Training and Degree options

Hearing Aid Audiology (Foundation degrees and apprenticeship level 5)

Foundation degree / Diploma in Higher Education in Hearing Aid Audiology (undergraduate diploma)

This type of qualification involves working as a trainee while completing the course. Graduates are eligible to register to work as a Hearing Aid Dispenser with the HCPC on completion. This course requires employment in the right healthcare context with access to patients/clients as well as supervision from a registered audiologist or hearing aid dispenser.

The following universities offer Foundation degree courses or diplomas:

Anglia Ruskin

Aston University

De Montfort University

Queen Margaret University

University College South Devon

Entry onto the Foundation Degree has to be supported by an employer who agrees to provide you with a suitably qualified and experienced clinical educator/supervisor.

Undergraduate degree (Practitioner Training Programmes - PTP)

You’ll typically need at least two if not three A2 or A-levels including science subjects and a good spread of GCSEs at A-C grade to enter as a healthcare science practitioner. Entry is through the NHS Practitioner Training Programme (PTP) (England) by taking an accredited BSc degree in healthcare science (audiology).

The programmes involve broad scientific training in the first two years with an increased focus on a chosen specialism during year three.

Whilst on the programme you will complete a BSc (Hons) in Healthcare Science. The National School of Healthcare Science (NSHCS) accredit the degrees and additionally, Life Sciences is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Sciences.

The following universities offer BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science (Audiology) courses.

Aston University

De Montfort University

University of Leeds

The University of Manchester

Middlesex University

University of Southampton

University of Sunderland

Swansea University

Postgraduate options - STP, MSc, HSST, HTS

Scientist Training Programme

The Scientist Training Programme (STP) is a three-year programme of work-based learning, supported by a University accredited master’s degree.

Trainees are employed by an NHS Trust for the duration of the programme and will spend time in a range of settings, before specialising in the last two years of the programme.

The aim of the STP is to produce graduates who will possess the essential knowledge, skills, experience and attributes required of a newly-qualified Clinical Scientist in the NHS. They will be competent to undertake complex scientific and clinical roles, defining and choosing investigative and clinical options, making key judgements about complex facts and clinical situations within a quality assurance framework.

The following universities offer MSc Audiology or MSc Audiological Science

Aston University

The University of Manchester


University of Southampton

Queen Margaret University


Higher Specialist Scientist Training

If you are a registered and experienced clinical scientist, you may be interested in training to become a consultant healthcare scientist.

Consultant healthcare scientists improve patient care by applying their specialist scientific skills.

What does the training scheme involve?

  • a five-year programme at a similar standard to medical specialty training
  • work-based training and study at doctorate level

How do I get a place?

There are two ways to get on to an HSST programme:

  • direct entry – apply for a newly advertised post in an accredited training department
  • in-service training – be nominated by your employer to move into an existing post

Find more information on the National School of Healthcare Science website

BAA Higher Training Scheme

Please read the HTS pages for more information.


Doctor of Hearing Therapy

Aston University