Hearing Aid Audiology - HE Dip

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 Higher Education Diploma in Hearing Aid Audiology course is aimed at professionals already in the healthcare workplace. This course 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.

Why QMU?

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

HEDip Hearing Aid Audiology: The course in brief

On this course you will:

  • learn how to identify hearing loss in patients, and how to prescribe and fit hearing aids;
  • gain vital expertise in the rehabilitation and aftercare needed by hearing aid users;
  • study a range of modules each year related to hearing aid audiology. 

Some of the 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.

How will I be taught?


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.

Teaching staff, class sizes and timetables

You can read more about the teaching staff on this course at the bottom of this page. Please note that teaching staff is subject to change.

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

What will I learn each year?

Year One

You 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; and 
  • have an opportunity to practise these skills in your work place.


  • Communication in Clinical Practice (20 credits)
  • Auditory Assessment (20 credits)
  • Auditory Assessment 2 (20 credits)
  • Hearing Aid Technology 1 (20 credits)
  • Basic Sciences for Hearing Aid Audiology (20 credits)
  • Clinical Practice in Hearing Aid Audiology 1 (20 credits)

Year Two

You will:

  • focus on expanding the skills developed in the first year; and
  • 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.


  • Hearing Aid Technology 2 (20 credits)
  • Aural Rehabilitation (20 credits)
  • Professional Issues in Hearing Aid Audiology (20 credits)
  • Special Issues in Hearing Aid Audiology (10 credits)
  • Working with Sign Language Users and Interpreters (10 credits)
  • A Counselling Approach to Hearing Aid Audiology (20 credits)
  • Clinical Practice in Hearing Aid Audiology 2 (20 credits)

NB The modules listed here are correct at time of posting (Feb 2023) but may differ slightly to those offered in 2024. Please

Career opportunities

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

HEDip Hearing Aid Audiology: Entry requirements and application information

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 Nat 5 (or equivalent) 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). 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.

Applying for this course

For more information on applying, or to apply for this course, please follow the links in the 'Start your application' box at the top right of this page.

Application deadline

Likely to be around 31 July 2025.

Disability/health conditions

If you have a disability, long-term physical or mental health condition, or learning disability, it should not stand in the way of your studying at QMU. However, if you are not sure whether your disability might be a barrier in your studies or in relation to the professional standards, please contact the disability service who will be able to have a conversation with you about reasonable adjustments and supports available to you.

Terms and Conditions

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2025/26 Entry Terms and Conditions (Undergraduate).

Awarding body

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

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Course Overview

2 years
Start Date
September 2025
On campus at QMU
Study Abroad
School of Health Sciences
N/A. Applications should be made to QMU.
SCQF Level

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