Bachelor of Addiction Studies

Learn from best practice research. Gain evidence-based skills to work in partnership with a wide range of other professionals. It’s a close supportive environment and your tutors will guide you through your studies.

This programme is not open to new enrolments. See information below.

What you will learn

  • Gain an integrated understanding of the theory and practical application of addictions
  • Learn strategies to assess and treat clients with addiction related disorders
  • Become competent in the assessment and treatment of clients with both complex mental health and addiction disorders
  • Analyse and critically evaluate the philosophies and practice frameworks of prevention and health promotion in addition to a variety of researchbased theories on substance use, misuse and addictions
  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of the classification of pharmacological and psychotropic drugs
  • Learn best practice in relation to conducting a risk assessment
  • This programme is not available for new enrolments. See details below for more information.
Social & Community ServicesSocial
& Community Services

This programme is not open to new enrolments.

All current full time students will continue in their current programme of study.  

We will work with all current part-time students to ensure a transition plan is in place.

New students wishing to study Counselling please see Bachelor of Counselling and Addiction Practice

Programme structure

Learn more about individual courses we offer. Then complete the course selection sheet.

Professional supervision

Students will be required to engage in:

Professional Supervision (at a cost of between $50 - $120 per hour)
12 hours of professional supervision in Year 2 
12 hours of professional supervision in Year 3

These costs are not included in the course fee and are paid to the agency/individual that provides this service. Travel to clinical practice courses will also need to be budgeted for by the student.

Recognised qualification

The programme aims to provide graduates with the practitioner competencies and values of the Addiction Practitioners’ Association, Aotearoa-New Zealand (Dapaanz).

“I have always wanted to get into a counselling role, and would love to give back to the community”
Johanna
Johanna, Bachelor of Addiction Studies student

Career options

Opportunities exist in addiction, alcohol, and drug services. District Health Boards, public health, non-government organisations. Social, health and community agencies. Specialised addictions opportunities are also emerging in justice roles and in  services such as opioid treatment.

  • Addiction Worker
  • Case Manager
  • Policy Advisor
  • Substance Abuse Counsellor

Entry criteria

Under 20

NCEA Level 3, including:

  • Three subjects from the NZQA Approved Subjects list at Level 3, made up of 14 credits each
  • Literacy – 10 credits at Level 2 or above, made up of 5 credits in reading and 5 credits in writing
  • Numeracy – 10 credits at Level 1 or above

You also need a few other things:

  • Interview – to assess your suitability for the programme
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Two personal referees
  • Personal statement and health declaration
  • Police check (completed annually)

Only returning students can apply to re-enrol for this programme. Please contact us if you need further information.

20+

If you’re 20 years or over, you may qualify for special admission on this programme. Contact us if you don’t meet the entry criteria as provided on the Under 20 tab.

Only returning students can apply to re-enrol for this programme. Please contact us if you need further information.

International

NCEA Level 3, including:

  • Three subjects from the NZQA Approved Subjects list at Level 3, made up of 14 credits each
  • Literacy – 10 credits at Level 2 or above, made up of 5 credits in reading and 5 credits in writing
  • Numeracy – 10 credits at Level 1 or above

You also need a few other things:

  • Interview – to assess your suitability for the programme
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Two personal referees
  • Personal statement and health declaration
  • Police check (completed annually)

International students – minimum IELTS (academic) score of 6 with no band score less than 5.5, or equivalent. 

What it will cost

Local

  • Fee: $6,729

    This is an annual fee, which is reviewed each year. For part-time fees, contact a Student Advisor. 

    Contact us for Trimester 3 fees. 

  • Student services fee: $220

    Your student fee is included in your course fees. It is not billed separately. Amount shown is based on full year study. More details.

This programme qualifies for student loans and allowances. More details

International

  • Fee: $20,371

    This fee is in New Zealand dollars.

     Fees are payable annually. 

Where will my course be?

The Auckland campus is at 450 Queen Street, Auckland.

Read more about our Auckland campus.

The Porirua campus is at 3 Wi Neera Dr, Porirua.

Read more about our Porirua campus.

Ready to enrol?

Local

Applying online is easy and takes only about 10 minutes.

You will need a few details:

  1. An email address you check regularly.

  2. The phone number of someone willing to be your emergency contact.

  3. Your date of residency if you are a permanent resident in NZ.

If you have your NZQA National Student Number and/or a WelTec Student ID it will help us process your application faster.

International

To enrol as a international student you will need to download and complete our international enrolment form.

Once completed, you may submit the form and accompanying documentation directly to WelTec International, or go through one of our registered recruitment agents.

“I have always wanted to get into a counselling role, and would love to give back to the community”
Johanna
Johanna, Bachelor of Addiction Studies student