Hearing Aid Audiology FdSc

Part-time, distance learning undergraduate (2 years)

Distance learning, Cambridge


Teaching times

Semesters 1 & 2: Distance Learning, including 6 blocks of teaching


Learn the skills you need to qualify as a hearing aid audiologist while continuing to work, with this part-time Hearing Aid Audiology degree course at ARU. Understand how to run a safe and successful practice and make a difference to people’s lives. On graduation you can apply to the Health & Care Professions Council for registration as a hearing aid dispenser.

Full description


With our qualification you will be able to work independently as a hearing aid audiologist registered with the Health & Care Professions Council, and take your career to a new level.

When you graduate you can go straight into work or continue your studies to achieve a BSc (Hons) Hearing Sciences degree.

Modules & assessment

Year one, core modules

  • Learning and Skills Development for HE and Work (audiology)
    You will be introduced to the higher education learning environment, with specific reference to Hearing Aid Audiology. You will develop the leaning skills that are essential to success on the course and working as a hearing aid audiologist, these include communication and information technology skills. You will develop a thorough understanding of the professional Code of Practice and how to record your development. You will be encouraged to reflect on your learning and to increase your effectiveness as learners. As a result, this module will enable you to learn effectively in higher education, to achieve more effectively the learning outcomes of the modules you will study.
  • Understanding the Work Sector (Audiology)
    Develop your understanding of the nature of the work sector and the environments in hearing aid audiology, performance within these contexts and factors that influence the operation of organisations. You will explore the impact of political, social, economic and technological factors on hearing aid audiology and consider the legal and ethical frameworks informing hearing aid audiologists. You will also reflect on your current role or potential roles within the sector.
  • Work-Based Learning (Audiology)
    Learning in the workplace is an integral part of our foundation degree. The work environment provides a rich setting for exploration and discovery of knowledge, skills and understanding. You will focus on these three strands and formulate an integrated approach. Learning about work relates to further developing your knowledge and understanding of the workplace. Learning through work examines practical skills in your current employment. Learning for work explores how your knowledge and skills are developed in a way directly relevant to the workplace. You will reflect on your work practice, critically appraise your performance and report on the experience of learning at work. You will demonstrate information gathering and descriptive skills and demonstrate an awareness of ethical and cultural issues relevant to your practice and studies.
  • Pathology for Audiology
    A basic understanding of pathological processes is essential to the hearing aid audiologist, so that they can understand the causes of hearing impairment sufficiently to make a correct assessment of whether the patient should be managed or referred, and if the former what kind of management is likely to meet the patient's requirements. This module outlines physiological responses to injury and infection, and changes in structure and function of the auditory system relating to age and environmental factors. It then covers in detail the classification and causes of hearing loss. You will learn the practical skills of safely performing otoscopy and identifying and recognising the findings of otoscopy examination, eliciting and recording a patient history, analysis and synthesis of relevant information and communication of the results. This is placed in context of ethical and professional guidelines. You will learn to understand and describe the nature of different hearing impairments and communicate these effectively to co-workers and clients, record information and perform otoscopy in accordance with current professional standards of practice.
  • Basic Sciences for Audiology
    A thorough understanding of sound, its measurement and psychological factors in hearing are fundamental to audiology practice. A basic understanding of biological and physical sciences are also essential to the hearing aid audiologist, so that they can understand the scientific basis of hearing sufficiently to make a correct assessment of whether the patient has an impairment and understand the rationale for assessment. This module will give you an overview of basic chemistry and biochemistry, physics, anatomy and physiology with specific reference to the ear. It will introduce you to acoustics - the physics of sound, the measurement of sound in practice and in workplace settings, and also the relation between sound and sound perception. You will learn to understand the nature of hearing and use this as a foundation for the development of assessment and management skills.
  • Hearing Aid Technology 1
    The dispensing of hearing aids requires a thorough understanding of the design and performance of the full range of modern hearing aids and their components. This module introduces you to basic electrical circuits, components of hearing aids, sound processing systems, response characteristics and the selection of the appropriate product for a particular patient. You will also develop the skills of impression taking.
  • Audiological Assessment 1
    You will further develop your understanding of the principles of acoustic science relevant to the assessment of the adult hearing aid patient, including the interpretation and communication of results. The techniques of assessment will be introduced and developed, supported by practical teaching sessions occurring during residential visits. The module includes a practical assessment of pure-tone audiometry with masking.

