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Healthcare Science (Audiology) BSc (Hons)

Audiology is the study of hearing and balance. DMU has offered undergraduate degrees in this subject for over ten years, making it one of the oldest undergraduate Audiology programmes in the UK.  

Overview

This course is currently pending revalidation in order to maintain the level of excellence offered, and therefore the course structure is liable to change. This web page will be updated with any updates to the entry criteria, structure and assessment if any changes are confirmed.

Audiology is an exciting career with many avenues for employment and specialization.  It involves both a strong scientific interest and aptitude with exceptional interpersonal and communication skills, oral as well as written. Along with rigorous academic and clinical training, the Audiology team at De Montfort University provides exciting national and international extra-curricular experiences, available for students to apply for to help you stand out from the crowd.

Hearing is an incredibly complex area to study; diagnosing the medical conditions that can affect your hearing is a skill which you will learn and relies on many tests which you will learn about and be able to conduct. Equally, helping people with a hearing difficulty is challenging and will require significant skills from you to help them in their everyday life.

Career opportunities are varied and include roles within the NHS, the private sector and with hearing aid and audiology manufacturers at home and abroad. 

Reasons to study Healthcare Science (Audiology) at DMU:

  • 100 per cent graduate employability
    with our students in work or further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education 2015/16) 

  • Integrated work placements over all three years
    enabling you to put theory into practice and build the skills which graduate employers are looking for

  • Opens up a range of careers in the NHS and private healthcare providers
    with those employed by the NHS commanding a starting salary of £22,128 (NHS pay scales 2017/18)

  • Teaching developed alongside the profession
    ensuring learning remains relevant to current practise

  • Volunteering opportunities locally, nationally and internationally
    available through our career enhancing #DMUglobal and Square Mile programmes
  • A history of professional endorsement
    with the course traditionally receiving professional accreditation from the National School of Healthcare Science (NSHCS) 

  • Being considered for Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) approval
    once approved graduates will be eligible to work as an audiologist in the NHS and across the private sector as a hearing aid dispenser

  • Offers a range of practical opportunities to develop your skills
    which recently saw our students provide hearing tests at the Special Olympics

  • Facilities benefiting from a £12million faculty investment
    provide a dedicated setting and relevant workplace experience, including ‘virtual patient’ software
  • Teaching awarded a gold in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework 
    for the consistently outstanding teaching and learning on offer at DMU

“The course at DMU pushed me further than I ever thought I was capable of.”

Lindsey Tutaj, DMU Audiology student and winner of the British Academy of Audiology’s Lisa Bayliss Award 2017

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  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: B61A

Duration: Three years full-time

Location: De Montfort University, Leicester UK

Fees and funding: For 2018/19 tuition fees will be £9,250

Find out more about tuition fees and available funding.

Apply for the Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship, worth up to £6,000.

Additional costs: Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist workshops and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs for this programme, including the cost of travelling to and from placement locations.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

 

 

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Key facts for international students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: B61A

Duration: Three years full-time 

Location: De Montfort University, Leicester UK

Fees and funding: £12,250 

Additional costs: Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist workshops and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs for this programme.

How to apply: International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online portal or by submitting a direct application form.

Please visit dmu.ac.uk/international for more information or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

 

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Entry criteria

GCSEs

  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above including Maths and English Language

Plus one of the following:

A levels

  • A minimum of 128 points from at least two A levels with a science subject at grade B or above

BTEC

  • BTEC National Diploma in Science at DDM
  • BTEC Extended Diploma in Science at DDM

International Baccalaureate: 28+ with six higher level points in a science subject

Access course
Pass QAA Accredited AHE with 24 credits at disinction and 21 credits at merit, with English and Maths GCSE at grade C or above.

Interview: We may require to interview you for consideration on this course.

Work experience: Not essential, but to strengthen your application, experience with working directly with the public is positive.

You must complete an occupational health check, declaration form and enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service application form before starting the course, which needs to be cleared in accordance with DMU's admission policy.

