Undergraduate

Diploma in Higher Education in Hearing Aid Audiology

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

This course, the only one of its type in Scotland, will equip you with all the skills that you require to practise as a hearing aid audiologist in the NHS and a hearing aid dispenser in the private sector. 

Why QMU?

  • This is the only course of this nature delivered in Scotland.
  • It is accessible to people who wish to study while working.
  • We have a bespoke clinical suite of audiology rooms on campus which allows students to practice on campus.

About the course

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

This course will equip you with all the skills that you require to practise as a hearing aid 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 aid 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.

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

Year Two will focus on expanding the skills developed in the first year. You will also be introduced to topics such as aural rehabilitation 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 work place.

 

 

Teaching, learning and assessment

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 clinical educator will then supervise you in working with people with hearing loss.

This course involves a combination of distance, on-campus and workplace learning. Students are required to be employed in a clinically relevant area during their studies and may be based locally, nationally or internationally. Our virtual learning environment allows staff and students to create a personal profile (with a photograph if they wish) making it easier for students to interact and become familiar with one another, thus establishing a community of learners. To enhance the learning experience and tailor for different learning preferences, we employ a wide range of learning materials including PowerPoint presentations, documents, video and audio recordings and web links. The use of discussion boards, journals and blogs allow students to record and share their views and ideas with lecturers and/or other students.

The curriculum is designed to facilitate the student’s journey in becoming an independent, reflective practitioner, working within their scope of practice.

 

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Structure

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

Modules

Year One modules

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 modules

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

The modules listed here are correct at time of posting (Feb 2018) but may differ slightly to those offered in 2019. Please check the website for any updates.

 

Placements

There are no placements.

 

Exchange opportunties

N/A

Careers

When you complete the course you will be able to work in the NHS as well as in the private sectors.

 

Entry requirements

Standard: 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 of 7.0 with no element lower than 6.5

Other requirements:  A satisfactory criminal records check is required.

Professional registration/ accreditation

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

Teaching staff, class sizes and timetables

For more information, please see ‘How we teach and how you’ll learn’.

Awarding body

QMU. For more information, please see ‘External Review’ section on the ‘How we teach and how you’ll learn’ page.

More information

Please Note:

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2019/20 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Undergraduate).

Teaching staff may be subject to change.

Special Information for EU Applicants The Scottish Government has confirmed that undergraduate EU students enrolling in the 2019/20 academic year will be entitled to free tuition fees in Scotland for the duration of their course. Those assessed as eligible will remain so for the duration of their course. You must apply to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for funding. For guidance on eligibility and funding please visit the SAAS website

Course Overview

Delivery
On campus and online
Duration
2 years
Start Date
September 2019
Study Abroad
No
School
School of Health Sciences
Division
SHS
Subject Area
Fees & Funding
UCAS Code
N/A. Applications should be made to QMU.

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