Healthcare science and clinical practice features strongly in the BSc and MSci Healthcare science (Audiology) courses at Southampton.
With more than 10 million people in the UK suffering from hearing loss, tinnitus or dizziness, Audiology has never been so important. Learn to assess, help diagnose, and rehabilitate a variety of hearing and balance conditions in children and adults. Over the last five years almost all our Audiology graduates have got offers of jobs or further study. A degree in Audiology gives you the power to add quality to life, and help hearing-impaired people from babies to pensioners discover a new world of sound.
The BSc and MSci courses will provide you with the pre-registered training required to be an Audiologist. In your first two years, you will study fundamental and clinical science subjects, such as Applied Anatomy, Physiology and Pathophysiology. You will also become familiar with hearing technology, hearing and balance assessment, rehabilitation and research methods. You will take weekly practical sessions, putting the theory into practice. During Year 1, you will take two or three fortnightly taster clinical placements, organised by us.
Clinical practice is a key part of Years 2 and 3. You will undertake 40 weeks of clinical training during the summer of Year 2 and spring of Year 3 to prepare you for the workplace and for registration. You will undertake an individual research project in your third year.
If you wish to advance to the MSci, you will have the option to select specialist modules that fit your interests, from Cochlear Implants to Paediatric Audiology, and to select modules outside of audiology (e.g. to form a healthcare law, business or education theme).
The course is open to UK, EU and international students.
All applications should be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). You can find more information here.
B610: BSc Healthcare Science (Audiology)
B611: MSci Healthcare Science (Audiology)
You can apply for the MSci through UCAS at the outset or you can transfer from the BSc to the MSci at the end of Year 3 (visa regulations permitting). Note that the first three years of the BSc and MSci are identical. You do not need to make the final decision to transfer from the BSc to the MSci and continue to Year 4 until after you get your exam results at the end of Year 3. Once you have entered Year 4 of the MSci, you can still exit the programme with a BSc based on your previous marks if you change your mind. See the MSci FAQ download from the left side of this page
To work as an Audiologist in National Health Service providers graduates usually need to register with either the Registration Council of Clinical Physiologists or the Academy of Healthcare Science. Our BSc and MSci Healthcare Science (Audiology) courses have been accredited by the Registration Council of Clinical Physiologists so graduates can register with them [as a ‘Clinical Physiologist (Audiology)']. The BSc is also accredited by the National School of Healthcare Science as a Practitioner Training Programme so UK graduates can register with the Academy of Healthcare Science [as a ‘Healthcare Science Practitioner (Audiology)’]; the Academy also accepts the MSci as an alternative to the BSc for the same level of registration.
In order to sell hearing aids privately it is a legal requirement for graduates to register with the Health and Care Professions Council as Hearing Aid Dispensers. Both BSc and MSci Healthcare Science (Audiology) courses are accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council for this.
We are the first to offer an integrated masters programme and in the top 5 in UK for Aural & Oral Sciences according to the 2016 Complete University Guide
We are the only UK university with in-house audiology and cochlear implant centres
95% of students agreed that staff are good at explaining things (BSc Healthcare Science (Audiology), NSS 2015)
AAB, at least one of the three A Level subjects must be a Science related subject, i.e. Mathematics, Psychology, Physics, Chemistry or Biology. Applied Science, General Studies and Critical Thinking A levels are not accepted.
Irish Leaving Certificate
AABBB from at least five Honours-level courses, including two relevant science subjects.
At least 34 points overall, with 17 points from relevant higher level subjects including at least one Science subject.
We may consider applications from mature candidates with recent study from alternative qualifications (studied within the last 2 years), or a portfolio of appropriate healthcare work experience underpinned by an academic achievements equivalent to the basic requirements. All mature applicants must also have GCSE English Language and Mathematics at Grade C or above.
Applications will be assessed on individual merit; please contact our Admissions team who would be happy to provide advice in advance of your UCAS application.
For international students who do not have qualifications that meet the level of our entry requirements it may be possible to apply for the Science Foundation Year which on successful completion will allow direct access to the Audiology course.
Criminal record and occupational health checks
All applicants are required to complete mandatory criminal record and health checks before the start of the course. Consequently, all offers are conditional on a satisfactory outcome of both criminal record and occupational health checks.
The University of Southampton is committed to widening participation and ensuring that all students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data supports our admissions teams to recognise a student’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Students who are recognised in this way will be made an offer which is lower than the typical offer for that programme.
A typical contextual offer is ABB from three A levels or the equivalent from alternative qualifications.
Approximately one-third of your time in years 1 and 2 will consist of clinical practicum in our in-house skills laboratory and audiology clinic. Here, you learn clinical skills – and practice them on each other! Short external visits are also arranged in local NHS audiology clinics. The bulk of your clinical experience comes from the clinical placement in years 2 (summer) and 3 (semester 2).
