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BSc Healthcare Science (Audiology)

Year of entry: 2021

Overview

Degree awarded
BSc
Duration
3 years
Typical A-level offer

ABB (including specific subjects)

Typical contextual A-level offer (what is this?)

BBB (including specific subjects)

Typical International Baccalaureate offer

34 points overall with 6,5,5 at higher level.

The course specific requirements are 34 points overall with 6,5,5 at higher level. (one higher subject to be in a science eg Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Psychology or Applied Science).

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants

25/210

How to apply
Apply through UCAS .

Course overview

  • Train as a clinical audiologist and hearing aid dispenser, becoming eligible for registration with the AHCS, RCCP and HCPC after completing our course.
  • Complete 50 weeks of practical and clinical experience in a variety of clinical skills labs, the NHS and independent sector placements throughout the course.
  • Learn from internationally recognised experts at the Manchester Centre for Audiology and Deafness (ManCAD).
  • Enhance your CV through leadership and employability-focused units, support and extracurricular opportunities.
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Audiology at The University of Manchester

Open days

Attending an open day is a great way to find out what studying audiology at Manchester is like. Find out about our upcoming open days .

Fees

Tuition fees for home students commencing their studies in September 2021 will be £9,250 per annum. Tuition fees for international students will be n/a. For general information please see the undergraduate finance pages.

Policy on additional costs

All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).

Scholarships/sponsorships

Some students may be eligible for financial support from the University. See the student finance section for more information.

Contact details

School/Faculty
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
Telephone
+44 (0)161 543 4700
Email
Website
https://www.bmh.manchester.ac.uk/speech-hearing/
School/Faculty overview
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

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Entry requirements

A-level

We require grades ABB, including a science subject (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Psychology or Applied Science).

AS-level

AS level results are not considered as part of the standard admissions process at The University of Manchester.

Unit grade information

The University of Manchester welcomes the provision of unit information where available. Like all other information provided by applicants this may be taken into consideration when assessing your application. Unit grades will not normally form part of an offer conditions.

GCSE

Applicants must demonstrate a broad general education including:

A minimum of five GCSES/iGCSES overall including B or 6 in Mathematics and B/6 in one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Science, with all others at C/4 or above. This must include English Language.

GCSE/iGCSE English Literature will not be accepted in lieu of GCSE/iGCSE English Language.

Please note that if you hold English as a second language iGCSE qualification, we may also require you to offer one of our acceptable equivalent English Language qualifications or achieve a higher grade in your iGCSE than the one stated above. Please contact the academic School for clarification.

International Baccalaureate

34 points overall with 6,5,5 at higher level.

The course specific requirements are 34 points overall with 6,5,5 at higher level. (one higher subject to be in a science eg Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Psychology or Applied Science).

Other international entry requirements

Currently, this course is only available to students who qualify for home student status .

If you qualify for home student status but have qualifications from other parts of the world, please contact us to find out if you will meet our entrance requirements.

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. For these and general requirements including English language see  Accepted entry qualifications from your country .

Scottish requirements

We normally require grades ABBBB in Scottish Highers

ABBBB in five Scottish Higher subjects (two of which must include Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Mathematics or Psychology) alongside grade A in one Advanced Highers subject.

English Language and Mathematics not taken at Higher/Advanced Higher must have been achieved at SCQF level 5 (minimum National 5 grade C / Intermediate 2 grade C / Standard Grade Credit level grade 3).If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the Academic School(s) you plan to apply to.

Welsh Baccalaureate

The University welcomes and recognises the value of the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma/Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and usually requires two A Levels or equivalent to be included within this. One must be in a science subject e.g. Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Psychology or Applied Science).

The minimum grade required will normally be the same as the lowest grade listed in the A Level entry requirements.

If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the Academic School(s) you plan to apply to.

European Baccalaureate

The University of Manchester welcomes applicants with the European Baccalaureate. Acceptable on its own or in combination with other qualifications, applications from students studying for this   considered on an individual basis.

We require an award of EB at 75%-80% or above overall, with a minimum of 7.5-8 in 3 written subjects including two science subjects.

In addition, all applicants are required to demonstrate proficiency in English Language. We accept a score of a minimum of 6 at Year 7 (or a minimum of 7.5 at Year 6) in English Language in the EB or a separate English Language qualification.

