Audiology is a varied and expanding discipline, involving aspects of biological sciences, engineering, psychology, physics, electronics, speech and social science and is incredibly rewarding. Audiologists are involved in diagnosis and rehabilitation of patients, which allows practitioners to develop relationships with patients, and see the benefits they receive from your audiological care. See full course details.
Our BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science (Audiology) course is a three year full time programme of study which integrates theory and practice with around 50 weeks of placements. Clinical practice is a fundamental and critical component of the programme and you will gain lots of work experience in clinical departments with our partner regional NHS trust hospitals.
Throughout the programme you will develop the skills necessary to become an audiologist, but you will also gain more general skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, independent learning, scientific enquiry, professional working and reflective practice. Working as an audiologist is incredibly rewarding. Audiologists are involved in the diagnosis and rehabilitation of patients, which allows practitioners to develop relationships with patients and see the benefits they receive from your audiological care.
Why study this course
Our pre-registration programmes are approved by the Department of Health and accredited by, the National School of Healthcare Science (NSHCS) and the Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists (RCCP). You will be based at the Leeds Institute of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Medicine (LICAMM) within the School of Medicine, which is home to our state-of-the-art clinical teaching labs which will help prepare you for clinical placements and practice.
Our students our well-prepared for seeking and
gaining employment in both the NHS, private audiology and charity sectors, at
locations around the UK, as well as overseas. Our course also provides
you with skills to continue your education and training at a higher level; a
number of our graduates have gone on to study at Masters and Doctoral level and our employment rate into entry level Audiologist roles is typically over 95%.
The audiology team reflects a mix of professional and
disciplinary backgrounds in audiology, biology, physiology and psychology. This
collaborative approach has led to a natural generation of ideas for research
that links basic science and clinical practice and fosters partnerships within
and outside of the University. This includes community events and conferences
both nationally and internationally.
Skills and experience gained
Through an exciting variety of teaching methods we aim to develop your skills of independent learning, critical thinking, reflective practice, evidence-based practice and problem solving. We will also ensure that by the end of year 3 you will be RCCP registered becoming ready to practice, having gained plenty of practical experience during our outstanding placements. We work closely with our clinical colleagues to ensure that all of our NHS placements throughout the Yorkshire region provide students with an exceptional learning experience.
Our Patient and Carer Community
We feel it is
really important that future audiologists are able to understand patients and
carers perspectives and communicate with them effectively. To help you
develop these skills, you will have the opportunity to engage with members of the schools Patient and Carer Community. At Leeds, this interaction with
patients begins at our pre-entry selection events, and continues throughout the
course, preparing you for future practice.
Excellent clinical placements
Our students always talk positively about their experiences on clinical placement. We have a clinical placement coordinator who works closely with our clinical colleagues to ensure that all our clinical placements throughout the Yorkshire region provide students with an exceptional experience.
The duration of placements will be around 10 weeks in year 1, around 15 weeks in year 2 and 20 weeks in Year 3.
Whilst on placement you will also be supported by a member of the audiology lecturing team. All of the audiology lecturing team have worked in clinical departments and will help you gain the professional and clinical skills required to be an audiologist.
Placement locations can include:
Audiology training labs
Substantial investment continues to extend our state-of-the-art clinical teaching laboratories. These labs will give you practical experience and will help prepare you for clinical placements and practice. These facilities will ensure you have an outstanding teaching experience and give you the skills ready to work with patients at one of our NHS Trust partners across Yorkshire and the Humber.
Why Choose Leeds?
95% course satisfaction - 2015 NSS
We are the only audiology course in the UK that sits within a School of Medicine
You will graduate ready to practice with RCCP registration
You will develop your communication skills with patients and carers through the School's Patient and Carer Community (PCC)
Your learning will benefit from state-of-the-art on-campus audiology laboratories
You will undertake several placements at different hospitals supported by experienced audiologists
You will undertake a novel research project in your final year and have the opportunity to present your research at conferences and in professional journals