Hearing Sciences (Top-Up) BSc (Hons)

Full-time undergraduate (1 year)

Blended learning, Cambridge


Course duration: 1 year full-time


Convert your foundation degree qualification (or equivalent) to a full BSc (Hons) in Hearing Sciences, with our one-year British Society in Hearing Aid Audiology-accredited course.

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We work with employers to make sure you graduate with the knowledge, skills and abilities they need: they help us review what we teach and how we teach it.

What's more, our Employability Service is here to give you the best chance of landing the job you want. We’ll help you improve your skills and bulk up your CV to boost your career prospects. As a distance learning student, you’ll still benefit from help and advice on CV writing, interview techniques, job hunting, and general careers advice.

After graduating from our BSc (Hons) Hearing Sciences you might choose to apply for a postgraduate research award. Our academic staff have a wealth of research experience across a wide range of areas related to hearing science, as well as disability research in general. They have a history of publication in high-impact journals and have attracted grants from research councils, charitable trusts and industry. As a University, we have firm links with Addenbrooke’s Hospital, and international collaborations in countries including Sweden, Finland, India, Portugal, Iran and China.

Modules & assessment

  • This module provides an understanding of the consequences, assessment and management of tinnitus. The module will also emphasise evidence-based practice in tinnitus management.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


Your progress will be monitored through regular online interaction, including discussion boards, blogs and assignments. You'll complete and submit an assignment at the end of the first semester, in January. Meanwhile, your Undergraduate Major Project is submitted by the end of the second semester, in April.

Module 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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The minimum requirements for admission to this top-up award are one of the following:

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

Experience may also be assessed to meet the entry requirements.

International applicants with the equivalency for the above qualifications can be considered. However, you should meet the minimum English language requirements (6.5 score in IELTS or equivalent).

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.

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