Audiology Top-up BSc (Hons)

Distance learning undergraduate ()

Blended learning

Course duration: 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time (subject to availability).

Overview

Convert a foundation degree qualification (or equivalent) to a full BSc (Hons) degree in audiology. Our accredited course is perfect for audiologists and hearing aid dispensers in the NHS, private or independent sectors.

Full description

Careers

Our top-up course is designed specifically for hearing aid dispensers and audiologists. It will let you build on your existing qualifications and experience, and broaden your technical capabilities. By passing all the required modules, you can register with the Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists (RCCP).

Modules & assessment

Core modules

  • Tinnitus Assessment and Management
    This module provides an understanding of the consequences, assessment and management of tinnitus. The module will also emphasise evidence-based practice in tinnitus management.
  • Managing People with Specialist Needs
    This module provides an understanding of assessment and management of adults with complex and specialist needs. These specialist needs can arise due to the complex nature of hearing disorder and/or comorbid conditions that are common in the elderly. These skills are particularly important to independent practitioners in audiology to be able to support the needs of the clinical audiology pathway in the current and future service commissioning.
  • Implantable Hearing Devices
    Amplification devices continue to benefit people with hearing loss, although they have some limitations. However, in the recent years implantable devices have become the management option of choice for many people with hearing disorders. These include: cochlear implants; auditory brainstem implants; bone anchored hearing aids; and implantable middle ear devices. This module provides an overview of these devices, in terms of its technology, candidacy, day-to-day maintenance, advantages and limitations.
  • Hearing in Children
    This module focuses on discussing the range of hearing disorders common in children and young adults. The specific topics include: development milestones, hearing disorders, assessment and management of hearing disorders and also understanding the role of other stakeholders and multidisciplinary team. The module is aimed at providing wider understanding of the subject matter rather than detailed information in any specific area. It also provides some knowledge about transition of services from children to adults.
  • Advances in Adult Audiology
    Hearing healthcare as a profession is developing rapidly with significant advancements in the diagnosis and management of people with hearing loss. This module focuses on providing an overview of both diagnostic and rehabilitative measures involved in managing adults with hearing loss with the aim to provide up to date knowledge reinforcing the evidence based practice.
  • Undergraduate Major Project
    You will create in a substantial piece of individual research and/or product development work, focused on a topic of your choice. You could choose your topic from a variety of sources including research groups, previous/current work experience, your current employer, a suggestion from your tutor or a topic you are specifically interested in. You will identify problems and issues, conduct literature reviews, evaluate information, investigate and adopt suitable development methodologies, determine solutions, develop hardware, software and/or media artifacts as appropriate, process data, critically appraise and present your finding using a variety of media. Regular meetings with your project supervisor will ensure your project is closely monitored and steered in the right direction.
  • Clinical Competencies in Audiology
    To enable you to gain the theoretical knowledge and practical experience in Clinical Audiology competencies at an assist-level you'll be supervised in learning and training, recording your progress through the completion of 'The Individual Record of Clinical Practice (IRCP) Logbook, and an Examination of the A5-A9 & A16-A24 (OSCE) competencies within the Logbook. Students who opt not to complete the clinical competencies in Audiology module and complete the rest of the modules will be awarded a BSc (Hons) Hearing Sciences (top-up) award.

Assessment

Your progress will be monitored through regular online interaction, including discussion boards, blogs and assignments. You'll complete and submit assignments at the end of the first semester, in January, and at the end of the second semester, in May. Undergraduate Major Project is submitted by the end of the second semester, in May. There is a practical exam at the end of second semester covering the competencies completed in the logbook.

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?

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

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Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students, distance learning (total cost)

£9,250

Additional costs

You are responsible for arranging your accommodation during residentials; this is not included in the course fee.

How do I pay my fees?

You can pay your fees in the following ways.

Tuition fee loan

You 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

Scholarships

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.

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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

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This Level 6 course in BSc (Hons) Audiology (Top-up) is suitable for practicing Hearing Aid Audiologists with relevant professional body registration (e.g. Registered Hearing Aid Dispenser with Health and Care Professions Council).

If you do not hold the professional body registration or do not meet the entry requirements of BSc (Hons) Audiology (top-up), we can consider you for our BSc (Hons) Hearing Sciences (Top Up) degree. Please contact us for further information.

The minimum academic qualifications required for admission are any one of the following:

  • Foundation degree (FdSc HAA) in Hearing Aid Audiology
  • Dip HE Audiology and/or Hearing Aid Audiology
  • 240 university credits (in level 4 and 5) with core audiology subjects achieved via any other means.

You will also need:

  • HCPC registration as a hearing aid dispenser, or equivalent
  • employment in an audiology practice

International applicants with the equivalency for the above qualifications can be considered. However, they have to meet the minimum English language requirements (eg, Overall IELTS score of 6.5 (with no element below 5.5) or equivalent).

Along with the above, the following competencies which are pre-requisites for the new course would have been passed:

  • Case history
  • Otoscopy – adults
  • Puretone audiometry with masking (> 6 years)
  • Impression taking and earmould selection
  • Hearing aid selection
  • Fitting, review and repairs
  • Real ear measurements (REM)
  • Earmould modifications.

Students should have achieved the above prerequisite competencies either successfully passing a Practical exam (OSCE) or the competencies signed off in a logbook approved by HCPC as a part of their Foundation degree or Equivalent. Evidence needs to be provided as a part of the application process.

Students that are not able to show the evidence of completing the above competencies will be required to undertake an interview and Direct Referral Clinical Competency assessment, to satisfy the above competency requirement.

Exceptionally, evidence of an equivalent learning achievement may be considered to qualify for admission.

Such cases are formally considered by a committee of Senate acting on its behalf and require approval before a student registers for a course leading to an Anglia Ruskin award.

Important additional notes

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.

All tariff points must come from A levels. Points from AS levels cannot be counted towards the total tariff points required for entry to this course.

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