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Healthcare Science (Audiology) BSc (Full time) 2018 start

  • Overview

    Audiology is the science of hearing and balance and their associated disorders. It’s a varied and expanding discipline, involving aspects of biological sciences, engineering, psychology, physics and electronics, speech and language development and social science.

    Audiologists are involved in diagnosis and rehabilitation of patients, allowing them to develop relationships with their patients and see the benefits they get from care. Audiologists must combine logical thinking and a scientific approach, with a caring and patient-focused attitude. They need to be able to communicate with people of all ages.

    The Healthcare Science (Audiology) BSc is one of the leading audiology courses in the UK, consistently at the top of UK league tables. We have excellent placements in the region and strong links with the community.

    You'll be taught by experienced practising professionals and we’re part of the School of Medicine, linking our academic expertise with world-leading research.

    High student satisfaction

    95% student satisfaction in the National Student Survey - 2015.

    Course contact email:

    healthcarescienceadmissions@leeds.ac.uk

    Visit our Audiology @ Leeds webpage for additional course information.

    Audiology students

    Accreditation

    Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists/Medical Education England

  • Course content

    In year 1 you’ll gain a broad understanding of the principles of neurophysiological healthcare science, with an introduction to the theory and practice of audiological assessment and rehabilitation. You’ll start to learn how to assess hearing function in the on-site clinical laboratories prior to using these skills on clinical placement. You’ll also learn about professional working and you will start to develop your independent and critical thinking skills.

    In year 2 you’ll learn about a range of audiological assessment and rehabilitation techniques, preparing you for your longer clinical placement at the end of the academic year. In particular, you’ll focus on adult hearing impairment and the current technological and non-technological options to improve the quality of life for hearing impaired individuals. You’ll undertake an NHS clinical placement at the end of this year, where you’ll continue to develop your audiological skills.

    In year 3 you’ll explore more deeply a wide range of hearing and balance disorders and the options available to treat and manage these conditions. You’ll also conduct a research project in one particular area of audiology. You’ll continue to develop your practical skills both in the on-site clinical laboratories and also in your final clinical placement in semester 2 of this year.

    Throughout the course you’ll develop the skills necessary to become an audiologist, but you’ll also gain more general skills, such as critical thinking, problem solving, independent learning, scientific enquiry, professional working and reflective practice.

    Course structure

    These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

    Year 1

    Compulsory modules

    • Introduction to Professional Issues for Healthcare Scientists 30 credits
    • Biological Basis of Healthcare 30 credits
    • Neurosensory Anatomy and Physiology 20 credits
    • Neurosensory Theory & Practice 20 credits
    • Neurosensory Physics and Measurement 20 credits

    Year 2

    Compulsory modules

    • Research Methods and Evaluation 10 credits
    • Measurement and Instrumentation 20 credits
    • Acoustics, Psychoacoustics and Auditory Perception 20 credits
    • Audiological Assessment and Disorder 20 credits
    • Audiological Rehabilitation 20 credits
    • Audiological Theory and Practice 30 credits

    Year 3

    Compulsory modules

    • Independent Study for Healthcare Scientists 10 credits
    • Research Project 30 credits
    • Advanced Audiology 30 credits
    • Audiological Practice 40 credits
    • Preparation for Practice 10 credits

    For more information on typical modules, read Healthcare Science (Audiology) BSc in the course catalogue

    Broadening your academic horizons

    At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. On this course you broaden your learning through core and/or optional modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.

    Learning and teaching

    Methods of training are highly participative, with a combination of tutor-led input and support, learning through group work and discussion, and individual exercises and practice.

    Facilities

    The audiology labs in the School of Healthcare provide a state-of-the-art environment for audiological teaching and research. They comprise 3 teaching labs, all of which are equipped with cutting-edge technology used in the diagnosis and rehabilitation of hearing and balance conditions. Our sound-proofed research labs house a wide range of equipment that allows the investigation of a number of research questions. These include a set-up for testing people’s ability to simultaneously perform sound-localisation and postural control tasks and equipment for making physiological, psychophysical and electroacoustic measurements.

    Assessment

    We use a range of assessment methods to assess your clinical and professional skills, including presentations, group assessments, unseen examinations, OSCEs (Objective Structured Clinical Examinations), along with essays, a final oral examination and the grading of clinical practice.

    You’ll need to demonstrate the knowledge and application of standard concepts, information and techniques relevant to the discipline, as well as your emerging abilities, skills and competencies. You need to be able to draw on a wide variety of material and be able to evaluate and criticise received opinion.

