Certificate of Higher Education in Basic Audiological Practice

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Course Overview

The Certificate of Higher Education in Basic Audiological Practice programme is an 18 month part-time modular course, developed to provide students with the knowledge and understanding required to practice at Associate/Assistant level in a hospital Audiology Department, supporting quantitative assessment and management of patients with hearing related problems.

Key Features

  • 18 month part-time modular course 
  • A significant proportion of learning is delivered by e-learning and work-based learning
  • The University based learning component will take place over 12 weeks in three blocks during the first 12 months of the course.
  • The College of Human and Health Sciences has state-of-the-art facilities for students of Audiology in Swansea including a clinical and technical skills resource centre and simulated clinical practice facilities.

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Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Year 1 (Level 4)

FHEQ 4 Undergraduate / HECert
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
SHC137Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)30Study Skills, Health Informatics and Health Service Practice
SHC138Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)30Introduction to Audiology Practice I

Year 2 (Level 4)

FHEQ 4 Undergraduate / HECert
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
SHC139Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)40Introduction to Audiology Practice II
SHC140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Audiology Rehabilitation


Audiology is the branch of Science that studies hearing, balance and the pathological conditions that can affect these sensory organs.  Students choosing the Certificate of Higher Education in Basic Audiology will train to become an assistant/associate practitioner in Audiology.

Students will learn how to assess hearing capacity and the clinical nature of the course will provide the practical skills needed for employment in the profession. The work involves treating, monitoring and preventing disorders of the auditory system. A large part of this involves the assessment of hearing capacity of adult patients re-accessing the audiology service, followed by rehabilitation of impairment. This is largely achieved by fitting, verification and adjustment of hearing aids and then training patients on how to use the hearing aids effectively.

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

Entry Requirements

Typical applicants will be expected to provide:-

1. GCSE English/Welsh Language and Mathematics at Grade C or above

2. 160 UCAS points.

Acceptable combinations - 2 x A2

                                        1 x A2 + 2 x AS

It is expected that at one of the offered A2’s will be a science (e.g. chemistry, biology, physics) or mathematics.

3.  Other equivalent qualifications.


Non-typical applicants:-

1.  Will have achieved the above academic standard or equivalent and be able to evidence recent learning (typically within the last 3 years).


2. Will have passed a suitable education programme, e.g. Access to Science. This must include a minimum standard equivalent of GCSE in English/Welsh and Mathematics.


3. Will have worked within an Audiology Department and during this period have acquired an understanding of Audiological principles and a portfolio of competences. Their application will be supported by the Head of Department, who will provide a detailed transcript of the candidate’s knowledge and skills and vouch for their suitability for entry to the programme.  

How To Apply

Please contact admissions team for an application form.  


Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2019/20 are as follows:

UK/EU International
HECert Part-time NHS N/A

Fees for full time Undergraduate UK/EU students may be increased in subsequent years of study by an inflationary amount determined by Welsh Government.

Fees for full time Undergraduate International students will increase by 3% for each subsequent year of study.

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

As for all courses there are texts that students are recommended to purchase, however the library is well stocked with essential texts for those that choose or are unable to buy.  

Some courses may access teaching at hospitals away from the University. Students may be required to meet the costs of attending these teaching sessions.  

There may be some other additional costs that you will encounter whilst at university, including (but not limited to):

  • Parking at the recreation ground and travel to and from campus
  • Purchase of stationery and equipment such as USB sticks to save electronic resources
  • Photocopying costs
  • Gowns for graduation ceremonies

Who should apply?

Individuals currently employed within the NHS as an assistant or associate audiologist who are nominated by their Head of Service.

Course Structure

120 credits at level 4 of the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications.



The course is assessed by unseen written examinations, written assignments and presentations.

Plus the completion of Clinical Learning Outcomes


Work Placements 

Individuals will attend their usual place of work for work-based placement.