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Addiction Counselling QLS Level 3

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Do you see yourself helping others out in their times of need? Then this Addiction Counselling QLS Level 3 course could be perfect for you.

  • Gain a solid foundation of knowledge in the different types and causes of addiction.
  • Understand the theory behind different counselling approaches and skills.
  • Learn more about the support systems available to your clients and their families to help them cope.

Course overview

There is a national shortage of qualified therapists able to help people overcome problems associated with addiction. Thousands of people suffer from addictive behaviour and many seek professional help to overcome it.

If you are already working as a counsellor, this Addiction Counselling QLS Level 3 course is an excellent opportunity to specialise in the area of addiction and addictive behaviour. However, the course may also appeal to novices who are considering a career in counselling.

What is addiction counselling?

You will help people struggling with addiction in different ways, from cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT).

CBT helps individuals by identifying their problematic behaviours and turning them into positives. Counselling provides people with addictions to think, feel and act by interrupting the cycle of addiction.

DBT, on the other hand, is based on CBT and is a type of talking treatment. By allowing them to experience, recognise and accept their difficult emotions, the aim is to help them learn to manage those emotions.

What next?

There are several avenues you can go down once you have successfully completed this course. You could take a look at our other counselling  courses, or you could further your education by studying a counselling degree at university. If you want to work in counselling using your Addiction Counselling Level 3 qualification, here are just a couple of the jobs you could explore (depending on your credentials):

  • Substance abuse counsellor
  • Clinical supervisor
  • Community health worker
  • Probation officer
  • Mental health counsellor
  • Social and community service worker


Course Duration

Up to one year.

Study Hours

Approximately 100 hours.

Course Outcome

You will receive a Certificate of Achievement from the Quality License Scheme and a Learner Unit Summary.

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.


Tutor-marked assessments.

Course content

Extra info


You will be assessed through a series of written assignments, which are submitted to your tutor for marking. No external examination is required.

Course duration

You may start at any time and have a full year to complete your studies. We suggest that the course will take approximately 100 hours to complete. This is more than enough time to give you flexibility and work at your own pace without the pressure of deadlines.

Study method

This course will enable you to work when and where you want. You can study from home or at work; it is completely up to you. All your materials will be posted or emailed to you online, whichever you choose. You will also receive our tutor support by email, so help is only a click away!

Course outcomes

At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from the Quality License Scheme and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).

Awarding body

This course has been endorsed by the Quality License Scheme for its high-quality. The Quality Licence Scheme, endorses high-quality, non-regulated provision and training programmes. This course and/or training programme has been endorsed by the Quality Licence Scheme for its high-quality, non-regulated provision and training programmes. This course and/or training programme is not regulated by Ofqual and is not an accredited qualification. Your training provider will be able to advise you on any further recognition, for example progression routes into further and/or higher education. For further information please visit the Learner FAQs on the Quality Licence Scheme website.


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