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Healthcare Science Audiology BSc (Hons)

The Healthcare Science (Audiology) degree develops you as an independent clinician who tests for hearing and balance conditions. Career opportunities are varied and include roles within the NHS, the private sector and with hearing aid and audiology manufacturers at home and abroad. 

Overview


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Reasons to study Healthcare Science (Audiology) at DMU:

  • Accredited by the National School of Healthcare Science (NSHCS) allowing graduates to be eligible to practice in the NHS
  • Approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), making you eligible to register as a Hearing Aid Dispenser and work under this protected title in the private sector
  • Dedicated audiology facilities and clinical skills suites replicate real-life settings and give you relevant workplace experience
  • Placements are compulsory; enhancing your skills and add to your experience. A minimum of 42 weeks are required to fulfil the course requirements, two weeks after your first year and 40 weeks after the second year
  • DMU has placement partners across the country with NHS trusts. Allocation is based on placement availability and where you are most likely to fulfil your potential
  • Strong industry links allow you to gain a broader view of current issues and debates in the healthcare sector
  • CV enhancing opportunities for volunteering and developing wider skills
  • Home to the ‘Education in Audiology’ conference and the first to host the ‘National Student Audiology Conference
  • 100 per cent of graduates seeking to enter employment or further study are successful within six months of graduating (DLHE 2013/14)

The course examines the understanding of how we hear and how we maintain our balance from the first day of life, which involves investigating the theories behind hearing and psychoacoustics, to clinical investigation and rehabilitation.

Scholarships:

At DMU, we are committed to helping our graduates enhance their careers and personal development through further study. We are proud to currently offer a scholarship for this course.

Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship
Up to £6,000 worth of support available to full-time UK and EU undergraduate and postgraduate students, starting in September 2016. For more information visit our Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship page.

 

 

 

 

  • 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: £9,000

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

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.

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, Science and English

Plus one of the following:

A levels

  • A minimum of 300 points from at least two A levels with a science subject at grade B or above

BTEC

  • BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science at DDM

International Baccalaureate: 30+ with six higher level points in a Science subject

Access course
Pass QAA Accredited AHE with 45 level 3 credits at Distinction and English and Maths GCSE at grade C or above.

Interview: No

Work experience: No

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.

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 6.5 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

  • Auditory Science 1 
  • Adult Aural Rehabilitation 1 
  • Applied Physiological Measurement and Instrumentation 
  • Research Methods 

Third Year

  • Professional Healthcare Science Practice 2 
  • Auditory Science 2 
  • Adult Aural Rehabilitation 2 
  • Paediatric Audiology 
  • Final Year Project 

Teaching sessions include:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorial discussions
  • Practical workshops
  • Inter-professional (IP) learning with students from other healthcare professions

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 will depend to some extent on the optional modules you choose to study. 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

  • Accredited by the National School of Healthcare Science (NSHCS) which will allow successful graduates to register with the ‘Academy of Healthcare Science’ - the only body recommended by employers to work in the NHS as an Audiologist
  • Approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), making you eligible to register as a Hearing Aid Dispenser and hence work under this protected title in the private sector

Graduates from the course can therefore choose to work in the public or the private sector, or both. 

 

Facilities and features

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facilities

Investment of £12 million in Health and Life Sciences has developed our first-class teaching and learning facilities to help you develop your practical experience and theoretical knowledge beyond the classroom.

Learn more about DMU’s first-class study facilities.

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 placement opportunities in large teaching hospitals as well as small general hospitals. Placements are spread across the country and we try to ensure that where you are placed, you will have the best chance of development.

You will have a short placement after the first year (1-2 weeks) and then embark on a 40 week placement which will start after your second year, around July and will run through your third year. Other higher education institutions may have a split placement arrangement (15 and 25 weeks) and this may mean incurring accommodation costs twice (at university and at your placement). Our placement approach will prevent this extra cost and you will be supported and mentored by the same clinical educator throughout your placement and are more likely to feel part of the department that you are placed with.

This model allows for students that can take a little more time to settle, it has proved highly successful in that several of our students have been offered posts at their placement before they have actually completed their degree.

You should be aware that any disclosure on your DBS 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 based on their DBS to ensure they are compliant with their own DBS procedures and policies. If you have any concerns regarding this then you should seek advice before applying.

Please note that if you decline your allocated placement this could result in a delay in allocating you an alternative placement which in turn may impact on when you complete your programme and are able to graduate.

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Graduate Careers

The programme has been developed in reaction to the governments ‘Modernising Scientific Careers’ agenda and so is designed around preparing students to work as healthcare scientists in the NHS.

Graduates have primarily chosen to work within the NHS with a significant proportion entering directly into the private sector. There are opportunities available outside the clinical arena and some of our graduates have been employed with hearing aid manufacturers and audiology equipment manufacturers. Several of our graduates secure employment with their placement provider. The chances of this occurring are further increased as DMU offer placements across a wide geographical area.

There are 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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