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Audiology BSc

This programme is designed to equip graduates with the knowledge and skills to undertake a career in clinical audiology, research, or in the commercial and charitable sectors. It provides the theoretical knowledge and practical experience for graduates to work in a clinical audiology role in the UK.

Key Information

Programme starts

September 2022
UCAS code
B610
Duration
Full-time: 3 years
Accreditation
Pending accreditation (see below for further details).
Application deadline
26 January 2022
Location
London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

A Levels

Grades
AAB
Subjects
Biology, plus one Science: Mathematics, Physics or Psychology preferred.
GCSEs
English Language and Mathematics at grade B or 6.

Contextual offer

Grades
BBB (more about contextual offers)
Subjects
Biology, plus one Science: Mathematics, Physics or Psychology preferred.
GCSEs
English Language and Mathematics at grade B or 6.

IB Diploma

Points
36
Subjects
A total score of 17 points in three higher level subjects with no score below 5 to include Biology and one science: Mathematics, Physics or Psychology preferred. For Mathematics, the programme will accept either 'Analysis and Approaches' or 'Applications and Interpretation' at higher level.

Contextual offer

Points
32 (more about contextual offers)
Subjects
A total score of 15 points in three higher level subjects with no score below 5 to include Biology and one science: Mathematics, Physics or Psychology preferred. For Mathematics, the programme will accept either 'Analysis and Approaches' or 'Applications and Interpretation' at higher level.

UK applicants qualifications

For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:

Equivalent qualification

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF) or BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (RQF - teaching from 2016) with Distinction, Distinction, Distinction.

Pass in Access to HE Diploma with a minimum of 30 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit, all from Level 3 units.

D3,D3,M1 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects

A,A,B at Advanced Highers (or A,A at Advanced Higher and B,B,B at Higher)

Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A-Levels at grades AAB.

International applications

In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.

Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates

UCL Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are intensive one-year foundation courses for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.

Typical UPC students will be high achievers in a 12-year school system which does not meet the standard required for direct entry to UCL.

For more information see: ucl.ac.uk/upc.

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency. Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.

The English language level for this programme is: Advanced

A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

Degree benefits

  • You will receive high quality teaching from expert researchers and clinicians at the UCL Ear Institute, a renowned centre for audiovestibular education and world-leading research. You will also engage with professionals from the wider audiology community. 

  • The programme will develop your clinical skills and allow you to gain experience delivering audiology services in a real clinical setting on the integrated placements in NHS teaching hospitals and private sector clinics.

  • You will meet members of the public with audiological disorders who will share their experiences and work with you to enhance your understanding of ear related conditions.

  • Our small class sizes (fewer than 30 students) provide a sense of community and allow informal and interactive teaching where you can easily ask questions. 

Accreditation

This is a new degree programme. We are applying for accreditation/approval from the National School of Healthcare Science, The Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists and the Health and Care Professions Council. Accreditation from these organisations will allow graduates from the programme to register to work as an audiologist (Healthcare Scientist or Clinical Physiologist) in the NHS or in the private sector as a Hearing Aid Dispenser.

Degree structure

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 15 or 30 credits, adding up to a total of 120 credits for the year. Modules are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional modules varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 30-credit module is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

The first year will provide you with a full grounding in the science that underpins healthcare and audiology. You will learn about hearing loss in adults and how it can be managed or treated. You will carry out routine hearing tests and learn basic clinical procedures.

In year two you will study diagnosis and management of hearing loss in adults in further detail, learn about hearing loss in children, tinnitus and balance disorders. You will study research methods and choose a research project topic for your final year. You will develop your clinical and communication skills and complete a compulsory clinical placement of 200 hours. 

In the final year you will complete your research project and choose from a range of audiology topics to develop your knowledge of areas that interest you. You will also learn about professional practice and undertake a compulsory clinical placement of 700 hours.

Modules

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.

Compulsory module(s)

  • Science in Healthcare
  • Science in Audiology
  • Introduction to Healthcare and Professional Practice
  • Communication Skills
  • Audiology 1
  • Case Based Learning 1
  • Clinical Practice 1
  • Study Skills and Personal Development 1

Compulsory module(s)

  • Research Methods and Analysis
  • Audiology 2
  • Audiology 3
  • Audiology 4
  • Case Based Learning 2
  • Clinical Practice 2
  • Study Skills and Personal Development 2

Compulsory module(s)

  • Research Project
  • Clinical Practice 3
  • Audiology 5

Optional modules

  • Audiology 6
  • Deafness, Cognition and Language
  • Study Skills and Personal Development 3

Your learning

We use our virtual learning environment to provide a range of learning resources, such as video lectures, structured learning activities (e.g. quizzes, online discussion boards, webinars) and directed reading. This is supported with online and live lectures, seminars, group work and practical sessions. We also use clinical case studies to help you learn how to make clinical decisions. 

