Hearing Care Assistant University Certificate

Distance learning undergraduate (9 months)

Distance learning, Cambridge

September 2018


This is a one year (two semester) online course, with Campus-based assessments, at level four that provides a grounding in basic hearing care customer services.

Full description


The course is approved by the British Society of Hearing Aid Audiologists and enables direct access to the Foundation Degree, which leads to registration as a Hearing Aid Dispenser with the HCPC.

Modules & assessment

  • Learning and Skills Development for HE and Work (audiology)
    You'll be introduced to the higher education learning environment, with specific reference to Hearing Aid Audiology. You'll develop the leaning skills that are essential to success on the course and working as a hearing aid audiologist, these include communication and information technology skills. You'll develop a thorough understanding of the professional Code of Practice and how to record your development. You'll be encouraged to reflect on your learning and to increase your effectiveness as learners. As a result, this module will enable you to learn effectively in higher education, to achieve more effectively the learning outcomes of the modules you'll study.
  • Understanding the Work Sector (Audiology)
    Develop your understanding of the nature of the work sector and the environments in hearing aid audiology, performance within these contexts and factors that influence the operation of organisations. You’ll explore the impact of political, social, economic and technological factors on hearing aid audiology and consider the legal and ethical frameworks informing hearing aid audiologists. You’ll also reflect on your current role or potential roles within the sector.
  • Practical Procedures for the Hearing Care Assistant
    Develop a fundamental knowledge and competency in the clinical skills and procedures that can be legally assigned to you in your role as an HCA. You’ll gain practical skills for safely performing otoscopy, identifying and recognising the findings, eliciting and recording a basic patient history, and communicating the results to assist in client referral or management. You’ll also be introduced to impression taking and the principles of rehabilitation to assist the HAD. Finally, you will study the generic features of modern hearing aids to assist and advise the customer and practice first fit procedures.


Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Faculty of Science & Technology is one of the largest of five faculties at Anglia Ruskin University. Whether you choose to study with us full- or part-time, on campus or at a distance, there’s an option whatever your level – from a foundation degree, to a BSc, MSc, PhD or professional doctorate. 

Whichever course you pick, you’ll gain the theory and practical skills needed to progress with confidence. Join us and you could find yourself learning in the very latest laboratories or on field trips or work placements with well-known and respected companies. You may even have the opportunity to study abroad.

Everything we do in the faculty has a singular purpose: to provide a world-class environment to create, share and advance knowledge in science and technology fields. This is key to all of our futures.

Where can I study?

Distance learning
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Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students, Distance Learning, 2017/18 (per year, part time)


Entry requirements

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  • Passes at grade C or above in subjects at GCSE level or equivalent including Maths, English and a Science, OR;
  • Demonstration, through documentary evidence, that the required level of knowledge and skills has been achieved in other ways e.g. experiential learning
  • Appropriate DBS clearance and suitable employment.
  • You must be supervised by a registered hearing aid audiologist with HCPC.

As a distance learner, you’ll also need a suitable computer with internet connection, together with sufficient IT competence to make effective use of word processing, internet and email.

If English is not your first language, you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.0 or equivalent.

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