Diploma in Higher Education in Hearing Aid Audiology

What is hearing aid audiology?

A hearing aid audiologist is a health service professional who works with hearing impairment, its identification, the prescription and fitting of hearing aids and the rehabilitation and aftercare associated with hearing aid use.

About the Course

This course will equip you with all the skills that you require to practise as an associate audiologist in the NHS and a hearing aid dispenser in the private sector.

You will study a range of modules each year related to hearing and audiology. Some of these modules will be delivered on campus to provide you with practical experience in various aspects of audiological assessment and management. To support your learning in the workplace you will have access to a virtual learning environment where you will complete the rest of your modules.

In Year One, you will be expected to attend the campus four times for a week of classroom-based lectures and lab sessions.

In Year Two there will only be two of these weeks. Once you return to your workplace your appointed supervisor will then support you in caring for patients/clients with hearing impairment.

Year One will focus on the basic sciences as well as the clinical procedures involved in hearing and audiology and the skills needed to manage patients/clients. You will then have an opportunity to practise these skills in your workplace.

Year Two will focus on expanding the skills developed in the first year. You will also be introduced to topics such as counselling skills while developing your knowledge about hearing aids further. This will support the development of related clinical competencies as you work with patients/clients in the workplace.

Course Structure

This is a two year course. You will complete a range of modules, as outlined, each year.

Entry Requirements

A typical entrant would be a student sponsored by an employer (Registered Hearing Aid Dispenser (RHAD) or Audiology Department in the National Health Service (NHS)) and normally have achieved at least five 5 Standard Grades/ NAT 5 at grade C or above (preferred subjects English, Science, Mathematics). Ideally students will also have achieved at least three passes at Higher Grade (preferred subjects English, Science, Mathematics) and two at Intermediate 2 in other subjects. Applications from potential entrants who have not achieved these qualifications, but are able to demonstrate relevant experience, will still be considered.

International: IELTS at 7.0 with no component below 6.5

Other: A satisfactory criminal records check will be required.


Year One

Introduction to Hearing Aid Audiology/ Communication in Clinical Practice/ Auditory Assessment 1/ Auditory Assessment 2/ Basic Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology of the Audio-Vestibulor System/ Fundamentals of Rehabilitation/ Clinical Practice in Hearing Aid Audiology 1

Year Two

Hearing Aid Technology and Assistive Listening Devices/ Aural Rehabilitation/ Deaf Culture/ Professional Issues in Hearing Aid Audiology/ Special Issues in Hearing Aid Audiology/ Counselling in Hearing Aid Audiology/ Clinical Practice in Hearing Aid Audiology 2

NB The modules listed here are correct at time of the printing of our Undergraduate Prospectus 2018 (Feb 2017) but may differ slightly to those offered in 2018. Please check the website for any updates.

Quick Facts

  • This course allows you to work while studying.
  • This is the only course of this nature offered in Scotland.


Professional Registration

Completion of this course allows eligibility to register with Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a hearing aid dispenser.

Please Note:

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2018/19 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Undergraduate).

Course Overview

2 years
Start Date
September 2018
Study Abroad
School of Health Sciences
Subject Area
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