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Foundation Degree (FdSc) in Hearing Aid Audiology

The Foundation Degree is a vocational programme designed to meet the needs of your employer, other audiology professionals and people who experience hearing loss.


For enquiries relating to the Hearing Aid Dispenser Apprenticeship, please contact

The Foundation Degree (FdSc) in Hearing Aid Audiology is focused on delivering the skills for graduates to be fit for purpose, practice and registration. Not only will it focus on training to deliver safe and effective interventions that are evidence-based and responsive to the needs of diverse hearing impaired communities, but also to be sensitive to the needs of service users and carers, working with them in partnership to empower and enable them.

The programme will provide a challenging balance between the development of core skills and professional practice required by Hearing Aid Audiologists who have knowledge in basic sciences, medical aspects of audiology, audiological techniques, hearing advice and rehabilitation. 

Reasons to study Hearing Aid Audiology at De Montfort University:

  • Provides eligibility for registration by the Health and Care Professions Council
    and produces graduates who meet the published national Standards for Hearing Aid Dispensers in the independent sector and for Associate Practitioners in Audiology within the NHS
  • Produces graduates who can bring qualities of critical judgement and reasoning to their chosen occupation
    and who are capable of applying both academic and clinical audiological knowledge
  • Provides students with an intellectually rigorous and up-to-date education
    in defined areas within audiology that will help to achieve their personal, academic, and professional goals
  • Volunteering opportunities locally, nationally and internationally 
    available through our career enhancing #DMUglobal and Square Mile programmes
  • 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 the latest equipment
    providing a dedicated setting and relevant workplace experience, including ‘virtual patient’ software
  • DMU has achieved Gold, the highest ranking possible under the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)
    Indicating the outstanding learning and teaching on offer at DMU. [Office for Students, 2017]
  • The TEF Panel judged that De Montfort University delivers “consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK.” [Office for Students, 2017] 


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Healthcare Science (Audiology) BSc (Hons)

  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: B611

Duration: October intake 14 months, January intake 16 months, full-time

Fees and funding: UK/EU: For 2021/22 tuition fees will be £12,000*

Trainees from Specsavers and the NHS should contact the programme lead, Mr Rakesh Patel, directly by email:

(*This is the total cost for the course and is NOT eligible for student loans, either individuals or sponsors pay for the fee)

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 your work place and accommodation.

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

Key facts for international students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: B611

Duration: September intake 14 months, March intake 16 months, full-time

Fees and funding: UK/EU: For 2019/20 tuition fees will be £12,000*

(*This is the total cost for the course and is NOT eligible for student loans, either individuals or sponsors pay for the fee)

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 your work place and accommodation.

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

Entry criteria

Entry onto the Foundation Degree has to be supported by an employer who agrees to provide you with a suitably qualified and experienced clinical educator/supervisor.

Students may be required to attend for interview at which the appropriateness of their previous individual experience and learning will be considered prior to being allocated a place.

DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check: Yes

You must complete an occupational health check, declaration form and enhanced DBS disclosure application form before starting the course, which needs to be cleared in accordance with DMU’s admissions policy.

Mature Students (>21 years old)

Alternative relevant educational experience will be considered for mature students, including the Hearing Care Assistant Course, experience in working with people, administration, finance and management. Please contact the admission tutor directly by email:




  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above, including Maths, English and Science plus one of the following :


  • Normally 32 UCAS Points from at least one Science A Level or equivalent



  • BTEC National Diploma: Science BTEC with Pass/Pass/Pass
  • BTEC National Certificate: Distinction/Merit. Must meet Science requirement
  • BTEC National Award: only in combination with other accepted qualifications. Must meet Science requirement


  • BTEC Extended Diploma (3 A2s): Science BTEC with Merit/Merit/Pass 
  • BTEC Diploma (2 A2s): Science BTEC Distinction/Merit
  • BTEC 90 credit Diploma: Distinction/Distinction
  • BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (1 A2): only in combination with other accepted qualifications. Must meet Science requirement
  • BTEC certificate (1 A1): only in combination with other accepted qualifications. Must meet Science requirement

Access to HE Diploma: Pass in Access to Science. English and Maths GCSE equivalency required, 12 level 2 credits in each subject


International Baccalaureate: 26+ points 

Structure and assessment


Course modules

Teaching and assessments

Academic expertise and accreditations



Phase One is a blended learning approach using interactive and web based lectures and seminars to develop learning, these are reinforced with residential teaching based at the university and hence the majority of phase one is delivered off site.

  • Audiological Techniques 1
  • Auditory Rehabilitation 1
  • Anatomy, Physiology Medical aspect of Audiology
  • Professional Practice 1



Phase Two is delivered at university in one week blocks and allows for greater interaction and engagement. This is a key characteristic of the programme and allows a deeper level of learning and reinforcement.

  • General Science & Quantitative Skills
  • Audiological Techniques 2
  • Auditory Rehabilitation 2
  • Project
  • Professional Practice 2

The course has been uniquely structured and designed to meet the needs of the industry and the professional body.

Teaching sessions include:

  • Formal and interactive lectures
  • Staff and student seminars
  • Tutorial discussions
  • Practical and clinical based workshops

Assessment methods include: 

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

Teaching contact hours

A variety of teaching and learning approaches will be used so contact hours in a typical block week may vary. Typically, Phase 1 consists of 84 contact hours of teaching across 3 block weeks and phase 2 consists of 192 contact hours of teaching across 8 block weeks.

Personal study will form a significant part of learning hours and independent study is expected throughout both phases.

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 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


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

  • Diagnostic and 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 work settings.

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 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

Hearing Aid Experience

Practice Learning Environment (Placement)

Your placement is an employment based learning programme with the object of professional learning and personal development.

By your employers seconding you onto the programme they will be agreeing to allow time for your learning and reflection, supervision and assessment by experienced qualified staff, facilitating DMU tutor visits (if required) and end of module feedback. A practice educator is someone that has been allocated to support you through the work based learning elements of the course.

The university expectation of the employer will be to give you direct experience of work and the opportunities to link theory and practice. In supporting you in practice, your employer will need to:

  • Nominate a Practice Educator who will be responsible for your development and enable you to increase your experience and knowledge and the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills.
  • Ensure that the Practice Educators have the skills and knowledge to be able to supervise you in learning your practical competencies.
  • Ensure the Practice Educator understands their responsibilities for your day-to-day supervision, provide work-based opportunities to enable you to interact with a wide range of client/patients, undertake regular monitoring and assessment to ensure that progression towards full competencies can be achieve in a timely manner.
  • Allow Practice Educator time to attend training or update events as part of the programme.
  • The Practice Educator is responsible for ensuring the standards of practice meets the programme requirements.

The University expectation of you will be to further good relationships between University and your employer, bring to the course your work-based experiences and knowledge and to share them with peers and tutors.

Hearing Aid Practice

Practice Experience

It is a requirement of the programme to demonstrate Professional Practice to progress and graduate. To demonstrate this you will need to complete a portfolio evidencing your development and competence over the course of the programme.

If you wish to receive further information about the course and to attend a dedicated open day, please contact the Admissions Tutor, Wendy Stevens by email:

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