Accredited by the Health & Care Professions Council
Develop the skills and knowledge you need to become an effective hearing aid audiologist with our Hearing Aid Dispenser Higher Apprenticeship. Study for a foundation degree in Hearing Aid Dispensing while you work, with no tuition fees.
This apprenticeship is an ideal way to kick start a fulfilling career as a qualified Hearing Aid Dispenser. You'll learn how to run a safe and successful hearing care service and make a real difference to people's lives with your excellent assessment, analysis and communication skills.
You'll develop your understanding of the physical and psychological basis of hearing and disorders of hearing, as well as an awareness of professional, legal and ethical issues in relation to practice.
A Hearing Aid Dispenser works independently to test people's hearing, advise on hearing care and where necessary supplies and fits hearing aids and other communication devices.
You’ll be responsible for seeing adults, including vulnerable members of the community, who have various stages of hearing difficulty or ear health issues, and providing a range of services designed to support communication and participation in everyday life. It’s a rewarding role with the opportunity to use your passion for audiology to make a real difference to people with hearing difficulties, ear health problems and associated communication issues.
Hearing Aid Dispensers must be registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) and are required to adhere to strict professional standards, which include the need to maintain accurate records and identify the need for onward referral for a medical opinion. Successful completion of this apprenticeship means you’ll be ready to register with the HCPC and start in practice.
Hearing Aid Dispensers can work in a variety of settings including the NHS, private practice, retail, in employed or self-employed positions.
The course has been developed using the government approved Hearing Aid Dispenser Apprenticeship Standard, developed by an industry led 'trailblazer' group. This means that it incorporates all the knowledge, skills and behaviours as defined by employer’s representative of the sector.
An apprenticeship is a job with training, combining practical experience with academic learning.
At least 20% of your contracted working hours will be classed as 'off-the-job'. This time will be dedicated to developing the knowledge and skills needed to meet the requirements of the apprenticeship, and therefore is not part of your usual work duties.
The off-the-job learning will be delivered through online university-led learning sessions and activities, residentials, and practical learning experiences in your usual work setting.
The off-the-job learning for our Hearing Aid Dispenser Higher Apprenticeship is delivered online with residentials on our Cambridge campus.
You will be assessed at the end of each module you undertake (on-programme assessments) which will contribute towards the final award of your qualification.
You will also undertake an End Point Assessment (EPA) to complete your apprenticeship.
The EPA for this apprenticeship is independently assessed and takes place when all on-programme assessments have been successfully passed.
Our Hearing Aid Audiology FdSc degree course is accredited by the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) so when you graduate, you’ll be able to register and get to work as a hearing aid dispenser. Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship, you will also receive the Health and Care Professions Council Level 5 award.
“The apprenticeship is an opportunity to fast-track my career. I have gained a lot of practical skills and theoretical knowledge.”
“The apprenticeship has allowed me to spend more time with my patients and to support them through their journey, whilst expanding my own knowledge and experiences.”
With our qualification you will be able to work independently as a Hearing Aid Dispenser registered with the Health & Care Professions Council, and take your career to a new level. Other job tiles may include Audiologist, Hearing Aid Audiologist and Hearing Specialist. When you graduate you can go straight into work or continue your studies to achieve a Hearing Sciences (Top-up) BSc Hons degree.
In addition to the person specifications that have been set out by your employer, these are the entry requirements for the course.
*If you do not have the appropriate Level 2 Maths and English, you must ensure you complete these prior to the start of the course. For further details about which qualifications meet Level 2 requirements check the gov.uk website.
**We will also consider applicants with non-standard qualifications provided you have a significant amount of relevant experience, are well-supported by your employer, and demonstrate the ability to manage university-level study. This is with the exception of ESFA approved Level 2 Maths and English qualifications which are mandatory.
Degree Apprenticeships are delivered via a blend of face-to-face campus teaching, work-based learning and online teaching supported by our established online learning systems to provide additional support for individual study and engagement. The mix of this blended approach varies between apprenticeships; please get in touch for further details. In the event that there are restrictions put into place due to the pandemic by the Government, we will endeavour to retain face-to-face teaching as much as possible but will respond accordingly to the restrictions placed on the University.
To apply for an apprenticeship, you need to have the support of your employer. If you already have the support of your employer or have any questions before talking to them, please do not hesitate to contact one of our apprenticeship experts who will be happy to help.
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