Psychology of Addiction

Ref: C3842679

This course is for all. It will look at how our behaviour can be habits or addiction. We will cover the biomedical and behavioural models to explain addiction. It will look at a range of addictions and cover how they can develop and what Psychology can tell us about changing this behaviour. This covers the topic as a psychological study and includes recent findings. There will be a series of internet links after each session for further reading and watching. This is a fun course which included discussions, exercises and videos. No experience needed all welcome.

Course aim

This course aims to study the psychology of all types of addiction using both biomedical and behavioural models and to look at what science can tell us about this area.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • Students need a level 2 qualification in English to join this course

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Be able to discuss how addiction can be explained biologically
  • Have discussed how addictions can develop
  • Have discussed and completed handouts about treatment of addictions.
  • Have worked as a group to rate addictions in various ways
  • Have participated in a simple psychological experiment

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning
  • There will be a series of internet links after each session for further reading and watching.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • There will be suggestions for work between classes. Links will be available for extra study (optional)

What else do I need to know?

  • All materials will be provided
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • You could bring pen and paper

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation

Download full course information sheet

Psychology of Addiction


As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

Not sure or have further questions? Contact

Visa Credit payments supported by RBS WorldPay Visa Debit payments supported by RBS WorldPay Visa Electron payments supported by RBS WorldPay Mastercard payments supported by RBS WorldPay Maestro payments supported by RBS WorldPay JCB payments supported by RBS WorldPay Solo payments supported by RBS WorldPay
RBS WorldPay Payments Processing