Hearing Aid Audiology FdSc

Foundation Degree (2 years)

Cambridge, Online


Learn the skills you need to qualify as a Hearing Aid Audiologist. Distance Learning with 11 residential weeks in Cambridge.

Application Deadline:
Tue, Jul 31st, 2018

£6,350 per year

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QAA Quality Mark Understand how to run a safe and successful practice and make a difference to people’s lives. On graduation you can apply to the Health & Care Professions Council for registration as a hearing aid dispenser.

Full Description

All our modules are tailored to audiology, so you’ll develop your understanding of the physical and psychological basis of hearing and disorders of hearing, and examine their impact on people’s life opportunities. You’ll also develop an awareness of professional, legal and ethical issues in relation to practice, and learn the principles of managing a safe and successful business.

Course Details

What you will study

From the very start of this course, you’ll be encouraged to assist with workplace admin, diary systems, IT, setting up for impression taking and even completing daily checks on the audiometers. As you progress you’ll be able to take on a more hands-on clinical role and assist clients under direct supervision until you have passed your practical assessment.

Modules include:

Level 4 modules

Learning and Skills Development for HE and Work (audiology)

Understanding the Work Sector (Audiology)

Work-Based Learning (Audiology)

Pathology for Audiology

Basic Sciences for Audiology

Introduction to Hearing-Aid Technology

Introduction to Audiometry

Level 5 modules

Work-Based Learning 2


Hearing-Aid Technology 2

Audiometry 2

Specialised Professional Practice


Semester one: blended learning including three residential weeks.

Semester two: blended learning including three residential weeks.

Semester three: blended learning including two residential weeks.

Semester four: blended learning including three residential weeks.


We’ll assess you throughout the course so that you can track your progress. Assessment methods include work-based assignments, presentations, class discussions and tutorials. As you’d expect, we’ll pay particular attention to feedback from your employer and placement supervisor. We’ll also ask you to develop action plans and to reflect on your own progress.


Upon successful completion of this FdSc you will be eligible to top-up to our BSc (Hons) Hearing Sciences degree.

Why choose ARU?

Anglia Ruskin University is one of the foremost work based and distance learning universities in the UK. The Department of Vision and Hearing Sciences at Anglia Ruskin University not only provides academic and vocational courses in optics at various levels, but also conducts research in optometry and the vision sciences, yielding cutting-edge discoveries and applications in a variety of disciplines.

Our University has a history of providing innovative courses, and an established reputation for delivering relevant and highly practicable learning programmes for working people. We work with clients such as Harrods, Barclays Bank, Specsavers, the RAF and the NHS to design work-based training that develops their employees’ skills and enhances their contribution to their workplace. We consult regularly with our business sectors and encourage sector experts to make an active contribution to our learning programmes, which ensures our courses continue to meet employers’ and individuals’ needs.

Meet your Tutors

Dr Joanna LemanskaDr Joanna Lemanska

Joanna joined Anglia Ruskin University as a lecturer in audiology in May 2015. Joanna's area of expertise is diagnosing hearing losses.

Joanna's fascination with hearing research started while studying for her MSc degree in Physics at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poland. After she successfully completed the MSc, she started a PhD in Psychoacoustics. Her PhD research looked at the concept of a modulation filter bank in the auditory system.

Joanna then spent two years working as a research assistant at the University of Manchester on the development of an objective method for diagnosing dead regions in the cochlea. To broaden her clinical experience and qualifications Joanna completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Audiology at the University of Manchester followed by a one year placement at the Withington Community Hospital.

Before joining Anglia Ruskin University Joanna spent two years working as an audiologist and hearing aid dispenser for Specsavers.


With our qualification you’ll be able to work independently as a hearing aid audiologist registered with the Health & Care Professions Council, and take your career to a new level.

When you graduate you might choose to continue your studies to achieve a BSc (Hons) Hearing Sciences degree.

Career Advice

Our Employability Service is here to help give you the best chance of landing the job you want. We’ll help you improve your skills and bulk up your CV to improve your career prospects.

As a distance learning student, you’ll still benefit from help and advice on CV writing, interview techniques, job hunting, and general careers advice.

To find out more please visit our careers advice page.

Entry Requirements
  • 32 UCAS Tariff Points from A level (or equivalent).
  • 3 GCSEs at grade C or above, including English and Maths.
  • You must have a suitable audiology employer and supervisor in order to gain practical experience.
  • Your primary supervisor must have been registered with the HCPC (or equivalent body eg. RCCP) for a minimum of two years. If you have a secondary supervisor, they must be a qualified Hearing Aid Dispenser or Audiologist.

As a distance learner, you’ll also need a suitable computer with internet connection, together with sufficient IT competence to make effective use of word processing, internet and email.

If English is not your first language, you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.0 or equivalent.

Fees & Funding

This course costs £6,350 per year. 

Prices subject to increase in September 2017.

Student loans are now available to cover the cost of studying this course. Subject to eligibility, terms and conditions. Also, ask us about payment by instalments.

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