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Substance Misuse

Course Code: USM

Level: 2
Subject area: Childcare, Health & Social Care
Awarding body: Gateway
Qualification: Award
Course type: FREE (Eligibility Applies), Part-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: Six weeks
When you'll study: Fridays, 10.00am - 3.30pm

About the course

This qualification has been developed with the support of Addiction; the UK’s specialist drug and alcohol treatment charity. Over an eight week period you will study one day per week, leading to a substance misuse qualification that will help you gain knowledge and understanding of substance misuse, what triggers this, implications for social and emotional well-being and the impact upon society, self and others. You will gain an understanding of some of the key values and principles that underpin support offered to people misusing substances.

What you'll learn

The following is a short summary of some of the topics which can be studied on this course:

  • alcohol and drug  misuse
  • introduction to issues of substance misuse
  • understanding some of the factors which rigger misuse
  • the impact of substance misuse on self and others
  • intervention
  • principles and values
Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements.


Assessment is based upon a portfolio of evidence which is externally moderated.

What's next?

Upon successful completion you may progress onto an Access to Higher Education course eg Access to Nursing and or Access to Social Work (subject to interview and entry requirements). This may qualification may support those who already work within the care sector and/or adults who may be interested in a Foundation Degree in Health subject to DBS and entry criteria.

Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2020/21 (August 2020 – July 2021). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2021/22.

If you are aged 16-18, due to Government funding, tuition fees may not be applicable for your course. (Please note: this does not apply to Foundation Degrees or Access to Higher Education courses, and other courses not eligible for public funding.)


Course Code: USM

Course Fees

A Full Course Fee: Not applicable to this course

B Reduced Course Fee (for those in receipt of qualifying benefits): Not applicable to this course

C Ancillary course costs (ie books and equipment): Not applicable to this course

D Advanced Learner Loan Fee: Not applicable to this course

How old are you? How much will you pay?
This course is not usually available to this age group. Please contact or phone reception on 01752 305 300 for advice.

Please note fees are quoted for one year only.