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.
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. You are based entirely at the university for Year 2, which runs across the standard university semesters. In Year 2 you will cover modules to deepen and extend your knowledge of the detection and management of hearing loss and tinnitus, with an introduction to balance and other relevant disorders. You will also learning about research methods and statistics.
Year 3 starts earlier than the usual university timing for Semester 1 in order to accommodate the 40 weeks of clinical training. In the summer between years 2 and 3 (July-September) you will complete an individual research project. From September to January you will complete two clinical modules alongside starting your clinical placement. Your 40 weeks of clinical training will then run from October to the beginning of September of Year 3.
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 2nd in UK for Aural & Oral Sciences according to the 2017 Complete University Guide
We are the only UK university with in-house audiology and cochlear implant centres
95% of BSc Healthcare Science (Audiology) students were satisfied with the teaching on their course (NSS, 2016)
Find out more about Eleanor's experiences at the University of Southampton.
Typical entry requirements
Average applications per place:
English Language and Mathematics at Grade C/4 or above, plus NQF Level 3 qualifications such as GCE A levels.
AAB-ABB (minimum of Grade B in one Science A Level, e.g. Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Psychology, and a Pass in the associated Practical). The lower offer can be made based on your performance in a selection task undertaken at a UCAS visit day.
ABB (minimum of Grade B in one Science A Level, see above, and a Pass in the associated Practical) with grade A in the Extended Project Qualification.
34-32 points overall, with 17 at Higher level including 6 in a Higher Level Science subject(e.g. Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology or Mathematics). The lower offer can be made based on your performance in a selection task undertaken at a UCAS visit day.
Scottish Advanced Highers / Highers
AAB-ABB (including one Science subject) in Scottish Advanced Highers. The lower offer can be made based on your performance in a selection task undertaken at a UCAS visit day.
AB (including one Science subject) in Scottish Advanced Highers and AB-BB (in non-compulsory subjects) in Scottish Highers.
Welsh Baccalaureate (2015) + A Levels
Grade A in Skills Challenge Certificate and AB-BB in two GCE A Levels (minimum of Grade B in one Science A Level, e.g. Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Psychology, and a pass in the associated Practical).
The lower offer can be made based on your performance in a selection task undertaken at a UCAS visit day.
D3D3M1 to D3M1M1 including one science subject (e.g. Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Psychology). The lower offer can be made based on your performance in a selection task undertaken at a UCAS visit day.
75-70% overall, including a minimum of 75% in one science subject. The lower offer can be made based on your performance in a selection task undertaken at a UCAS visit day.
Irish Leaving Certificate
AAABB to AABBB including two science subjects. The lower offer can be made based on your performance in a selection task undertaken at a UCAS visit day.
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.
BTEC HND and Access to HE Diploma
Are not accepted.
Applicants for the BSc/ MSci Healthcare Science (Audiology) programmes are required to attend a visit day at the University for a Selection Task.
The task is a group activity in which the applicants will discuss a professional or healthcare issue that is presented on the day. Applicants will be shown the assessment criteria beforehand. Applicants are scored by at least two members of the Admissions Team and may be rejected at this stage if they do not achieve at least ‘satisfactory’ in all dimensions.
Applicants will be assessed on their professionalism, understanding of putting patients and families first, personal values and team working skills. Applicants must prove during the selection task they have the interpersonal and communication skills required to enter a healthcare profession. A basic understanding of the important attributes and general requirements of a healthcare professional must also be demonstrated during the selection task.
Criminal Record and Occupational Health checks
All applicants are required to complete mandatory criminal record and health checks before the start of the course, organised by the University.
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 GCE A levels (minimum of Grade B in one Science A Level, e.g. Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Psychology, and a Pass in the associated Practical), or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University. Please visit our contextual admissions pages for more information.
English Language requirements
If your first language is not English, we need to ensure that your listening, written and spoken English skills would enable you to enjoy the full benefit of your studies. For entry onto our programmes, you will need an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test score of 6.5 overall (including 6.5 in speaking and writing and 5.5 in reading and listening components) or an equivalent English Language qualification.
Year 1 runs across standard university semesters with the exception of one of the taster placements, which takes place during two of the four weeks of the Easter vacation. The year provides a broad-based grounding in the biology, physics and psychology underpinning healthcare science as well as an introduction to the principles and practices of audiology, neurophysiology and ophthalmic/vision science. A distinctive feature of our programme is that practicals and lectures run in parallel throughout the year, meaning that you start to develop your practical skills from the beginning. You will also study alongside other healthcare students in Semester 1.
You are based entirely at the university for Year 2, which runs across standard university semesters. The year focuses on audiology and has two strands. The first strand is audiological science and clinical practicum, with modules that deepen and extend you knowledge of the detection and management of hearing loss and tinnitus, with an introduction to balance and other co-morbid disorders. One of the goals of this strand is to prepare you for your main placement in Year 3. The second strand is research methods and statistics. In Semester 1 and the first half of Semester 2, you will study alongside other healthcare students to learn the general principles and methods of quantitative and qualitative research in healthcare. During Semester 2, you will start to apply those principles and methods in teams by conceiving, designing and carrying out a small-scale introductory audiology research project.
Year 3 starts earlier than the usual university timing for Semester 1 in order to accommodate the 40-week placement. Year 3 has been designed so you are not required to arrange or pay for travel or accommodation to attend university whilst on placement, for example to avoid overlapping rental agreements, and so as to avoid any large breaks in your placement allowing you to continually develop your clinical skills during placement.
Between July and September you will complete an Individual Research Project which requires up to 8 weeks of full-time (37.5 hours per week) study between July and September. The Individual Project gives you the opportunity for an in-depth investigation of the literature in an area of audiology, to develop a research proposal and to apply some of the analytical principles you learnt in Year 2. You will select your project from an extensive list of ideas provided by academics or identify your own idea and an academic able and willing to supervise you.
Between September and January you will complete two clinical modules that are completed alongside, and synergise with, the first section of your clinical placement. They are Professional Practice (including employability, management and leadership) and Introduction to Paediatric Audiology. You will attend scheduled sessions for these during visits back to the university and you will be reimbursed for your travel costs and we will arrange and pay for your accommodation for these visits.
From October of Year 3 through to the beginning of September you will complete your clinical placement, totalling 40 weeks on placement during Year 3.
N.B. Dates of receiving your final Year 3 marks
All assessment related to your degree classification is completed by the Examination Board in June of Year 3. The only aspects of assessment that occur later are the pass/fail elements of the placement. This means that you will be notified of your Year 3 marks and thus your provisional degree classification (pending end-point assessment) in June. You can provide this provisional information to potential employers, education providers etc rather than having to wait until September.
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).
Fees & funding
Course fees for 2017/18 full-time UK and EU undergraduate students are typically £9,250 per year.
Tuition fees for international students differ between each course. Most part-time courses cost 50% of the full-time fee.
Scholarships, bursaries or grants may be available to support you through your course.
Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin.
These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.
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.
All applicants must complete mandatory criminal record and health checks before the start of the course, which may incur a non-refundable fee (e.g. DBS criminal record check or Overseas equivalent, vaccinations undertaken before the start of the course).
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 fortnights 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 early start of Year 3 and the clinical placement hours.
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.