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Understanding Substance Misuse Certificate Level 3 RQF

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This Understanding Substance Misuse RQF qualification helps to develop increased understanding of substance misuse issues and the possible responses and interventions.

Qualification Title: TQUK Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Substance Misuse (RQF)
Qualification Number: 603/0154/5
Total Credits: 13
UCAS Points: 8

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Level 3 / TQUK RQF / PI207

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Course introduction

The programme aims to:

  • Provide a nationally accredited certificated programme in a wide range of substance misuse issues and the variety of responses and interventions available
  • Provide a flexible learning opportunity that is accessible to a wide range of learners 
  • Provide the student with knowledge and understanding that can be used by those who either personally, voluntary or professionally have a special interest in this field.

The programme raises an opportunity for personal development and occupational competence in an area identified by government policy as one requiring special attention. The overall Government policy is laid out in “Drug Strategy 2010 – Reducing Demand, Restricting Supply, Building Recovery: Supporting people to live a drug-free life.”

This programme should contribute to the strategy through an educational model. The programme is a great resource for anyone interested in the subject but is particularly aimed at those who work directly and regularly with people with alcohol or drugs misuse problems or those who would like to pursue a career in these areas.

This course in particular is widely used to train drugs and alcohol workers, as well as generic professionals serving young and/or vulnerable people, to support them in achieving their DANOS competences. Mapping to the DANOS competences has shown that this programme covers a broad range of relevant DANOS units. The course provides also comprehensive “underpinning knowledge” for the substance misuse modules of the NVQ and SVQ Level 3 Health and Social Care.

The qualification has been mapped to the Drugs and Alcohol National Occupational Standards (DANOS) and the NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework. It helps people to develop their knowledge, skills and competence in the following DANOS units:

AA1 Recognise indications of substance misuse and refer individuals to specialists
AB2 Support individuals who are substance users
AB5 Assess and act upon immediate risk of danger to substance users
AD1 Raise awareness about substances, their use and effects
AF2 Carry out assessment to identify and prioritise needs

This course allows you to gain a fully recognised RQF (Regulated Qualifications Framework) qualification in this subject. These are nationally recognised qualifications that are superseding the old NVQ framework qualifications.

Our aim is to provide you with the best deal available, therefore registration fee, certification fee and full tutor support is included in the course price for you.

Qualification Title: TQUK Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Substance Misuse (RQF)
Qualification Number: 603/0154/5
Total Credits: 13
UCAS Points: 8

Required knowledge

The good news is that no prior learning knowledge or experience is essential to take this course. This course is openly available to anyone wishing to learn more about substance misuse and would like to take part in a highly rewarding home study course. You have the freedom to start the course at any time and continue your studies at your own pace for a period of up to 12 months from initial registration with full tutor support.


Completing a series of tutor marked assignments will lead you to the highly acclaimed Certificate in Understanding Substance Misuse RQF qualification.

Awarding organisation

Training Qualifications UK are one of the newest, most dynamic awarding organisations in the industry, seeking to bring a fresh approach and excellent service to training providers, colleges and learners. TQUK qualifications are designed by leading professionals and delivered to centres and learners with integrity and compliance in mind. TQUK have rigorous quality assurance controls and procedures in place and are committed to maintaining the highest standards of customer service, qualification delivery and assessment.

TQUK are fully approved as an awarding organisation by Ofqual and award RQF courses in a number of sectors. RQF courses are written around national standards and many individual units are transferable to other similar RQF qualifications.

Course modules

Unit 1: Understanding Drug Use: Facts, Effects, Symptoms and Attitudes
Unit 2: Understanding Responses to Substance Misuse: Legislation, Harm Reduction and Interventions
Unit 3: Understanding Alcohol and Drug Use in Young People

Learner support

You will receive the course manual, assignments and study guide plus tutor support by mail and email. Our student support team are also available for any other queries that you may have whilst completing your course. You can be assured that 12 month unlimited support is available for your home study course, so there is no need to struggle or feel isolated during your studies.


What is distance learning?

