Applicants for the degree programme come from a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences. This diversity enhances the learning and teaching experience for everyone involved at CATS. Examples include:


  • Individuals who have had their own personal journey with addiction – please note we require all applicants to have been in recovery for at least two years at the start of their degree.
  • Individuals who have experienced the impact of addiction on family members and friends.
  • College students wishing to go into a helping profession and make a difference to the lives of others.
  • Mature students who are embarking on a first career, a career change or who want to learn a specialism in the counselling profession.


We are available to talk to anyone who is thinking about addictions counselling as a career. Visit our Talk to us page for our contact details. We look forward to hearing from you.


Applications for the Addictions Counselling FdSc degree programme must be submitted via UCAS. The UCAS course code is B940 and the institution code is B16.


The closing date for applications is 30 June prior to enrolment in September.


Applicants who have met the entry requirements for the degree programme are required to attend a two-day selection process which takes place three times a year, normally in April, May and July each year.


The selection process includes a number of one-to-one and group exercises and a homework assignment. The University of Bath will notify applicants of the outcome of the selection process.

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 experience.


If you are taking a GCE A level in a science subject, you will need to pass any separate science practical endorsement.

You will need to obtain an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check during this course. If you are a student who requires a Tier 4 visa to study you will not be able to join this course.

United Kingdom qualifications:

A-Level typical offer:


CD in two A-Level subjects.


Typical offers for other qualifications:

Access to HE Diploma

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



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 Pre-U typical offer

M3 P2


Combinations of qualifications:

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 can also consider combinations that are not listed and that do not include A-Levels. You should read the information about essential and preferred subjects and subject combinations. We cannot consider different qualifications in the same subject area.


GCSE requirements

GCSE English grade C or 4 (or equivalent from 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.

The UCAS course code is B940 and the institution code is B16.