TQUK Level 3 Certificate Understanding Substance Misuse


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Do you have a professional interest in working with young and vulnerable people? Or have watched someone you care about suffer from substance misuse? Our Understanding Substance Misuse RQF qualification can help to expand your knowledge of this issue, so when faced with it, you will know how to appropriately respond, intervene and provide the highest form of support.

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About this Course

Choosing to study our Understanding Substance Misuse RQF qualification can provide you with a level of understanding and comprehension that is easily transferrable into personal, voluntary and professional settings.

This learning programme is particularly beneficial to those working directly/regularly with individuals dealing with alcohol and drug misuse problems; as it is mapped to the Drugs and Alcohol National Occupational Standards – as well as the NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework – and can easily support you on your journey to achieving your DANOS competences.

From recognising indications of substance misuse (and how to refer individuals to specialists), to being able to assess and act upon immediate risks of danger; by the end of this course you will be able to raise awareness about substances, their use and their effects, and will also be able to use this information to protect those in your care.

Similarly, the information taught on this course can instantly improve your care techniques and methods – especially when dealing with young and vulnerable people – as you’ll be more in tune with their emotional responses, reactions and needs.

You will even be able to carry out assessments to identify and prioritise needs, ensuring a better quality of life for all.

Study Time: 160 hours
Enrolment length: 12 months
Course Format: Online
Entry Requirements: None Specific


From the moment you register onto our course, you will be given immediate access to online campus (through the use of your own personal login and password). This portal is accessible 24 hours a day, meaning you can easily view all of your course materials, guides, lesson plans, resources and assignments at all hours of the day, and can do so on your own terms. Morning, afternoon or night, you can choose when, where and how you want to study and can benefit from having immediate access to everything you need.

Our messaging systems, similarly make it possible for you to reach out to your personal tutor whenever you need assistance.

Within this online portal you can benefit from:

  • 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

Course Content

This course is assessed based on the following three units:

  • 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


Alongside the easy accessibility of our course manuals, resources and guides (located within online campus); upon enrolling you will also receive your very own personal tutor, whose years of experience can help to inform, guide and enhance your studies.

All of our tutors are experts in their field, and are always on hand – thanks to our integrated chat feature – to answer your queries or concerns should you ever need advice. From helping you to decipher your course materials, to offering tips on the best ways to improve your grades; at a click of a button you can get the answers you need when you need them.

Enrolment Length

All of our courses are designed to give our learners the flexibility to learn in their own time, at their own pace and free from the pressure of deadlines, stress and having to deal with work obligations.

No matter your study preferences, you can mould our 12 month course to fit around your current work commitments, and achieve a work-study balance that is right for you.

Should you find at the end of these 12 months that you need more time, you can easily extend your enrolment by 30 days (for a fee of £60).

In addition, we offer a 14 day money back guarantee on all of our qualifications; however, we are confident that you’ll love studying with us.


To gain this Level 3 RQF qualification, you will need to complete a series of tutor marked assignments that are designed to test your knowledge of the course syllabus. These will need to be submitted to your tutor for marking, whereupon they will provide you with valuable advice and feedback.


Training Qualifications UK are one of the newest and most dynamic awarding organisations in the industry thanks to their fresh approach and excellent services. All of their courses are designed by leading professionals and are delivered with integrity and compliance in mind. TQUK apply rigorous quality assurance controls and procedures to all of their courses, and are committed to achieving the highest standard of customer service, qualification delivery and assessment.

The TQUK are approved by Ofqual and provide RQF courses for a number of industry sectors.


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 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 130 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 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 Substance Misuse Course?

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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