  • Entry requirements, fees and applying

    Entry requirements

    A-level: ABB including a science subject (biology, human biology, chemistry, physics, maths and psychology)

    We consider all A-level subjects for the remaining grades, except general studies or critical thinking.

    GCSE: 5 A*-C (new grading 4-9), including maths, English language and a science all at grade B (new grading 6)

    • Access to HE Diploma

      45 credits at level 3, which must be at distinction and include 15 credits from science subjects + GCSEs, as above.

      We strongly advise you to contact the School to discuss the suitability of your chosen Access course. 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.

    • BTEC

      BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF): distinction/distinction/distinction and must contain at least one-third science content at distinction.

      Health and Social Care qualifications have insufficient science content and will only be considered with an additional science A level – biology, human biology, chemistry, maths, physics or psychology.

      All BTEC modules must be listed on your UCAS form or else your application will be rejected.

    • Cambridge Pre-U

      Three Merits (M1) in 3 Principal Subjects, one of which must be a science

    • International Baccalaureate

      34 points overall, including 3 higher level subjects at minimum of grade 5, one of which must be a science subject

    • Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

      (Leaving Certificate): AABBBB, including English, maths and 2 science subjects

    • Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

      ABB, including 1 science. We consider all subjects for the remaining grades

    • Other Qualifications

      Interdisciplinary Science Foundation Programme (CFGO): Successful completion of the year with an overall score of at least 65%

      Interdisciplinary Foundation Programme (PHE): Successful completion of the year with an overall score of at least 65%


    Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the School’s Undergraduate Admissions Team.

    You will need to show evidence of study in the last 5 years.

    Alternative entry

    We’re committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.

    Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.

    Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.

    International Foundation Year Programme

    International students who do not meet the academic requirements for undergraduate study may be able to study the University of Leeds International Foundation Year. This gives you the opportunity to study on campus, be taught by University of Leeds academics and progress onto a wide range of Leeds undergraduate courses. Find out more about International Foundation Year programmes.

    English language requirements

    IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

    How to apply

    Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

    The School of Medicine does not normally participate in the UCAS Extra scheme for entry onto the Healthcare Sciences (Audiology) BSc degree course. You must tell us in your UCAS application if you want to defer entry and if you have any prior criminal convictions.

    Selection

    We shortlist applicants against agreed criteria, using the information you submit on your UCAS form only. You must meet the academic entry requirement for the programme, at application or within the academic cycle. Your academic background and personal statement help us to assess your interest in the academic subject and are an important part of the process. The reference you provide on the UCAS form must also support your application.

    Interviews

    Shortlisted applicants are normally invited for multiple mini interviews at the School of Medicine. This allows us to further assess your aptitude for, and interest in, the course. It’s also an opportunity for you to visit the audiology facilities, find out more about the course and meet staff, students, patients and carers.

    If shortlisted, you'll receive a written invitation from the School to attend a selection event on a specific time and date. If this date is unsuitable, contact the School and where possible we'll offer an alternative date. If you don't notify us and don't attend a selection event, your application will be rejected.

    Admissions policy

    School of Medicine (BSc Radiography and BSc Healthcare Sciences) Undergraduate Admissions Policy

    Fees

    UK/EU: See fees section below

    For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250. 

    The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2019 will be confirmed in September 2018.

    The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% in 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.

    The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students in 2018-19 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.

    Read more about paying fees and charges.

    Additional cost information

    Travel costs you incur in attending your clinical placements are currently reimbursed. Accommodation costs are also covered, where travel to and from placement on a daily basis is not possible. Provision of this financial support is assessed on an individual basis, depending on placement location and circumstances.

    There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs

    Financial support

    If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.

  • Career opportunities

    Career opportunities in audiology are excellent both within the UK and around the world. Approximately one person in ten is affected by a hearing impairment, so demand for hearing assessment and rehabilitation services is very high and is expected to increase as the population ages.

    In the UK the NHS employs the majority of audiologists, in a range of settings and a variety of roles. Settings include hospital Ear, Nose and Throat departments, self-contained audiology centres and educational establishments. A number of audiologists also work as independent practitioners in private practice.

    Audiologists select the assessment methods and rehabilitation techniques most appropriate to patients and their needs, within the setting and available resources.

    In addition to assessment and treatment, audiologist roles can also include consultant, counsellor, advisor, educator, facilitator, researcher and therapist.

    Careers support

    We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

    Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.

    The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

  • Study abroad and work placements

    Clinical placements

    We have excellent and well-established work placements, where you'll gain clinical training in established NHS audiology departments, primarily within the Yorkshire and Humber region.