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Career profile: Audiologist

Career profile: AudiologistGet the lowdown on what the job involves, what qualifications you need and how long it takes to train.

A what?

Also called a medical technical officer (MTO), audiology technician or technical audiologists, an audiologist identifies and assesses hearing and/or balance disorders, recommending and providing appropriate rehabilitation and management.

On the job

The audiologist’s role is both challenging and varied. They need to be able to communicate with and treat people of all ages.

Most audiologists work in hospitals where they diagnose and treat patients. Others might work in universities where they are involved in teaching and research.

Course entry requirements

In most of the UK, the usual entry level for the BSc in audiology is a range of GCSEs (A-C) including English and science/maths with three A-levels. At least one A-level will generally be needed in a science subject.

There are a number of alternative qualifications that may be accepted such as BTECs, GNVQs and access courses.

In Scotland, you need to complete an honours degree in Behavioural science or something similar. You then need to go on to do a one year MSC and a year of supervised training.

You should always check entry requirements with the institution of your choice as entry levels may vary.

What does the training involve?

A BSC in audiology is the new route to qualifying as an audiologist. This degree course is four years in length - the first two years of the four year BSC are spent at university. Students will learn about the science behind tests and treatments that are used in hospitals and acquire the knowledge needed to work with patients in a therapeutic relationship.

The third year will be spent on clinical placement in an audiology setting learning how to carry out some of the procedures a qualified audiologist performs and learning how audiology services work in the NHS.

The final year will be spent back at university learning about more advanced aspects of audiology and completing a dissertation.

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(Information taken from NHS Careers)