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Addictions Counselling FdSc

2 years franchised, starting in September 2021

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.

Course structure

This course lasts 2 years. It starts in September 2021 and ends in 2023. Welcome week starts on 27 September 2021.

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

You’ll be taught and assessed by a variety of methods and it will vary between units. These methods are designed to promote in-depth learning and understanding of the subject.


  • Lectures
  • Practical sessions
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops


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

Assessment breakdown

All your assessment is by coursework over the duration of the course. 

You need to achieve a mark of 55% from the foundation degree to progress onto the BSc (Hons) one year course. This is determined by your first and second year marks, with each year contributing 50% to your overall mark. If you progress to the BSc (Hons) course, your final degree classification is based entirely on your marks achieved in that year only.

We can make reasonable adjustments to assessment procedures for students with disabilities, take a look at our Disability Service’s pages for information. 

Contact hours and workload

Contact hours

The teaching on this course takes place at the Centre for Addiction Treatment Studies in Warminster in blocks of 3, 4 or 5 days which are usually from 9.30am to 4pm. In your first year there would be typically around 11 weeks of timetabled contact hours, which can be made up of lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical classes.

Work-Based Learning Placement hours

During your first year you will typically spend around 11 weeks, of 25 hours per week, at your work-based learning placement.

Independent learning

In addition to timetabled contact hours and your work-based learning placement, you are expected to undertake independent learning and assessment activities. Typically, there might be 12 weeks overall across your first year for individual research, reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, preparing coursework assignments or presentations.

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).

Pearson Edexcel 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.

Pearson Edexcel 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.

OCR 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 Language or Literature grade 4 or C (or equivalent from English language category C)

English language requirements

Category C

You will normally need one of the following:

  • IELTS: 6.5 with 6.0 in each component
  • IELTS Indicator: 6.5 with 6.0 in each component
  • TOEFL IBT: 90 overall with 21 in each component
  • TOEFL IBT and IBT Special Home Edition: 90 overall with 21 in each component
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 62 with 59 in each component
  • Duolingo – 110 overall
  • LanguageCert SELT – B2 Communicator High Pass
  • Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE): 176 with 169 in each component
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): 176 with 169 in each component

We are also in the process of setting up our own online English language test on Password. Please register for updates on our Password test.

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

Tuition fees

Fee information is not yet available for this course. Tuition fees are liable to increase annually for all University of Bath students.

Find out more about student fees

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 during teaching periods and also when you are on your work-based learning placement.

You will be required to buy memory cards (SD cards) and readers for recording practice based teaching sessions. The approximate cost for SD cards for the course is about £20. You might also need recording equipment for your research project, although there are many free or low cost options available now for students which you can discuss with your Tutor.

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 2021
  • Overseas deadline
    30 June 2021
  • 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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