AQA Baccalaureate

The University recognises the benefits of the AQA Baccalaureate and the opportunities it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills.

In making offers, the University will focus on the three A Levels taken within the AQA Baccalaureate. Students need to check the standard A Level requirements for their chosen course.

The units of broader study, enrichment activities and the Extended Project are considered to be valuable elements of the AQA Baccalaureate and we would therefore strongly encourage students to draw upon these experiences within their personal statement.

Foundation year

Applicants should contact the academic School to check if their qualification is recognised for entry to this programme and for specific entry requirements.

Pearson BTEC qualifications

Pearson BTEC National Extended Diploma

We consider the National Extended Diploma for entry provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen. Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full National Extended Diploma with grades DDD in a science based subject (Applied Science would also be accepted at this level).   

H ealth and Social Care in the BTEC National Extended Diploma at grades DDD can be accepted alongside an A-level at Grade B or above in either Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma

We consider the National Diploma for entry provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen course. Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full National Diploma with grades DD plus an additional A Level at grade B. The A Level must be in Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology).

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma

We consider the National Foundation Diploma for entry provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen course. Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full National Foundation Diploma with grades M plus two additional A Levels at grade A B. One A-Level must be in Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology).

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate

We consider the National Extended Certificate for entry provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen course. Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full National Extended Certificate with grade D plus two additional A Levels at grades AB. One A-Level must be in Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology.

The University of Manchester welcomes applications from students who have achieved legacy BTEC qualifications (pre-2016) such as the BTEC Extended Diploma, BTEC Diploma, BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, and BTEC Certificate.  The grades required are likely to be the same or vary similar to the new BTEC qualifications (first teaching 2016, awarded 2018). Please contact the Academic School for clarification.

OCR Cambridge Technical qualifications

Cambridge Level 3 Technical Extended Diploma (CTEC)

We consider the Technical Extended Diploma for entry provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen course (Health and Social Care). Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full Technical Extended Diploma with grades DDD plus an additional A Level at Grade B in either Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology.

Cambridge Level 3 Technical Diploma (CTEC)

We do not consider the Technical Diploma for entry to this course.

Cambridge Level 3 Technical Foundation Diploma (CTEC)

We do not consider the Technical Foundation Diploma for entry to this course.

Cambridge Level 3 Technical Extended Certificate (CTEC)

We do not consider the Technical Extended Certificate for entry to this course.

The University of Manchester welcomes applications from students who have achieved legacy CTEC qualifications (pre-2016) such as the CTEC Extended Diploma, CTEC Diploma, CTEC Subsidiary Diploma, and CTEC Certificate.  The grades required are likely to be the same or vary similar to the new CTEC qualifications (first teaching 2016, awarded 2018). Please contact the Academic School for clarification.

Access to HE Diploma

We require a QAA-recognised Access to HE diploma (a minimum of 60 credits overall with at least 45 at Level 3), with merit or distinction in a subject area relevant to the chosen course.

The specific course requirements are: an overall of 60 credits are required, with 45 Level 3 credits awarded at Distinction. 15 credits at Distinction must be in a science subject. You should also meet our standard GCSE requirements. 

We welcome applicants completing an Access to HE course in a health or science-related subject.

We consider Access courses to be suitable for mature applicants who have been out of full-time education and have had no previous access to higher education. We will consider applications on an individual basis taking into account other factors such as other educational achievements, life experience and skills.

Students educated up to GCSE level who have only taken a one-year Access course will not normally be accepted.

Cambridge Pre-U

Not applicable.

If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the Academic School(s) you plan to apply to.

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

The University recognises the benefits of the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and the opportunities it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills. Although the Extended Project will not be included in the conditions of your offer, we strongly encourage you to provide information about the EPQ in your personal statement and at interview. A number of our academic Schools may also choose to take your performance in the EPQ into account should places be available in August for applicants who narrowly miss the entry grades for their chosen course.

Core Maths

The University welcomes and recognises the value of Level 3 core mathematics qualifications (e.g. AQA Certificate in Mathematical Studies). 

Core Mathematics is not a compulsory element of post-16 study and as a result we will not normally include it in the conditions of any offer made to the student. However, if a student chooses to undertake a core mathematics qualification this may be taken into account when we consider their application, particularly for certain non-science courses with a distinct mathematical or statistical element.

We advise students to contact the academic School, who will clarify whether their specific portfolio of qualifications is acceptable for entry on to their chosen course.

