Skip to main navigationSkip to main content
The University of Southampton
EngineeringUndergraduate study

B610 BSc Audiology (3 years)

Our BSc Audiology undergraduate degree will teach you how to become an audiologist and is designed to develop the future global leaders of audiology. At Southampton our audiology undergraduate degree is carefully structured to give you comprehensive clinical training in supporting patients while developing  academic, professional and employability skills and preparing you to become an audiologist.

Introducing your degree

Our BSc Audiology at Southampton will prepare you for a career as a professional audiologist. Hearing loss, tinnitus and balance problems are major public health issues and have a profound impact on individuals’ quality of life. Our BSc Audiology degree will give you the neccesary clinical training to support patients with these conditions.  Over the three years you will develop essential academic, professional and employability skills and be prepared for your career as an audiology healthcare professional.

Photo of Claudia Atteih
We have a “skills lab” which is a good place for the Audiology students to meet up, study together and practise the different procedures our course requires us to learn.

On this three-year course you’ll gain a comprehensive knowledge of audiology and the clinical and professional skills needed to become an audiology healthcare professional.

Throughout the course you’ll attend practical sessions in our dedicated skills laboratory, consolidating your skills during a single 27-week placement at the end of year two and beginning of year three.

You’ll be able to choose optional modules in year two and explore an aspect of clinical practice that interests you for your individual project in year three.

View the programme specification for this course for 2019/20 entrants

Accreditation

Accredited by the British Society of Hearing Aid Audiologists (2019 entry, pending for 2020 entry).

Pending accreditation by the:

  • National School of Healthcare Science
  • Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists
  • Health and Care Professions Council

Offer holders for 2019 entry will be updated with the accreditation outcome in advance of 1st May, the UCAS deadline for applicants to reply to offers received by 31st March. We will update this page when we have received confirmation of the outcome.

Programme Structure

Year 1

Year one immerses you in the biological, psychological, social and technical elements of audiology, alongside clinical and professional skills. On successful completion of year one you will be able to register as a Hearing Care Assistant, allowing you to apply for paid audiology assistant jobs. You could choose to complete your training at this stage, or continue towards the full BSc or MSci qualification.

Year  2

You will develop your scientific, clinical and professional skills further, including clinical decision making and patient-centred communication skills. You can also broaden your knowledge by selecting two optional modules in relevant topics from across the University.

Year 3

You will study specialist areas of audiology and finalise your clinical training. Your individual project will have a clinical focus, such as involving undertaking a clinical audit. You will plan the project and collect information while you are on placement, during this time you will be supported remotely by your University-based project supervisor.

Key Facts

  • Develop your clinical skills in our unique facilities – we are the only UK university with in-house audiology and auditory implant clinics. 
  • Opportunity to earn while you learn – On completion of year one you can apply to register as a Hearing Care Assistant* enabling you to seek paid assistant audiology roles during the remainder of your degree. 
  • Switch to part-time for the third year allowing you to spread out your placement over a longer period of time while earning alongside it. 
  • Train as an Audiology Healthcare professional, becoming eligible to register as an Audiologist and Hearing Aid Dispenser.* 
  • Learn from practising clinicians in the NHS and independent sector and researchers at the cutting edge of audiology.
  • Benefit from our 45 years of experience in delivering audiology education in a research environment.

*accreditation pending

Audiology Placements

Find out more about the experiences of one of our students on placement.

Find out about placements

Typical entry requirements

2020 entry requirements

View 2019 entry requirements

QualificationGrade
GCSE Applicants must hold GCSE English language (or GCSE English) (minimum grade 4/C) and mathematics (minimum grade 4/C)
GCE A-Level ABB including a science-related subject (minimum grade B)
GCE A-Level with Extended Project Qualificiation (EPQ) If you are taking an EPQ in addition to 3 A levels, you will receive the following offer in addition to the standard A-level offer:
BBB, including a science-related subject (minimum grade B) and grade A in the EPQ
GCE A-Level with Contextual offer

We are committed to 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 allows us to recognise a student’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience.

Students who are highlighted in this way will be made an offer which is lower than the typical offer for that programme, as follows:

BBB including a science-related subject

A- level additional information

Offers typically exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking. Accepted science subjects include biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics and psychology. Pass in the associated science Practical is required where applicable.

Welsh Baccalaureate offer

ABB from 3 A levels including a science-related subject (minimum grade B)
or
AB from two A levels including a science-related subject (minimum grade B), and B from the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate

Offers typically exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking. Accepted science subjects include biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics and psychology. Pass in the associated science Practical is required where applicable.

International Baccalaureate Diploma
offer

Pass, with 32 points overall with 16 points required at Higher Level including
a minimum of 5 at Higher Level in a science-related subject

Science-related subjects include biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics and psychology.

Applications where Higher Level subjects have been studied without the full Diploma, will also be considered on a case by case basis.

