Dip HE Hearing Aid Audiology

Hearing aid audiology has grown rapidly as a professional health service in recent years. It’s a rewarding career where you help individuals with hearing loss get the hearing aids they need to improve their everyday quality of life.

This course is aimed at professionals already in the healthcare workplace. It will equip you with the skills and knowledge that you need to move into a career as a hearing aid audiologist in the NHS and a hearing aid dispenser in the private sector. It is the only course of its type in Scotland. 

Why QMU?

  • This is the only Hearing Aid Audiology course in Scotland.
  • You’ll learn in our bespoke clinical suite of audiology rooms on campus.
  • Fit your learning in around your current employment.

About the course

On this course you’ll learn how to identify hearing loss in patients, and how to prescribe and fit hearing aids. You’ll gain vital expertise in the rehabilitation and aftercare needed by hearing aid users.

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.


This is a two-year blended learning course where you study with us while continuing to work in a clinically relevant field.

Teaching, learning and assessment

This course combines distance, on-campus and workplace learning. You must work in a clinically relevant area while you study. In Year One, you will come to campus for four week-long sessions of classroom-based lectures and lab work. 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.

You can be based locally, nationally or internationally. Our virtual learning environment makes it easier for students to interact wherever they are. It also means we can help you learn in the way that best suits you. The curriculum is specifically designed to help you become an independent, reflective practitioner.

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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

The modules listed here are correct at time of posting (Feb 2020) but may differ slightly to those offered in 2021 following revalidation. Please check back here for any updates.

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.

Awarding body

QMU. Please refer to the 'External Review' section of the ‘How we teach and how you’ll learn’ page of our website.

Professional registration/accreditation

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


When you complete the course you will be able to work in the NHS and private sector.

Teaching staff, class sizes and timetables

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

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Please note:

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2022/23 Entry Terms and Conditions (Undergraduate).

Teaching staff may be subject to change.

Course Overview

2 years
Start Date
September 2022
Study Abroad
School of Health Sciences
Fees & Funding
N/A. Applications should be made to QMU.