Year 1 provides a general introduction to healthcare science and broad grounding in neurosensory science covering audiology, neurophysiology and ophthalmology/vision science. You will start learning practical skills (e.g. communication with patients, looking in ears, brain measurements and eye tests) at the beginning and throughout the year, alongside your theoretical studies. You will also go on clinical taster placements in audiology plus neurophysiology and/or ophthalmology, introducing you to the world of health services and what it means to be a healthcare professional.
In Year 2, you will specialise in audiology, learning how to carry out the diagnostic and rehabilitation technologies and techniques that can transform the quality of life of people with hearing impairment and tinnitus. You will also be introduced to broader aspects of audiology (including balance function) and thoroughly prepared for your main placements.
During the summer of Year 2 you will be on the first part of your main clinical placement in a clinical audiology service.
Year 4 is applicable to students taking the MSci Healthcare Science (Audiology) course. The final year is split into two components: 1. General healthcare modules and 2. Discipline specific modules. Students can choose at least three of the optional discipline specific modules listed below plus up to three modules from other disciplines.
Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical
student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided.
More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).
Career prospects for ISVR graduates are excellent, and demand is high. Most Audiology graduates have pursued careers in NHS audiology services around the UK. Note that geographical flexibility is important because most towns have one audiology service. Graduates have also progressed to further study, such as our MSc in Audiology, PhDs at the ISVR and at universities (including Oxford and Cambridge), post-graduate training in other healthcare fields (including medical physics) and fast-track degrees in medicine.
Since 1972, ISVR graduates have gone on to make some of the most important and innovative contributions to audiology and healthcare, both nationally and internationally.
Learning & Assessment
We aim to develop your clinical, independent learning, critical thinking, reflective practice, evidence-based practice and problem solving skills; these form the basis for exceptional professional practice and employability. To achieve this, we use a variety of teaching, learning and assessment methods.
One of the highlights of the courses for students is the 40 weeks of clinical placement during the summer of Year 2 and the second semester of Year 3; placements are guaranteed, organised and overseen by us.
The research project in Year 3 provides an exciting opportunity for in-depth study on a chosen topic. MSci students undertake a more extensive and ambitious research project in Year 4, making a valuable contribution to audiology science.
Teaching and learning
Our students form knowledge and understanding, and develop their practical skills, through a combination lectures, tutorials, seminars, case presentations, individual and group projects, supervised clinical practical sessions and directed study. Computer assisted learning using simulations is also employed. The key goal of the courses is to link theory and evidence with practice.
A typical week in Year 1 is likely to comprise twelve 1-hour lecture slots and two half-day practical sessions. Two or three weeks of the year are devoted to taster placements within local NHS services. In addition to the scheduled sessions, you can expect to spend as much time engaging in independent learning. In summary, you can expect about 40 hours per week of learning for 30 weeks of the year; this increases in Years 2 and 3 due to the placements that run across the summer break of Year 2 and the Easter break of Year 3.
Our Audiology research is relevant to your undergraduate degree course because you will be taught by people who are experts in their area of research. This is especially important for science subjects, where knowledge is advancing rapidly and for your third and fourth years where you’ll have the opportunity to do individual research projects.
Assessment and examinations
Theoretical and practical skills will be assessed using a combination of coursework and examinations, including written and practical examinations, assignments, objective structured clinical examinations, peer review of presentation skills, presentations individual tutorial feedback, quizzes, topic tests and computerised self-assessment.
All components of assessment are also core: AUDI1009, AUDI2006 & AUDI3007
Every student is assigned a personal tutor when they start the course, in addition to a course tutor. Your personal tutor will meet you when you enrol, and you will see him/her three or four times a term in the first year, for academic as well as pastoral support.
Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.
There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:
Approved calculators: Candidates may use calculators in the examination room only as specified by the University and as permitted by the rubric of individual examination papers. The University approved models are Casio FX-570 and Casio FX-85GT Plus. These may be purchased from any source and no longer need to carry the University logo.
You will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc. Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
Where a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source.
Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
Design equipment and materials: Standard construction/modelling materials will be provided where appropriate, unless otherwise specified in a module profile. For customisation of designs/models calling for material other than standard construction/ modelling materials, students will bear the costs of such alternatives.
You will need to wear suitable clothing when attending field courses, e.g. waterproofs, walking boots. You can purchase these from any source.
Printing and copying
In some cases, coursework and/or projects may be submitted electronically. Where it is not possible to submit electronically students will be liable for printing costs, which are detailed in the individual module profile.
Immunisation/vaccination costs: Students may be required to undertake additional vaccinations in order to commence clinical placements. Due to the nature of the timescales students may need to pay for some vaccinations through their GP prior to enrolment on their programme. Post enrolment the University will pay for any additional vaccinations required by the student, through the Occupational Health Service.
Students are encouraged to attend the British Academy of Audiology conference in November. It is optional. Costs may include registration, travel and accommodation. Costs for the BAA conference are £80 registration before 1st October and £135 after 1st October).
Professional memberships: Current costs are £5 for membership of the BSA and £26 for membership of the BAA.
Optional visits: Some modules may include additional optional visits. You will normally be expected to cover the cost of travel and admission, unless otherwise specified in the module profile.
In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.