International Baccalaureate Career Programme (IBCP)
offer

Offers will be made on the individual Diploma Course subject(s) and the career-related study qualification. The CP core will not form part of the offer. Where there is a subject pre-requisite(s), applicants will be required to study the subject(s) at Higher Level in the Diploma course subject and/or take a specified unit in the career-related study qualification. Applicants may also be asked to achieve a specific grade in those elements.

Please see the University of Southampton International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme (IBCP) Statement for further information. Applicants are advised to contact their Faculty Admissions Office for more information.

Irish Leaving Certificate offer (first awarded 2017)

H1 H2 H2 H2 H3 H3 including a science-related subject

Science-related subjects include biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics and psychology.
Applications where Higher Level subjects have been studied without the full Diploma, will also be considered on a case by case basis.

Irish Leaving Certificate offer (first awarded 2016)

A1 A2 A2 A2 B1 B1 including a science-related subject

Science-related subjects include biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics and psychology.
Applications where Higher Level subjects have been studied without the full Diploma, will also be considered on a case by case basis.

Scottish Qualification offers

Offers will be based on exams being taken at the end of S6. Subjects taken and qualifications achieved in S5 will be reviewed. Careful consideration will be given to an individual’s academic achievement, taking in to account the context and circumstances of their pre-university education. Please see the University of Southampton’s Curriculum for Excellence Scotland Statement for further information. Applicants are advised to contact their Faculty Admissions Office for more information.

Cambridge Pre-U offer

D3 M2 M2 in three Principal subjects including one science subject

Accepted science subjects include biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics and psychology. Cambridge Pre-U's can be used in combination with other qualifications such as A levels to achieve the equivalent of the typical offer, where D2 can be used in lieu of A-level grade A* or grade D3 can be used in lieu of A-level grade A.

Level 3 BTEC (QCF) offer (unreformed)

DDM in the BTEC Extended Diploma

D in the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma plus B in a science related A-level and B in second A-level subject

DD in the BTEC Diploma plus B in a science-related A-level

Level 3 BTEC (RQF) offer (reformed)

DDM in the BTEC National Extended Diploma

D in the BTEC National Extended Certificate plus B in a science related A-level and B in second A-level subject

DD in the BTEC National Diploma plus B in a science-related A-level

We accept the following subjects for the BTEC Extended Diploma: Health and Social Care or Applied Science. Accepted A-level science subjects include biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics and psychology. A pass in the science Practical is required where applicable.

European Baccalaureate offer 77% overall, including grade 8/10 in one
science subject
International qualifications

Find a list of accepted international qualifications listed by country

This is a list of the international qualifications that are recognised by the University of Southampton. If you are not sure that your qualifications meet the requirements of this course please contact our Admissions Teams.

Non-academic entry requirements All offers are made on the condition that applicasnts pass an Occupational Health check and Disclosure and Barring Service (criminal record) check.
English language requirements

Band B IELTS 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in all components

All applicants must demonstrate they possess at least a minimum standard of English language proficiency. Applicants requiring a visa to study in the UK who do not offer GCSE English language (or GCSE English) at the required level will need to meet the following English language proficiency requirement. Find out more about the University’s English Language requirements.

For 2019 entry

QualificationGrade
GCSE

5 GCSEs at grades A*-C or 4-9 including Maths and English Language (or IELTS 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in all components - please see below for further information)

GCE A-level ABB including a minimum grade B in a science-related subject (mathematics and psychology are accepted). Pass in the associated science practical assessment where applicable.
International Baccalaureate requirements

32 points, 16 at higher level including a minimum of 5 in a higher level science.

BTEC in either Health and Social Care or Applied Science

DDM in BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

Other

Other qualifications may also be considered.

Please contact audiology@southampton.ac.uk or 023 8059 4651 to find out more.

Mature applicants should contact the above email before applying. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

For information about English Language Tests (IELTS) for those requiring visas, please see here.

Selection process:

To enrol on this course, you must:

  • Meet our entry criteria
  • Have undertaken some recent formal academic study

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Application process

  1. You must submit your application through UCAS.
  2. All applications are reviewed by our admissions team who will check that you already meet - or are on target to meet - our academic entry criteria for this course.
  3. All relevant applications are then passed to the programme admissions tutor, who will review your personal statement and reference and assess this against fixed criteria.
  4. The admissions tutor will then decide whether to shortlist your application.
  5. Successful applicants will be invited to an audiology selection day.  
     

What will the Admissions Tutors look for in my Personal Statement?

The Admissions Tutor looks for evidence that you:

  • Have a clear and strong motivation to study audiology
  • Offer a caring and compassionate approach
  • Have personal values and attitudes that align with those of a health care professional
  • Have realistic insight into the role of an audiologist

Why do you want to be an Audiologist?

Tell us how your attitudes, values and character makes audiology appropriate for you.

What do you understand about the role?

