FdSc Addictions Counselling

Delivered by Action on Addiction

This programme aims to meet the increased demand for capable practitioners in the field of Addictions Counselling. It enables students who are interested in working in the field of addictions treatment to become skilled, reflective and competent counsellors. The programme aims to integrate humanistic, cognitive behavioural, motivational and twelve-step models. Whilst maximising flexibility in terms of learning opportunities it is intended that this programme be available to both novice practitioners and others who are employed within an addictions setting.

This programme includes a large work-based component where academic knowledge and understanding will reinforce and underpin the development of vocational skills in a planned integration of academic learning with work-based skills. The programme philosophy focuses on the development of reflective and effective clinical practice, provided by a range of learning opportunities including:

  • the application of effective models of intervention for addictions treatment
  • the investigation of a range of current issues in the treatment of addictive behaviours
  • the completion of a clinical work-based learning placement
  • the preparation for and reflection on clinical practice
  • the development of a portfolio of professional practice.

This programme is offered on a full-time basis only (two years). Full-time students are expected to be new to the field and will have to complete two periods of placement.

This is a franchised University of Bath programme of study. Students on the programme are registered at the University of Bath and the Centre for Addiction Treatment Studies and are able to use the facilities at both for the duration of the course. The University's facilities include the University Library and the extensive range of sports and recreation facilities. Students on franchised programmes are eligible to join the University of Bath Students' Union.

FDAP (The Federation of Drug and Alcohol Professionals) has granted graduates of the Foundation Degree in Addictions Counselling Type 3 evidence for 12 DANOS units. This entitles holders of the Foundation Degree in Addictions Counselling, upon completion of some simple proformae, to become certified by FDAP as ‘Accredited Practitioners’ before entering employment.

On successful completion of the Foundation degree, students who have achieved a sufficient grade level will be given the opportunity to progress to a one-year (full-time) programme leading to a BSc (Hons) Addictions Counselling Work-based Learning degree.

Important information for candidates

  • Applicants satisfying entry criteria will be required to attend a selection day*
  • Applicants meeting the academic entry requirements but with limited experience will be required to attend and pass a one-week intensive counselling course organised by the Centre for Addictions Treatment Studies before being admitted on the course.
  • All applicants will normally also require a pass (at grade C or above) in English or their level 2 equivalents. Details of level 2 equivalent qualifications can be found here.
  • Enquiries about entry requirements should be directed to the University of Bath Admissions Office:
    Tel: 01225 383019
  • Enquiries about course content should be made directly to Action on Addiction:
    Tel: 01985 843780
    Fax: 01985 843781

Entry qualifications

The following list is not exhaustive and applications will be considered from a range of qualifications and backgrounds

Access to Higher Education Diploma


  • Health and Social Care
  • Counselling and Psychology
  • Humanities
  • Social Sciences
  • Teaching
  • Social Work

Candidates must pass 60 credits with minimum of 45 at L3 and must have Level 2 English (either included or extra).

Open University Undergraduate Certificate

  • Communication in Health and Social Care
  • Health and Social Care or Promoting Public Health

NVQ and other L3 Qualifications

For example:

  • CPCAB Certificate in Counselling Studies
  • NVQ3 Counselling
  • NVQ3 Health and Social Care (Adults)

Candidates must PASS the qualification and through the selection process submit a written academic piece of work.

BTEC Diploma (Old National Certificate - QCF Framework)

Counselling Skills - PP Profile             

A Levels

Applicants must be studying a minimum of 2 full A' Levels achieving an overall profile of CD.         

Advanced Level Apprenticeships

As part of the WVLLN progression agreement, candidates with NVQ3 Health and Social Care (Adults) or Advanced Apprenticeship in Health and Social Care are guaranteed an interview for this programme.

Non-UK based qualifications

Students applying with non-UK based qualifications will be considered on an individual basis.

Applicants without formal academic qualifications

Students without formal qualifications but who have a minimum of two years relevant work experience and are able to demonstrate that they have developed the necessary skills to succeed on the course can apply through the University's AP(E)L procedures.

Normally, the prior qualification/credit(s) for accreditation should not be more than five years old before the start of the academic year in which the University of Bath unit would normally be undertaken within the programme of study.

English Language Requirements

Where English is not the applicant's first language an IELTS scort of 6.5 with no element less than 6.0. or equivalent qualification, will normally be required.

*Selection Day

The first part of the selection process is informal yet structured and will last two days. It gives the applicant an opportunity to learn about the course. The selection days include individual interviews, group activities and role play where the tutors assess applicants on interpersonal skills, (natural) counselling skills and academic ability. The entire selection process includes participating in selection days, a homework assignment and, if necessary, attending and passing a five-day Introduction to Counselling Skills course in August before enrolling on the degree programme.

The two-day selection process for 2016/17 has been scheduled for March and May 2016.

Enquiries about entry requirements should be directed to the University of Bath Admissions Office:
Tel: 01225 383019

Enquiries about course content should be made directly to Action on Addiction:
Tel: 01985 843780
Fax: 01985 843781

Programme Specification

Course codes

  • Institution Name: BATH
  • UCAS Code: B940
  • Institution Code: B16
  • Campus Code: H (Action on Addiction)
  • Short Form: FdA/AC