Drug and Alcohol Counselling Level 3

The use and misuse of alcohol and other drugs is one of the more controversial issues in our society, and often a source of conflict between generations and between sections of society. It is a growing concern and often hidden from the people that could help most – could you overcome these barriers with the Drug and Alcohol Counselling Level 3 course?

During this course, you will study a foundation of relevant models and skills that will equip you to engage in purposeful coaching and mentoring conversations and relationship building.

If you think that you could help people tackle and recover from their dependence on illegal, prescription and over-the-counter drugs, alcohol or solvents, then this home-based learning course is for you.  Drug and alcohol workers help people tackle their drug, alcohol or solvent misuse problems.  If you want to help people and you have an understanding of substance misuse issues, this job could be ideal for you.  In this job, you would need to be calm and caring, and able to build trust with vulnerable people.

On this Drug and Alcohol Counselling Level 3 course you will:

  • Gain a better understanding about drugs and alcohol misuse
  • Deepen your knowledge about the different types of drugs available and their side effects and use
  • Obtain a better understanding why people take drugs or use alcohol
  • Discover what treatment is available in your area and how to access it
  • Find out how to set up a drug or alcohol abuse treatment programme in your area
  • Understand the principles of drug and alcohol misuse counselling

Tear down the barriers and equip yourself with the skills to mentor people with dependence on drugs and alcohol.
Study with winners

We’re an award-winning learning provider and have been recognised for our cutting-edge learning techniques.

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 as you want from your personal course tutor via phone and email.

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
  • General introduction
  • Understanding Social use from Substance Abuse, Alcoholism and Addiction
  • Social Drinking and Drug Abuse
  • Alcoholism and Drug Addiction
  • Alcohol and Drug Use Management
  • Information on Drugs imports into the UK and the European Union.

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.

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.

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.