk to tutors about what previous graduates from your chosen subject went on to do.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Audiology

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£22k

£22k

£32k

£32k

£33k

£33k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.

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Post-six month graduation stats:

This is from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey, based on responses from graduates who studied the same subject area here.

It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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