Audiology is an exciting career with many avenues for employment and specialization. It involves both a strong scientific interest and aptitude with exceptional interpersonal and communication skills, oral as well as written. Along with rigorous academic and clinical training, the Audiology team at De Montfort University provides exciting national and international extra-curricular experiences, available for students to apply for to help you stand out from the crowd.
Hearing is an incredibly complex area to study; diagnosing the medical conditions that can affect your hearing is a skill which you will learn and relies on many tests which you will learn about and be able to conduct. Equally, helping people with a hearing difficulty is challenging and will require significant skills from you to help them in their everyday life.
Career opportunities are varied and include roles within the NHS, the private sector and with hearing aid and audiology manufacturers at home and abroad.
Reasons to study Healthcare Science (Audiology) at DMU:
- 100% of our Healthcare Science (Audiology) graduates from summer 2017 are in work or further study after graduating
According to the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) 2016/17 report [above the sector average of 94.6%]
- Approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
meaning that graduates are be eligible to work as an audiologist in the NHS and across the private sector as a hearing aid dispenser
- A history of professional endorsement
with the course professionally accredited by the National School of Healthcare Science (NSHCS)
- Integrated work placements over all three years
enabling you to put theory into practice and build the skills which graduate employers are looking for
- Opens up a range of careers in the NHS and private healthcare providers
with those employed by the NHS commanding a starting salary of £22,128 (NHS pay scales 2017/18)
- Volunteering opportunities locally, nationally and internationally
available through our career enhancing #DMUglobal and Square Mile programmes, which have seen students provide hearing tests in Ahmedabad, India and at the Special Olympics
- DMU has achieved Gold, the highest ranking possible under the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)
Indicating the outstanding learning and teaching on offer at DMU. [Office for Students, 2017]
- The TEF Panel judged that De Montfort University delivers “consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK.” [Office for Students, 2017]
Structure and assessment
- Professional Healthcare Science Practice 1
- Medical Sciences
- Scientific Basis of Healthcare Science
- Physics for Clinical Measurement
- Neurosensory Physiology and Pathophysiology
- Clinical Measurement and Treatment and Work-based Learning
- Professional Healthcare Science Practice 2
- Auditory Science 1
- Adult Aural Rehabilitation
- Applied Physiological Measurement and Instrumentation
- Research Methods
- Clinical Practice Yr2
- Professional Healthcare Science Practice 3
- Auditory Science 2
- Balance Science
- Paediatric Audiology
- Final Year Project
- Clinical Practice Yr3
Facilities and features
Health and Life Sciences
We have three dedicated Audiological practical teaching suites to enhance your learning:
- Diagnostic & Paediatric suite
- Rehabilitation suite
- Balance suite
All the suites have modern furniture and some have facilities to film your practical sessions, so that you can review your own performance with a tutor and improve your practice. The suites are equipped with the latest equipment, but we also have older equipment that may still be found in some NHS.
The suites belong to our students and they can access them to practice and develop their clinical skills during non-teaching times. All our labs have versatile audio video equipment – this prevents crowding around a single piece of equipment when demonstrating.
We have invested significantly in our Balance testing facilities and they are so good that they are used for demonstration and teaching by the internationally renowned ‘Leicester Balance Course’.
This course has an international faculty with some of the leading figures in the world of Balance, hence our equipment and facilities have to be of the highest quality, nevertheless all students have access and use of the equipment and this is a significant advantage to your career.
We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus.
During term time the main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, giving access to more than half a million publications and a wide range of DVDs, as well as e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks.
We offer a range of workshops, drop-ins and one-to-one sessions, plus our Just Ask service provides email or telephone support.
Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.
Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood building and Greenhouse. These flexible spaces are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.
They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players. Eduroam wi-fi is available across all campus locations.
Clinical Placement and Careers
You will undertake compulsory work placements mostly in the NHS, working with a range of people from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds, developing your clinical and professional skills. There are placements in large teaching hospitals as well as small general hospitals. Placements are spread across the country and we try to ensure that you are placed where you will have the best chance of development.
You will have a short placement after the first year (2 weeks) and then embark on a 40 week placement which will start in the middle of your second year and end in the middle of your final year. You will then return to university to complete your academic learning in the final term.
During your 40 week placement you will be supported and mentored by a clinical educator in practice and will also have a university appointed clinical lecturer, as well as your personal tutor. Throughout your placement you will be supported and we aim to maintain contact with you through emails and return days back to the university.
Built into the placement are study and reflection time to ensure that you can reflect on your learning in practice and look back at the theory you have been taught, considering how this links to practice. This model has proved highly successful, with several of our students offered job roles at their placement before completing their degree.
Placements will allow you to develop your clinical skills, as well as your professional skills, time management, team working, leadership and management qualities. They will also instil a work ethic and help you develop your overall maturity.
You should be aware that any disclosure on your DBS, or disclosed health issues or learning differences will be discussed with placement providers prior to placement allocation. It is important to note that placement providers may not be able to take a student depending on what is disclosed on their DBS.
Whilst on placement, students must adhere to the uniform and dress code policy of the placement provider. NHS Trusts and other placement providers have given careful consideration to cultural and religious needs relating to uniform policies / dress codes. These policies/codes have been developed in conjunction with local and national cultural and religious bodies to ensure that local and national infection control guidance is adhered to. Whilst every attempt has been made to accommodate individual needs, there are some areas where the need to fully comply with infection control guidance has overridden religious requirements.
There is no guarantee that clinical placement will be near Leicester or you family home address. We can only allocate placements that meet our criteria and that are available at the time that you are due to start your placement. You will always be notified in advance of your placement allocation, typically early on at the start of your second year.
If you decline your allocated placement this could result in a delay in allocating you an alternative placement which in turn will impact on when you complete your programme and are able to graduate.
Typically placements mimic the typical working week of between 37 and 39 hours, including 7.5 hours of study time. You must complete 40 weeks on placement, excluding any annual leave and sickness, within a period of 48 weeks.
While on placements you are likely to incur additional travel and accommodation costs compared with a regular student attending university and requiring student accommodation. The university consider financial support on an individual basis, depending on placement location and circumstances. All NHS placements are unpaid, departments offer placements as they are keen to support the profession and in most cases receive limited funds from the NHS.
Rewarding role for Audiology graduate Layla –
Many graduates have secured clinical posts prior to them completing the course. Primarily graduates have chosen clinical posts which typically are within NHS trusts, but as Audiology services change, graduates are undertaking NHS work through providers like Specsavers and other providers that deliver NHS contracts.
There are also a significant proportion of graduates that enter the independent and private sector, job satisfaction is just as rewarding and skills in the commercial and entrepreneurial area are further developed. A significant number of previous graduates now run or are partners of their own branches.
Opportunities are available outside the clinical arena and some of our graduates have been employed with hearing aid manufacturers and Audiology equipment manufacturers.
There are also opportunities to specialise and train further once you have graduated, in particular the ‘Scientist Training Programme’ as well as the British Academy of Audiology ‘Higher Training Scheme’.