Hearing Care Assistant University Certificate

Distance learning undergraduate (9 months)

Distance learning, Cambridge



The course is delivered over two semesters and takes nine months to complete. It is delivered by specialist tutors under the guidance of the Department of Vision and Hearing Sciences through our Virtual learning environment.

Full description


The course is approved by the British Society of Hearing Aid Audiologists and enables direct access to the Foundation Degree, which leads to registration as a Hearing Aid Dispenser with the HCPC.

Modules & assessment

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Develop a fundamental knowledge and competency in the clinical skills and procedures that can be legally assigned to you in your role as an HCA. You will gain practical skills for safely performing otoscopy, identifying and recognising the findings, eliciting and recording a basic patient history, and communicating the results to assist in client referral or management. You will also be introduced to impression taking and the principles of rehabilitation to assist the HAD. Finally, you will study the generic features of modern hearing aids to assist and advise the customer, and practice first fit procedures.


Course structure for distance learning students
Due to the structure of this course, there will be times when you'll study two modules simultaneously during a trimester. Our tutors will help you to manage your workload and assessment deadlines. Please contact us to discuss the pacing of this course and the options available to you. Email distancelearning@aru.ac.uk or call 01245 686707.

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?

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Entry requirements

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  • Passes at grade C or above in subjects at GCSE level or equivalent including Maths, English and a Science, OR;
  • Demonstration, through documentary evidence, that the required level of knowledge and skills has been achieved in other ways e.g. experiential learning
  • Appropriate DBS clearance (see below) and suitable employment.
  • You must be supervised by a registered hearing aid audiologist with HCPC.

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

  • You will need to provide evidence that a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance has been undertaken.
  • If you have lived outside of the UK for 6 months or more within the last 5 years, then you will need to provide a police check from the country/countries previously resided in.
  • If you are completing placements overseas you will be required to obtain a police check/certificate of good conduct from the relevant country.

Whether you're studying entirely online or through a blend of face-to-face and online learning in September 2020, you'll need a computer and reliable internet access to successfully engage with your course. Before starting the course, we recommend that you check our technical requirements for online learning.

If English is not your first language, you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.0 or equivalent.

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