Home-schooled applicants

If you are a student who has followed a non-standard educational route, e.g. you have been educated at home; your application will be considered against the standard entry criteria of the course for which you are applying. You will be required to demonstrate that you meet the specified academic entry requirements of the course. We will also require a reference from somebody who knows you well enough, in an official capacity, to write about you and your suitability for higher education. If you are a home schooled student and would like further information or advice please contact the academic School for your chosen course who will be able to help you. 

Non-standard educational routes

Mature students are some of our most well-equipped learners, bringing skills and attributes gained from work, family and other life experiences.  Students come from a whole array of backgrounds, study every kind of course, undertake full-time and part-time learning and are motivated by career intentions as well as personal interest.  There is no such thing as a typical mature student at Manchester.  The application process is the same as for other prospective undergraduates.  If you require further clarification about the acceptability of the qualifications you hold please contact the academic School(s) you plan to apply to.  Further information for mature students can be found here ( http://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/mature-students/ )

English language

All applicants to the University (from the UK and Overseas) are required to show evidence of English Language proficiency.  The minimum English Language requirement for this course is either:

  • GCSE/iGCSE English Language grade C/4 or;
  • IELTS 7.5, with no component less than 7.0.or;
  • An acceptable equivalent qualification.

Applicants for whom English is not a first language should appreciate that a particularly high standard of spoken and written English is necessary to cope with academic and clinical work. As a minimum we require the above English language requirements.  However, there is a great need for audiologists who are fluent in more than one language and graduates with such skills would be a valuable addition to the profession.

Please note that if you hold English as a second language iGCSE qualification, we may also require you to offer one of our acceptable equivalent English Language qualifications or achieve a higher grade in your iGCSE than the one stated above. Please contact the academic School for clarification.

The UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requires that every student from outside the UK and the EU must show evidence of a minimum level of English Language in order to be granted a UK visa (Tier 4 visa) to study at undergraduate or postgraduate level. This level is often referred to as the 'B2 level'.

Additionally, individual Schools may ask for specific English Language proficiency levels necessary for their academic programmes. In most cases these requirements are likely to be higher than the B2 level. Further information about our English Language policy, including a list of some of the English Language qualifications we accept, can be found  here

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Relevant work experience

It is not possible for all audiology service providers to offer work experience for applicants, so this is not a requirement.

However, some practical experience of working in audiology-related environments would be beneficial, eg the private sector, charitable organisations, lip-reading classes, tinnitus support groups etc.

Application and selection

How to apply

Apply through UCAS .

Interview requirements

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview.

Returning to education

If you are returning to education, you should have completed some assessed study at level 3 in the five years prior to the start of the course.

Individual consideration is given to recent academic qualifications or other relevant experience. Preference will be given if you have experience of health-related areas, especially those in which there is some anatomy, physiology and/or psychology.

Overseas (non-UK) applicants

This course is primarily aimed at training audiology practitioners to meet the requirements of the NHS and independent sector in the UK. We rely heavily on placement capacity within these areas and, as a result, the course is not currently open to non-EU applicants.

Fitness to practise / health requirements

Health screening

We are mindful of the health of both our students and of the public, with whom healthcare students come into contact on placement. Consequently, if your application is successful, we will require you to comply with a confidential health screening as advised by the Department of Health.

Health screening will be undertaken by the Student Occupational Health Service who will advise on any follow-up vaccination or other intervention that may be indicated.

Health questionnaire and screening

Please note that audiology clinical work and study requires all applicants to complete a pre-acceptance health questionnaire which is returned to the University's Occupational Health Service having been checked and countersigned by your GP. All such forms are screened to decide whether, on the basis of the information provided, the student would be able to fulfil the core competencies of their chosen programme of study, as defined by the British Academy of Audiology.

To ensure safe audiology practice the following will need to be considered:

  • Mobility
  • Upper limb function
  • Vision
  • Hearing
  • Speech
  • Literacy and numeracy
  • Skin function
  • Interruption of consciousness
  • Concentration, awareness, memory and ability to learn and understand

See the HCPC guide for more information.

Disclosure and Barring Service check

If your application is successful, we will require you to comply with an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check as advised by the Department of Health.

Policy for applicants who resit their qualifications

Applicants who have undertaken resit assessments at level 2 or 3 will be considered on an individual basis.

