Substance Misuse Level 2

Our course code: X216

Course fee £375 or from £28 per month

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Addiction to alcohol and drugs is a major health and social problem in the UK. There has been a steady increase in spending on treatment services for substance misuse problems in the past 10 years, and with this has come a demand for a skilled, professional workforce that has outstripped existing training structures.

Mood altering substances’ have been around virtually since the dawn of time, so some people argue that there is every reason to accept them as part of everyday life. However, for some people, the maladaptive use of such compounds devastates their lives. Initially, a pleasurable diversion, the substance in question may gradually acquire a dominant part in the person’s life, insidiously wreaking havoc on relationships, finances and career, and threatening the very continuation of their lives.

NHS Knowledge

This course can contribute towards aspects of the NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework in relation to the following Dimensions: Core 1; Communication, Core 2; Personal and People Development, Core 3; Health, Safety and Security, HWB1-4 Health and Well-being. You can study these modules online, in your own time.

On this interactive Substance Misuse Level 2 course, you will discover:

  • Understand a wide range of issues related to substance misuse
  • Identify the assumptions and stereotypes associated with substance misuse
  • Understand the harm caused by substance misuse
  • Recognise the main signs and symptoms of using specific drugs
  • Find out what treatment is available in your area and how to access it

Broaden your knowledge of substance related issues, assumptions and stereotypes to better support people with addiction.

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

  • Awarding body: NCFE Customised Qualifications
  • Our course code: X216
  • Official Qualification Title: NCFE Level 2 Award in Substance Misuse

With a heritage stretching back over 150 years, NCFE is one of the largest awarding bodies in the UK. Over 340,000 students were awarded certification by NCFE last year. Our NCFE Customised Qualifications are bespoke, unregulated qualifications developed to meet the needs of our learners. Completing Customised Qualifications does not lead to an OFQUAL regulated qualification, but they can be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards future study.

Study Hours

The guided learning hours for this course is 67 hours. However, there may be additional hours required for additional research and writing.

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.

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 an additional fee, which also extends your tutor support.


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 be awarded an NCFE Customised Qualification. The training courses have been designed specifically to meet the needs of learners who prefer to study from home. You can read more about NCFE here.

Additional Information

Official Qualification Title - NCFE Level 2 Award in Substance Misuse

Difficulty - Level 2

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.

Minimum Enrolment Age - 16 years

Course Content

1: Understand Substance Use/Misuse
  • Understand the size, scope and complexity of substance use/misuse in the UK
  • Understand the social context of substance use/misuse in the UK and how this has changed over time
  • Understand the reasons why people use substances
  • Understand the importance of attitudes and values and their effects on behaviour
2: Understand How to Recognise and Respond to Substance Use/Misuse
  • Understand the UK national response to substance use/misuse
  • Understand the possible signs and symptoms relating to substance use/misuse and their limitations
  • Know the range of services available for those affected by substance use/misuse
3: Understand the Safe, Sensible and Social Use of Alcohol
  • Know the issues and concerns around alcohol use/misuse
  • Understand the different styles of drinking and their potential harm
  • Know the ways in which society responds to alcohol use and misuse
  • Understand the attitudes towards, and the impact of, alcohol use among young people
4: Options and Interventions for those Affected by Substance Use/Misuse
  • Know the different types of substance use/misuse and their associated problems
  • Understand the range of treatments and interventions for substance misuse
  • Understand the concepts of harm-reduction in substance misuse
  • Know how to recognise and respond to substance-related incidents which may require an immediate response
5: Substance Misuse and Young People
  • Understand how to use effective communication skills when talking to young people about substances
  • Understand how to identify substance-related needs in young people
  • Know why it is important to follow organisational procedures when working with young people

Frequently Asked Questions

We have some answers to common student questions, but if you can't find the answer you're looking for then please contact us and we will do everything we can to answer your questions.

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 the specified duration of your course.

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.

Most students finish comfortably within the course duration period given. However, if you do need more time, your personal tutor support can be extended for an additional fee.

Please check our main FAQs section or Contact Us, we have experienced course advisers who will be delighted to help!