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Hearing aid aptitude, Short Course

  • Application Deadline
  • 2 months
University rank #90 (QS) Online
The Hearing Aid Aptitude Test distance learning programme is designed to meet the needs of suitably qualified Audiology practitioners wishing to apply to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Hearing Aid Dispenser (HAD).
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The Hearing Aid Aptitude Test distance learning programme will usually run in January and January each year with the assessment taking place 6 weeks after the start of the programme. The programme is assessed via a 90 minute multiple choice exam paper which will examine all sub sections of the module. The assessment has a pass mark of 70%. The programme does not confer aegrotat awards. In exceptional circumstances it may be possible to defer the assessment. In this instance the assessment must be taken within 6 months of the date of acceptance onto the programme. A single, automatic re-sit right is available to students within 1 month of the original exam attempt.

When you attend the University of Southampton for your assessment you will also be asked to bring:

Photographic proof of ID

Audiology qualification certificates e.g. BSc Audiology, MSc, BAAT I &II, NVQ, BTEC (MPPM) etc. Clinical placement final report or alternative indicating successful completion of the clinical placement.

The original copy of your Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate (not required if you have allowed us to check your certificate online via the DBS update service).

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 2 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    • Time flexibility
      Fully structured
    • Attendance
      No Attendance
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request
    • Student interaction
      Online group works/assignments

Programme Structure

Courses include:

The course covers all the components required to meet the eligibility criteria to apply for registration as a Hearing Aid Dispenser (HAD) with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). It aims to give you the background knowledge and a detailed understanding of the skills and requirements of a practising HAD including.

The programme comprises the following 6 sub sections:

1. Professional registration and regulation and the role of professional bodies/societies

2. Consumer protection and marketing

3. Business planning

4. Quality control and Audit

5. Health and Safety and Safeguarding

6. Hearing aid technology update

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

You must be registered as either:

  • A Clinical Physiologist (Audiology) with Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists (RCCP).]
  • A Healthcare Science Practitioner (Audiology) with the Academy for Healthcare Science (AHCS).
  • A Clinical Scientist (Audiology) with Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC).
  • An audiology Practitioner Training Programme (PTP) – e.g. BSc Audiology/BSc Healthcare Science (Audiology) incl. IRCP
  • MSc Audiology plus Certificate of Clinical Competence
  • Scientist Training Programme (STP)
  • Equivalent programme accredited by the RCCP, AHS or HCPC

Tuition Fee

  • International

    350 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 350 GBP per year and a duration of 2 months.
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