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Innovative curriculum design meets hearing aids

University Centre South Devon’s Clinical Education Team are breaking new ground in curriculum design and have now been established as a national delivery site of Hearing Aid Education including Hearing Aid Dispenser and wider Audiology CPD.  

The approval to run the Higher Apprenticeship Hearing Aid Dispenser, which is underpinned by a Foundation Degree in Hearing Aid Audiology is as a result of a highly successful Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Approval.  Being the only College nationally to have successfully gained HCPC approval, UCSD will become a leading provider of Hearing Aid education working with national employers including the NHS alongside private independent providers in order to support the development of this much sought-after role. 

Claire Langman – Clinical Education Manager at South Devon College said:

“The coming together of gaining Foundation Degree Awarding Powers, and the development of our High Tech and Digital Centre which contains dedicated Audiology suites has enabled us to be at the leading edge of audiology education.  We are very excited to be continuing our already successful relations with the NHS and Community Interest Companies across the region, supporting growth within this highly specialised sector. We are also delighted to welcome new stakeholders, of which we are now in the final stages of securing contracts with two of the largest commercial hearing aid dispensing companies nationally to provide support with their workforce development.”

The new Foundation Degree, aligned to the Higher Apprenticeship will be delivered through innovative blocks, where students from across the country will attend the University Centre South Devon every two months to receive bespoke clinical lectures and training packages that will support and enhance online delivery of education. Students will receive on the job support as well as access to dedicated academic support via video tutorial. 

More details can be found here or by visiting ucsd.ac.uk/courses/hearing-aid-audiology/