Drug and Alcohol Counselling Level 3

The misuse of alcohol and drugs is a major topic in our society. With the rise in addiction cases, demand for substance abuse counsellors has grown. The role offers a serious challenge where the rewards are priceless and make a world of difference to many people. Do you have what it takes to counsel those with addiction? If so, our Drug and Alcohol Counselling course teaches the initial skills required for a career in the field.

During the course, you’ll learn about addiction, dependency, and the recovery process. As a counsellor, the aim is to help people to think positively, live healthier lifestyles, and work independently. This usually requires sitting down with them, either one-on-one or in group sessions, to help them through their problems. To do this, we’ll teach you the foundations of relevant models that relate to substance misuse and varying types of addictive substances people use. In addition, You’ll also develop skills that enable you to engage in purposeful mentoring and relationship building. Our course is perfect for those looking to move into further education.

Tear down the barriers with our Level 3 Drug and Alcohol Counselling course!

Five Advantages of Becoming a Drug and Alcohol Counsellor

  1. Helping people to live healthier lifestyles without drugs and alcohol
  2. Jobs are abundant. The sector is expected to grow by 34% by 2022
  3. No two days the same. You’ll work with a range of challenging clients
  4. Work in a breadth of sectors, including clinics, hospitals and prisons
  5. Starting your own private practice after further educational training

Equip yourself with the skills to mentor people with dependence on drugs and alcohol.

As a drug or alcohol counsellor, you would need to be calm and caring, and able to build trust with vulnerable people. If you think you could make a difference to people with substance misuse issues, our course is for you.


As a result of enrolling on our Drug and Alcohol Counselling Level 3 course you will:

  • Broaden your knowledge of drug and alcohol misuse
  • Gain insight into addictive substances and their side effects
  • Learn about drug rehabilitation, alcohol recovery and 12 step programmes
  • Discover the importance of SMART goals to aid the recovery process
  • Recognise the stages of change and strategies for each stage change
  • Explore the category classification of substances, from depressants to inhalants
  • Break down a breadth of models and perspectives surrounding substance abuse
Tear down the barriers and equip yourself with the skills to mentorpeople with dependence on drugs and alcohol.
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At your own pace

Study this course as quickly or slowly as you wish; we’ll work at a speed that suits you.

Unlimited Tutor Support™

Get as much help and support as you want from your personal course tutor via email and phone.

Awarding body: NCFE Customised Qualifications
Our course ref: X344

NCFE is one of the largest awarding bodies in the UK. Over 340,000 thousand students were awarded certification by NCFE last year through over 2,000 colleges and training providers nationally. With a heritage stretching back over 150 years.

Study Hours

Up to 120 hours which is under 40 minutes per day for 6 months. However, additional hours may be required for reading writing and research.

Course Duration

You have up to a year to complete this course and we have included a suggested number of study hours. This is usually ample time for learners, even with full-time jobs and other commitments. Don’t worry if you go over the year though, we can organise an extension to your course for a small fee, which also extends your tutor support.

Study Method

The course is specially designed for study by distance learning. Throughout the course, there will be self-assessment questions, and tutor marked assignments (TMAs), to enable you to monitor your progress.


Throughout this course, you may be expected to complete assignments, essays, research projects, presentations, video/audio recordings, and practical learning sessions to meet the requirements of your course. This information will be included in your study pack detailing exactly what you need to do to accomplish your goals as a student.

Course Outcomes

At the end of this course, successful learners will receive an NCFE Customised Qualification and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details all of the units you have completed as part of your course). You can read more about NCFE here.

Additional Information
Level 3
Entry requirements
There are no formal entry requirements for this course, however, it is recommended that you have an intermediate ability to read and write English.
Section 1
Introduction to Addictions
  • What causes addiction? You’ll look at areas such as:
    • Signs and symptoms of addiction
    • Physical dependency
    • Psychological dependency
    • Consequences of addiction
    • Financial difficulties
    • Family issues
    • Crime
    • Employment problems
    • Health and mental health problems


You will have access to your personal tutor, via email and telephone, who will mark your assignments and guide you through the course. In addition, you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide which will help you through the study and assessment process. Your personal tutor will be highly experienced in their subject area and qualified to teach.

You don’t need any prior skills in the subject area to start. However, as with all of our courses, we recommend a reasonable level of English reading and writing ability.

We provide all the specially written learning materials you require to study this course at home. The course fee also includes tutor support for 12 months.

You will receive everything you need to complete this course within the study pack we send to you.

No, this course is assessed by coursework alone.

No, all of the study materials are supplied within your learning pack.

That’s fine, this course can be studied anywhere and is completed by submitting Tutor marked assignments (TMAs).

Please check our FAQs section or Contact Us, we are happy to answer any questions you have.

Cannot recommend it enough
Helen Green

Oxbridge has been great. Cannot recommend it enough and at a price than suits.

Helped with my volunteering
Russell Crone

This course has helped me so much in my volunteer work with young addicts. Set out well, support always available.

Really glad I found you
Carole Lloyd-Johnstone

As I work with addicts of all ages this course has really refreshed my knowledge, it has been great, refreshing and useful to me. I have also enrolled onto the counselling diploma and got a returning student discount. Really glad I found you!

Ready for the next level
Jack Wright

Hoping to further my career with this course, hopefully will pass and go onto the next level.

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