The role of the healthcare scientist sits at the forefront of the medical profession, making a vital difference to the diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions.Audiologists perform a wide range of hearing-related clinical procedures and can specialise in specific areas such as auditory rehabilitation, cochlear implants or tinnitus.
This course will provide you with the knowledge skills and practical experience to work as a professional healthcare scientist in audiology. Audiologists work with patients of all ages, executing specialist healthcare procedures associated with hearing including identifying and assessing hearing and balance function and recommending and providing appropriate rehabilitation and management.
Audiologists often develop a special expertise in one area, such as, paediatrics, adult auditory rehabilitation, tinnitus, auditory rehabilitation, cochlear implants, bone anchored hearing devices or balance assessment and rehabilitation.
Our degree will enhance your understanding and confidence in executing specialist audiology procedures. Developed in response to the Department of Health's Modernising Scientific Careers programme (aimed at training expert NHS Healthcare Scientists), this course will enable you to provide the highest standards of patient-centred care.
You will learn to apply scientific principles of healthcare science to patient care, and gain the confidence to carry out the diagnostic and therapeutic investigations required for the role of a Healthcare Science Practitioner in Audiology. Honing your skills, you will learn how to perform a wide range of clinical procedures in accordance with health and safety guidelines, and within the scope of practice and professional codes of conduct.
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You can find further information about this course in the programme specification
Placements are an integral part of the course. Over the three years, you will spend a total of 50 weeks in NHS clinical physiology departments: 10 weeks in year 1, 15 weeks in year 2 and 25 weeks in year 3. You will attend your placement from Monday to Thursday, and study on Fridays.
You will also attend lectures, seminars, practical clinical sessions and laboratory classes, give presentations and take part in role plays, debates, group work and problem-solving exercises. You will supplement all this with your own reading. You will design and carry out your own research project, which could include a clinical audit, and develop a portfolio of work.
You will be assessed on your research project and written portfolio, as well as practical and theoretical examinations, clinical practice assessments, laboratory reports and other written work, case study analyses and presentations.
Typical offers for this course:
Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
DBS (formerly CRB) and health clearances are also required, which must be achieved before the start of the placement. Students do not pay for the DBS and health checks. Students who do not get either a DBS or health clearance will be allowed to transfer to another degree, e.g. biomedical science.
Our entry requirements are displayed as grades. Please use the UCAS calculator to find out the equivalent tariff points.
Please note: Entry must be at Year 1 Level for all applicants. There can be no direct entry into either Year 2 or Year 3. This is due to the placement element of this course.
This course is open to UK and EU students only. International students are not eligible to apply for this course.
You must have competence in English language to study with us. The most commonly accepted evidence of English language ability is IELTS 7.0 (with minimum 6.5 in written English). Visit our English language requirements page for a full list of accepted English tests and qualifications. If you don't meet our minimum English language requirements, we offer an intensive Pre-sessional English course.
All applicants need to be interviewed, complete a satisfactory enhanced DBS check and Occupational Health check.
Applicants will be asked to sit a small literacy and numeracy test as part of the interview stage.
The National Health Service (NHS) is one of the largest employers in the world and this degree provides you with the skills, knowledge and experience to work at the heart of the NHS as a healthcare scientist in audiology. The NHS has recognised a skills shortage in this area and our course is designed to meet the requirements of the sector.
Placements are a key element of the course. Over the three years, you will spend a total of 50 weeks in NHS clinical physiology departments at hospitals in London or the South East. This time is divided as follows:
Year 1 – 10 weeks
Year 2 – 15 weeks
Year 3 – 25 weeks
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Dr Neville Hall is Director of Programmes for Biomedical sciences at Middlesex University. Dr Hall’s research interests include Skeletal muscle fatigue, control of breathing during exercise and dietary behaviour and eating attitudes of the physically active.
Dr Hall’s recent publications include ‘HALL NH (2002) Introduction to Nutrition and Metabolism’ and ‘British Journal of Nutrition (88): 582-583.