You will undertake compulsory clinical placements in the NHS and/or private sector during Year 2 and Year 3. We are unable to guarantee a clinical placement in specific locations and you should be prepared to travel throughout the UK. It may be necessary to move to your placement daily travel is not possible.

A module will typically involve 1-2 hours of contact time with tutors and 10-12 hours of self-directed study, group work or laboratory work per week but this varies considerably between modules depending on their size and the learning content. Theoretical modules will include more self-directed study whereas practical modules, (such as clinical practice and case based learning modules) will involve more group work and laboratory sessions. Contact time may be in the form of live online lectures or tutorials, or face to face sessions. 

Assessment

You will write essays and case study reports, record videos and give presentations. Assessments also include clinical and experimental workbooks, a research project, practical assessments where you show you can complete a clinical procedure, and written exams. Clinical competency assessments will be completed during the final year placement. 

Detailed module descriptions are available on the department website: Audiology BSc.

Accessibility

Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing team.

Careers

This degree will equip you with the scientific and clinical skills needed to diagnose and manage ear disorders in a clinical setting, or to undertake audiology research. It will also provide a range of analytical, communication and interpersonal skills which can be adapted to a variety of other roles.

Graduates often work clinically as an Audiologist in the NHS or as a Hearing Aid Dispenser in the private sector. Others choose careers in service support and training within the audiology equipment and service industries, and there are also a variety of career opportunities in the charitable sector. 

Some graduates pursue further studies, such as a Master’s degree or a doctorate. This allows them to either specialise further in a clinical area of interest, to follow a career in scientific research or audiology education.  

UCL is committed to helping you get the best start after graduation. Read more about how UCL Careers and UCL Innovation and Enterprise can help you find employment or learn about entrepreneurship.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2021/22 academic year. The UK fees shown are for the first year of the programme at UCL only. Fees for future years may be subject to an inflationary increase. The Overseas fees shown are the fees that will be charged to 2021/22 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below. Fees for the 2022/23 academic year will be advertised as soon as they are available.

UK students
TBC (2022/23)
Overseas students
TBC (2022/23)

Full details of UCL's tuition fees, tuition fee policy and potential increases to fees can be found on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.

Additional costs

The cost of an online enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check (or equivalent) required for patient contact. (£23 at time of writing).

Some personal audiological equipment: a diagnostic otoscope and hearing aid repair kit. (Approximately £120 at time of writing).

The cost of travel to clinical placements (or accommodation costs if daily travel is not possible) within the UK. Expected total placement travel cost is approximately £1800, based on a monthly London travelcard cost for the expected duration of the placements. Student discounts may reduce this and a placement hardship fund is available for students with financial difficulties.

A guide including rough estimates for these and other living expenses is included on the UCL Fees and funding pages. If you are concerned by potential additional costs for books, equipment, etc., please get in touch with the relevant departmental contact (details given on this page).

Funding

Various funding options are available, including student loans, scholarships and bursaries. UK students whose household income falls below a certain level may also be eligible for a non-repayable bursary or for certain scholarships. Please see the Fees and funding pages for more details.

Departmental scholarships

Funding opportunities relevant to the department may appear in this section when they are available. Please check carefully or confirm with the programme contact to ensure they apply to this degree programme.

The Scholarships and Funding website lists scholarships and funding schemes available to UCL students. These may be open to all students, or restricted to specific nationalities, regions or academic department.

Application and next steps

Your application

We seek candidates from a wide variety of backgrounds. Academic qualifications are important but you should be able to evidence an interest in science and the steps you have taken to gain insight into a career in audiology. You should also show you enjoy engaging with people of all ages and have excellent communications skills. 

How to apply

Application for admission should be made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Applicants currently at school or college will be provided with advice on the process; however, applicants who have left school or who are based outside the United Kingdom may obtain information directly from UCAS.

Application deadline: 26 January 2022



Selection

Applicants are encouraged to attend the applicant open days where they can see the facilities on site at the Ear Institute and ask questions. Offer-holders will be able to take part in live and recorded online events to learn more about the programme. 

For further information on UCL's selection process see: Selection of students.


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