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Full-Time Foundation Degree Programme

The Foundation Degree is accredited by FDAP, and provides all the required training hours for their practitioner accreditation.

The Foundation degree is signposted to FDAP (The Federation of Drug and Alcohol Professionals) and DANOS (Drug and Alcohol National Occupational Standards).  This means that holders of the University of Bath Foundation Degree in Addictions Counselling, upon completion of some proformae, can become certified by FDAP as 'Accredited Practitioners' before entering employment.


How to apply

Click here to apply via UCAS for September 2015.  The final deadline for applying is 30 June 2015.

Tuition Fees

Follow this link for the current fee structure. The tuition fees are set by the University of Bath and are payable directly to the University.

If you're a student from England or another EU country, you can apply for financial help with the cost of tuition in England.  You can find out more on the DirectGov website.

Entry Requirements

Click here for the current entry requirements.

Those applicants who have had addiction problems themselves should ideally have a minimum of three years of stable recovery before starting the course, however two years will be considered.

As the course involves work with vulnerable adults, successful applicants will also be required to apply to the Disclosure and Barring Service for disclosure of any criminal record. The offer of a placement for the full-time course will be conditional on the receipt of a satisfactory disclosure certificate and appropriate risk assessment.

Application process

Once the applicant's details have been passed on by the University of Bath we will then contact candidates to attend the first part of the selection process that lasts for two days. These are currently scheduled for March, May and July 2015. The selection process includes participating in selection days, a homework assignment and, if required, attending and passing a 5-day Introduction to Counselling Skills course in August before enrolling on the degree programme. During this process tutors will be assessing applicants on interpersonal skills, (natural) counselling skills and academic ability.

Teaching Timetable

For a guide of the time spent in teaching/placement please see current timetable.  The Foundation Degree has 2 Stages. Each Stage contains a number of Units. The Units are taught in 3, 4 and 5 day blocks at our Centre for Addiction Treatment Studies in Warminster.

The Work Placement

The full-time programme is a work-based learning degree and therefore requires that you be in an approved placement.  Teaching is normally delivered in five day blocks at our training centre in Warminster so we recommend that students find a placement near their residence as more time will be spent in placement as the course progresses. Students will observe the treatment tasks modelled by qualified staff and receive direction and help in carrying out the tasks themselves. Wherever possible, students are allocated a placement in their preferred geographical location.

Bed and Breakfast costs

Students have the choice to stay at the training centre for the duration of their study week. Click here for pricing information.

Further information

If you would like further information on the Full-Time Foundation Degree, please contact the Centre for Addiction Treatment Studies on 01985 843780 or training@actiononaddiction.org.uk

Click here for our FAQs document or here for information on the CATS team.


Professional Development Candidates not registered on the Foundation Degree wishing to participate in any units on a stand-alone basis may attend individual courses at any time, subject to availability, and receive a Certificate of Continuing Professional Development

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