TQUK Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Substance Misuse


TQUK Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Substance Misuse

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This TQUK Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Substance Misuse qualification is designed to give learners a full insight into the types of substances which people can begin misusing. With units on drug use, legalisation and intervention, the course covers a range of different areas designed to provide a full understanding of substance misuse to students.

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About this TQUK Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Substance Misuse Course

Understanding what substance misuse is and the various different interventions available for users is crucial for anyone who works in a mental health or substance abuse-related role. This course is perfect for those looking to get a full overview of the legal implications of taking different substances and how to support those who are struggling with addiction.

Study Time: 65 hours
Enrolment length: 12 months
Course Format: Online
Entry Requirements: None specific


To gain the full TQUK Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Substance Misuse certification you will need to submit and pass all of the tutor marked assignments. There are 3 written assignments in the course. There is no need to purchase any textbooks as we provide all of the lessons and materials required to learn the syllabus.

There is no formal exam and the certification fee is included in the course fees.

For further information, go to: www.tquk.org/. Qualification Code 603/0154/5.

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All of our students are given access to our online campus through their own personal login and password. Once logged in you can access your course materials, lessons, resources and assignments in your own time. Assignments are uploaded through your account and the process is easy intuitive. Our online campus includes:

  • 24/7/365 access to all of your course materials- all lessons, assignments and resources are available from the moment you enrol
  • Instant access to your course after you enrol- start studying immediately!
  • Integrated chat and messaging systems so that you can contact your tutor
  • Online assignment uploads to save time in returning marks and feedback.
  • Links to further resources and information available on courses
  • Self-led learning on all courses- study in your own time and work through your assignments at your own pace
  • Safe e-portfolio of your work is kept under lock and key on our secure servers
  • Progress bar to show the work you have completed and how many tasks you still have to complete on your course
  • Detailed help centre with step-by-step instructions on getting the most from your course and how to upload assignments and contact your tutor


To pass this course learners must pass 3 written assignments. These are completed after navigating through the corresponding lessons and writing your answers to assignment questions. Once these have been read and marked by your personal tutor, feedback and marks are provided to students which contain helpful tips to improve work in future assignments.

Enrolment Length

All of our courses are allocated plenty of time for students to complete their studies and all materials are self-led so that you can complete the course at your own pace. Should you require additional time on one of our courses you can extend your enrolment by 30 days for an additional fee of £60.

As well as this we operate a 14 day money back guarantee on every one of our qualifications- that’s how confident we are of how you will love studying with us!

TQUK Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Substance Misuse Course Content

The TQUK Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Substance Misuse course assesses the following units:

Unit 1: Understanding Drug Use: Facts, Effects, Symptoms and Attitudes

In this unit, you will learn about a range of substances that can be misused and their street names. You will learn about reasons why some people misuse substances and the methods of substance use and the paraphernalia associated with the different methods.

Unit 2: Understanding Alcohol and Drug Use in Young People

In this unit, you will learn about the effects of alcohol and substance misuse on the physical, emotional and psychological health of young people. You will also be able to identify risks to their welfare and to their relationships when misusing substances. You will also learn about the many sources of help and information for young people on substance misuse and explain the key differences between them.

Unit 3: Understanding Responses to Substance Misuse: Legislation, Harm Reduction and Interventions

In this unit, you will learn about the legislation which relates to substance misuse and describe the difference between legal and illegal drugs and the class and schedule systems used for classification of substances. You will also learn how to describe the ‘Cycle of Change’ model as developed by J. Prochaska and C. DiClemente.


The most important tool that all of our students have at their disposal is their tutor. When studying for a course with us you are assigned a personal tutor with in-depth knowledge and experience in your chosen subject.

You are strongly advised to make use of your tutors expertise and ask questions about the course content. Your assignments are marked by your personal tutor and detailed feedback is given. As well as this your tutor will provide you with pointers and advice on where you can improve- this helps you to get the most from your courses and constantly improve your skills.


TQUK Certification

Included in the cost of this course is certification with TQUK. TQUK are an Ofqual-approved awarding body that develop nationally recognised qualifications in a variety of sectors. These qualifications are then taught by TQUK centres throughout the world to the highest levels possible.

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TQUK is recognised as an Awarding Organisation by the qualification regulators (‘regulators’) for England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The regulators are the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (Ofqual) in England, the Welsh Government in Wales and the Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) in Northern Ireland.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Is the TQUK Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Substance Misuse course regulated?

Yes this course is fully regulated through Ofqual which means it is recognised by all employers and linked to national standards. The course has qualification number 603/0154/5 and a total qualification time of 65 hours. TQUK stands for Training Qualifications UK and they are one of the most innovative and cutting edge awarding bodies in the country. Each of their qualifications are regulated through Ofqual, resulting in nationally recognised achievement.

What is included in the cost of the TQUK Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Substance Misuse course?

The cost of this course includes everything needed to pass. Your lessons, tutor support and certification costs are all included in the price with no additional costs at any stage. Should you wish to buy paper versions of the course materials you can do so on the checkout for £35 extra but this is optional.

What entry requirements are there for this course?

There are no entry requirements for this course at all. Anyone can study for this certification and there is no need to have any prior knowledge or experience.

How long do I have to study?

This Substance Misuse course has an enrolment length of 12 months included from the date you enrol. This is plenty of time to complete the assignments but you can purchase additional time for £60 per month should you need longer to finish the assignments.

Do I have to sit an exam?

No, there are no exams on this course. Everything is assessed through coursework which you can submit at any time within the enrolment length.

Am I assigned a tutor for this course?

Yes – all students are assigned to a personal tutor who will be in charge of your tuition. The same tutor marks all of your work as well as being available to answer any questions you may have throughout your enrolment period.

Do I need to be working to do the TQUK Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Substance Misuse?

No, you do not need a work placement. Everything is completed online from home through written assignments and there are no practical assignments needed.

Can I speak to someone before I enrol?

Of course. Our helpful course advisors are on hand from 9am until 5pm Monday to Friday. Contact us on our online chat or by calling 0800 772 0887 to discuss this course.

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