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, so you don’t need to relocate for this course. You will benefit from teaching by academic staff and practitioners who are experts in their field.

On completion of the foundation degree to the required academic standard, you may have the opportunity to progress to the one year BSc (Hons) Addictions Counselling course.

Read our guidelines for students on franchised courses.

You’ll learn from academics and practitioners with expertise in addictions counselling. Their research activities feed into undergraduate teaching and contribute to your learning experience.

You will be able to use the facilities at both the University of Bath and the Centre for Addiction Treatment Studies.

At the University of Bath, you can use the campus library and the sports and recreation facilities. You are also eligible to join the University of Bath Students’ Union.

Our graduates have gone on to work as addictions counsellors in both residential and community-based settings. They have also worked in related fields such as the prison service, mental health and homelessness.

On successful completion of the FdSc, you may be able to progress on to a third-year top-up course and earn a Bachelor of Science qualification.

Course structure

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.


At Bath, our courses are made up of units of study. Compulsory units cover core concepts that you'll need to understand as part of your degree programme. Some of our courses also offer the opportunity for you to study optional units. These allow you to specialise in particular areas of knowledge that interest you.

As an undergraduate, you will be expected to take 60 credits (ECTS) in each academic year. These are usually split into 30 credits for each semester you study. Sixty credits are the equivalent of 1200 notional hours of study; this includes contact time with staff and your own independent learning.

Compulsory course units

These compulsory units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units.

Learning and assessment


  • Lectures
  • Practical sessions
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops


  • Attendance
  • Coursework
  • Dissertation
  • Essay
  • Oral assessment
  • Portfolio
  • Practical work
  • Seminar
  • Work-based placement
  • Other

Typical assessment breakdown

This average assessment breakdown is based on a typical choice of optional units. Your specific unit choices will determine the actual breakdown of assessment methods that you will experience.

% written exam

% practical exam

% coursework

Year Written Exam Practical Exam Coursework
Year 1 0% 0% 100%
Year 2 0% 0% 100%

Typical contact time breakdown

This average contact time breakdown is based on a typical choice of optional units. Scheduled learning and teaching may include: lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops. Your optional unit choices will determine your actual personal contact hours.

% time in scheduled learning and teaching

% time in independent study

% time in placement/year abroad

Year Scheduled Independent Placement
Year 1 26% 66% 8%
Year 2 19% 76% 5%

Professional accreditations

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.

Photo of Molly standing outside.
‘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)

Entry requirements

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.

Origin of qualifications

Select the country where your qualification comes from.

British qualifications

A level Typical offer


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

M3 P2

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 in the same subject area.

GCSE requirements

GCSE English grade C or 4 (or equivalent from category C).

English language requirements

Category C

You will normally need one of the following:

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in all components
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 62 with no less than 59 in any element
  • Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE): 184 with no less than 175 in all elements
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): 184 with no less than 175 in all elements
  • TOEFL IBT: 90 overall with a minimum 21 in all 4 components

If you studied for UK qualifications in English Language or English Literature, make sure you have the required grades for this course.

If you studied for English language qualifications from another country, make sure you have the required grades for this course.

Fees and funding


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

Tuition fees

See the most recent fees for undergraduate courses.

Extra costs

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.

How to pay

Tuition fee loans

If you are studying an undergraduate course, you may be able to take out a loan for your tuition fees and living costs.

Read more about tuition fee loans.

Scholarships and bursaries

You could be considered for a bursary or scholarship to help you study at Bath. This is in addition to your student loan and you do not have to pay it back.

Read more about bursaries and scholarships.

Other payment options

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.


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.

Application information

  • Course title
    Addictions Counselling
  • Final award
  • Mode of study
  • Course code
  • Institution code
  • Department
  • Location
    Action on Addiction
    The Manor House, Warminster BA12 8PY
  • UK/EU application deadline
    30 June 2018
  • Overseas deadline
    30 June 2018
  • Application eligibility
    UK and Overseas students are eligible to apply
  • Regulator

Selection process

If you pass an initial assessment based on your application then you will be invited to attend a selection event based at Action on Addiction in April, June or July. Accommodation, at an additional cost, is available at the Centre for Addiction Treatment Studies during the two-day selection process, this is on a ‘first come first served’ basis. Any offer you receive will typically include successful completion of this selection process.

We are unable to consider applicants for deferred entry due to the nature of the selection process.

Immigration requirements

If you need a Tier 4 Student visa to study in the UK, you will not be able to join this course.

Course enquiries

Apply for this course through UCAS.

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