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Addiction Studies BSc (Part time) 2018 start

  • Overview

    Addiction problems have a broad and far-reaching negative impact on communities and on health and social care.

    Our Addiction Studies BSc is a part-time practice-based programme, focusing on the development and enhancement of clinical skills for people working in the addiction field. It offers an in-depth understanding of the causes and consequences of substance misuse and of effective preventive and remedial practices. It also allows you to develop your research and theory-based knowledge and skills, including undertaking your own independent research.

    You’ll develop your skills in counselling and in communicating information to clients, their relatives, other staff and the public.

    The programme can enhance your employability and career progression. It is run by the Leeds Addiction Unit for the University of Leeds. Read the course prospectus at the Leeds Addiction Unit Training Department.

    Early exit awards

    If you leave before finishing the BSc programme, you can still gain a qualification if you have enough credits. You can be awarded:

    • Certificate of Higher Education in Addiction Studies if you have completed 120 credits at level 1
    • Diploma in Higher Education in Addiction Studiesif you have completed 120 credits at level 2

    Leeds Addiction Unit

    The Leeds Addiction Unit combines:

    • a clinical unit, specialising in the treatment of substance dependence
    • a teaching unit, specialising in the training of professionals to manage problems of substance misuse in a variety of settings
    • a research unit, specialising in the evaluation of treatment and the provision of regional substance misuse data in line with government requirements.

  • Course content

    Teaching in each module addresses the ethical, legal, cultural and international context of addictions. The problem of substance misuse, whether relating to alcohol, illicit or prescribed drugs, has an international context and is influenced by international and national law, culture and ethical standards of policy and response.

    Through connections and collaborations with the Leeds Institute of Health Sciences in the School of Medicine, the programme offers a research-led curriculum. It takes you through taught research-led teaching to independent research-based learning, with a programme team experienced in teaching students to understand the scientific literature.

    The programme also encourages you to develop a range of transferable skills, including team working and analytical, problem solving and communication skills.

    The programme offers the opportunity to apply theory and research in competence-assessed practice. It includes distance learning and face-to-face taught modules, giving students who are employed and may have family commitments some flexibility.

    Course structure

    These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

    Year 1

    Compulsory modules

    • Prevention Issues in Addiction Studies 30 credits
    • Assessment of Substance Misuse 30 credits
    • Principles of Substance Misuse Interventions 30 credits
    • Continuing Professional Development for Substance Misuse Professionals 30 credits

    Year 2

    Compulsory modules

    • Alcohol, Drugs and Harm Reduction 30 credits
    • Motivational Interviewing (incorporating Motivational Enhancement Therapy) 30 credits
    • Research Methods Module 30 credits
    • Social Behaviour and Network Therapy (SBNT) 30 credits

    Year 3

    Compulsory modules

    • Cognitive Behavioural Coping Skills 30 credits
    • Library Based Project by Distance Learning 30 credits
    • Psychopharmacology and Physiology of Addiction 30 credits
    • Dual Diagnosis: The Management of Substance Misuse and Mental Illness 30 credits

    For more information on typical modules, read Addiction Studies BSc in the course catalogue

    Broadening your academic horizons

    At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. On this course you broaden your learning through core and/or optional modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.

    Learning and teaching

    You’ll experience a range of teaching, including classroom teaching by lectures, demonstrations, seminars, group discussions on research papers and practice protocols and guidance presented by students, and reflections on video recorded practice conducted in the work place. Video recorded practice forms the basis of practice teaching in small peer review groups.

    You’ll be taught by academic staff who are also practitioners and/or researchers and have access to practice opportunities in the field. Regular weekly phone tutorials will be available to you, and you can also contact your tutors by email. The practice mentor in your workplace offers encouragement and guidance, and ensure opportunities for practice are protected

    Student support services are also available throughout the course via the University’s Student Services Centre.

    Library-based research projects are supervised by the module leader and supported by the team of supervisors through each stage of planning and completion.

    Study materials and facilities

    We provide a study manual for each module, together with a list of recommended readings. You’ll also be recommended to access some set texts for each module. These items together comprise the core materials for the course, but you may also be expected to access additional reading materials in preparation for assessments.

    The programme has a dedicated specialist library with a good collection of books, several of the top-rated addiction journals, internet access and quiet study areas. You’ll also have full access to the University of Leeds libraries, which provide the resources and quiet environment for private study, and an extensive collection of online journals. The Virtual Learning Environment gives you access to electronic copies of teaching material.


    You’ll be assessed through a variety of methods, depending on the learning outcomes of modules. Assessments will include written examinations (unseen papers), essays and case studies and video recordings of live practice and analyses of these.

  • Entry requirements, fees and applying

    Entry requirements

    A-level: EE

    GCSE: 5 GCSEs at minimum grade C, including maths, English and a science

    • Access to HE Diploma

      level 3 credits

    • BTEC

      Certificate or Diploma at National Qualifications Framework

    • Other Qualifications

      NVQ level 3 equivalent

    Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the School’s Undergraduate Admissions Team.

    You will need to show on application (in personal statement) or at interview:

    • Two satisfactory references
    • Satisfactory outcome of an enhanced disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service
    • Commitment to a career in addiction
    • Evidence of current practice (on an employed or substantial volunteer basis) in the addiction field, with signed support of manager
    • Availability of workplace based practice mentor
    • Satisfactory workplace audit (form provided) for assessing suitability for skills development and implementation
    • Current eligibility for NHS funding or the means to self-fund or employer fund

    We will consider applicants with a wide range of educational backgrounds. Opportunities for the accreditation of prior learning certificated (APCL) and experiential (APEL) are provided by the School of Medicine's Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme.

    Alternative entry

    We’re committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.

    Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.

    Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.

    International Foundation Year Programme

    International students who do not meet the academic requirements for undergraduate study may be able to study the University of Leeds International Foundation Year. This gives you the opportunity to study on campus, be taught by University of Leeds academics and progress onto a wide range of Leeds undergraduate courses. Find out more about International Foundation Year programmes.

    English language requirements

    IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component.

    How to apply

    Apply for this course to the Leeds Addiction Unit (LAU). Get more information and an application form from the LAU Training Department.

    Apply by 6 January 2017 for study beginning in February/March 2017.

    Admissions policy

    School of Medicine and Surgery MBChB Undergraduate Admissions Policy


    UK/EU: To be confirmed

    International: To be confirmed

    For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250. 

    The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2019 will be confirmed in September 2018.

    The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% in 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.

    The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students in 2018-19 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.

    Read more about paying fees and charges.

    Additional cost information

    Students are required to provide video recordings as part of assessment for each practice-based module. The cost of this is approximately £25 per video through our usual supplier (2016 figure). Please note that some practice-based modules may require you to provide more than one video.

    There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs

    Financial support

    If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.

  • Career opportunities

    Our addiction studies programmes can enhance your future career opportunities by equipping you with specialist knowledge and skills to add to your nursing, psychology, medical, counselling or other background. The broad relevance of the knowledge and skills allows you to contribute to the health and social functioning of individuals with substance misuse problems in a wide range of health or social care settings.