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Healthcare Science (Audiology) BSc Honours

A healthcare science degree gives you specialist skills that are in short supply – and high demand.
Code
B610
Start
October 2020
Duration
3 years full-time
Attendance
Full-time
Fees
£9,250 (UK/EU) *
Course leader
Neville Hall

Why study healthcare science (audiology) with us

Healthcare scientists are at the forefront of the medical profession, and our BSc Healthcare Science (Audiology) equips you with the skills, knowledge and practical experience to confidently enter the field of audiology.

You’ll learn everything from auditory rehabilitation and tinnitus to cochlear implants, bone anchored hearing devices, and balance assessment and rehabilitation. You’ll also build the essential skills, practical experience and confidence to identify, assess, treat and rehabilitate a range of conditions.

This course is accredited by the National School of Healthcare Science.

Get hands-on experience with us

We’ve developed our course to meet the demands of the Department of Health's Modernising Scientific Careers programme. The NHS has recognised a skills shortage in the field of audiology, and our healthcare science course is designed to equip you with a specialist skill set that meets the demands of the healthcare sector. Past graduates have gone on to be employed by the NHS and in private organisations, including Boots, Guys Hospital, Imperial Trust, NW London NHS and Royal London NHS, among many others.

Over the three years, you'll spend a total of 50 weeks in NHS clinical physiology departments at hospitals in London or the South East. You’ll get to grips with the latest scientific equipment as you put your skills into practice in our state-of-the-art laboratories.

We’ll give you the support you need to succeed

We know sometimes you’ll need assistance and support when it comes to your studies. During your time with us you'll get assistance from a Personal Tutor. If you require a little extra help we have Student Learning Assistants and Graduate Academic Assistants on hand too.


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What will you study on the BSc Healthcare Science (Audiology)?

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. You will develop the understanding and confidence to execute procedures in audiology including pure tone audiometry, tympanometry and hearing aid programming & verification.

  • Year 1

    • Biological Basis of Healthcare (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The module aims to provide you with basic knowledge and understanding of the biology related to healthcare, with a solid foundation upon which to build the knowledge and skills required to work as a Healthcare Science Practitioner.

    • Social Aspects of Healthcare (15 credits) - Compulsory

      The module introduces you to the principles and core concepts of the sociology of health & illness, plus the importance of epidemiology, health prevention & protection and public health function.

    • Clinical Technology and Mathematics (15 credits) - Compulsory

      The module introduces you to the basic principles of both physics and mathematics that are related to healthcare and ensures that you have a good range of the mathematical and statistical skills that underpin the practice of healthcare science.

    • Physics and Measurements (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide you with an introduction to the physical and mathematical principles that underpin the concepts of instrumentation used in the Neurosensory Sciences and measurements.

    • Anatomy and Physiology of the Nervous System (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The module provides you with basic theory and practice of neurosensory sciences.

    • Professional Practice (15 credits) - Compulsory

      The module is designed to ensure that you acquire the knowledge, gain the skills and develop the attitude required for a career as a Healthcare Science Practitioner. It also provides an insight into the roles and responsibilities of the practitioner and helps you develop your communication, study and team working skills.

  • Year 2

    • Diagnostic Audiology (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module introduces the theory and application of basic diagnostic tests used in clinical audiology, with an introduction to understanding vestibular and paediatric testing. The module is designed to be supplemented clinical placements for consolidation of skills acquired with theoretical understanding.

    • Practical Diagnostic Audiology (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module complements the theory and application of basic diagnostic tests used in clinical audiology learned in previous modules. The practical sessions and clinical placements are designed to consolidate skills acquired with theoretical understanding, and for progression to Year 3 practical and theoretical aural rehabilitation modules. You will be expected to be able to safely and accurately perform all diagnostic procedures according to BSA recommended standards.

    • Medical Instrumentation and Imaging (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide you with the knowledge and understanding of principles and properties of measurement techniques used in carrying out physiological measurements.

    • Research Methods and Professional Practice (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide you with the knowledge and understanding of the importance of research, development and innovation in clinical practice. In addition, it provides the underpinning knowledge required to undertake a research project. A final aim is to prepare you for a career as a Healthcare Science Practitioner.

    • Introduction to Audiology Specialties (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module introduces you to the theory and application of specialist audiology services. This includes paediatrics, vestibular (balance) testing and Living with Hearing Loss (Hearing Therapy).

  • Year 3

    • Aural Rehabilitation and Amplification (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module addresses the technological and non-technological management options available in the rehabilitation of adults with hearing loss, within the paradigms of relationship-centred care. This theoretical module is supplemented by the practical module Practical Aural Rehabilitation and Amplification. In addition, you can choose between Vestibular and Paediatric audiology modules, to enable you to work at an assistant level upon graduation..

    • Practical Aural Rehabilitation (30 credits) – Compulsory

      This module addresses the practical elements of technological and non-technological management options available in the rehabilitation of adults with hearing loss, within the paradigms of relationship-centred care. This module complements the previous Aural Rehabilitation and Amplification module.

    • Dissertation (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will build on the skills you have acquired when undertaking previous research modules, and from the knowledge gained throughout the programme. Further development of analysis, critical thinking and scientific literary style will be promoted. You will be enabled to pursue areas of individual interest in the subject area appropriate to your target award and you will have the opportunity of gaining increased theoretical and practical knowledge in a chosen specialist field. Individual research experience will be gained in an area that may provide future employment opportunities. Personal responsibility for own learning through self-directed study and supervised preparation will be fostered. It is an integral part of the degree programme, furthering the development of skills in critical analysis and reflection.

    • Professional Practice (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module provides you with consolidate knowledge and technical skills gained earlier in the programme. In addition, this module provides an opportunity to undertake a full range of practice required to work effectively as a Healthcare Science Practitioner.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Optional modules are usually available at levels 5 and 6, although optional modules are not offered on every course. Where optional modules are available, you will be asked to make your choice during the previous academic year. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.

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How can the BSc Healthcare Science (Audiology) support your career?

The 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.

As a Healthcare Scientist you will work directly with inpatients and outpatients of all ages (babies, children and adults) in order to:

  • use ways to measure and compensate for hearing loss, including offering the initial therapeutic support and advice, and diagnose audio-vestibular neurological diseases
  • prescribe appropriate hearing aid equipment or arrange onward referral for further investigation
  • play both a clinical role and a managerial development role

You can also find useful information about medical engineering careers on the NHS Careers website.

Dr Neville Hall
Director of Programmes for Biomedical sciences

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.

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