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course. Please note: applicants will always be expected to meet the minimum entry requirements for the year of study they are applying for.

If you are applying for a place for the same year of entry through UCAS Extra, you should provide additional evidence of your suitability for the course. If you are applying through clearing you are required to meet the clearing requirements. In both UCAS Extra and clearing the places will be subject to availability.

Course details

Course description

Nafeesa Khan - BSc Healthcare Science (Audiology)

My placement at Withington Community Hospital is very enjoyable. My placement team have really allowed me to get hands on and help me understand key practical elements.

This has also increased my confidence and has improved my overall practitioner approach to patients.

Nafeesa Khan / BSc Healthcare Science (Audiology)

Our three-year BSc Healthcare Science (Audiology) course offers practitioner-level training and a qualification accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), the Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists (RCCP) and the National School of Healthcare Science (NSHCS), allowing you to work within both the NHS and the independent sector.

You will study the theoretical, practical and clinical aspects of audiology that are needed to practice as an audiologist and hearing aid dispenser.

The course includes topics and placements in closely related healthcare science areas such as neurophysiology and vision sciences in Year 1.

In Year 2, you will learn about inter-professional practice in group workshops with nursing, midwifery, pharmacy and dentistry students. Studying alongside other healthcare professionals will equip you to be a 21st century health practitioner working in diverse multidisciplinary teams.

In addition to learning degree-level skills and core audiology academic content. you will have 50 weeks of practical clinical training. Practical training is included in all three years of the course, with substantial practical skills training taking place in our Manchester Centre for Audiology and Deafness (ManCAD) laboratories.

Throughout this course, you will use the skills you develop to assess and treat patients in clinics offering a range of audiology services, while under expert supervision. This is undertaken in independent sector training placements in Years 1 and 2 and NHS training placements in all years. 

Special features

Expert teaching

This course is led by members of the Manchester Centre for Audiology and Deafness (ManCAD), an internationally recognised multi-million pound hearing research programme.

Placements in all three years

You will undertake 10 weeks of practical and clinical placement work in Year 1, 18 weeks in Year 2 and 22 weeks in Year 3. You will be provided with uniforms for your placements.

Eligibility for professional registration

Become eligible to register with professional bodies including the Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists (RCCP) and Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) after completing our course.

Leadership training and awards

The Year 2 Leadership unit aims to inform, enlighten and inspire students to become the leaders of tomorrow by providing an opportunity to develop your own leadership skills.

Extensive careers support

Receive guidance on entering your chosen career from your academic advisor, the Audiology Employability Lead, service managers from the NHS and independent sector organisations in Year 3. You can also attend an annual audiology careers fair.

Additional course information

Placements

The majority of the 50 weeks of clinical training within this course takes place at NHS audiology clinics in the north-west.

While placements can be at clinics throughout the region, students' individual circumstances (eg disabilities) are taken into account when allocating placements.

Healthcare Science Practitioner Training Programmes : travel and accommodation policy

Students enrolled on this course will not be funded by the NHS and as such will not be entitled to student support through the NHS Student Grants Unit.

However, Health Education England North West recognises that there may be occasions where you will need to attend clinical placements as part of the course at significant distance from the University or term-time residence, and therefore currently reimburses students for additional travel and accommodation costs.

Please note that the above information will be reviewed by HEENW on an annual basis.

Teaching and learning

You will learn using a variety of methods including:

  • lectures
  • tutorials
  • practicals and clinics
  • directed study
  • group and individual presentations
  • case studies
  • problem-based learning
  • research projects.

A large part of the degree involves clinical placements in audiology clinics and similar units in and around the north-west.

These placements will expose you to a wide range of different clinic types and settings, such as:

  • adult clinics
  • paediatric assessment
  • newborn hearing screening
  • hearing aid centres
  • tinnitus clinics
  • cochlear implants
  • bone anchored hearing aid clinics.

Coursework and assessment

We use a range of methods to assess your knowledge, including:

  • written assignments
  • reflective writing
  • creative reflection
  • poster presentations
  • group tasks
  • problem based learning
  • case studies
  • OSCE practical skills examinations
  • formal end-of-semester examinations.

