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The University of Bath is offering a new course that includes taught, independent and placement study in the field of addictions counselling.

The course is a two-year foundation degree (FdSc) based at Warminster, Wiltshire, starting from September 2019. The degree is a multidisciplinary course developed for the Department of Health by the University of Bath and Action on Addiction, authorised by the official body of the Federation of Drug and Alcohol Practitioners (FDAP).

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Treatment Manager, Anya Sparks, says that the Foundation Science degree in Addictions Counselling taught her  "a level of self-discipline and focus along with skills which have  assisted me in communicating across disciplines, from a board meeting to a counselling session.”

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Action on Addiction is an organisation whose patron is HRH The Duchess of Cambridge. They have ties to vast networks of experts and academics across disciplines and sectors - including the NHS. Their approach to addiction treatment is primarily to encourage and provide patients with a network who can support their recovery. This approach to recovery also includes aftercare and a skillset to help the patient post-treatment. Thus, the degree teaches intervention and treatment skills to those aspiring to become a counsellor, particularly for patients who seek help with addictions. The course also allows you to observe and experience situations faced by academics and practitioners.

The degree course is made up of compulsory and optional units adding up to 60 credits a year- around 600 hours of contact and independent study over a semester. For example, the first year offers a module called “Alcohol & Drug Problems and Societal Responses”, which is worth six credits. Assessment methods include a variety of essays, portfolio compilations, and case study analyses, mostly comprising of coursework.

Upon completion of the foundation degree, there is also the option of continuing onto a third year to study towards a Bachelor of Science degree. The degree aims to provide students with a basic understanding of the process, administration, and compassionate care that underlines addition intervention and recovery, to allow for the student to then pursue further studies or experiences.

Revolutionary Practitioner, Gonzalo Sanchez, says that he chose Bachelor of Science degree in Addictions Counselling because he "wanted to make a difference to people's lives" in the same way that he had received help in his own life.


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The course has versatile entry requirements, for example, CD in two A level subjects or PPP in BTEC level 3. However, it is worth noting that, the entry also appears based on individual combinations, and can include formal qualifications or work/voluntary experience. They also encourage potential applicants to personally contact the university to discuss experiences and qualifications; those with a past of addiction can also apply, provided they are two years into the recovery process.

Enrolled students will be able to use both the University of Bath facilities, such as the library and sports centres and at the Centre for Addiction Treatment Studies (CATS) in Warminster. Deadline for applications is June 30th, 2019, and can be done through UCAS.

If you have any concerns for yourself or someone else due to addiction, you can call the Samaritans free on 116 123, and seek out someone who can listen.

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