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Guide to studying Aural & Oral Sciences

An Aural & Oral Sciences degree will teach you about speech and hearing, as well as learning about how to help those who suffer from related issues.

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  1. What's Aural & Oral Sciences?

  2. Why study Aural & Oral Sciences?

  3. What jobs can you get as an Aural & Oral Sciences graduate?

  4. What do graduates do and earn?
  5. What qualifications do you need?

  6. What degrees can you study?

  7. How will you be assessed?

  8. What are the postgraduate opportunities?

What's Aural & Oral Sciences?

Aural & Oral Sciences is concerned with the identification and treatment of issues to do with the ear and voice.

Why study Aural & Oral Sciences?

Aural & Oral Sciences allows you to find out how human speech and hearing systems work, where you learn methods of treatment for aural and oral disorders.

This subject area means you can help people in a medical capacity without having to study comprehensive Medicine. If you're interested in studying a medical subject, but don't fancy devoting more than three years of your life completing a degree, Aural & Oral Sciences may be an ideal route to follow. 

According to the data on our graduate earnings table, the starting salaries for those who find a graduate job after studying Aural & Oral Sciences is significantly more than those who enter the same job without a degree.

Professionals within this sector tend to have exciting and varied day-to-day lives, due to there being a demand for care in many different environments. This could be in hospitals, neonatal units, prisons, schools or even in peoples' homes.

You'll gain many skills when learning about Aural & Oral Sciences that can be applied to a variety of different professions, such as communication, problem solving, organisation, time management and analytical skills.

What jobs can you get as an Aural & Oral Sciences graduate?

Most jobs are in the healthcare sector, in either the NHS or a private company. Typical career paths include speech and language therapist, audiologist or medical practitioner.

What do graduates do and earn?

In the infographic below, the first table shows what graduates of Aural & Oral Sciences have gone on to do in the months after their graduation.

The second table shows the average salaries of undergraduate Aural & Oral Sciences students entering employment. The three skill levels – high, medium and low – reflect the UK's Standard Occupational Classification's major groups 1–3, 4–6 and 7–9 respectively.

Source: HESA Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017/18

What qualifications do you need? 

Usually, universities ask for one A Level (or equivalent) in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology.

Grades and other requirements vary between institutions. Always check entry standards with the university/course you're interested in.

What degrees can you study?

  • BSc Aural & Oral Sciences
  • BSc Audiology
  • BSc Speech Science
  • BSc Language Pathology

How will you be assessed?

Assessment methods vary. Essays are a common feature, as are practical tests, quizzes and online self-assessment.

Coursework can take up to 50% of the course.

What are the postgraduate opportunities?

There are several postgraduate study opportunities available. For example:

  • MSc Advanced Audiology
  • PhD Audiology

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