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Substance Misuse

Course Code: USM

Level: 2
Subject area: Childcare, Health & Social Care
Awarding body: Gateway
Qualification: Award
Course type: Part-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: Six weeks
When you'll study: Fridays, 9.00am - 5.00pm

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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 2017/18 (August 2017 – July 2018). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2018/19.

Although we’re not yet able to confirm the start date for this course, applications are now welcome, just complete and return an application form.