Addictions Counselling FdSc
2 years franchised, starting in September 2018
Develop the vocational skills required to become a practitioner in addictions counselling. You’ll learn through academic study and work-based learning.
This two year foundation degree enables you to deliver safe and effective interventions for those with problems due to addiction. You’ll gain the skills to plan and deliver treatment for addictive behaviours. You will also learn about the latest developments in addictions treatment.
In the course you’ll learn through a variety of statutory and voluntary settings. You’ll also gain experience through working with multidisciplinary teams and service users. You’ll develop your ability to gather and test information from a range of sources. This will enable you to draw reasoned conclusions for application in practice.
In consultation with your course tutor, you will find a suitable work-based learning placement on this course. You will observe the treatment tasks by qualified staff and receive direction in carrying out the tasks yourself. This enables you to gain essential experience in the field.
The course is delivered by Action on Addiction and teaching will take place at the Centre for Addiction Treatment Studies in Warminster. Each unit is taught in three, four and five day blocks. You will benefit from teaching by academic staff and practitioners who are experts in their field.
On completion of the foundation degree at the required academic standard, you may have the opportunity to progress to the one year BSc (Hons) Addictions Counselling course.
This course lasts 2 years. It starts in September 2018 and ends in 2020. Induction week starts on 4 September 2018.
Occasionally we make changes to our programmes in response to, for example, feedback from students, developments in research and the field of studies, and the requirements of accrediting bodies. You will be advised of any significant changes to the advertised programme, in accordance with our Terms and Conditions.
- Year 1
- Year 2
- Year 3 (BSc route)
As part of your course, you will take compulsory units covering key concepts. You may also be able to take optional units which assist you in developing your own interests.
You need to take 60 credits in each year of your course (usually split equally into 30 credits for each semester), so the number of optional units you can take depends on the number of compulsory units in each year of the course.
Six credits are the equivalent of at least 120 hours of study, including contact time with staff and independent study.
Compulsory course units
These compulsory units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units.
- Study skills
- Alcohol and drug problems and societal responses
- Treatment and counselling approaches and models of recovery
- Counselling skills in an addictions context
- Diversity issues in addictions treatment
- Introduction to assessment
- Introduction to treatment planning
- Interpersonal group therapy
- Personal and professional development 1
- Motivational interviewing
- Personal and professional development 2
- Research project
- Harm reduction approaches
- The 12 step programme
- Cognitive therapy and substance misuse
- Understanding the research literature
- Preparing a small scale research project
- Working with the family and significant others
- Relapse prevention
- Dual diagnosis and complex needs
Year 3 (BSc route)
If you complete the two-year foundation degree to the required academic standard, you may be invited to study for a BSc (Hons) one year full-time degree in Year 3.
- Research methods
- MI and CBT for addictions – theory, models and research
- Developing motivational interviewing
- Work-based research project
- Developing cognitive-behavioural counselling
- Meeting stakeholder and quality requirements
- Managing performance
- Developing group leadership
Learning and assessment
- Practical sessions
- Oral assessment
- Practical work
- Work-based placement
Contact time with staff
In your first year, you should expect to spend 25% of your time in a lecture or seminar setting and 66% of your time in independent study and 9% on a work-based placement. Your unit option choices will determine your future contact hours.Find out more about contact time with staff
This Foundation Degree is signposted to the Drug and Alcohol Occupational Standards (DANOS) and provides the required training hours for the Federation of Drug and Alcohol Practitioners (FDAP) accreditation.
“I cannot express how much I’ve gained from the degree, and can only thank the tutors and the staff at the Centre for Addiction Treatment Studies for helping me begin my career.”Molly Wrobel
FdSc Addictions Counselling (2016)
Your application, especially your personal statement, should demonstrate your interest in studying this degree and any relevant experience you have related to addictions counselling. This might include relevant voluntary or work experience.
We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry onto this course. We may be able to consider you without formal qualifications if you have a minimum of two years' relevant work experience.
If you are taking a GCE A level in a science subject, you will need to pass any separate science practical endorsement.
Select the country where your qualification comes from.
Typical offer A levelCD
CD in two A level subjects.
Typical offers for other qualifications
Access to HE Diploma
Pass the Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject area including passes in 45 credits at Level 3.
PPP in the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF).
See the ‘Combinations of qualifications’ section for information about combinations of A level and BTEC qualifications that we can consider.
Cambridge Pre-U typical offer
Combinations of qualifications
Your application will be considered individually based on the particular combination of qualifications and subjects that you are taking.
We can consider combinations of accepted qualifications, such as A levels and a BTEC.
We can also consider combinations that are not listed and that do not include A levels. You should read the information about essential and preferred subjects and subject combinations. We cannot consider different qualifications if they are in the same subject area.
Fees and funding
You can pay your tuition fees by Direct Debit, debit card, credit card, cheque, bank transfer or cash. You may also be eligible for a student loan to help you pay your fees.Read more about your payment options.
Your tuition fees and how you pay them will depend on whether you are a Home, EU, Island or Overseas student.Learn how we decide fee status
Transportation and accommodation
Teaching on this course is delivered in three, four and five day blocks in Warminster. You will be responsible for payment of your transportation or accommodation costs.
You will need to budget at least £100 for the cost of photocopying, printing and binding. You will also need to budget for the cost of text books.
Some courses involve visits away from campus and you may be required to pay some or all of the costs of travel, accommodation and food and drink.
If you’re on a placement, you’re responsible for your own travel, accommodation and living costs. You should also consider the financial implications if you go on an unpaid or overseas placement.
Course titleAddictions Counselling
Mode of studyFull-time
UK/EU application deadline30 June 2018
Overseas deadline30 June 2018
Application eligibilityUK and Overseas students are eligible to apply
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