  • To strengthen your application you should demonstrate a clear insight into the audiology profession and scope of the role.
  • This can be achieved by reflecting on relevant work experience, volunteering or shadowing you have undertaken.
  • Your work experience may not have been specifically in audiology.  However, it is important that you reflect on relevant lessons learned.

Discuss your relevant academic preparation

What have you particularly enjoyed during your studies and how do you feel this has prepared you for this degree?

Discuss any particularly relevant projects/coursework you may have undertaken.

Personal interests

Identify transferable skills that will be useful in your role as an audiologist.

What happens if my application is shortlisted?

If you are shortlisted you will be invited to an audiology selection day. Your invitation will arrive via email, together with information about how to prepare for the selection day and what to expect.

Key points - audiology selection day

  • This will last approximately 5 hours#
  • It will include a group selection task
  • A departmental tour will be included
  • You will have the opportunity to talk to admissions tutors and current students to discover more about the course and studying at Southampton

Key points - group selection task

  • You will join other applicants in small groups to discuss a relevant audiological topic.
  • Two assessors will monitor this discussion and you will be assessed on your contribution and your interaction with other members of the group.
  • It will be helpful to draw on your experience during this task and interesting to hear your views and opinions as you discuss topics with other group members.

Understanding your offer

Conditional Offer

  • If you receive an offer of a place to study audiology, this will be a “Conditional” offer
  • This means that to secure your place you will need to meet our requirements eg: attaining relevant academic grades/qualifications
  • Any conditions attached to your offer will be shown on UCAS Track

All offers are made on the condition that you pass an Occupational Health check and Disclosure and Barring Service (criminal record) check. Further information on these processes will be provided to you before you start the course.

You will be able to enrol on our audiology course once all conditions have been met and your offer becomes “Unconditional”.

Typical course content

Year 1 will provide you with an immersive introduction to audiology, the biopsychosocial and technical foundations of audiology and the broader scientific, technical, healthcare and professional context.

Year 2 will extend your clinical, scientific and professional development in audiology as well as broadening your perspectives beyond audiology with two optional modules (such as from but not restricted to the list here). You will select your optional modules during Semester 2 of Year 1.

Year 3 consists of main clinical placement (Semester 1, continuing from the summer of Year 2), your individual project (across both semesters) and audiology-focused modules. You can choose to study paediatrics at either BSc Level 6 or MSc (Level 7)

Year 1

Compulsory modules

  • Clinical and Professional Practice in Audiology I
  • Audiology Clinical Placement I
  • An Introduction to Professional Practice
  • Biopsychosocial Basis of Audiology
  • Introduction to Hearing Science and Technology
Semester One
Core [?]
A core module is a module which must be taken and passed.
AUDI1011Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
AUDI1012Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
AUDI1013Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
HSGM1001Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Semester Two
Core [?]
A core module is a module which must be taken and passed.
AUDI1011Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
AUDI1012Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
AUDI1013Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
AUDI1014Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

Year 2

Compulsory Modules

  • Clinical and Professional Practice in Audiology II
  • Audiology Clinical Placement II
  • Facilitating Effective Auditory Rehabilitation I & II

Optional

Two optional modules in relevant topics from across the University

Year 3

Compulsory Modules

  • Clinical and Professional Practice in Audiology III
  • Audiology Clinical Placement III
  • Individual Project
  • Introduction to Paediatric Audiology (Level 6) or Paediatric Audiology (Level 7)

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).

Tuition fees

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.

View the full list of course fees

Funding

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.

Explore funding opportunities

Costs associated with this course

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.

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.

A balanced range of learning activities are used and include scheduled sessions (e.g. practicals, academic lectures, seminars, tutorials), both individual and collaborative independent work (e.g. assignments, quizzes, presentations, project, reflective accounts, practice sessions, workbooks, case studies and inter-professional learning) and placements.

Teaching is carried out primarily at the University of Southampton with additional clinical placements at collaborating NHS and independent audiology services for the clinical pathway.

Your learning and progress is supported with verbal and written peer and lecturer feedback, which precedes every marked assessment.

We intend for you to learn a wide range of skills and behaviours, we therefore use a wide range of assessment methods, including assignments, team presentations, reflective accounts, practical assessments, traditional exams, case studies, team reports, portfolios and a dissertation.

We assess your clinical skills over all three years, starting with isolated aspects of audiology practice with volunteers in our in-house skills lab in Year 1 and building to the management of entire appointments with service users in an audiology service in Year 3.

 

Pathways

You will start on the clinical pathway. If you decide that you do not wish to pursue, or if you are unsuccessful, with the clinical placements, you have the option of transferring to the non-clinical pathway. That will allow you to study towards a BSc or MSci in Hearing Science. Note that this will not allow you to register as an audiologist or Hearing Aid Dispenser. However, you can still register as a Hearing Care Assistant* if you have passed Year 1

*accreditation pending

Study Locations

Related Courses

Share this course Share this on Facebook Share this on Twitter Share this on Weibo

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we will assume that you are happy to receive cookies on the University of Southampton website.

×