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The Department of Health has introduced a new career pathway for Healthcare Scientists. This includes clinical science training to provide an appropriately trained workforce to work in the NHS.

DBS & Fitness to Practise

Students enrolling onto certain programmes within the School of Life and Health Sciences at Aston University will be required to undertake an Enhanced Level Disclosure and Barring Service check. Also in line with national requirements for programmes leading to a health professional qualification, a number of degree programmes in the School of Life and Health Science are subject to Fitness to Practise Regulations.

Course Outline & Modules

The Department of Health has introduced a new career pathway for Healthcare Scientists. This includes clinical science training to provide an appropriately trained workforce to work in the NHS. This requires the education and training of practitioners in the division of neurosensory science. This division is made up of 3 pathways:
-Audiology
-Neurophysiology
-Ophthalmic & Vision Sciences

Students undertake common learning throughout the programme but also have specialist topics in year two and three. Students are employed within NHS Departments and released to undertake academic study.

First year modules:
-NS1HS1 Introduction to Healthcare Science (15 credits)
-NS1PP1 Professional Practice (15 credits)
-NS1NS1 Introduction to Neurosensory Sciences (15 credits)
-NS1CS1 Clinical Science (15 credits)

Second year modules:
-NS2RM1 Research Methods (10 credits)
-NS2EB1 Evidence Based Practice (10 credits)
-NS2RP1 Research Project (20 credits)

Audiology pathway
-NS2AR1 Adult Rehabilitation (20 credits)

Vision Science pathway
-NS2VS1 Ophthalmic & Vision Science (20 credits)

Neurophysiology pathway
-NS2NE1 Evoked Potentials (20 credits)

Third year module:
Neurophysiology pathway
-Neurophysiology Practice (30 credits)

Learning, teaching & Assesment

The majority of the teaching and learning material is delivered via the virtual learning environment (Blackboard 9). Students are provided with a study guide for each module which ensures they are aware of what material needs covering when. The first year is mostly assessed via coursework so students are able to benchmark their abilities early on and to develop their skills in managing their learning.

In the second and third years of the programme students undertake a research project with an associated research methods module to develop their skills in this area.

Students are on campus for short periods each term when they have the opportunity to participate in group activities, tutorials, skills laboratories and seminars.

Professional accreditation

The programme is accredited by the Department of Health via the Modernising Scientific Careers programme.

Career opportunities

This programme sits within the Department of Health’s vision for the Healthcare Science workforce. The aim is to develop practitioners who can improve the scientific profile within healthcare and who have the requisite skills to enhance both the diagnosis and treatment of patients in the NHS. As such it is predominantly aimed at graduates employed within the Scientist Training Programme. It is also aimed at NHS practitioners within the disciplines who wish to undertake an academic qualification as part of their professional development. Individual modules can be undertaken as part of the School’s flexible credit accumulation system leading to a post-graduate certificate, diploma or masters qualification.

The ageing population means that demand for assessment and treatment services is set to rise substantially over the coming years. Our Graduates will be well placed to enter careers in hospitals, community-based practice and also related research areas. Previous graduates have become advanced practitioners or gone on to lead a section of service.

The programme is designed to formally meet the requirements of the NHS and builds on Aston’s established links and extensive experience of health education.

Visit the Clinical Science (Neurosensory Sciences) - MSc page on the Aston University website for more details!

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