As soon as you register with any health professional course you have to ensure that patient safety and welfare are central to anything that you do. Hence you need to be aware that the university has ‘Fitness to practice’ regulations that are in line with our course accreditation. This means that you have to abide by these regulations when you enrol on the course, please refer to the HCPC ‘Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics’.

You need to inform the university if you have any additional support requirements for the placement component of the course such as a disability (in particular related to communication), medical condition or a mental health issue. This will then enable us to ensure that you are able to fully engage with the learning experience of the placement. If you have any concerns regarding this then you should seek advice before applying, as our placement providers may not be able to support you and hence the university may not be able to find a suitable placement for you.

Personal statement selection criteria

  • Clear communication skills, including good grammar and spelling
  • Information relevant to the course applied for
  • Interest in the course demonstrated with explanation and evidence
  • If relevant for the course - work and life experience

English language requirements:

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 7 or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning (CELL), is available both before and during the course.

Please visit dmu.ac.uk/international for more information.

UCAS Tariff changes

Students applying for courses starting in September 2017 will be made offers based on a new UCAS Tariff. Find out more.

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessments

Academic expertise and accreditations

 

 

First Year

  • Professional Healthcare Science Practice 1
  • Medical Sciences
  • Scientific Basis of Healthcare Science 
  • Physics for Clinical Measurement
  • Neurosensory Physiology and Pathophysiology 
  • Clinical Measurement and Treatment and Work-based Learning 

Second Year

  • Professional Healthcare Science Practice 2
  • Auditory Science 1 
  • Adult Aural Rehabilitation
  • Applied Physiological Measurement and Instrumentation 
  • Research Methods 
  • Clinical Practice Yr2

Third Year

  • Professional Healthcare Science Practice 3
  • Auditory Science 2 
  • Balance Science
  • Paediatric Audiology 
  • Final Year Project 
  • Clinical Practice Yr3

Teaching sessions include:

  • Formal and interactive lectures
  • Staff and student seminars
  • Tutorial discussions
  • Practical and clinical based workshops
  • Inter-professional (IP) learning with students from other healthcare professions
  • Problem based learning

Assessment Methods includes

  • Written exams
  • Coursework (essays, posters, wikis)
  • Presentations
  • Dissertation
  • Practical and clinically-based assessment activities

Teaching contact hours

Contact hours in a typical week vary from year to year. However, typically you will have up to 21 contact hours of teaching and this will break down as:

Personal tutorial/small group teaching: approx. 1 hour of tutorials (or later, project supervision) each week

Medium group teaching: approx. 10 hours of practical classes, workshops or seminars each week

Large group teaching: approx. 10 hours of lectures each week

Personal study: 25 hours studying and revising in your own time each week, including some guided study using hand-outs, online activities, etc.

The teaching staff have a range of backgrounds and specialist areas. There is a combination of staff with strong clinical and academic backgrounds. Invited guest lecturers are used, as well as current clinical practitioners.

One of the strengths of the team is their diversity and this has made students feel able to approach staff for help and relate better with their tutors.

Accreditation

This course is currently pending revalidation in order to maintain the level of excellence offered, and therefore the course structure is liable to change. This web page will be updated with any updates to the entry criteria, structure and assessment if any changes are confirmed.

You should be aware that the current course is accredited by the National School of Healthcare Science (NSHCS) and approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). 

Students are expected to adhere to the Code of Conduct published by HCPC, and ensure they are fit to practise.

Facilities and features

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facilities

We have three dedicated Audiological practical teaching suites to enhance your learning:                                                    

  • Diagnostic & Paediatric suite
  • Rehabilitation suite
  • Balance suite

All the suites have modern furniture and some have facilities to film your practical sessions, so that you can review your own performance with a tutor and improve your practice.  The suites are equipped with the latest equipment, but we also have older equipment that may still be found in some NHS. 

