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.
You’ll gain experience in 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.
In your first year you'll develop your study skills and build your knowledge in core areas of alcohol and drug problems, treatment approaches, and assessment and treatment planning.
In your second year you'll advance your knowledge and skills in research methods, diagnosis and treatments. Areas of study include dual diagnosis, cognitive therapy and working with families. You’ll also do a research project.
BSc (Hons) one year
The Bachelor of Science provides you with greater exposure to research and advanced practical techniques, including a work-based research project. You’ll increase your knowledge and skills in motivational interviewing, cognitive-based counselling and group leadership.
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Study in an enriched learning environment
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 may not need to relocate for this course.
You’ll learn from academics and practitioners with expertise in addictions counselling. Their research activities feed into your teaching learning experience.
Use specialist facilities
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, this includes the campus library and the sports and recreation facilities. You are also eligible to join the University of Bath Students’ Union. Accommodation during the teaching blocks is available at the Centre for Addiction Treatment Studies (at additional cost).
Prepare for your future
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.
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.