Distance learning is the most flexible and convenient approach to studying. There is no need for you to attend college and, therefore, you can study anytime, any place, anywhere that fits in with your lifestyle. Distance learning programmes are ideal for people who may have a full-time job, or other commitments, that won’t allow them time off to study.

What do I need to do to get started on a course?

You'll need to be able to commit the required time to your studies. We recommend that you choose a course you think will interest you, and help you to achieve your ambitions. If you would like some advice, or further information, please call our helpline free on 0333 3445 690.

To purchase a course, simply click on the ‘Buy now’ button against your chosen course and follow the on screen instructions. Alternatively if you would prefer to purchase the course over the phone, call 0333 3445 690 and speak to one of our expert course advisors.

How does the distance learning/home study method work?

The course operates through a study pack and access to your own personal tutor. Once you have chosen your course we will send you your study pack, which you will be required to work through before completing the course.

Depending on the course you have chosen, you will either be required to complete assignments and submit these for marking as the course progresses and/or be required to sit an end exam. The end exam could be in the form of multiple choice questions, or be an invigilated exam at a registered test centre.

Your completed assignments will need to be sent to your tutor for marking/assessment, you will then receive written feedback and guidance. It may be possible to submit your assignments by email, however you will need to check this with your tutor. Please be aware that your assignments will be maintained by NCCHL for moderation and audit purposes.

These requirements will always be listed on the course description page, so please refer to this for details of what is required for each individual course.

How long should it take to complete a course?

Depending on the course you have chosen, and the amount of time you can commit, it could take from 6 weeks to 12 months to complete your course.

The duration of the course is largely down to you though. The beauty of home learning is that it allows you complete flexibility to fit your studies around your lifestyle and other commitments. You can dedicate as much, or as little, time as you want to your studies - no one will be chasing you for your work or asking why you haven’t submitted an assignment.

We do strongly recommend, though, that before you purchase a course you assess your ability to commit the necessary time to completing the course in a timeframe that will not leave you losing your motivation.

How quickly will I receive my course material?

We guarantee that you will receive your course materials within 5 days of purchase, but for many courses we would anticipate that you will have to wait no more than 48 hours.

The course materials are always sent to you via a tracked courier service, to ensure that you receive your study pack within our stated period.

How much will it cost?

The cost is largely dependent on the type of the course. The longer the course is the higher the cost will be, due to the size of the study pack and the nature of the qualification.

All prices are clearly stated on the course description page and will always be displayed prior to you committing to purchase a course.

Please note that there may be additional fees required should your course have an external assessment, such as A Levels, ICB qualifications etc. To clarify, please speak to a course advisor.

What support will I receive?

You will be allocated your own personal tutor who can be contacted via e-mail, telephone, fax or post for help and advice on any aspect of the course.

Many courses require that you submit work to your tutor during the period of study and your tutor will assess your work and pass comments back to you. Your tutor is available to you as much as you need them.

Please be aware that officially the tutor support provided with the course is for a period of 12 months, although if you need longer let us know and we’ll endeavour to extend that.

Will I have to sit an examination?

All of our courses are accredited, so you need to show that you have acquired the knowledge to pass the course – this may involve sitting an examination, but it depends on the course you have chosen.

Some courses require you to be continually assessed throughout the course, while others may require an end of course exam or assignment (which may be completed at home) to be submitted to your tutor.

Certain types of qualifications, A-levels and GCSEs for example, do require you to sit an invigilated exams at a registered test centre. You will need to organise and pay for the examinations yourself, however full details of what you need to do will be available from the centre who are delivering the qualification.

If in doubt, please email ‘’, NCC can then discuss or put you in touch directly with the course provider.

Can I study from outside the UK?

Yes, there are no geographical limits to where you can study.

You just need to be aware that all tutors are based in the UK and work may need to be submitted to them via post, although in most cases e-mail can be used.

Where the course requires that you sit an invigilated exam at a test centre, there are many exam centres outside of the UK. However, we would advise that you check with us before purchasing one of these courses if you want to study from abroad.

Will I receive a qualification when I complete the course?

All of our courses are accredited and you will receive a certificate upon successful completion of the course.

For more information about this please see the section of the website that details how awarding bodies work and what the different types of qualifications are.

Can I take more than one course at a time?

