Our foundation degree (FdSc) in Addictions Counselling will give you the vocational skills required to become a practitioner in this field. For eligible students, there is an opportunity of a third year of study to gain a full BSc honours degree in Addictions Counselling.

Both courses are franchised by the University of Bath and the foundation degree is accredited by the Federation of Drug and Alcohol Practitioners (FDAP). Graduates of the foundation degree are also eligible to apply for practitioner accreditation with FDAP.

These courses will give you an understanding of the latest developments in addictions treatment and you will learn how to deliver safe and effective interventions for addictive behaviours. The course is a mix of academic study at CATS, our world-leading research centre in Warminster, alongside work-based learning through practice placements in a location of your choice.

Each unit at CATS is taught in two, three, four and five day blocks. You will benefit from being taught by academic staff and practitioners who are experts in their field. In consultation with your course tutor, you will find a suitable work-based learning (WBL) placement in either a community or residential treatment setting. 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.

Applications for the degree programme must be submitted via UCAS by the closing date of 30 June prior to enrolment in September.