Course content for year 1

You will:

  • receive a general foundation in healthcare science, including general anatomy and physiology and pathophysiology of the neurosensory systems;
  • learn the technology involved in relation to diagnostic testing procedures;
  • explore the perception of disease and health psychology;
  • learn about specific techniques for evaluating hearing (and other senses) including brain processing and how we as healthcare professionals can help improve the quality of people's lives;
  • start to develop your practical skills in conducting various clinical test procedures, including hearing assessments;
  • start to develop your communication skills to allow you to communicate effectively with people who experience hearing loss;
  • be introduced to the basic principles and theories that underpin aural rehabilitation and explore its role in relation to a patient-centred approach to healthcare delivery.

You will also undertake a ten-week clinical placement and practical skills training in Year 1. In total over seven weeks' worth of training will take place in clinical placement settings with the remaining time spent training in university supervised clinical skills labs.

The clinical placements will commence with a one-week introduction to the NHS in January. Throughout Semester 2, you will be in audiology NHS placements for two days a week. There will also be clinical placements in neurophysiology and vision, and a one-week audiology independent sector placement during Easter.

Course content for year 2

You will focus more on specific areas of audiology, including the more complex aspects of hearing and an introduction to balance assessments, adult aural rehabilitation, state-of-the-art digital technology, including hearing aids.

As well as broader elements of patient care, you will explore public health issues and how healthcare is delivered in the NHS and beyond. You will also be introduced to research methods and statistics.

In addition, you will take a Leadership in Health Care unit that aims to inform, enlighten and inspire students as the leaders of tomorrow by providing an opportunity to develop leadership skills.

You will also undertake audiology clinical placements 2 days a week throughout Semester 1 and Semester 2 in the NHS. In addition, you will undertake a one-week independent sector audiology placement in January and a further three-week independent sector audiology placement during the summer.

Your clinical skills training will also continue to be supported by time spent training in university-supervised clinical skills labs throughout Semester 1 and Semester 2.

Course content for year 3

You will develop your specialist knowledge and understanding of audiological science and become able to apply this to clinical practice. You will also continue to develop your knowledge and understanding in areas of professional practice, counselling and rehabilitation.

In addition, you will undertake study in some of the more specialist areas of audiology, including:

  • tinnitus
  • vestibular assessment
  • paediatric audiology
  • advanced hearing instruments including cochlear implants

The purpose of these units is to enable you to explore the management of particular groups of patients with more complex needs in audiology. You will also conduct an individual research project supervised by one of the researchers in the department.

You will work with your academic advisor to plan and prepare your next steps into your chosen career or planned further study. Preparation for clinical practice sessions will be delivered by the Audiology Employability Lead, service managers from the NHS and independent sector organisations.

You will have the opportunity to have University-assessed mock interviews and gain useful feedback for successful job applications. You will be supported by the University's award-winning Careers Service .

You will also undertake a 22-week clinical placement, predominantly in Semester 2. Your clinical skills training will also continue to be supported by time spent training in university-supervised clinical skills labs throughout Semester 1.

Course collaborators

This course falls under the umbrella of the Manchester Academy for Healthcare Scientist Education (MAHSE), a partnership between The University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) and the University of Salford, as well as leading healthcare scientists from partner Trusts.

For this course, there are close links with the BSc Healthcare Science (Neurophysiology) course run by MMU, and Year 1 students will share some lectures with students from that course.

What our students say

Find out more about what it's like to study at Manchester on the  Biology, Medicine and Health Student Blog .

Facilities

 The University offers a range of facilities for undergraduate students .

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability and Advisory Support Office .

Careers

Career opportunities

You will graduate from our course with a BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science degree and a clinical qualification. This enables you to register as an audiologist and hearing aid dispenser, and to work in the NHS or the independent sector.

You can also take up a range of other career opportunities. Previous graduates have undertaken further study such as the MSc in Advanced Audiology Studies , the NHS Scientist Training Programme (STP) or a PhD.

Other students have entered fast-track medicine programmes, dentistry and other health-related professions.

Further career opportunities include research in universities or research institutes, or employment in private sector audiology services and the audiology industry.

Accrediting organisations

Our course is a professional qualification developed in response to the Department of Health's Modernising Scientific Careers (MSC) programme.

The course is subject to accreditation by Health Education England and the Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists.

Graduates will be eligible to register as a Healthcare Science Practitioner in Audiology after completing the course.

The course has also been approved by Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a training route for graduates to work in the private sector as hearing aid dispensers.

Associated organisations