Yes, you can take as many courses as your time allows. But we would recommend that you clearly evaluate how much time you can commit to your courses of study.

The good news is though that if your circumstances change you can always take a break and come back to your studies.

Additionally, discounts are available if you buy more than one course at the same time.

How long will it take for my work to be marked by my tutor?

Your work will be marked and feedback returned to you within 12 working days after submission. This is because our tutors are required to provide detailed, considered feedback to our learners that may take a while to formulate. We find that by working this way, our learners actually complete their course in less time, as they rarely need to submit an assignment more than twice.

Whilst it is possible to submit multiple assignments at the same time, we advise that our learners submit only one at a time. We want our learners to develop as they progress through their course, and find this is best achieved when a student embarks on a new module having taken into account tutor feedback from the previous submission.

Do I need any additional books or equipment to do my course?

No, we provide everything you need to pass your course.

How do I enrol?

Once you have chosen your course, you can either purchase the course online which will enrol you, or you can call our helpline on 0333 3445 690 who will sign you up for the course and arrange to have all your learning materials sent to you.

What if I’ve chosen the wrong course?

If, after receiving the course, you decide it isn’t the right course for you, you can simply return the goods within 14 days and we will send your money back in full for the majority of courses (excluding postage and packaging) or you can choose another course that you feel would suit your needs and ambitions better.

What is the difference between the online and paper versions of courses?

Our online courses are completed through our online learning system after receiving login and access instructions. You will not receive any course materials through the post. The paper based version is posted out in a binder to your home or place of work and requires completion of a portfolio of work that is submitted to your tutor for marking.

Where can I find your Equality and Diversity Policy?

All NCC policies and procedures can be provided on request from NCC directly by emailing or calling 0333 3445 690.

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Understanding Substance Misuse Certificate Level 3 RQF

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Fantastic start to finish. Good value. Easy enrolment. Great learning platform. Support from tutors was fantastic. I have enrolled on another course with NCC today!

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Just enrolled NCC Home Learning I just enrolled on the Understanding Substance Misuse Certificate Level 3 RQF training course. I am very happy with the service the enrolment was quick and easy.

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“Very enjoyable”

I found the course to be very enjoyable. The modules were marked and returned in a timely manner with clear instructions from the tutor, and positive comments which spurred me on to complete the course. My only concern is that the accreditation is not widely recognised.

Sarah Johnson,

M Byrne

“Would recommend to anyone!”

At first I found this course a burden and thought I would have little time to complete it with my work commitments, but through the uplifting comments made by my tutor Wendy and regular contact with Shaun my liaison.

I completed this course and feel that I have made an achievement that will help me better understand my work with the clients I support.

thanks again to those involved in my course and I would recommend this course to anyone interested in undertaking it.

Simon Benjamin,

M Byrne

“Invaluable Support Provided”

I have found the course to be very interesting and informative, it was delivered in a well laid out format that was very clear and easy to follow. These type of distance learning courses are extremely useful to individuals who have other commitments.

The support online from the tutors has been invaluable, they are always there to guide you in the right direction. Huge thanks to Wendy Smith and the rest of the staff at NCC Home Learning.

Neil Dolan,

M Byrne

“Supported throughout!”

A great program and excellent support from Home Learning team. I felt supported throughout and were flexible to my needs during personal difficulties I faced during period. I now work in Drug and Alcohol treatment and so the course has been beneficial to my employment. Many thanks, Ben.

Ben Coles,

M Byrne

“A Great Program”

A great program and excellent support from Home Learning team. I felt supported throughout
and were flexible to my needs during personal difficulties I faced during period.
I now work in Drug and Alcohol treatment and so the course has been beneficial to my
Many Thanks

Ben Coles,

M Byrne

“Enjoyed the course”

I have enjoyed this course and will look for another course in the near future.

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M Byrne

“I would recommend this course”

I found this course easy to follow, with helpful hints and Reading lists. My Tutor gave me valuable feedback within a few weeks of submiting modules. The only reason I will not be doing further Courses is that I am due to retire in a couple of years and have done lots of Training in the past. However I would recommend this and other training to younger members of staff.

Lindsey Hare,

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