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Higher Apprenticeship Undergraduate: FdSc Hearing Aid Audiology Hearing Aid Dispenser


Develop the skills and knowledge you need to become an effective Hearing Aid Audiologist with our Hearing Aid Dispenser Higher Apprenticeship. Study for a foundation degree in Hearing Aid Audiology while you work, with no tuition fees.

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Course highlights

  • Accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council
  • Earn while you learn, seeing patients and clients at work to complement your learning at university
  • Get support from academic lecturers with experience working across different clinical specialities and sectors
  • Learn in specialist audiology clinical teaching labs, with online resources to supplement your work-based learning

This apprenticeship is an ideal way to kick start a fulfilling career as a qualified Hearing Aid Dispenser. You'll learn how to run a safe and successful hearing care service and make a real difference to people's lives with your excellent assessment, analysis and communication skills.

You'll develop your understanding of the physical and psychological basis of hearing and disorders of hearing, as well as an awareness of professional, legal and ethical issues in relation to practice.

Key facts

An apprenticeship is a job with training, combining practical experience with academic learning.

At least 20% of your contracted working hours will be classed as 'off-the-job'. This time will be dedicated to developing the knowledge and skills needed to meet the requirements of the apprenticeship, and therefore is not part of your usual work duties.

The off-the-job learning will be delivered through online university-led learning sessions and activities, residentials, and practical learning experiences in your usual work setting.

The off-the-job learning for our Hearing Aid Dispenser Higher Apprenticeship is delivered online with residentials on our Cambridge campus.


You will be assessed at the end of each module you undertake (on-programme assessments) which will contribute towards the final award of your qualification.

You will also undertake an End Point Assessment (EPA) to complete your apprenticeship.

The EPA for this apprenticeship is independently assessed and takes place when all on-programme assessments have been successfully passed.


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Approved by HCPC

Our Hearing Aid Audiology FdSc degree course is accredited by the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) so when you graduate, you’ll be able to register and get to work as a hearing aid dispenser. Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship, you will also receive the Health and Care Professions Council Level 5 award.


With our qualification you will be able to work independently as a Hearing Aid Dispenser registered with the Health & Care Professions Council, and take your career to a new level. Other job tiles may include Audiologist, Hearing Aid Audiologist and Hearing Specialist. When you graduate you can go straight into work or continue your studies to achieve a Hearing Sciences (Top-up) BSc Hons degree.

Entry requirements

In addition to the person specifications that have been set out by your employer, these are the entry requirements for the course.

  • Employment in a suitable role on a permanent contract exceeding 25 hours per week
  • Employer support to undertake this course, with a confirmed, assigned HCPC (or equivalent body) registered supervisor/mentor
  • Confirmed eligibility to be funded as an apprentice as set out within the ESFA’s Funding Rules
  • A completed Skills Scan and Initial Assessment discussion, post interview
  • Evidence of Level 2 qualifications in 3 subjects including Maths and English e.g. GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above, Functional Skills, or ESFA-approved equivalents*
  • Evidence of at least 32 UCAS Tariff points at Level 3 e.g. A Levels, BTEC (or equivalent)**

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How to apply

To apply for an apprenticeship, you need to have the support of your employer. If you already have the support of your employer or have any questions before talking to them, please do not hesitate to contact one of our apprenticeship experts who will be happy to help.

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If you have any questions or would like to discuss any aspect of degree apprenticeships, then our dedicated Degrees at Work team are here to help. Get in touch today on the details above or take a look at our information for employers.

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