Year two, core modules

  • Auditory Rehabilitation
    You will engage with the key principles of rehabilitation of adults with acquired hearing loss, knowledge of which is fundamental to successful outcomes for clients under the care of attending for a hearing aid dispenser. There is an evidence-based focus that examines the recognised client management approaches used in practice. You will engage with ongoing self-reflection, and appreciate the wider clinical context in which rehabilitation services are provided.
  • Hearing Aid Technology 2
    This module is for the trainee hearing aid dispenser working in a dispensing practice under the supervision of an appropriately registered practitioner. It is delivered by blended (mixture of self-directed distance learning, and face-to-face teaching sessions) learning, with continuous online support. You will develop an understanding of the design and performance of the full range of modern hearing aids and their components. This module provides an in-depth understanding of the components of modern hearing aids and their response characteristics, including discussion of the basic principles of sound processing systems. You will review the trends in contemporary hearing aid technology, and will develop a rationale for the selection of appropriate products for a particular patient, through the critical evaluation and comparison of physical and technical features of systems. Limitations of hearing aid performance is discussed in the context of the auditory pathology they are being used to manage. You will understand the role of patient follow-up and will develop further competency in hearing aid adjustment and fine tuning in response to patient needs. The module is assessed by coursework of 3,000 words or equivalent, which focuses on applications, and limitations, of modern hearing aid technologies in addressing the typical complaints made by people with hearing loss.
  • Audiological Assessment 2
    You will expand your knowledge and skills in assessment of the hearing aid patient. You will be able to investigate topics of your own choosing and this will include practical experience of suprathreshold tests of hearing function such as speech testing.
  • Work-based Learning 2 - Communication Skills in the Work Sector
    Building on the experience of Work Based Learning 1 you will be encouraged to continue your exploration of communication skills in your professional/occupational practice, along the strands developed previously, as a source of learning. You will be expected to demonstrate a greater degree of autonomy in the management of their learning, will demonstrate a more detailed knowledge of relevant theoretical underpinning and be able to analyse and evaluate both information and argument. You will be required to demonstrate the application of theory to practice and in particular their communication skills.
  • Specialised Professional Practice
    A hearing aid audiologist is an autonomous practitioner and must be able to draw together knowledge and skills from different areas of their education and training to apply selectively in particular situations. Here, you will develop enhanced interpretative, evaluative, comparative and problem-solving skills through research and application on your chosen topic.


You will be required to complete your clinical logbooks in detail over two years of your studies.

We will assess you throughout the course so that you can track your progress. Assessment methods include work-based assignments, presentations, class discussions and tutorials. As you would expect, we will pay particular attention to feedback from your employer and placement supervisor. We will also ask you to develop action plans and to reflect on your own progress. Practical examinations will be undertaken by the end of each semester. The outcome of these will inform your supervisor of the tasks you may perform in practice under indirect supervision.

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Faculty of Science & Engineering is one of the largest of the four faculties at Anglia Ruskin University. Whether you choose to study with us full-time or part-time, on campus or at a distance, there’s an option whatever your level – from a foundation degree, BSc, MSc, PhD or professional doctorate.

Whichever course you pick, you’ll gain the theory and practical skills needed to progress with confidence. Join us and you could find yourself learning in the very latest laboratories or on field trips or work placements with well-known and respected companies. You may even have the opportunity to study abroad.

Everything we do in the faculty has a singular purpose: to provide a world-class environment to create, share and advance knowledge in science, technology and engineering fields. This is key to all of our futures.

Where can I study?

Distance learning
Person using laptop

Study at a time that suits you, using our online learning management system.

More about distance learning

Lord Ashcroft Building on our Cambridge campus

Our campus is close to the centre of Cambridge, often described as the perfect student city.

Explore our Cambridge campus

Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students, distance learning (per year)


International students, distance learning (per year)


How do I pay my fees?

You can pay your fees in the following ways.

Tuition fee loan

UK and EU students can take out a tuition fee loan, which you won’t need to start repaying until after your graduate. Or alternatively, there's the option to pay your fees upfront.

Loans and fee payments


We offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Some of these cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Explore ARU scholarships

Funding for UK & EU students

Most new undergraduate students can apply for government funding to support their studies and university life. This includes Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans. There are additional grants available for specific groups of students, such as those with disabilities or dependants.

We also offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.

Entry requirements

Loading... Entry requirements are not currently available, please try again later.

Important additional notes

Whether you're studying entirely online or through a blend of on-campus and online learning in September 2020, you'll need a computer and reliable internet access to successfully engage with your course. A small number of our courses require additional technical specifications or specialist materials. Before starting the course, we recommend that you check our technical requirements for online learning. Our website also has general information for new students about starting university in September 2020.

Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email answers@anglia.ac.uk for further information.

We don't accept AS level qualifications on their own for entry to our undergraduate degree courses. However for some degree courses a small number of tariff points from AS levels are accepted as long as they're combined with tariff points from A levels or other equivalent level 3 qualifications in other subjects.

Similar courses that may interest you

Hearing Sciences (Top-Up)

Full-time undergraduate (1 year)

Blended learning, Cambridge


Ophthalmic Dispensing Registerable Award

Distance learning, part-time undergraduate (3 years)

Distance learning


Ophthalmic Dispensing

Full-time undergraduate (3 years)



Apply now

Apply directly to ARU

Apply online

Get more information

UK & EU applicants

01245 68 68 68

Enquire online