Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Applied Addiction studies PT

Course Overview

  • 4

    Years P/T

  • 8


Why take this course?

Addiction services are provided in a continuously changing and complex environment. The addiction professional must be able to respond to these changing needs and demands.

The Applied Addiction Studies programme aims to address the needs of people working with addiction.

The four strands of each year will:

• Provide students with a framework for understanding addiction, both from an individual and social context;

• Develop an understanding of treatment and intervention approaches;

• Develop skills and competencies in all areas of addiction work;

• Promote the understanding and values of reflective practice and evidence –based practice;

Intended for Addiction workers from Outreach, needle exchange, keyworkers, community work, voluntary sector, residential rehabilitation services, Inter-agency approach, family support services; and professionals from health care settings, prison and probation workers, social care workers, community care workers, education professionals.

What will I experience?

Year 1

• The Biopsychosocial Framework

• Introduction to Alcohol and Drugs

• Introduction to Sociology & Social Policy

• Addiction Research

• Information Technology, Learning and Development for Higher Education

• Introduction to Psychology

• Professional Practice & Personal Development

Year 2

• Addiction Services: an Interagency Approach

• Prevention, Education and Health Promotion

• Treatment Interventions I

• Group Work & Group Facilitation Skills

Year 3

• Addiction & Cultural Diversity

• Treatment Interventions II

• Evidence Based Practices

• Key Working Skills

Year 4

• Process Addictions

• Treatment Interventions III

• Project Dissertation

• Community Development & Planning

Additional Information

Professional experience – direct or indirect - is not a pre-requisite for this course.

The programme is mapped to the integrated pathway of care defined by the HSE, which outlines a tiered framework of services and service provision. A practical approach, that addresses the complexities of addiction, will provide students with the understanding and skills required to work competently in this area.

Exit Awards: If a student cannot complete all four years, they may apply for an exit award at the points detailed below. Please note that exit awards are only available to those who leave the Institute permanently, and do not intend completing their studies on this programme.

On successful completion of Years 1 & 2 Higher Certificate in Applied Addiction Studies (Level 6)

On successful completion of Years 1, 2 & 3 Bachelor of Arts Applied Addiction Studies (Level 7)

On successful completion of Years 1, 2, 3 & 4 Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Applied Addiction Studies (Level 8)

Please note: Institute induction and commencement of the Learning and Development for Higher Education module is on Saturday 23 September 2017 from 9.30am to 5.00pm. Attendance on that date is compulsory

Enquiries: Jenny Cooper -

Course Details

Course Fees:
€2500 Per annum
Course Duration:
4 Years P/T
Course Commencement Date:

6.00pm Monday 18 September 2017.

24 weeks per annum Monday & Wednesday 6.00pm to 10.00pm (classes may also take place on occasional Saturdays)

Course NFQ Level:
Level 8
Dept of Lifelong Learning
Minimum Entry Requirements:

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