A day as an audiologist

You work at your local NHS hospital, where you assess and treat people with hearing and/or balance disorders. You start at 9am and your first appointment is with a 50 year old woman who has a hearing loss which, after investigation, the consultant has put down to a viral attack. She's having trouble with balance, and also adjusting to life as a person with a disability. You discuss simple ways she can improve her balance, and offer her a hearing aid. After seeing several more patients, you meet with hospital colleagues and talk about ways to improve communication between departments. You finish at 5pm, happy your day has been spent improving the lives of others.

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Devang Joshi

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Does this sound like you?

You're patient, understanding and like helping others. You're a logical person with a passion for science, and enjoy working as part of a team.

What's next after GCSE?

You should achieve at least five GCSEs (or the equivalent), preferably with high grades in English, maths and science. The next step is to take at least two A levels (or the equivalent) at 6th form or college.

What's next after A level and beyond?

You'll need to apply for an approved degree in healthcare science where you can specialise in audiology, which takes three years and usually requires at least two A levels including a science subject (or equivalent level 3 qualifications). Healthcare science practitioner degree apprenticeships where you could specialise in audiology may be available in some parts of the country and you'll usually need the same level of GCSEs and A levels or equivalent qualifications. Alternatively, you could take a three-year degree in a relevant science subject and then apply for the NHS Scientist Training Programme.

Entry requirements for university courses and degree apprenticeships vary, so it's vital to check these well in advance.