The suites belong to our students and they can access them to practice and develop their clinical skills during non-teaching times. All our labs have versatile audio video equipment – this prevents crowding around a single piece of equipment when demonstrating.

We have invested significantly in our Balance testing facilities and they are so good that they are used for demonstration and teaching by the internationally renowned ‘Leicester Balance Course’. 

This course has an international faculty with some of the leading figures in the world of Balance, hence our equipment and facilities have to be of the highest quality, nevertheless all students have access and use of the equipment and this is a significant advantage to your career.

Library

We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus.

During term time the main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, giving access to more than half a million publications and a wide range of DVDs, as well as e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks.

We offer a range of workshops, drop-ins and one-to-one sessions, plus our Just Ask service provides email or telephone support.

Learning zones

Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.

Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood building and Greenhouse. These flexible spaces are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.

They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players. Eduroam wi-fi is available across all campus locations.

Opportunities and careers

 
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Placements

You will undertake compulsory work placements mostly in the NHS, working with a range of people from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds, developing your clinical and professional skills. There are placements in large teaching hospitals as well as small general hospitals. Placements are spread across the country and we try to ensure that you are placed where you will have the best chance of development.

You will have a short placement after the first year (2 weeks) and then embark on a 40 week placement which will start in the middle of your second year and end in the middle of your final year. You will then return to university to complete your academic learning in the final term. 

During your 40 week placement you will be supported and mentored by a clinical educator in practice and will also have a university appointed clinical lecturer, as well as your personal tutor. Throughout your placement you will be supported and we aim to maintain contact with you through emails and return days back to the university. 

Built into the placement are study and reflection time to ensure that you can reflect on your learning in practice and look back at the theory you have been taught, considering how this links to practice. This model has proved highly successful, with several of our students offered job roles at their placement before completing their degree. 

Placements will allow you to develop your clinical skills, as well as your professional skills, time management, team working, leadership and management qualities. They will also instil a work ethic and help you develop your overall maturity.

You should be aware that any disclosure on your DBS, or disclosed health issues or learning differences will be discussed with placement providers prior to placement allocation. It is important to note that placement providers may not be able to take a student depending on what is disclosed on their DBS.

All NHS trusts have to apply a strict dress code that is there to protect the patient. They have been developed to ensure that local and national infection control guidance is adhered to, while giving consideration to cultural and religious needs. There are some areas where the need to fully comply with infection control guidance has overridden religious requirements.

There is no guarantee that clinical placement will be near Leicester or you family home address. We can only allocate placements that meet our criteria and that are available at the time that you are due to start your placement. You will always be notified in advance of your placement allocation, typically early on at the start of your second year.

If you decline your allocated placement this could result in a delay in allocating you an alternative placement which in turn will impact on when you complete your programme and are able to graduate.

Typically placements mimic the typical working week of between 37 and 39 hours, including 7.5 hours of study time. You must complete 40 weeks on placement, excluding any annual leave and sickness, within a period of 48 weeks.

While on placements you are likely to incur additional travel and accommodation costs compared with a regular student attending university and requiring student accommodation. The university consider financial support on an individual basis, depending on placement location and circumstances.  All NHS placements are unpaid, departments offer placements as they are keen to support the profession and in most cases receive limited funds from the NHS. 

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Graduate Careers

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Many graduates have secured clinical posts prior to them completing the course. Primarily graduates have chosen clinical posts which typically are within NHS trusts, but as Audiology services change, graduates are undertaking NHS work through providers like Specsavers and other providers that deliver NHS contracts.

There are also a significant proportion of graduates that enter the independent and private sector, job satisfaction is just as rewarding and skills in the commercial and entrepreneurial area are further developed. A significant number of previous graduates now run or are partners of their own branches.

Opportunities are available outside the clinical arena and some of our graduates have been employed with hearing aid manufacturers and Audiology equipment manufacturers.

There are also opportunities to specialise and train further once you have graduated, in particular the ‘Scientist Training Programme’ as well as the British Academy of Audiology ‘Higher Training Scheme’.

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