University Centre South Devon’s clinical education team have increased the opportunities available in hearing aid education with the introduction of the Aptitude Test in Hearing Aid Dispensing.

The Aptitude Test in Hearing Aid Dispensing is a distance-learning programme designed to provide the opportunity for suitably qualified audiology practitioners wanting to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a registered hearing aid dispenser.

The aptitude test has been given the go-ahead after successfully receiving HCPC’s approval, of which the process took place over the past couple of months and follows on from the HCPC approval last year for the foundation degree in hearing aid audiology.

Claire Langman, clinical education manager, said: “The addition of this programme to clinical education curricula will provide the opportunity for individuals working within audiology to undertake professional development to become registered with the HCPC, both enhancing their careers and developing the audiology service within the region.”

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.

To find more about this course, log on to ucsd.ac.uk and search for ‘aptitude test’ in the courses page, email clinicaleducation@southdevon.ac.uk or call 08000 213181.

South Devon College provides teaching and learning to around 10,000 students per year, has more than 700 staff and contributes £30 million to the local economy each year.

The college provides teaching and learning at all levels, including GCSEs, A-levels, technical and professional programmes, higher education degrees, apprenticeships, community learning, business training and bespoke services for businesses.

The college’s age range begins at 14 through South Devon High School, an exceptional opportunity for pupils entering Key Stage 4, offering direct entry to full-time core GCSE and vocational programmes of study.

The college also has a successful and well established apprenticeship programme.