BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science (Audiology)

Course Overview

NO TUITION FEES to pay for UK and EU students who meet residency criteria.

EMPLOYABILITY: 100% of Audiology students from Swansea University who graduated in 2014 were employed in graduate level jobs within six months of graduating.

AVERAGE EARNINGS: Graduate starting salary of £22k on average (Unistats, 2014). The NHS starting salary for Audiologists is £21,176 (Band 5). Starting salaries vary in the independent sector.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: Minimum BBB at A2 level with at least one being maths, biology, physics or chemistry. GCSE profiles need to include Welsh/English Language, Mathematics and Science all at Grade A-C.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS are welcome to apply.

ACCREDITATION: Accredited by the NSHCS (National School of Healthcare and Science), on behalf of Health Education England, for the purpose of eligibility for registration as a Healthcare Science Practitioner on the AHCS (Academy for Healthcare and Science) voluntary register.

Key Features

Why take this course?

  • Ranked 3rd for Aural Sciences (Complete University Guide, 2015)
  • Small student cohorts allow for a personal learning experience
  • 50% of time at University, 50% in practice placements
  • Clinical practice suite allows students to gain confidence and experience before moving on to their work placements.
  • Many subject-specific academic staff are also clinically active and still work in practice
  • Strong links with health boards with the nearest hospital next-door to the campus
  • 92% of students agree that staff are good at explaining things (Unistats 2014)
  • There is varied access to further study in health or social care at postgraduate level upon completion
  • Our audiology staff have many research interests including Spatial Hearing, Hearing Aids and Localisation  
  • Students have the opportunity to work towards the Swansea Employability Award to gain work experience and develop skills that employers are looking for.


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Audiology is the branch of science that studies hearing, balance and the pathological conditions that can affect them. Students will learn how to assess hearing capacity and balance function while the clinical side of the course will provide the practical skills needed for employment in the profession.

As part of the course students will undertake a rigorous educational programme, involving both theoretical and clinical learning, and attend 64 weeks of placement at hospitals across Wales.

There are also multiple opportunities to use the College of Human and Health Sciences’ state-of-the-art facilities which offer realistic workplace experiences.

Learning resources include a clinical and technical skills centre and simulated clinical practice facilities.

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Entry Requirements

Minimum BBB at A2 level with at least one being maths, biology, physics or chemistry. GCSE profiles need to include Welsh/English Language, Mathematics and Science all at Grade A-C. 

Alternative requirements: 

  • Access to Science: Distinction and Merit profile against the rules of combination. Please note: we do not accept Access to Healthcare or Access to Healthcare and Nursing. 
  • Welsh Baccalaureate: Pass and either BB at A2 level (at least one in science) or DD at BTEC
  • Irish leaving certificate: 360
  • Students  whose first language is not English require IELTS English language requirement: 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5/7.0 in all indicators

 Any offer of a place will also require:

Applicants should also familiarise themselves with the NHS Wales Values and Standards of Behaviour.

How To Apply

UK AND EU students wishing to apply for the Healthcare Science (Audiology) course must apply through UCAS. There is no deadline, but an early application is advised because there is strong competition. We do not usually offer deferred places. 

Candidates need to demonstrate a strong educational profile.

Please view our  Vaccination Policy for Applicants

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BSc (Hons) Full-time WEDS £14,200

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3% for International students and at the capped fee rate as set by the UK Government for UK/EU students.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

The tuition fees do not cover the costs of purchasing books or stationery, printing, thesis binding or photocopying costs.

There are no mandatory additional costs specified for this course.

Course Structure

Healthcare Science (Audiology) is a full-time degree. The academic year is 45 weeks in duration. The course starts in September, before the usual University term times.

Also, students have different leave entitlements.

The degree comprises academic study at the University and hands-on clinical placements at hospitals across Wales, organised by the College.

Over the three years, total direct contact time at University will be approximately 850 hours. This will include lectures, tutorials, seminars, group work, laboratory and clinical simulation work.  

Students will attend 64 weeks of placement before graduating. While on placement the student is expected to work 9am until 5pm, Monday to Friday, with a half-day to study each week. This totals about 2,200 hours.

The College has the support of many healthcare providers and is able to offer a wide range of clinical experiences to students across a wide geographical area.

Students will be expected to travel to different clinical environments and live in nearby accommodation. Consideration is given to the residential and travel requirements of students when allocating placements.  

International students’ placements will be based in Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board in Swansea.

Assessment: Within the College there are a number of tools used for assessment; these can range from unseen written exams, lab reports, essays, presentations and practical work.

International Students

Students from outside the EU have been accepted on to the Audiology course since 2014. Tuition fees are £13,400 plus a £2,750 practical placement fee.

Successful international applicants are entitled to a £1,500 bursary each year awarded by the college. The programme commences each September.

International students must have an IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in all indicators

Details of alternative requirements can be found at the International Students Your Country page.

International applicants should e-mail Lisa Coode  for an application form.

More information is here for Swansea international students.

Careers in Audiology

The audiology profession has undergone rapid expansion, due in part to government initiatives that have brought about changes in the provision of audiology services.

The NHS starting salary for Audiologists is £21,176 (Band 5). Typical career earnings go up to £40,157. A significant proportion of our graduates now work in Band 6 and Band 7 (specialist) roles. A Consultant Audiologist can earn £97,478.


Visit our career pages to read our graduate success stories and download our career guide 

Fees and Funding

Welsh Government pays tuition fees for successful UK and EU applicants who may also be eligible for a non means-tested grant of £1,000 and a means-tested bursary of up to £4,395 each year. 

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to inflationary increases for International students and at the capped fee rate as set by the UK Government for UK/EU students.

There is a practical placement fee of £2,750 per academic year for international students only. 

Find out more about tuition fees at Swansea. 

Funding: You may be eligible for university funding to help support your study. Maintenance loans and allowances for travel, children and dependents may also be available. Students not eligible to receive the means-tested bursary will be required to cover the cost of accommodation and travel to placements themselves. Find out more at this NHS Funding page.

Find out more about general scholarships and bursaries and other opportunities. 

Current students: can find out more about the fees and funding for standard undergraduate degrees here.


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