Understanding Substance Misuse QCF Level 3


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Level 3


100 Hours

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 Enrolment Fee £460.00

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A Distance Learning Course is the ideal way to gain a qualification without having the worry of trying to fit your studies around your everyday life.  You can complete your studies in your own time and we are on hand seven days a week to help you plan your future.

Course Description

The Distance Learning Understanding Substance Misuse QCF qualification helps to develop an increased understanding of these issues and the possible responses and interventions.

The course aims to: provide a nationally accredited certificated programme in a wide range of substance misuse issues and the variety of responses and interventions available, provide a flexible learning opportunity that is accessible to a wide range of learners, provide the student with knowledge and understanding that can be used by those who either personally, voluntary or professionally have a special interest in this field.

The course gives you the opportunity of personal development and occupational competence in an area identified by government policy as one requiring special attention. The overall Government’s policy is laid out in ‘Tackling Drugs to Build a Better Britain 1998’ and the ‘Updated Drugs Strategy 2002’.

This programme is a great resource for anyone interested in the subject but is particularly aimed at those who work directly and regularly with people who may have alcohol or drugs misuse problems or those who would like to pursue a career in these specific areas. This course in particular is widely used to train drugs and alcohol workers, as well as generic professionals serving young and/or vulnerable people, to support them in achieving their DANOS competences. Mapping to the DANOS competences has shown that this programme covers a broad range of relevant DANOS units.

The course also provides comprehensive “underpinning knowledge” for the substance misuse modules of the NVQ and SVQ Level 3 Health and Social Care. The qualification has been mapped to the Drugs and Alcohol National Occupational Standards (DANOS) and the NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework. It helps people to develop their knowledge, skills and competence in the following DANOS units: AA1 Recognise indications of substance misuse and refer individuals to specialists, AB2 Support individuals who are substance users, AB5 Assess and act upon immediate risk of danger to substance users, AD1 Raise awareness about substances, their use and effects, AF2 Carry out assessment to identify and prioritise needs.

Previous Knowledge Required

You do not need any prior learning knowledge or experience to take this course. This course is openly available to anyone who wishes to take part in a highly rewarding home study course, although you would be expected to have a reasonable standard of literacy.

You have the freedom to start the course at any time and continue your studies at your own pace for a period of up to 12 months from initial registration with the full support of your Tutor.


You will receive the entire package of course materials in a single dispatch together with dedicated Tutor Support for 12 months.  All assignments are marked by one of our professional Tutors who will offer regular feedback and guide you through your course.

You will be provided with the telephone number for your dedicated Student Support Team who will be available for any other queries that you may have whilst completing your course. You can be assured that you will receive unlimited support for your home study course, so there is no need to struggle or feel isolated during your studies.

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Completing a series of tutor marked assignments will lead you to the highly acclaimed Certificate in Understanding Substance Misuse QCF qualification.

Enrolment Fees

You can enrol online today by either paying in full or taking advantage of our easy payment plan.  The first instalment will be due one month following enrolment.

Payment Method            Version Initial Payment Monthly Instalment Total Payable
Pay in Full Paper £385.00 Nil £385.00
Instalment Option 1 Paper £260.00 £50.00 X 4 months £460.00
Instalment Option 2 Paper £160.00 £100.00 X 3 months £460.00

Please note the easy payment plan is not available to International Students.

Delivery costs are as follows:
UKFree Delivery
Rest of the World£65.00
Payment of delivery charges will be required before dispatch of your course.

  • Unit 1: Understanding Drug Use: Facts, Effects, Symptoms and Attitudes

  • Unit 2: Understanding Responses to Substance Misuse: Legislation, Harm Reduction and Interventions

  • Unit 3: Understanding Alcohol and Drug Use in Young People
Awarding Organisation

Ascentis was originally established in 1975 as OCNW, a co-operative scheme between Universities and Colleges of Further Education. Ascentis was the first "Open College" in the UK and served the needs of its members for over 34 years. Throughout this period, OCNW grew yet maintained its independence in order that it could continue to respond to the requirements of its customers and provide a consistently high standard of service to all centres across the country and in recent years to its increasing cohorts of overseas learners.In 2009 OCNW became Ascentis - a company limited by guarantee and a registered educational charity.Ascentis is distinctive and unusual in that it is both: a National Awarding Body (NAB) approved by the office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual)and an Access Validating Agency (AVA) for "Access to HE Programmes" licensed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA).


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