Substance Misuse Diploma Level 2


With this online course, you’ll attain a genuine understanding of addiction’s impact on individuals’ lives, along with insight into detrimental stereotypes fostering stigma, helping you towards numerous career opportunities.

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Substance Misuse Diploma Level 2

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About This Course

Our Substance Misuse Diploma Level 2 online course will provide you with an understanding of substance-related concerns, assumptions, and stereotypes to offer improved support to individuals dealing with addiction. Gain insight into various substances prone to misuse, the accompanying risks, and uncover how detrimental stereotypes fuel stigma.

Explore the motives behind drug and alcohol abuse and develop the ability to identify signs and symptoms of dependency. Discover available resources for individuals affected by substance abuse, and understand national strategies established to provide assistance.

Course Benefits

Split into 6 units, this online course will help towards numerous career opportunities specialising in drug and alcohol misuse, ranging from advocacy and counselling to crisis intervention and charitable endeavours.

Regardless of your specific interest, this course will equip you with the essential skills and knowledge to pursue advanced training or initiate job applications in your chosen field.

This course will:

  • Help you to develop a strong foundation of knowledge and competency that can be transferred into your work.
  • Enable you to study on your own terms – no classrooms, no strict deadlines and no exams.
  • Allow you to study from home – all course materials will be sent straight to your door, enabling you to fit your studies around your obligations.

Course Units

Unit 1: Understanding Substance Misuse

  • Alcoholism and Addiction
  • Categorisation of Different Drug Types and Their Effects
  • Environmental and Social Influences

Unit 2: How to Identify and Address Substance Misuse

  • Signs and Symptoms of Substance Misuse
  • Risks Associated With Substance Misuse
  • National Services That Support Substance Misuse

Unit 3: Social Consumption of Drugs and Alcohol

  • Differences Between Social Use and Substance Abuse
  • Binge Drinking and NHS Guidelines
  • Drugs and Alcohol Related Crime

Unit 4: Young People and Substance Misuse

  • Attitudes Amongst Young People Towards Drugs & Alcohol
  • How to Effectively Communicate With Young People
  • Safeguarding Practices

Unit 5: Treatment for Substance Misuse

  • How to Respond to Substance Related Incidents
  • Screening Processes
  • Interventions
  • Psychological and Physical Treatment Programmes

Unit 6: Prevention and Awareness

  • UK Drug and Alcohol Prevention Programmes
  • Raising Awareness and Eliminating Stereotypes


This course is assessed using a series of written assignments that are designed to test your knowledge of the course materials. These will need to be sent to your personal tutor for marking, whereupon they will supply you with helpful tips and feedback. No external examinations are required.

Required Knowledge

No prior knowledge or skills in this area are needed in order to enrol onto this course, making it ideal for those just starting out in this career field.

Awarding Body

Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive certification from National Institution of Qualifications (NIOQ) and a Learner Unit Summary (which details of all the units you have completed).

This course has been designed to meet the requirements of specific learners or employers. It is endorsed by National Institution of Qualifications, meaning the course has undergone external quality checks to ensure that they are maintained and delivered to an excellent standard.

National Institution of Qualifications are a national certificating organisation. Endorsement of our courses ensures learners have access to high quality materials that cover all learning outcomes, helping them to achieve their potential.


From the guidance of our personal tutors whose industry experience will help to support and mentor your studies, to our comprehensive study guide and course materials; from day one we will go above and beyond to help you succeed in your studies. With twelve months tutor support, you have the option of completing in as little as three months, or using the full twelve months.

You too can take advantage of the extensive knowledge base of our personal tutors and use their experiences to get all of your questions answered. Similarly, our student support team are readily available to lend you their advice and guidance as they help you to decipher your course materials and answer your questions.

Only one click away, you can trust that help will be there when you need it.

Frequently Asked Questions

This is a question that our team are often asked, there are many reasons but here are the main reasons to choose Association of Learning:

  • No hidden charges, the price you see includes everything, from tutoring to certification.
  • Our average tutor marking time is 3 working days (most providers are 10+).
  • Our customers have rated us ‘Excellent’ on Trustpilot.
  • Our courses are up to date. Many providers create course content and fail to keep it up to date.
  • We are open later than any other home learning provider.
  • As many submissions as you need to complete, many providers cap how many times you can submit work.
  • All courses are fully endorsed by external awarding organisations.
  • 14 day money back guarantee or course switch.

If you need any more reasons to choose Association of Learning, contact our team!

You have 12 months to complete your course, however you can complete at a faster pace without any additional costs. Some of our students have managed to complete in as little as 3 months!

There are two payment options, pay in full for your course or monthly. Our monthly payment option allows you to spread the cost of your course over a 10 month period.

If you choose to pay using a payment plan, to apply you must be able to answer yes to the following:

  • Your billing address is based in the UK
  • You have a UK based bank account
  • Bill payer must be 18 or above.

No, this course is assignment based, which means you will not have to complete any exams. If your assignment doesn’t pass first time, you can retry as many times as you need within your 12 months support period.

No, this is a distance learning course, which means your assessments will be submitted and marked using our online LMS (Learner Management System).

Unlike other providers, Association of Learning use a fast-track system to get your certificate to you within six weeks (our average is two weeks).

There are no requirements to have completed any courses or have any knowledge of the subject area to enrol on the course. There is no application process and no questions asked when you sign up, it is accessible to anybody.

Your course will start as soon as you sign-up. You could start your journey of learning today!

This course is an endorsed certification, not a regulated qualification.

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