Substance Misuse Level 2

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.

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

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

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

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 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
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
Section 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

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).

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