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Addictions Counselling FdSc

2 years franchised, starting in September 2020

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.

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


As a student on this course, 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, this includes 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 foundation degree, 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 2020 and ends in 2022. Induction week starts on 7 September 2020.

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


  • 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%

This information shows typical student contact time based on information from the 2016/17 academic year. For new courses, this information is based on a typical choice of optional units.

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 or voluntary experience, or a combination of some work or voluntary experience with Level 3 qualifications.

You may have a wide range of experiences that equip you with the skills necessary to excel on this course. This might include work experience in a healthcare setting, voluntary work with charities or organisations such as Alcoholics Anonymous, or may include experiences less obviously related to addiction.

If you are interested in applying for this course please contact us to discuss the relevance of any experiences you may have or our requirements for any qualifications not listed here.

We are aware that the context in which you are studying can have an impact on your ability to perform your best in exams and coursework, or limit which subjects or qualifications you are able to study at your school or college. We take this into careful consideration through our contextual admissions process.

Origin of qualifications

British qualifications

A level Typical offer


CD in two A level subjects.

If you are taking a GCE A level in a science subject, you will need to pass any separate science practical endorsement (applicable for A levels studied in England from 2017 onwards).

BTEC RQF Typical offer


PPP in the BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (RQF).

See the ‘Combinations of qualifications’ section for information about combinations of A level and BTEC qualifications that we can consider.

BTEC QCF Typical offer


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 Technical Typical offer


PPP in the Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma.

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

M3, P2 in two principal subjects.

Access to HE Diploma Typical offer

A pass in the Access to HE Diploma

A pass in the Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject area including passes in 45 credits at Level 3.

Combinations of qualifications Typical offer

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 may be able to consider you without formal qualifications if you have a minimum of two years' relevant work experience.

GCSE requirements

GCSE English grade C or 4 (or equivalent from English language 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

Fees and funding information for Addictions Counselling FdSc franchised


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

These fees are for the academic year 2020/21 only. Tuition fees are liable to increase annually for all University of Bath students.

Home, Island and EU students

Tuition fee for the academic year 2020/21


Legal information

UK undergraduate fees are regulated by the government. These fees are subject to parliamentary approval.

If you are an EU undergraduate student starting your studies in or before 2020/21, your fees will be the same as the UK undergraduate fee for the length of your course.

Overseas students

Tuition fee for the academic year 2020/21


Legal information

You should budget for an increase of up to 5% each year for every further year of study; we will not increase your fees each year by more than this percentage and the amount will be set out on our fee page in December for the following academic year.

If you aren't paying your fees in British pounds, you should also budget for possible fluctuations in your own currency.

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 and 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 textbooks.

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 2020
  • Overseas deadline
    30 June 2020
  • Application eligibility
    UK and Overseas students are eligible to apply
  • Regulator

Selection process

Due to the nature of this degree, you will be asked to declare whether or not you have any relevant spent or unspent criminal convictions as part of completing your UCAS application. Should you declare that you have a conviction we will contact you for further information and you will be considered in line with our policy on applicants with criminal convictions.

We welcome applications from those who have been in stable recovery from addiction for a minimum of two years. As the course involves work with vulnerable adults, you will need to obtain an Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service check during your course. If the results of this check show that you have a criminal conviction, caution, reprimand or warning that is deemed unacceptable following an appropriate risk assessment you may not be able to secure a work-based placement. As a work-based placement is compulsory, in this instance you may ultimately be required to withdraw from the course.

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.

If you are an EU or EEA national (except if you are an Irish national) and you do not currently live in the UK, please contact us at for advice on how Brexit may affect your ability to study this course before you apply.

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