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Substance Abuse and Drugs Awareness Course - Distance

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  • Objectives

    *After studying this course, students will be able to:
    *understand possible causes of substance and drugs abuse
    *have knowledge of the different treatments available
    *be aware of the help that is available for drug users and their families
    *have a clear understanding of how to work with people with addiction problems
  • Entry requirements
    There are no entry requirements for this course, just an interest in the subject. However, a reasonable level of literacy is expected for this Level Three course.
  • Academic Title
    Level 3 Award in Substance Abuse and Drugs Awareness. Plus a UK Open Learning Diploma.

    At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Level 3 NCFE Award certificate of achievement. That means that it is independently accredited at a level of learning equivalent to level 3 on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) for England, Wales and Northern Ireland”
  • Course description

    Assessment takes the form of a series of assignments which are then sent to your tutor by e-mail or post for marking. The tutor will respond to your submitted assignments with constructive advice and guidance or will confirm that you have achieved the outcomes for that assignment.

    Assessments are then checked by our Quality Assurance system to ensure that you have been assessed properly.


    The programme takes place over a timescale to suit the student. Once registered, tutor support is available for up to one year or until completion, whichever is sooner.


    The programme is home or work-based, enabling students to complete the course without having to attend scheduled college teaching sessions.

    Tutor Support

    Throughout the course, students will receive tutor support by email and by post. This will be for 12 months from the date you receive the course. To complete the full course will take in the region of 100 study hours which can be spread over a 12 month period.
    Section 1
    • What is a drug?
    • Definitions of drugs
    • Types of Drugs
    • Depressants, stimulants and hallucinogens
    • Levels of drug use – experimental, recreational and dependent

    Section 2
    • The history of drug use
    • Getting help
    • Tackling drug use
    • Helping someone with a drug problem
    • Emergencies
    • Is my child using drugs?
    • Why do we use drugs?

    Section 3
    • Effects of drugs
    • Pharmacology
    • Quantity of the drug
    • Consumption
    • S hort term/ long terms dangers
    • Smoking, snorting, injecting and inhaling
    • Overdose
    • Impurities
    • Damage
    • Expectations
    • Previous experiences
    • Moods
    • Physical health
    • Mental health
    • Body weight
    • Tolerance to drugs
    • Problematic drug use
    • Hierarchy of harm

     Section 4
    • Models of care
    • Drug treatment provision
    • Harm reduction services
    • Counselling
    • Funding

    Section 5

    Substance misuse and awareness
    • Detoxification
    • Structured day programmes
    • Residential rehabilitation
    • 12 STEPS
    • Substitute drug therapies

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